After months of speculation, Apple has finally unveiled Apple Music. While it isn’t actually being launched until June 30th, we already know pretty much all there is to know about Apple Music.
This means you’ll probably already know whether or not you’re going to subscribe to Apple Music, or stick with the streaming service you’re already using. And now we need you to tell us. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll!
Robot Jobs Future
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Is a Robot Likely to Steal Your Job?”
Out of a total of 76 votes, 29% chose Definitely No, 0% to 10%, 23.7% chose Probably Not, 30% to 50%, 18.4% chose No, 10% to 30%, 13.2% chose Probably, 50% to 70%, 7.9% chose Definitely Yes, 90% to 100%, and 7.9% chose Yes, 70 to 90%.
Due to the low number of votes these results don’t offer much in the way of evidence. We also don’t know if all those who voted first used the NPR tool to garner a scientific prediction as to the chances of their job being taken over by a robot.
However, there is a clear trend in the results, with the three negative answers occupying the top three places, and the three positive answers occupying the bottom three places. Which suggests that more than 70 percent of our readers will survive the robot uprising with their jobs intact.
Comment of the Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Chinmay Sarupria, John Root, and Kevin Liske. Comment Of The Week goes to Howard A Pearce, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
Automation is surely going to end some jobs just like the auto ended the jobs of the horse and carriage drivers, village smithies, etc for the most part.
There is little question, I think, that automation has actually increased employment opportunities. Those who disagree, we can outlaw all computers and auto/trucks to re-create those long lost jobs for society.
We chose this comment because it makes a very valid and extremely interesting point. While we seem set for an explosion of automation over the next few decades, this certainly won’t be the first time humanity has dealt with such change. So even if some of the careers we currently take for granted do indeed disappear in the near-future, it doesn’t necessarily have to spell disaster for us as a species.
Apple Music Plans
As expected, Apple unveiled Apple Music at WWDC 2015. Apple Music is a streaming music service that builds on the soon-to-be-defunct Beats Music, but adds a lot more besides. Apple Music is competition for Spotify, Rdio, and all the other music streaming services already in existence. Yes, even the doomed-to-fail Tidal.
Existing Apple fans will be offered a 3-month free trial, after which Apple Music will cost the industry standard $9.99-per-month. Unlike Spotify there is no free tier, because Apple likes money. So, has Cupertino captured your imagination enough for you to commit to paying a cent short of $10 every month for Apple Music?
We simply want to know, “Will You Be Subscribing to Apple Music?”
Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Are you eager to try out Apple Music with a view to subscribing? Do you think it’s too little, too late for Apple? Will you be sticking with Spotify, Rdio, or another alternative service? Tell us which of these you currently use?
The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.
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