For those wondering when they will be able to get Apple Music we have had word from UK high street retailer John Lewis that the service will be available from 4pm today in the UK. That's 11am EST and 8am PST.
Apple had previously only said that the service and the iOS 8.4 update that will add it would be available from 30 June, but a quote we were sent by John Lewis confirms the 4pm time.
This also complies with an 11am EST time slot leak accidentally revealed by senior director of Apple Music Ian Rogers in a blog posting yesterday. It was soon pulled.
Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio debut is not expected for one hour after the initial launch, which is just as well considering how long it takes to download a major iOS update. Indeed, considering we've had to wait up to three hours in the past because of server overload, Lowe might be broadcasting to just a select few.
The spokesman for John Lewis, Will Jones, its head of buying, claims that the launch of Apple Music will greatly impact the sales of Bluetooth speakers and headphones this summer. "At John Lewis, we’ve seen the growth in music streaming services considerably impact sales of wireless Bluetooth speakers," he said.
"We’ve also observed a huge growth in premium headphones. We can attribute this growth to a combination of both the increased popularity of streaming services and new wireless technology. Premium headphone models such as Beats by Dre Solo and Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones are doing particularly well.
"We predict that Apple Music will add to both of these product trends, particularly with Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Audio last year as Apple continues the monopoly on music services."