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Apple Music Has a Secret $99 Annual Subscription

Dave Parrack 19-06-2017

Apple is now offering an annual subscription to Apple Music. And anyone taking the company up on the offer can save almost 20 percent every year. However, for some strange reason Apple has hidden the annual subscription option away from view, meaning you’ll have to go hunting for it.


Apple Music is one of a number of amazing music streaming services How to Pick the Best Music Streaming Service for You Do you use a music streaming service? If so, how do you know you're using the best one for you personally? Read More which have managed to simultaneously reduce piracy and reinvigorate people’s love of music. Unfortunately, some people balk at the price, arguing that $120-a-year is too expensive. OK, so how does $99-per-year sound?

Save Money on Apple Music

As first reported by TechCrunch, Apple Music now has an annual subscription plan. This is priced at $99/year, making it 17.5 percent cheaper than the regular price. For reasons only known to Apple, this isn’t being advertised despite the fact it could tempt people away from Spotify et al.

The annual subscription is only available to existing Apple Music subscribers, so if you’re only just joining you’re stuck paying monthly. However, if you’re an existing Apple Music subscriber and want to switch to the $99/year annual subscription you’ll need to do the following…

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. Tap on the Featured tab and navigate all the way to the bottom.
  3. Tap on your Apple ID and enter your password.
  4. Tap on the Subscriptions option and find your Apple Music membership settings.
  5. Find the “Individual (1 Year)” setting and select it.

Note that this is only available to individual users, meaning there’s no similar option available for subscribers to the Family plan. However, as the Family plan already grants up to six people access to the full Apple Music experience 10 Essential Apple Music Tips You Really Need to Know Since its launch in 2015, Apple Music has come a long way, baby. Unfortunately, it's still not the easiest or most intuitive service to get to grips with. Which is where we come in... Read More for $14.99, it’s already incredible value for money.

Even Apple Deserves Credit Occasionally

Streaming is the future of pretty much everything. The idea of owning things is becoming passe The End of Ownership: Netflix, Spotify, and The Streaming Generation Streaming media is convenient, but you're giving up something important: ownership of digital media. Read More , especially amongst the younger generation. Arguably, the only thing holding streaming back is the cost to the end user. So anyone endeavoring to reduce that cost deserves credit. Yes, even Apple.


Do you subscribe to Apple Music? How much do you pay every month? Are you tempted to switch to the $99/year plan? Why do you think Apple is hiding this option? What made you choose Apple Music over the competition? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Rico
    June 20, 2017 at 7:00 am

    I might switch to annually once I leave college and loose my student discount.