With the launch of Apple Music, the iTunes Charts as we know them today will change. I’ll go as far as to say that they’ll never be the same again.

The key difference between iTunes and the Apple Music is:

  • With iTunes we purchase and download an individual song. If we haven’t purchased a song, we can’t listen to it.
  • As a subscriber of Apple Music, we stream songs. As many as we like and often as we like.

If you buy at least 10 songs per month at .99, then the 9.99 subscription fee per month is good value. If not, then you can continue to use the iTunes store as usual, but for how long?

Apple are offering everyone a 3 Month Free Trial to try Apple Music.

So How Does This Affect the iTunes Charts

The charts will still represent the most popular song based on purchases, but a big driver of sales are the younger generations. These are the very people that Apple are targeting with the new streaming service. In fact, Apple have staked a lot of cash on it.

With fewer purchases of individual songs. It’s very likely that the mainstream iTunes Charts will never be the same again.

I don’t know that it’ll have as much of an impact on niche charts such as Blues Music Charts or Jazz Music Charts, and perhaps mid stream charts such as Rock Music Charts won’t be impacted as much, but a month from now the pages of musicchartsfeeds.com will look very different.

Though I only buy 2 or 3 songs a month. After just one day in to my free trial and streaming / listening to the new Apple Music radio stations I think’s it’s very likely that I won’t be cancelling my subscription, but I’ll keep you posted.