Apple Music app launched for Samsung smart TVs
Apple Music is coming to Samsung TVs, with the latest smart sets featuring a new app for the music streaming service. This is the first time that Apple Music has been available directly on a smart TV platform, with a three-month free trial for new users who sign up through their TVs.
Models launched between 2018 and 2020 will be able to load the Apple Music app, which will be released through Samsung’s Smart TV app store. If you already have an Apple ID, you will be able to sign in immediately and, assuming you have an Apple Music subscription, resume the same playlists that you have listened to on other devices.
New users, meanwhile, will also be able to create an Apple account and start an Apple Music trial right from the TV. There will be individual, family, and student subscriptions, all of which come with Apple’s three-month trial period. This includes general access to the more than 60 million tracks in the catalog, to playlists curated by Apple and to the Beats 1 radio station.
This isn’t the only music streaming option Samsung offers on its line of smart TVs, be warned. Samsung offers for example a Spotify application, as well as an iHeartRadio application, among others like Napster, Deezer and Sirius. It’s part of the company’s efforts to make its smart TVs a full-fledged platform, rather than requiring buyers to automatically plug in a set-top box – like an Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV – for their content needs.
In fact, it comes just days after Samsung added half a dozen new fitness apps to its TVs, as part of the Samsung Health platform. This included barre3, Calm, Echelon, Fitplan, Jillian Michaels Fitness and Obey Fitness. In total, there are over 250 different instruction videos, including guided meditation, exercise routines, and more.
While Apple may have already viewed its apps as a relatively closed garden, that has changed as more of the company’s revenue comes from services. The Apple TV app, for example, launched on Samsung smart TVs in May 2019, providing access to corporate TV channels, movies, and other content.