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Apple releases iOS 8.4 software upgrade with Apple Music launch

Let the Apple Music streaming begin: Apple pushed iOS 8.4 out on Tuesday morning with support for the audio service along with a few bug fixes and improvements in iBooks.

As expected, Apple pushed the iOS 8.4 software update to iPads, iPhones and iPod touch devices on Tuesday.

The new software adds support for the company's audio streaming service, Apple Music, as well as bug fixes, security updates and improvements to iBooks.

While iOS 9 later this year will be a large upgrade, many are looking forward to iOS 8.4 to give Apple Music a try. The service will include access to more than 30 million tracks, curated playlists and the new Beats 1 world wide radio service.

Although I've long been a Google Play Music All Access subscriber for the same $9.99 a month fee, I'll be signing up for the free three month trial of Apple Music, mainly because it offers a $14.99 family plan and will bring Android support later this year.

On my iPhone 6, the 218 megabyte update installed without a hitch. Aside from Apple Music, the update fixes the problem that can cause an iOS device to reboot when receiving a particular string of Unicode characters in Messages.

I'm not a big iBooks user -- I prefer the cross-platform Amazon Kindle app -- but Apple has added some iBooks tweaks with better audio book support from within the app and iBooks store. Reading aside, I plan to start using Apple Music to see if it can replace my current music streaming solution.