Apple is seriously considering a price drop for Apple Music
, according to two sources
that spoke to Digital Music News
. The sources are not within Apple, but have worked close with the service since it launched. The price drop would see Apple Music go from $9.99 to $7.99, while family plans would drop from $14.99 to $12.99.
The new prices would begin rolling out by Christmas, and Digital Music News
claims the rollout could start with a "holiday promotional discount." While regular and family plans would see a price drop, student rates, which are $4.99 a month, would remain the same price.
The new prices would help Apple Music match Amazon's new Music Unlimited service
, which is $7.99 per month for Prime subscribers. However, Amazon's streaming service also offers a $3.99 per month plan for customers that own an Amazon Echo device.
In May, Digital Music News reported
that Apple planned on ending iTunes Music downloads within two years, eliciting a specific "not true" response from Apple. A month later, Digital Music News reported
that new sources had come forward claiming that Apple would end music downloads in the future, and that the company would debut a new version of iTunes at WWDC that would make it easy for the company to do so.