Posted December 07, 2018 07:00:00Apple Music, the Apple Music app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, will begin to crack down on unauthorized streaming of music from its own music service and its competitors.
The move comes after Apple Music users discovered that streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora were allowing users to access songs they purchased on Apple Music without the artist’s permission.
“We’re taking the opportunity to remind people that if you’re illegally downloading music from Apple Music, you should never download or stream any other music,” Apple Music’s VP of Content and Operations, Matt Cappellini, wrote on Apple’s official blog.
“If you’re using the app on your device, you can stop illegally downloading the music without having to worry about it.
We’re also taking steps to help make the app more secure and remove some of the more egregious copyright violations, like streaming copyrighted music without permission.”
Apple Music users can only stream music from the services they have a subscription to, not songs purchased through the app.
If Apple Music user Sam Dorman bought a song from Apple’s Spotify service on December 7, he or she could not access it unless he or her Apple Music subscription was renewed, the blog post said.
Apple Music also has a $9.99 annual fee that users pay for streaming music via the service, but the company has since rolled out a $4.99 subscription fee to compensate for the fees.
Apple Music customers have been using Apple Music to stream music for months, but it has been difficult for users to navigate the app without first paying the subscription fee.
In addition to Spotify, Pandora, and other streaming services, Apple Music is also available for the iPhone, iPod touch (iOS 7 and later), and iPad.
Apple also recently began offering the service in select markets for $5.99 per month, which was lower than the $10.99 it charges for the same service in some markets.
While Apple Music allows its users to stream songs purchased on its service, the company’s policies are clear on how they can access copyrighted music: Users can download music, which can then be shared through the service.
If a user buys a song on Apple, they can download it, stream it, or share it with others.
Apple has also cracked down on Spotify for unauthorized use of its services, but that move was more targeted at Apple Music.
Spotify has also been cracking down against unauthorized streaming on its platforms.
The company recently removed unauthorized streaming from the iTunes store in the United States, and it is also rolling out a new way for users in countries that have not yet banned Apple Music service.