Streaming music is great if you’re connected to Wi-Fi, but no one wants to cannibalize cellular data on a morning commute or an evening run.
Apple confirmed in a statement to Re/code that its new Apple Music streaming service will allow users to save music and videos from the streaming library to their devices for offline playing. Users will also be able to make playlists for the content they have saved offline.
At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote Monday, Apple didn’t mention offline listening, but it’s a must for users who want to stream music from anywhere that isn’t their desk or home. The absence of this feature would have put Apple Music at a major disadvantage against other streaming music services like Spotify Premium, Google Play, Amazon Prime Music and Tidal.
We’ll have to see how Apple Music stacks up against other streaming music when it launches on June 30, but at least now we know it isn’t heading into battle a step behind its competitors.