Apple Music Student Plan Pricing Increases by 20% in US, UK, EU, Canada, and Other Countries [Updated]

Pricing for the Apple Music Student Plan has increased in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

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The price changes, first spotted by Michael Burkhardt on Twitter (via 9to5Mac), increase the ‌Apple Music‌ Student Plan from $4.99 to $5.99 per month in the United States and Canada, and from £4.99 to £5.99 in the United Kingdom. The changes cut what was previously a 50 percent discount on the $9.99 and £9.99 monthly cost to just 40 percent.

Archived webpages indicate that the change occurred within the past 48 hours. Last month, Apple increased the price of the ‌Apple Music‌ Student Plan in a large number of countries, including Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Indonesia, Israel, and Kenya. Apple informed affected subscribers via email in these countries, but it seems to have not yet informed customers about the latest price change in the U.S., UK, and Canada.

Update: Price increases have also taken effect in various European countries, where most EU countries have seen a bump from EUR 4.99 to EUR 5.99, Finland has increased from EUR 4.99 to EUR 6.99, Sweden has seen an increase from SEK 49 to SEK 65, Denmark has seen an increase from DKK 49 to DKK 59, and Switzerland has seen an increase from CHF 6.50 to CHF 7.50, for example.

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Top Rated Comments

nathan_reilly Avatar
26 months ago

Students will understand that paying a tiny amount more for breathtaking quality is worth it.

Spotify is still using heavy lossy compressed music files.
Most students I know like the social aspect of Spotify vs Apple Music. They're not thinking about compression algorithms.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ericwn Avatar
26 months ago

Students will understand that paying a tiny amount more for breathtaking quality is worth it.

Spotify is still using heavy lossy compressed music files.
There is nothing breathtaking either way and the dominant platform is Spotify already, and always has been in the recent past, which tells us all we need to know about compression and its importance in the mass market.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
L92 Avatar
26 months ago
Most students use BT earphones, where lossless is pointless. Even with wired ones, you need a good one to actually hear something if anything. And Spotify Connect works better for the Apple ecosystem than Apple Music, or Apple Podcast. Considering how deeply integrated they are it's actually quite baffling how Apple devices couldn't pick up Music and Podcast for continuous playback like Spotify does it, which is like magic. I'm using both from time to time. AM ui is nicer, but Spotify is vastly faster (even on i13P). It's also joke that playlist orders for AM only coming in iOS16, so it took them like 10 years to figure it out.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dumastudetto Avatar
26 months ago
Students will understand that paying a tiny amount more for breathtaking quality is worth it.

Spotify is still using heavy lossy compressed music files.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
davemacdo Avatar
26 months ago

Students will understand that paying a tiny amount more for breathtaking quality is worth it.

Spotify is still using heavy lossy compressed music files.
Music professor here. With very few exceptions, students are not listening on the kind of hardware that would allow for this distinction to be meaningful. Spotify’s 320kbps MP3s are fine.

Also, I will continue using Spotify to teach my courses because of the sharing and collaboration features.

Also, non-Apple using students would resent me asking them to buy Apple things, even though they can use the service without any Apple hardware.

The _one_ thing I can imagine moving me from Spotify for teaching would be something remarkable with music metadata in the rumored Apple Classical Music app/service (or whatever becomes of the Primephonic acquisition). Currently, metadata in both Spotify and Apple Music is hot garbage.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
StuBeck Avatar
26 months ago

And what is the reason for this 20% increase?
Gotta pay for that new office building no one wants to work at.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)