Apple to launch first android app

February 06, 2015 12:35 PM

NEW DELHI: Six months after buying the subscription music service Beats Music, Apple is actively working to launch its first android app which is a completely new paid streaming music service that will compete with Spotify, according to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman.

Yet to be named, the new service is entirely Apple-designed and the price could be around $7.99 per month, but it's not confirmed. This would make it cheaper than Spotify, which is $9.99 per month.

This is huge for Apple -- in the past, the company would discontinue the Android version of apps iOS acquired like it did with HopStop. But, according to Gurman, Apple engineers are working on an Android app, even though the service will fall under Apple's branding.

Apple CEO Tim Cook previously said the company had "no religious issue" with developing an Android app if it "made sense to do that." Given that Android accounts for about 85% of the worldwide smartphone market, it may make sense for Apple to do that in this case if it wants to build up a solid user base.


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