On September 30, all users who turned on the Apple Music service on the day of its launch will end a three-month free trial period. In the future, access to the library of music will cost 169 rubles per month (or 269 rubles per month with family access for six people).
How to avoid withdrawing funds for Apple Music
In order not to pay for Apple Music, before the trial period expires, you need to turn off the automatic renewal of the subscription. It is activated by default, after which Apple reserves the opportunity to debit funds from an attached credit card without a second request for permission.
To turn off the subscription on your mobile device, you need to open the App Store and go to the Apple ID profile at the bottom of its main page (you will need to enter a password). In the menu that opens, you need to find the “Subscriptions” section and click on the “Manage” button, then select Apple Music from the list (it should have “Active” status) and disable auto-update from the inside.
In the same menu, you can change the type of family subscription.
What is the status of the service at the time of launch?
Despite the fact that many users found the Apple Music service convenient, its launch was not without a series of unpleasant “glitches”, including the disappearance of music purchased from iTunes from the music library, as well as the loss of user playlists.
Informally, during the test period, Apple Music was in a state similar to beta testing, and its full launch took place along with iOS 9 (at the same time, with the release of watchOS 2, the service began to work correctly on Apple Watch). However, in iOS 9 all its flaws were not corrected: for example, Apple Music still occasionally disconnects users from access to adult music tracks for no apparent reason.
Apple prepared for the end of the free testing period by releasing seven commercialswith instructions for using Apple Music. They not only tell about the purpose of each tab of the application, but also clarify the mechanisms by which the user can make the individual recommendations more accurate – for example, actively using likes, as well as the option “do not show me this anymore.”
What do the media think
By the beginning of the paid period of Apple Music, a number of media outlets published reviews describing the experience of using the service for three months. For example, Kathleen McGarry (Caitlin McGarry) from Macworld said that, thanks to recommendations, Apple found more new music during this period than during all the time spent with peers from competitors.
McGarry praised Apple Music for hand-picked playlists that really gave the headlines in the headlines, as well as for the deep integration in iOS, including full-fledged work with Siri. In Russia, the voice assistant is not so useful: if he works in Russian, then there are problems with finding English names.
The journalist complained about Apple’s traditional “glitches” on the cloud side of the service, as well as the complex interface that has yet to be finalized. She also did not like the lack of opportunity to listen to music for free with viewing ads, but she noted that the cost of a subscription to Apple Music is more than adequate by the standards of the market.
The author of the portal The Motley Fool Jamal Carnett (Jamal Carnette) went on the topic of Apple Music from the business. In his opinion, the service cannot be compared with Spotify and other competitors, because such companies live by selling subscriptions and advertising. For Apple, streaming music doesn’t even have to be profitable: the main thing is for users to get deeper into Tim Cook’s ecosystem and continue to buy new iPhones.
The Next Web editor Martin Bryant (Martin Bryant) proposed a radical solution to the problem of choosing the best streaming service and subscribed to three of them at once: Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play Music.
Bryant is convinced that each of the three solutions has its undeniable advantages. Apple has almost reliable recommendations and hand-made playlists, as well as the “all in one place” principle, which connects purchased music with music leased from one library.
The journalist recommends Spotify as a basic solution: most often it is his support that is built into third-party applications. For example, if a Uber passenger wants to listen to his song on the way, then this can be done only if you have an account in Spotify. In Russia, Spotify does not officially work, but the service can be used via a VPN with a foreign IP address.
Google Play Music Bryant advised to use his entire offline collection as a convenient way to save to the cloud. According to him, Apple could not make this feature as reliable and easy to use.