Apple Music already offers a three-month free subscription for new users, but now Apple has announced an interesting Christmas deal. As of today until the end of , you can subscribe to Apple Music without paying anything for the first six months. First spotted by Macworld UK , the campaign comes through the Shazam app, which is also owned by Apple. However, although the app is available worldwide, the deal is only valid in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Open the Shazam app on your iPhone or iPad. If you have never used the app, you may have to identify a song first by tapping the Shazam icon.
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Apple Music plans
Apple expanded the global reach of its digital services today. As part of that, the company is making Apple Music free in 52 countries that are getting it for the first time, mostly in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. In addition the App Store, which Apple says gets over million visitors a week, will be expanding to 20 new countries. That compares to 63 countries that Google Music currently supports and 80 countries that Spotify supports. The biggest challenge in getting your music-streaming app ready to go in new geographies is, of course, getting licenses from the rights owners, which can take a long time. By contrast the France-based music streaming service Deezer is available in countries. Services are strategically important to Apple.
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In comparison to music streaming sites like Spotify or Pandora, Apple Music can feel a bit mysterious. Anyone who signs up will have to pay a monthly fee to use the service. Considering that Apple Music offers live radio shows and interesting exclusives, this fee may be well worth it to the right buyers. Before we dive into the different pricing tiers Apple Music has to offer, we should note that all the subscriptions offer access to the same catalog of ad-free content, offline listening, Beats 1 live and on-demand radio shows, and exclusive releases. Just like Spotify , Apple offers all students with a valid student email address from a supported educational institution half-off an Apple Music membership. The offer is available only for college students at this time. Looking to enroll up to six people in your household in an Apple Music plan? Currently, to qualify for the free six months, you must be signed up for either the Play More or the Get More Unlimited plan through Verizon. This opens up a new method to save on your subscription by paying for it with discounted Apple gift cards.
Students enrolled in degree-granting universities and colleges can join Apple Music at a discounted monthly rate for up to 48 months. Junior, technical colleges, and special courses are also eligible in Japan. Already subscribe to Apple Music? Follow the onscreen prompts to verify your enrollment.