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Apple Introduces Apple Music Student Membership Option With 50% Discount at $4.99 per Month

Apple will today introduce an Apple Music student plan that discounts the streaming service by 50 percent for those who are enrolled in an eligible college or university (via TechCrunch).

The new plan means any academic student in the United States can now pick up an individual Apple Music membership for $4.99 a month, rather than pay the standard $9.99 subscription rate.

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U.S. students won't be the only ones to benefit though, as the plan is also open to students in the U.K., Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. The actual cost is expected to vary slightly from country to country, but all markets will see 50 percent off the standard subscription rate.

The student discount is offered for up to four continuous or non-continuous years after sign-up, so students are able to take gap years or breaks between semesters and still sign up again when they return to study. Additionally, the plan is open to all students of all ages, regardless of degree.

The membership tier will be available starting today to both new and existing subscribers. Students can sign up or change their membership online, or go through the Apple Music mobile app. Apple is using student verification technology provider, UNiDAY, to ensure that those who are signing up as students are actually enrolled at a supported institution.

News of the student plan comes two days after it was reported that Apple is planning to overhaul its year-old music streaming service to make it more intuitive. The company is set to redesign the user interface, which will be "bolder, yet simpler", with an emphasis on black and white backgrounds and text as well as more of a focus on album art.

Additionally, the "New" tab in Apple Music is being replaced with a "Browse" option with better organizational tools for finding new content, and Apple will encourage users to use a simplified "For You" section. The new Apple Music app will reportedly debut at WWDC in iOS 10 and will be introduced through an iTunes update on the Mac.



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24 months ago
Rats. I just graduated last week!
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Your move, Spotify.


Spotify already has a student discount and has had one for awhile.
Rating: 13 Votes
24 months ago
I sometimes wonder why I still live in Canada.
Rating: 12 Votes
24 months ago
And other countries? Tim where's your equality?
Rating: 9 Votes
24 months ago
Your move, Spotify.

Edit: Yes I know Spotify does this. My point is they no longer have a price advantage.
Rating: 9 Votes
24 months ago
I wish apple would show the military some of that same appreciation. It's too easy to verify if someone is a veteran by going through id.me to verify military affiliation.
Rating: 7 Votes
24 months ago

If you can purchase nearly all the music want for under $10 a month, you're not a big music fan. It used to cost me $20 PER RECORD for ONE SINGLE TRACK when I purchase vinyl as a DJ. $10 for unlimited streaming is just insane value and only someone that doesn't value music or isn't really that bothered about it would think otherwise - thats where the conclusion comes from.

So if you don't subscribe to a streaming service or spend loads of money every month buying music you can't be a big music fan? That's ridiculous. :rolleyes:
Rating: 7 Votes
24 months ago

Your move, Spotify.


I graduated from University in 2012 and Spotify had a student discount even back then.
Rating: 5 Votes
24 months ago

Yeah great for those in the US.

The real question is apple why the **** didn't you introduce this at the start???


Perhaps they had to clear it with the record labels that they have agreements with? After all, this probably means that they are going to get half the money from a college subscriber. Or perhaps they had things to work out with their student verification provider?
Rating: 5 Votes
24 months ago

Why does it always have to be a race of who did it first??

The implication was that Spotify would feel the need to copy this idea.

I was informing the poster that Spotify has had this in place for several years - before Apple Music even existed.
Rating: 4 Votes
24 months ago
Did anyone try to move forward/backward an Apple Music song using that super skinny indicator? You need you have a finger the size of a needle and eyes with laser precision to be able to move it. Thank you Tim Kardashian and Sir Jony for another beautiful designed skinny/transparent cursor !
Rating: 4 Votes

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