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Apple starts charging for Apple Music trials in some countries

by Josh Levenson | May 22, 2017May 22, 2017 11:30 am PDT

If you reside in Australia, Spain or Switzerland and have been waiting to activate your free three-month trial of Apple Music, we have some bad news: it’s not free anymore. The privilege is now going to set you back 0.99 in each country’s local currency.

Unfortunately, it’s unclear why Apple has decided to alter the terms of the trial in the aforementioned countries, or whether it’s planning to introduce the fee in other regions, but we can’t see it deterring too many customers.

After all, Apple Music’s main competitor, Spotify, charges a lot more for the opportunity to try out its Premium plan. In the United States, for example, first-time Premium customers can register for the service for three months for $9.99.

When Apple Music first launched, the Cupertino company decided against paying royalties to artists during the three-month trial period, but reversed course after facing backlash from several labels and pop star Taylor Swift.

Apple may be attempting to recover costs

This could simply be Apple’s way of attempting to recover some of the costs associated with previously offering customers the complimentary taster period.

Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...