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It's been a busy week for Apple with rather a lot of exciting announcements emerging from their annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). Just a few days ago, Apple officially unveiled their much anticipated music streaming service - Apple Music. Here's all you need to know.

Apple will finally be competing for their share of the music streaming market with their very own Apple Music service which will launch on the 30th June. Initially available on iOS, Macs and also Windows PCs, Apple Music will roll out in 100 countries across the globe with Android and Apple TV to follow sometime in the Autumn. Users can try out the new Apple streaming service free for a three month period and a monthly charge of US$9.99 will then apply. There will also be the option to sign up for a Family membership for $14.99 a month which will allow up to 6 family members to use Apple Music on their devices.

Apple Music has been a joint collaboration with Apple and Beats Music after Apple bought the Beats brand last year for almost £2 billion. With Spotify the UK's leading music streaming service accounting for almost 75 per cent of music streaming out of 7 million UK users, Apple Music is likely to offer some pretty serious competition, particularly due to the large number of existing iTunes users (800m at the least count.)

Apple Music will come with a catalogue of over 25 million songs which can be streamed and saved to playlists. It will take on its rivals with some great features such as their brand new digital radio station Beats 1 which will be broadcasting live from London, New York and Los Angeles to listeners worldwide 24 hours a day. Beats 1 will be manned by some of the globe's top DJs and will showcase new artists as well as interviews and news content.

There will also be a service called 'Connect' which is a social networking feature where fans and artists can connect and have access to new tracks, video clips, photos and musings from the artists themselves. The artists will all have their own profile pages and will have direct control over what they post - fans can comment on the content posted and the artists are able to reply directly back to their fan's comments.

What do you think - sound exciting? Not as good as Spotify?  Or are you going to stick to your trusty radio?