Students can get six free months of Apple Music right now instead of the usual three (new users only)

Students can get six free months of Apple Music right now instead of the usual three (new users only)
Apple generally treats its popular music streaming platform the same as the company's hardware, rarely offering discounts directly, even for new subscribers. But we've actually seen quite a few decent Apple Music deals with absolutely no strings attached at the likes of Groupon in recent months, not to mention all those freebies included with Verizon's revamped unlimited plans starting earlier this year.

It's also easy to save if you're a student or opt for a family plan instead of a standard individual subscription, especially now that the former group can claim an extended trial. In lieu of the usual three months of unlimited, ad-free music streaming you can get at no cost whatsoever, Apple is providing students signing up for the service for the first time with complimentary access to a library of over 50 million songs for a full six months.

You don't have to do anything special to qualify for this killer deal either, as you simply need to be a new user and supply proof of enrollment in an eligible educational institution, including colleges and universities nationwide. Once your six free months are up, you will be automatically charged $4.99 every 30 days to continue using the service unless you choose to cancel your subscription, which you can obviously do at any given time.

That represents a 50 percent discount compared to the regular $9.99 rate charged by Apple of non-student subscribers, mind you, which basically means you can save a grand total of around 90 bucks and only pay $30 or so for your first year of "premium" music streaming if you're a student and decide to retain your subscription beyond the extended trial period. Beat that, Spotify!

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4 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2350; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

This is clearly an attempt to wipe out the competition. Ad-free for $4.99 per month and that's after the first six are free and Adrian then writes "Beat that, Spotify!" You know with the "Apple Tax" that it's highly unlikely Spotify can or will compete with that discount deal. And now you know why Spotify launched an antitrust lawsuit against Apple. Oh, and if the competition really is wiped out or put down far enough that it's services aren't on par with Apple's then I would wager that you might never see a deal like this again...

2. AbhiD

Posts: 719; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Absolutely ridiculous statement with no backing. Spotify only pays 15% app tax and that too only on 0.5% of the total subscribers. How is that stopping Spotify to offer discounts and deals? Why not offer Android exclusive deals? Did anyone stop Spotify for that? The reality is that Spotify has a free ad supported tier (constitutes of 60%+ of their userbase) which makes literally no money for them and only losses, so overall they have hard time making profits and hence cannot afford offers. Neither Spotify has other businesses like Apple, Google etc to be able to subsidize their music streaming branch with money from other branches. So it's disadvantage Spotify rather than advantage Apple or advantage Google.

4. Subie

Posts: 2350; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

"So it's disadvantage Spotify rather than advantage Apple or advantage Google." That's exactly what I'm saying. $4.99 per month isn't necessarily advantageous for Apple's pockets books today. It's a long term approach. And like you said they can afford to subsidize any losses. Even if that price was Apple breaking even then Spotify would be definitely losing because of the extra tax. Once Apple decided to compete in the music streaming business on IOS it became financially difficult or non existent for competition to thrive. And that's the crux of Spotify's lawsuit.

3. Subie

Posts: 2350; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

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