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Apple has silently increased the price of its Apple Music subscription for college students in several countries, with the company emailing students informing them their subscription would be slightly increasing in price moving forward.

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The price change is not widespread and, based on MacRumors' findings, will impact Apple Music student subscribers in but not limited to Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Indonesia, Israel, and Kenya.

"Thank you for subscribing to Apple Music. We wanted to let you know about an upcoming change to this subscription," reads an email from Apple to Apple Music student subscribers. "Apple is raising the price of this subscription from USD 1.49 per month to USD 1.99 per month," an email from Apple read to a customer in South Africa.

Apple offers students a discounted price of Apple Music compared to the company's regular individual plan. In the United States, Apple Music is offered for $4.99 per month for college students, compared to the standard $9.99 per month offer. Customers can also get Apple Music bundled with Apple One, which offers several Apple services starting at $14.95 per month.

Article Link: Apple Increases Apple Music Subscription Price for Students in Several Countries
 
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centauratlas

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Inflation is global. Someone, somewhere has to pay. In this case the people using it are splitting the costs with apple employees and shareholders. It is just like taxes, a person somewhere is paying, it is just a question of which person, except inflation is highly regressive.

#consequences
 

IsaacM

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Inflation is global. Someone, somewhere has to pay. In this case the people using it are splitting the costs with apple employees and shareholders. It is just like taxes, a person somewhere is paying, it is just a question of which person, except inflation is highly regressive.

#consequences

Yeah, except corporations get huge billion dollar bailouts all the time...
 

MacLC

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Yeah, except corporations get huge billion dollar bailouts all the time...
Using "corporations" as a pejorative is so 2016.
If it's that easy, start your own.

The same politicians that start the anti-corporation rhetoric are the ones bailing out the corporations. The people believing and repeating the rhetoric are the ones getting fooled. The rhetoric is just there as a smokescreen.

While it's easy to bash Apple for hiking prices, the real test for me is whether this also translates into increased royalties for the actual artists whose music we listen to.
That's the $64,000 question. By the way that TV show aired when California beach houses sold for $12k that now go for over a million. If $64k could buy 5 beach houses that would now be worth $10million, then you've just asked the $10 million question.

Most likely, Apple's just pocketing the majority of the change.
 

genovelle

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While it's easy to bash Apple for hiking prices, the real test for me is whether this also translates into increased royalties for the actual artists whose music we listen to.
The increase is not an increase at all. If is a decrease in a massive discount on an already massive discount. 9.99-> 4.99 regular student discount price -> 1.49 Student discount in these countries. Moving to 1.99 is still really low being a 60% discount off the student price which is already a 50% discount off the regular price.
 

neuropsychguy

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God forbid their profits go down 0,000000000000000041%

It's better to make the broke student pay for it
This is a service students are forced to pay for? Couldn’t a student use Spotify instead or not subscribe to a music streaming service?

I love music and typically spend many hours each day listening to music but if I couldn’t afford a streaming service, there’s no way I’d subscribe to one.
 
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Mentioned so far is inflation and also paying artists more. This brings up a question I’ve had for a while:

Say I have a monthly subscription to  Music of $10 but I didn’t listen to any music that month. Where does the $10 go? If I do use  Music that month, how much do I need to use for that $10 to be worth it? How is that money divided up? Even if I don’t use it?
 

Oscar_440

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Too easy to avoid that price rise… stop paying for it. It’s a huge company with a HUGE benefits, and they always want more and more. but hey, we’re environmentally committed and bla bla bla…
Unfortunately, they will increase iPhone 14 prices as well.
 
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