Apple Music's 12-month gift card cuts the price by 18% making the service cheaper than Spotify

Apple Music's 12-month gift card cuts the price by 18% making the service cheaper than Spotify
One of the less publicized battles taking place, is the one for control of the streaming music industry. This past June, Spotify announced that it has 100 million subscribers. But of this total, only 30 million are paid subscribers. The remaining 70 million listen to a free tier of service that is supported by advertisements. Apple Music's 15 million paid subscribers (Apple doesn't offer a free ad supported tier of servce) is half the number that Spotify has. The difference is that Apple Music is about 15 months old while Spotify was founded more than a decade ago. In other words, Apple is picking up some ground and will eventually overtake Spotify if everything remains the same.

Now, Apple is looking to speed up this process by undercutting Spotify on price. A new gift card offered by Apple gives buyers 12-months of service for $99. That brings the monthly rate down by 18% to $8.25. That would take the monthly cost of Apple's streaming music service under Spotify's $9.99. Currently, both charge the same thing for a month of streaming music for an individual.

The gift card is available at brick and mortar Apple Stores, and cannot be purchased online from Apple. Not all Apple Stores are selling it yet. If you can't get to an Apple Store, eBay is selling both the 3-month card ($29.97 or $9.99 a month) and the 12-month card ($99 or $8.25 a month). Obviously, Apple is trying to get you to commit to a full year of streaming music.

If you're interested in the Apple Music gift card, visit your nearby Apple Store, or click on the sourcelink to purchase it from eBay. If you make the purchase from the online auction site, you will receive a code by return email that you can use to start the subscription immediately.

source: eBay via 9to5Mac

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14 Comments

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6739; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Hope this won't affect what the artists are making. If anything they should be getting paid more.

3. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

Scrap and ripoff waste of money Flac highest quality available 1024kb

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ummmmmmm.....there aren't any streaming services that offer that. I agree, the quality of FLac files are much better, but most people can't hear the differences you or I can. So, streaming services are their best bet.

6. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

You need very good earphones. Sony Bayer Senheiser B&O The difference is day and night

9. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

True.

23. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Sony? Meh And Deezer offers FLAC streaming, Tidal aswell but who gives a squat about it

12. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Doesn't change the fact that streaming services are a ripoff. If you're only listening to each album/song once it's a good deal of you're listening to a new album every day. However if you're like most and listen to each song several times and dozens of times to the hit songs it becomes a waste. For the same money I'd rather buy the CD and actually "own" rather than rent.

16. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

True.

10. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Tried Apple music for three months. What a mess UI. Couldnt deal with it went back to Spotify.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm using Google Play Music right now. I've been grabbing the $1 album deals they release every two weeks and I'm actually accumulating a pretty decent music library for dirt cheap... right now I'm around 2,300 songs. Though some of that is from CDs I've uploaded to the cloud. I think in the long run, it's definitely the best deal.

17. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Google also has a not quite daily free song/album but i can't post link to the site that keeps track yet.

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Their free tracks are usually unknown artists, and their free albums are few and far between, but they do have them! And typically they're really good albums, Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack, MJ's Thriller, Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, Linkin Park Hybrid Theory...

18. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

mumblebeeinc.com/tag/google-play-free-song-of-the-​day/

26. Phonefan99

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 20, 2016

Yawn, must be no pictures of the iPhone 7 to post

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