In comparison to music streaming sites like Spotify or Pandora, Apple Music can feel a bit mysterious. Anyone who signs up will have to pay a monthly fee to use the service. Considering that Apple Music offers live radio shows and interesting exclusives, this fee may be well worth it to the right buyers. Before we dive into the different pricing tiers Apple Music has to offer, we should note that all the subscriptions offer access to the same catalog of ad-free content, offline listening, Beats 1 live and on-demand radio shows, and exclusive releases. Just like Spotify , Apple offers all students with a valid student email address from a supported educational institution half-off an Apple Music membership. The offer is available only for college students at this time. Looking to enroll up to six people in your household in an Apple Music plan? Currently, to qualify for the free six months, you must be signed up for either the Play More or the Get More Unlimited plan through Verizon. This opens up a new method to save on your subscription by paying for it with discounted Apple gift cards. The key is finding them, though.
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Apple Music already offers a three-month free subscription for new users, but now Apple has announced an interesting Christmas deal. As of today until the end of , you can subscribe to Apple Music without paying anything for the first six months. First spotted by Macworld UK , the campaign comes through the Shazam app, which is also owned by Apple. However, although the app is available worldwide, the deal is only valid in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Open the Shazam app on your iPhone or iPad. If you have never used the app, you may have to identify a song first by tapping the Shazam icon.
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Thanks to a creative workaround, originally found by 9to5Mac , you can use a special Shazam promotion to double the length of a typical free trial for Apple Music. To get started, download Shazam for iOS. When it does, it should automatically add the song to your Shazam library. Tap that. Cross your fingers on this part, because your promotion could drop to a meager one month likely for those who have already subscribed to Apple Music at some point, as I did. As one commenter described :. We both went through the same process.
In the streaming media area, Apple Music launched in is a young platform compared to its competitors. With impressive 60 million subscribers all over the world as of June , it has been one of the giants in this industry. For most people, paying for a month's Apple Music subscription cost is not a huge expense. But paying monthly is by no chance affordable.