Apple Music may have secured a PR victory by landing Taylor Swift (her music remains absent from Spotify), but what you’re really getting for that money becomes clear even before you listen to a single song. The app first asks what genres and artists you like. By tapping in your preferences, you essentially create a virtual music nerd, ready to recommend you things based on its encyclopaedic knowledge and library of 30 million songs. You’re instantly given dozens of playlists to dip into. If you tell the app you like Billie Holiday, you’ll get curated playlists featuring cuts from Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Nina Simone. If you say you like Rihanna and dance music, you’re given a selection of the Barbadian pop star’s finest remixes. Everything you need to know about streaming2:00 With a cornucopia of music streaming services on offer, how do you choose the one that's right for you? Here's everything you need to know about Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play Music in two minutes. July 2nd 2015 2 years ago /display/ News/National/ The more you listen, the more the service gets to know your tastes. Also sweetening the deal is Beats 1, a radio service programmed by a variety of experts, such as ex-BBC DJ Zane Lowe and hip-hop don Ebro. Beats 1 is another justification for the monthly fee even if it’s a more haphazard way of finding new sounds. Creating and sharing playlists of your own is an integral part of the service, while song-based radio stations are an even less labour-intensive way of keeping the music you like coming. Apple has been derided for arriving late to the streaming game, but by watching what has worked and failed for the competition, being tardy might actually work in its favour. There’s nothing to lose by taking advantage of the service’s three-month free trial (something Tidal doesn’t offer). But be warned that Apple won’t tell you when time’s up, so it’s best to turn off the auto-renewal option, as there’s a good chance you may forget. Apple is no doubt banking on exactly that. But the truth is, even after the free sample, you probably won’t want to lose your nerdy new friend. The