Apple gives the gift of Music to its retail employees

Being one of the largest and most profitable companies worldwide, and one with an ever-present underlying message of positivity, it's only natural that Apple wouldn’t skimp when it comes to giving holiday gifts to its employees. With Apple Music — the company’s own music streaming service, a.k.a Spotify’s mortal enemy — having launched this past 2015, the brass at Cupertino chose to give its retail workers worldwide 9-month Apple Music subscription codes.

That’s a pretty generous $90 gift for each employee. But this bonus is actually a follow-up of another one, which Apple issued last week – a pair of urBeats in-ear headphones has been shipped to workers globally. That’s an extra $99.95 retail value, in case you were wondering. The earplugs are in a unique black-and-red color combo, which you can't buy from the Apple Store, and have a short "Thank YOU 2015" message inscribed on the box.

It makes sense that Apple would have its employees switch to Apple Music (if they haven't already). A joke about the company needing to boost subscription rates does come to mind, but seems in bad taste, as it looks like Music is doing quite well, and is definitely not suffering from a lack of popularity with the Taylor Swift stunt and all that. No, it makes sense from a customer service perspective – you can’t have your employees recommending or answering questions about a service that they themselves might not be using.

In years past, employees have been gifted iTunes gift cards and discounts, water bottles, hoodies, and backpacks, so this year’s benefit definitely seems to be among the most generous ones so far. We are also far from the idea that there was no financial bonus to boot.

If you worked at the Apple Store chain, what gift would you have loved to get? And no, you can't say Rose Gold iPhone 6s, and we are pretty sure that an Apple Watch Edition would be off limits. 

source: MacRumors (1, 2)



1. iM2.0

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

This just shows how much Apple cares for its community...

3. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 707; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I appreciate that Apple does that. Even small things matter.

14. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

You mean its employees. LOL, throwing crumbs out to the staff is not considered 'caring for its community'. BTW, are you an employee of Apple? You mean you never got that gift but are appreciating it nonetheless?

2. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Apple is a great company l

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Has anyone ever seen an apple job application?

5. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Is that a rhetorical question?

6. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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7. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

This article looks like an advertisement just straight from a newspaper page.

8. Piyath_ale

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Apple is Great!

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why not give it free since its your employees? After all, it would be an easy tax right-off. How many retail employees do they have? They could have given them all a free 1-year subscription and then offered it at a discount when it expires to keep them on it. $90 worth of codes is nothing. Microsoft use to give its employees full phones, FREE. Phones that cost way more. Giving music? That really isn't a gift. I don't see how this is so great for a company who the services belong to them and could just give to the employees.

10. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude, your hate of Apple is disturbing! Apple gives out free stuff to employees and you have to turn this into a fanboy argument. GET A LIFE!!!

11. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014


12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Hate. Really? Because I said for a company that has $200B they gave 10,000 retail employees $90 in Apple Music usage? Apple Music is now a 1st party service offered by the company they work for. Why not give them a year subscription free?! How much does it cost Apple to give them free stuff? NOTHING! Any costs to give that if a tax right off. I am not saying they should do it for a tax write-off. Just saying it would be anyways. Music isn't a gift. I can turn on a radio and listen to all the music they have on Apple Music for free. How is that a gift? If money grew on trees and you had one in your backyard, what good would a gift of money be to you? Gifting you something you can get for free is stupid. Compare? In 2010 we have 25 employees, my company gave everyone a free iPad @ $499 each. Last year we gave every employee $5000 in cash, plus a $300 gift card to one of the vendors/retailers we do work for. Every year we give a Christmas Bonus of at least $2500 Our company needs 5.5M to run. Anything extra is profit. We made $10M last year and we shared it with everyone. Not only do we give bonuses and gifts, we also give everyone a personal gift, we have a extravagant Christmas party and we have quarterly bonuses too. Apple owns Apple Music. Services have already been set up and handled by computers. They could give them all a free one year and lock it to a specific device so once they use it it cant be used on another device and give it for a year. That isn't hate you moron. Why don't you marry Tim Cook since you obviously enjoy being screwed by him over and over. When you have $200Billion in cash, you can do more for your employees who work holiday's for long hours, weekends for long hours on top of a week schedule. WTF is $90 dude? Do the math. How much bigger is $200B over $90?! You are a little mindless little @%+$$kissing Apple fanboy. You arent even worth replying too. You or YOUR online loser friends who give you thumbs. I dont hate Apple. What I do hate is a greedy ass company who has money and the best they can do for their employ is give them a mediore gift for Christams. How much you think Tim Cook's gift is goign to be? How important are employees? Here let me show you. if they all decide not to come to work one day or strke, how much money does Apple make? NOTHING. How much do they lose? MILLIONS! So a company with BILLIONS can give more? They have the money to give everyone a $1000 gift card to buy whatever they want. After all, all the money would go right back to Apple...right? SO WHAT WOULD THEY LOSE? NOTHING!!! YOU ARE A FOOL!!

13. AlikMalix unregistered

Techie, giving a years worth of Apple Music will cost Apple, even one month subscription does - while employees will enjoy their free music, Apple still has to pay royalties. Regular FM radio and Apple Music/Spotif/etc is not the same - and you know it. The problem with your logic is that - if all employees quit - they will have no paycheck - working for Apple provides that. But thinking that Apple owes anything "free" to their employees is ludicrous. If a company decides to give bonuses or iPads or cars - that's their business. If you're not happy that your company isn't giving you free year subscription instead of 3 months - quit and go work for another conpany. I bet if Apple decided to give a years worth of Apple Music subscription you would complain that it's not 3 years. Give it a rest. Techie. I would agree with one thing or another with you - you know that, and you're untitled to your opinion - but you're litterally barking up a hail storm for no reason.

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