Unless you’re a student or educator, you’re probably paying full price for your new Apple gear and services. Aside from rare special events and a limited selection of refurbished items, Apple has a reputation for avoiding discounted pricing (we’re talking about a company that is still charging a base price of $3,000 for the ridiculously outdated Mac Pro). It was therefore surprising to see the company release a discounted Apple Music subscription plan this week.
The individual Apple Music subscription has a list price of $9.99 per month, taking a subscriber’s pre-tax yearly total to just under $120. For those who consider that pricing to be a bit high and are considering competing services, Apple has a new offer for you: one year of Apple Music for $99, a 17.4 percent savings.
There are just a few catches to consider. First, this Apple Music discount is only available via a special gift card at select retailers. Second, while “normal” subscribers are billed $9.99 per month, those interested in this deal will need to plop down the full $99 up front, which may be a deal breaker for some users. There’s also no simple way for current Apple Music subscribers to “upgrade” to the yearly plan, as the pricing option isn’t available online or via a user’s Apple Music account page.
The Apple Music discount works out to $8.25 per month, which is a far cry from the $4.99 per month membership offered to students, but it does beat competitor Spotify’s list price of $9.99 per moth for the Premium tier. Still, if you’re absolutely dedicated to Apple Music and have no doubts about spending the next 12 months with Eddy Cue‘s masterpiece, the discount card is a smart bet to save some cash.
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