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How much does Apple Music cost?

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There’s no better time than now to reevaluate your listening game. Spotify Wrapped just dropped and we’re over-analyzing our music picks for the past year, the holiday season has us wanting to treat ourselves, plus we’re approaching a new year which only means one thing: the weather for a refresh.

Spotify has long been the market leader for monthly music streaming services, but Apple Music is a strong contender.

Launched in 2015, Apple Music has over 100 million songs. The platform even lets you stream any song from your iTunes library to any device, whether it’s a song purchased from iTunes, downloaded from the internet, or even copied from a CD (we remember doing it with Beyoncé’s I Am… Sasha Fierce album at the time).

The streaming service lets you listen to your downloaded songs offline, and once a year it reveals your Apple Music Replay: a roundup of your most-streamed genres, songs and artists.

When choosing a new monthly streaming service – whether you’re a first-time listener or switching from another platform like Amazon Music or Spotify – there are few things as important as price. Apple Music might have all the amazing features in the world, but if it’s unaffordable or, worse, not value for money, what’s the point?

Fortunately, Apple Music is priced similarly to its competitors. Let’s take a closer look at Apple Music plans and pricing.

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Want to compare the best streaming services? Take a look at Spotify vs. Apple Music and Amazon Music vs. Spotify.

What is Apple Music?

Perhaps the easiest way to listen to music is through a monthly streaming service. For one payment per month, you can enjoy unlimited skips, a huge catalog of music, the ability to listen offline, and in the case of Apple Music, crystal-clear audio quality.

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In 2021, Apple Music updated its entire catalog to hi-res audio quality at 24-bit/192kHz. The platform offers lossless streaming and spatial audio support to all subscribers.

As with all Apple products, such as AirPods, Apple Music is easier to use on an Apple device because the app is there, ready and waiting. However, Apple Music does not discriminate! You can also subscribe to Apple Music on Android devices. Simply download the app from the Play Store.

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How much does Apple Music cost in the UK?

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Unlike Spotify, Apple Music does not offer a free entry-level subscription. Instead, it offers four plans that start from £4.99 per month and all offer ad-free and opt-out listening.

The first is the Apple Music Voice plan. At £4.99 per month, it’s designed to play music using Siri exclusively. The plan gives you access to any song, playlist or radio station using your voice. This cheap-as-a-chip plan is available on Apple devices, but it won’t work on other supported devices like the other plans do.

Being a student means one thing: setting a budget. Well, it also means something else, socializing, but that’s usually the reason for budgeting. The student plan at £5.99 per month gives you the same features as the individual plan, for example you can see what your friends are listening to and download up to 100,000 songs to your library.

It’s £5 more for the individual plan, which costs you £10.99 per month.

Finally, there’s the £16.99 per month family plan, which we’ll talk about in more detail, as it’s certainly a good plan.

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Is there an Apple Music free trial?

Where are all the free trials? It seems like no one wants to offer free trials anymore! Luckily for us, Apple Music offers a one-month free trial on all of its plans.

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What is the Apple Music Family Plan?

For just £16.99 a month, up to six people can enjoy unlimited access to Apple Music on any device. Each family member will receive their own music library, along with personalized listening recommendations based on what they like to listen to.

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What is Apple Music Sing?

With the iOS 16.2 update, Apple introduced Apple Music Sing: a feature of Apple Music that turns you into a karaoke sensation.

The karaoke feature is available to all Apple Music subscribers and includes a range of playlists. There’s one for party anthems, family favorites, iconic duets and more. The playlists are also divided into genres like pop, indie, rock, and others. For the more serious singers among us, there are also categories like Songs for Pros.

Apple Music Sing is accessible on all devices, like your iPhone and iPad, and for the ultimate get-together with friends and family, listen to Apple Music Sing on your Apple TV.

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