Apple Music doesn’t offer a free tier. So if you want to experience Apple music, and your introductory music-streaming rights are cut off, you’re left with three options: Opt for a subscription, switch to a free competitor, or stay away from streaming altogether.
If you plan to go for Apple Music for its live radio shows and fantastic exclusives, here’re the recommendations with all the different pricing options available before jumping into a basic $10-per-month membership. You could even end up leaving with a subscription for free.
Apple Music Plans
All the Apple Music subscriptions offer access to the same catalog of ad-free content, offline listening, Beats 1 live and on-demand radio shows, including exclusive releases.
Here are the Apple Music Plans
Apple Music Individual
Apple Music doesn’t have any free plan, so if you’re looking for the basic music or something freemium — you’ll have to need a $10-per-month Individual subscription.
To lock people in, Apple offers the option to pay for a year’s worth of service upfront for $99 — a discount of $21 — which is a good option.
Apple Music Student
Similar to Spotify, Apple provides every student (with a valid student email address from a supported educational institution) 50% off on their Apple Music membership. That means you’ll have the monthly payment down to a modest $5.
Apple Music Family
If you want to sign up to six people in your household up to Apple Music, you can subscribe to the $15-per-month Family plan. You get a total savings of $5 per month for two members, $15 for three, $25 for four, $35 for five, and $45 for six persons.
Apple Music with Verizon
If you’re a customer of Verizon Unlimited plan, you’re eligible for a free Apple Music subscription. Yes — you can score a six-month Individual membership for the low, low price of absolutely free per month.
Apple Music Vs Competition
Although Spotify is the king on the worldwide stage, Apple Music rules the roost in the United States, enjoying the highest number of paying subscribers in the region. Why? Due to its exclusive content and local human-run radio stations.
Finally, Spotify and Apple Music are neck and neck, with the former’s music-discovery tools giving it an edge. Apple Music features a larger catalog, exclusive releases, and fantastic Beats 1 radio options make it a serious competitor, though.