Here’s the problem Apple created and kinda sorta mostly solved with iTunes and the App Stores. Your iTunes account allows multiple devices to run apps and play music from the same account. The official name is iCloud Family Sharing, and Apple wisely incorporated it into the new Music app.
Sharing Is Good
Many Mac, iPhone, and iPad users have multiple devices, and with one account we can install and run applications and play music and videos as needed on those devices. Want family members to share the same account?
That causes a problem for everyone, including Apple, the music industry, the app industry. So Apple created Family Sharing which works perfectly for children with iPhones and iPads who can’t afford their own accounts– it all works on mom and dad’s iTunes account, which even has some parental controls and approvals built in (good for up to five family members).
Apple’s new Music program has a similar feature. An iTunes Account holder pays $9.99 a month for unlimited music; streaming or downloading to playback later. The music quality is high, but not the highest. Apple Music’s family plan is priced right at $14.99– for up to six music listeners at a time.
This is a killer feature which alone can help to keep iPhone and iPad users in the Apple ecosystem. Almost unmentioned, too, is Apple Music’s ability to let you download music to your device to playback when you’re offline. This is great for family members, and perfect for anyone who would be stuck using precious and expensive cell phone bandwidth just to stream music.