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Video: Beats Music First Look and Overview

With Beats Music now live and available with a 7-day free trial for Android users, we decided to take it for a spin to see how it stacks up to Google Play Music, our current favorite streaming music service. It would take something special to pry us away from Google’s music service, but we are willing to give anything a fair shot. And since Beats Music has worked with special curators to bring you custom made playlists for any moment in life (the “Backseat Love” playlist is already a favorite), plus has the backing of music industry mega-powers, how can we not give it some serious thought? 

When first booted, the Beats Music app asks that you login and then choose favorite artists and genres. Once those three steps are complete, you are taken into the app where you’ll find one of the most polished first app offerings I’ve seen in some time. The app may have somewhat of an iOS feel to it, but it’s not difficult to use or navigate in my opinion. You’ll find sections titled “Just for you,” “The sentence,” “Highlights,” and “Find it,” all of which offer a different music experience. Some sections present music that Beats thinks you’ll like based on your musical tastes, while others bring you new music depending on your mood.

You can create playlists, follow artist pages, follow curator pages (like Pitchfork), download music for offline listening, favorite tracks, create a library, and more.

As mentioned in our post earlier, the 7-day free trial does not require a credit card, so anyone (in the U.S.) can try the service without worry. No auto-renew scam to be found here.

  • MrAdeio

    Anyone else getting a Zune vibe from this?

  • Tom

    I’m annoyed that this is killing MOG. I liked MOG…. Oh well…. looks like I’ll be getting Google Play Unlimited.

  • Justin Larmay

    Of course he had to show off that bamboo moto x before the video ended.

  • Craig P

    Rdio is the best IMO, but the lack of chromecast and song title in the tabs keep me with Google play music all access.

  • stabone

    Kellen, this sounds like a different mic you’re using.

  • nabooska

    Dat scroll lag….


    there is no stand alone pc or mac .. web interface to listen to music.. google, and apple both have it

    • JMonkeYJ

      Interesting…that’s a definite deal breaker for me.

    • Pet E. Bone

      What are you saying exactly? There is a web interface to listen to music.

      • MARS GRAF-X

        where.. link? i didnt see it ..

        • Justin W

          The “sign up here” at the top…..

          Also, if you can’t find that button, here’s the link: https://account.beatsmusic.com/signup

          • MARS GRAF-X

            I already created an account

      • MARS GRAF-X

        i see a apple store, android store and windows store link on the site.. and the windows link isnt working..

  • J2886M

    Couldn’t create account. I’ll stick with my G All Access. Thanks

  • Sankyou

    I’m confused. Shouldn’t this be $49.99/mo with an auto-renewal scam? Leased headphones automatically included, etc…

  • Bloodthirsty

    No Chromecast? No Thanks. I’ve been interacting with pandora a lot more lately and it’s getting really good at the mix. Adding lots of stations and “liking” songs really really helps.

  • SayHeyJayHey

    Can you stream to Chromecast

    • Kevin


      • Justin W

        Apparently downvoting because you gave the correct answer is now in.

        • Kevin

          There’s a lot of trolls in here lately…

  • pat smith

    Anyone else pissed that some how beats music is supported by Sonos on day one and Google play music all access still isn’t?

    • Chris


    • I am a bit, yes.

    • ArrowCool


    • WinDroidGuy

      Sonos, Web & Windows Phone will all be available later this week FYI 🙂

    • Justin Larmay

      I’m passed about the fact that there is still no way to just download all your music to your device at once on Google play music.

    • addicuss

      wait, people still use sonos?

  • AbbyZFresh

    I like the design but Spotify and All-Access gets the job done better for me.

    • Kevin

      I just wish Google hires some “experts” for their radio and redisigns the UI of their app.

      • JBartcaps

        I’m a fan of their radio to be honest

        • Kevin

          If only they didn’t throw in irrelevant music or songs that I have thumbed down then I’ll be happy.

          • JBartcaps

            I guess I haven’t really thumbed down any music so I wouldn’t know of that issue, I do like that you can just swipe away that song!

          • Lawrence_Hart

            I have started radio stations based on a genre and then thumbed down songs and even selected “remove from queue” and they still show up later, it REALLY aggravates me. Its really my only complaint.

          • Chris M

            Pandora is just as bad. they were constantly playing the music i thumbed down.

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      Personally, I find that Spotify has a better selection of songs overall than Google Play, but both of them are missing many of the same artists, and I doubt this service will be any different.
      BTW: A playlist of tunes by Drake? The author of this video has horrible taste in music 😛

      • AbbyZFresh

        Drake is good. What are you talking about?

        Oh wait, you hate rap and enjoy that country music. ;p

        • Matt

          I don’t hate rap but…I’ll blast my country music til’ the day I die.

          Haha I guess that’s what happens when you’re from the heartland.

        • Gideon Waxfarb

          I just have to wonder why Justin Bieber gets so much hate, when clowns like Drake and Lil Wayne can’t seem to even rap without auto-tune, and have no talent whatsoever. I mean, ZERO. Because Bieber is white… perhaps that makes him a safe target?

          • michael arazan

            With any luck, the police that busted his friend and confiscated drugs in his house, and they have his personal phone, that he’ll be so shady that he will be Deported Back to Canada.

  • jeff manning

    no beats equalizer, no care

    • Alex James Simon

      Why would you want the beats EQ all it is, is a smiley face EQ, I despise beats products, but the service isn’t that bad.

      • jeff manning


        • Alex James Simon

          No sarcasm, I do not like beats products I use a Schiit Magni and Sennheiser HD558s, neither am I exaggerating about the EQ.

          • jeff manning

            Sarcasm on my part Bro

          • Alex James Simon

            ah ok lol

      • Chris


        • Alex James Simon

          So people who don’t use the products aren’t allowed to try out the service? 320kb MP3s are as good as FLAC, and I like the fact that you can use more then one device at the same time.

          • Chris

            No…. thats not what I was saying.

            “I despise beats products, but the service isn’t that bad.”

            The service IS a product of theirs.

          • Alex James Simon

            I was talking about the headphones lol

    • Adrynalyne

      No beats EQ is a plus.

  • jones