Yes, playback can be started from within an app, with playback support for multiple songs in a queue.
Browsing the Apple Music catalog is available to all users, however, playback is only supported for Apple Music members. Developers have access to know if the current user is an Apple Music member – knowing the membership status can influence what the developer chooses to display, e.g. 30 second samples
The user is welcomed back, though that user does not qualify for the 3-month free trial and goes straight into their first month paid membership.
The API allows playback of any content on Apple Music. There are existing abilities in iOS that allow for playback of non-Apple Music content in a user’s music library.
No, there is no support at this time. However, unrelated to the app, the Apple Watch can stop/skip/play music.
Yes. The API allows developers to add songs to existing playlists on the user’s device.
Yes. The API allows develops to new create playlists on the user’s device.
o This is iOS only, no tvOS or desktop support.
o There is no support currently for DJ style apps.
o Apps cannot delete playlists.
o The Apple Music API is not intended to replace licensed music, per Apple terms and conditions.
No, the Apple Music API cannot be used for off-line playback.
o Apps forcing an in-app purchase, advertising, requesting user information to monetize or gate access to Apple Music API will be rejected.
o Apps that use the Apple Music API that trigger playback without explicit user interaction will be rejected.
As long as the developer is not limiting or blocking access to Apple Music, it’s at the app developer’s discretion to incentivize sign ups.
If an app identifies a non-subscriber, the developer may send that user to the sign up flow in Apple Music, however, that user will need to return to the developer’s app to enable the Apple Music API.
The Affiliate program commissions on new user subscriptions to Apple Music. The Apple Music API can identify non-subscribers allowing the developer to utilize the affiliate program for upsell to earn commission on qualifying memberships. The Affiliate program will report on the number of users who convert to a paying Apple Music Membership where the affiliate can earn 50% commission on the first month’s subscription cost. To learn more about the Apple Music Affiliate Program, please visit our resource site.
If the user leaves Apple Music, they are welcomed back to Apple Music at any time, however, the user is not eligible for the free trial. Once the user cancels their subscription to Apple Music, there is a 90-day waiting period before the affiliate can once again earn commission when the user re-subscribes.