Apple Music starts charging for its three-month trial in select markets

Apple Music starts charging for its three-month trial in select markets
Apple has made a change to Apple Music's pricing in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland. Those trying to sign up for the three-month trial on iOS or Android in those countries will be charged .99 cents in Australia, .99 € in Spain and .99 Fr. in Switzerland. While that isn't free, like the trial period used to be in those markets, it still is a minimal amount to pay for three-months of the service. The three-month trial remains free in the U.S. and in other regions. After the free period ends in the U.S., Apple charges $9.99 a month for an individual, $4.99 a month for students, and $14.99 a month for a family of up to six people.

Apple has not offered an explanation for its decision to charge for the three-month trial in the three countries. One theory is that the company is simply trying to recover some of the costs of offering the trial. If you recall, Apple originally was not going to pay royalties to artists for music played during the trial period. That led Taylor Swift to pull her 1989 album from Apple Music until Apple decided to change its mind about not paying royalties for tunes played during the trial period.

Apple hasn't said whether this new policy will eventually be rolled out to other markets. It should be noted though, that its top rival in the music streaming industry also offers a three-month discount in the U.S. In the states, first time Spotify members can get three-months of service for a total cost of $9.99. That one-time deal gives new subscribers a savings of $19.98 over the three months.


source: AppleMusic (Australia), (Spain), (Switzerland) via, AppleInsider

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20 Comments

1. kennybenny

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Apple SURE loves to nickel and dime their customers all the way......

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yeah, because the richest company in the world counts every penny. Of course you idiots don't care that Spotify does exactly the same in those countries because of law there, it sure is Apple's fault and greed

2. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Trial=99c

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Isn't the point of a trial, to let you decide if you want to be charged or not, by have a (non charged) period? Damn Apple.

7. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

1. You are a loser for posting a gym selfie on a tech site 2. You are in need of a serious diet 3. Your head is huge

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1584; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Somebody sounds jealous and resentful.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx for the compliment. That fact that you even paid attention, verifies your jealousy.

13. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Wow, you have serious issues.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Men calling out other men, over how they look......yep....issues.

4. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Greed

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6876; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Poor poor apple...guess they're​ going through some tough financial times.

8. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Yup, they are really struggling with almost $250 BILLION of cash on hand.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Buy charging you $650 for $200 phone. Yourw paying 3 times what it costs and i am paying only 1 time what it costs. Im actually getting more and paying less, and youre getting less and paying more. You cant buy and enjoy and so can i.

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

What are you on about?

6. samgsam

Posts: 149; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Apple may be one of the richest companies, but at heart they are the poorest of all.

18. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Nearly everyone is like that. In the game of profits, every penny counts.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not really. In your mind which other company operate at the same level as Apple. Locking in every possible ways to milk their user base. From accessories maker, to text messaging to online cloud services to mobile payment to repair servicing?

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Eh......samsung?

10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1584; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Would make more sense to shorten the trial period than charge money for a trial.

15. ayylmao

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

Apple needing the dimes they need to pay Qualcomm for their royalties.

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