It’s a first from Apple as the company has started streaming an entire album that hasn’t yet been released. The album is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ upcoming “I’m With You“. The album won’t be released until August 30th, although one track from the album (The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie) is available now for purchase and the whole album is available for pre-order.
It is great to see this new first from Apple (and surely the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who gave Apple necessary permission), although unfortunately it is still quite limiting. The album is strictly one long stream so you can’t listen to individual songs, and users are reporting getting buffering errors due to the mass amount of people likely trying to stream the album. Still, free music is free music, so one can’t really complain. The streaming feature for I’m With You will likely come to an end once the album is released on August 30th, and it will be interesting to see if Apple ever does this again.