Early Apple Music Reviews: It's OK

The early Apple Music reviews are out, and while they're positive, they don't call Apple's new streaming music service the be-all-end-all. The few who got early access are all saying Apple Music is OK.

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Apple Music launches today after being introduced earlier this month at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference. It includes a streaming music service, Beats 1 Internet radio station, and Connect where artists can interact with fans.

Mashable's Christina Warren says Apple Music's winning feature is curation. That's a carry over from when the service was still Beats Music, which was known for using people to put together playlists instead of relying on computer algorithms. "With live radio, human curated playlists and access to your iTunes purchase history. I'm really liking Apple Music," she said.

Walt Mossberg from Re/code thinks Apple Music is confusing. He called the service's app handsome and robust, then went on to say it's complicated with little guidance for users. "It will take time to learn it," he said. "And that’s not something you’re going to want to do if all you’re looking for is to lean back and listen." 

Over at USAToday, Edward Baig doesn't have any major complaints about Apple Music, although he wasn't impressed with its Connect feature that lets artists share outside of their albums with fans. "For all its promise, the Connect area seems pretty thin at the outset," he said.

Early reviews can't dive deep into Apple Music simply because there isn't enough time to play with features ahead of the service's launch this morning, so for now all we really have are first impressions. The Mac Observer will be spending a lot of time with Apple Music, so be sure to check out our full review soon.