Apple is so hellbent on dominating the streaming music game, it’s doing something I never thought I’d see: Bringing its first app ever to Android. Starting this fall, Apple’s new Beats-fueled streaming music service will be available on Android phones. Apple Music is the first native Apple app to bust out of Apple’s walled garden.

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The decision to bring Apple Music to Android makes it clear that right now, Apple cares more about crushing Spotify than keeping its gates locked. There’s a longer wait, but Android users will have the same $10 a month subscription price as people with Apple phones.

It doesn’t look like Apple’s $15 family plan will be available, since it requires iCloud family sharing. (I’ve emailed Apple to clarify.) This represents a significant strategy shift for Apple. Whether it’s enough to actually rival Spotify, we won’t know until we spend some quality time with Tim Cook and Jimmy Iovine’s music-streaming creation.


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