Apple has plans to offer a free trial of its music streaming service?

Apple has plans to offer a free trial of its music streaming service?
This past week, we told you that Apple has drawn the attention of the Justice Department in the U.S. While negotiating with record labels before its streaming music service launches, Apple has reportedly asked the record companies to put pressure on rival streamer Spotify to stop offering its free ad-supported tier of service. Since the labels hate Spotify's free tier, they are only too glad to help Apple in its quest. But asking for this favor smacks of price-fixing and some other illegalities that the DOJ could end up charging Apple with.

Of the 60 million subscribers to Spotify, only 15 million pay for the service. Spotify charges $10 a month for its ad-free option. But there is speculation that Apple plans on charging $8 a month for its streaming service, which would also include some tunes and artists exclusive to Apple. Ironically, despite Apple's hatred of Spotify's ad-supported free tier of music, there will be some options available to Apple users that will give them free access to Apple's streaming music service.

Apple allegedly plans on offering subscribers to its service a free trial of one to three months in length. Apple's negotiations with the labels will determine how many months of free streaming Apple will offer. Apple is also believed to be considering a way to allow consumers to sample some songs without subscribing to the service. But Apple doesn't really want to give away music for free. If it did, why would it be trying so hard to get Spotify to end its free tier? Apple has also reportedly offered to reimburse Universal Music for lost royalties if the latter stops providing music to YouTube.

Apple has $180 billion in cash which allows it the luxury to experiment with pricing for its streaming music service. Spotify is also flush, having recently raised $350 million at a valuation of $8 billion. Apple was expected to unveil its new streaming music service next month at WWDC, with the release of iOS 8.4. However, negotiations with the labels are not moving along as fast as Apple would have hoped, which means that the tech titan might not have enough content to launch the service next month as planned.

source: re/code via Engadget

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27 Comments

1. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

no thanks

10. Shocky unregistered

They can keep it, please don't release this on Android.

2. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

"free" trial, yeah right.

3. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Free trial for 1 week maybe. But no way free trial for 1-3 months. Apple is too greedy to offer such generous trials period.

18. stealthd unregistered

Well no one offers free trials >1 month, so everyone is too greedy for that.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Not entirely true, I got two months free streaming with Google Play Music when I purchased a Chromebook. I may end up paying for the service because I really enjoyed it and I'm fine with paying for music.

20. stealthd unregistered

A bundled offer isn't the same thing as a free trial.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Which is why I said "Not entirely true", instead of Bull Shi.... you get the idea.

35. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Netflix, Google Play Music, HBO Nordic, Viaplay and alot others streaming service offer1 months free trials here in mine country. Dont know about others countries, but normal is 1 month free trial here in Sweden.

4. DanishDynamite

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Apple and free in the same sentence? That has to be a first.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

I always purchased music that I liked, I used to buy CD's back in the day, but it was a rip off since about 2 or 3 tracks were what I liked out of about 15-20 songs which cost about $15-$17USD - the new world of pay per track is the way to go - I'm super satisfied buying each track individually... I just like iTunes more than Google and the rest only because iTunes has a better selection of music from my native country (It has found EVERY song I searched for or let Siri Identify) including all different versions of that song - I used to be an All Access user - iTunes with iTunes Match is just better - so much better, we'll have to see if Beats can "beat" it... lol...

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Good thing I have an Android phone to listen to some great random music plus listening to current news. It's free. It's called the FM Radio app. The only single feature Apple don't add to their greedy machines. Yeah who listens to FM Radio these day and age? I am one of the millions.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

Every single station (news, music, talk radio) has an app with live streaming or part of an app like iHeartRadio.

31. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yup, but I won't wait for that time Apple charges a dime for listening to FM radio live streaming.

33. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple doesn't charge anything? In fact Apple hasn't charged for anything for the years I used any iPhone. It offers everything Google does and at no charge just like Google. What charges are you talking about. Apple phones coat the same, they run longer, their resale value is higher, and all Apple software is FREE including OS X updates which Microsoft actually charges for. Yes there are services that cost some money like cloud storage, iTunes Match, but Google charges for services too - all access, cloud increases. At least with Apple I get to choose Google services or Apple services - with android you're limited to Google only (but both offer third party cloud or services too equally free or equal rates like Amazon, box cloud services, etc). This notion that Apple charges for something that android does not is rediclous. Stop spreading lies.

34. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Easy, I'm not here to argue about that. I used three mobile OS recently, Android, iOS, WP but I decided to stay with Android and WP coz I have invested enough to stay at Android and WP. I used iOS shortly and their ecosystem doesn't suit me. Though their app catalog is much superior to those two. It's just that Android has so many things to offer (OEM selection, hardware features, third party developer support, cloud services) and has so many work arounds to get what you want. I just feel limited in iPhones. I have no hate towards Apple, in fact their great, but the services I sought is available and compatible with Android and Windows.

9. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

#TIDALforall (I use Spotify)

11. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

This type of thing is why so many people hate Apple!

21. stealthd unregistered

Because they might offer a free trial? Yeah that sucks!

12. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I know of that many people who would jump on this even without the free trials. That said, I think this is more about trying to get back to iTunes days where Apple used to hold the candlestick in music. The game has changed, and I don't see them winning this one. "But Apple doesn't really want to give away music for free. If it did, why would it be trying so hard to get Spotify to end its free tier?" To lure new users?

15. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The real question is why would Apple be trying to end Spotify free streaming when they're offering the exact same thing in iTunes Radio? Hint: the first three letters are "hyp."

13. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple Strategy : Step 1: Copy Spotify, call it iTunes Radio and offer it for free with ads. Step 2: if Step 1 fails, try to price fix.

14. Elfmonster unregistered

Apple markets cheap junk like it's a luxury, and dumb sheep climb aboard their big manipulative ass — Apple was the original Kardashian.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I have no issues paying for music, I just don't like Apple's anti competition stance, and the effort they put into putting others out of business.

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Apple squeezing even more money from their consumers. I sold my iPad Air 2 that I got as a gift but have been regretting it since the A7 on my iPad Air started choking on websites, especially iphonearena. I just noticed that the iphonearena defaults to the mobile site on my iPad Air now. Haha damn Apple.

32. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

I see no point to these services. For one it would just eat your data and I'd rather have my collection on my actual phone which I can play for free.

36. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

How is it news worthy that apple does exactly the same as all other streaming services? i'm just asking.

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