OS 8.4, including Apple Music, will go live at 8am on Tuesday June 30th on the US West Coast, meaning the service will be available in the UK at 4pm tomorrow.
The news comes from Ian Rogers, the senior director of Apple’s new music streaming platform, which is essentially a rebrand of the Beats platform it bought in a multi-billion dollar deal in 2015.
Rogers posted a blog, which has since been modified, disclosing that Apple’s Beats 1 radio station will go live an hour after iOS 8.4 is released to iPhones.
Apple Music will form part of the new–look Music app for iPhone and iPad. For a monthly fee, you’ll be able to stream millions of songs and back up your entire iTunes library in the cloud.
Apple’s music streaming offering drew sharp criticism from labels and artists, specifically Taylor Swift, who complained that its decision not to pay royalties during a three-month free trial period was damaging to musicians.
The tech giant has since rowed back on its plans and will now pay for music streamed while users try the service.