The world of music is changing. People are slowly shifting from owning their music—buying CDs or downloads—to renting it. With Apple Music and other streaming services, you can now access tens of millions of tracks for $10 a month. While not every artist or label’s music can be streamed, you can access most of what you want to hear.

But is this the best way to spend your music budget? Some people—myself included—still buy CDs and still want to own music and listen on our own terms. In this chapter, I look at Apple Music and explain how it works, plus how you can find great music and help Apple Music recommend new music for you to discover.

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