Streaming music services are extremely popular on mobile devices, and companies like Spotify and Pandora are at the top of the heap. Beats is a company best known for putting out killer headphones, and soon they’re going to be known for their new streaming music service Beats Music.

Beats Music will work like Spotify and Pandora as it will give you playlists based on your personal preferences. Beats may do playlists, but it’s focusing on the “human element”, so they’ve turned to some of the biggest names in the music industry to compile playlists curated by humans instead of by a machine. Some of the people providing their musical expertise are notable names like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Grand Ole Opry, Hot 97, Naxos, and many more. Did we mention Trent Reznor is their Chief Creative Officer?
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In addition to those playlists,  users will also have 20 million songs to peruse and play to go along with features like Right Now, Just For You, and Highlights. Right Now asks you four questions (location, activity, surrounding, preference) and gives you a continuous playlist based on your answers while “Just For You” gives you a selection based on your preferences, the time of day, and other clues at least four times a day. Last up is Highlights which is basically staff-recommended picks.

Beats Music will be available for Android, iOS, Windows phones and on the web, and they’re letting everyone try it out for free. If you like what you hear, the service will run $9.99 a month after the trial expires. If you’re an AT&T customer with a Family Plan, you can pick up Beat Music free for 90 days – after that up to five people in your family plan can use the service for only $14.99 a month. Beats Music launches on January 21st in the United States, and while no date has been set for the UK, er expect the wait to be as short one.

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