Chance Miller. As the back to school season continues , Apple has recently brought back its extended Apple Music trial offer for students. For a limited time, eligible college students who are new Apple Music subscribers will receive 6 months of the service for free. Apple typically offers a three-month free trial of Apple Music though promotions from retailers and carriers sometimes extend that to four months. During the back to school season of , Apple offered a similar 6-month free trial of Apple Music for students, but that deal expired last fall. The extended trial is available only for new Apple Music subscribers.
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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.
How Apple Music compares to the competition
Student 2. Share your existing music library however you want 3. Bundle Apple Music with three other great services.
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. The company no longer reports how many iPhone units it sells, for instance, as it instead focuses on increasing adoption of Apple services such the App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and iCloud.