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Apple has begun selling gift cards for Apple Music annual subscriptions at the discounted price of $99. The 12-month gift cards work out at $8.25 per month, offering an 18 percent saving over the standard $9.99 monthly subscription rate for Apple's streaming service.

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Currently the gift cards are being offered at brick-and-mortar Apple stores and select third-party sellers like Best Buy, but eGift cards can also be purchased online at PayPal and Walmart for instant activation.

Elsewhere, residents in the U.K. can use PayPal's online eGift shop to buy 12-month Apple Music gift cards for £99, which works out at £8.25 instead of £9.99, for those willing to sign up for a full year.

Apple still offers eligible students 50 percent off an Apple Music subscription, while the family plan lets up to six people pay $15 per month, or $2.50 each.

The new Apple Music, which has seen a significant redesign in iOS 10, will launch to the public this fall.

(Via 9to5Mac)

Article Link: Apple Music 12-Month Membership Gift Cards Now Available for $99
 

BlueCreek

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Did not realise the UK pricing was converted exactly from dollars to pounds without conversion!

Means the UK pricing works out at $13.38 per month.

No surprise there really.
 

Waiting4Watch

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Has anyone tried the PayPal option in the UK with a family account. It doesn't say in the terms about family or individual.
 

OllyW

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Did not realise the UK pricing was converted exactly from dollars to pounds without conversion!

Means the UK pricing works out at $13.38 per month.

No surprise there really.
$9.99 is £7.50 at today's exchange rate which is £9.00 including VAT, so it's £1 a month more expensive here.

Spotify and Tidal costs exactly the same as Apple so I'm guessing it's the UK music industry which is setting the price.
 

Quu

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It's funny cause the other day in the Spotify vs Apple Music news thread I said how I wanted a price war and many people quoted me saying it would never go below £9.99 a month because that was already as low as it could go.

Just a few days later now you can get it for £8.25 instead of £9.99. That's low enough that I'm tempted. I was thinking £7.99 but £8.25 is close enough and I don't mind buying 12 months upfront.
 

tasset

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I would like to know too if this gift card can be used to fully pay or somewhat finance part if the family plan...

Yes it can (or apps for that matter), they do not earmark the credit for music-only. To that end this is nothing more than a discounted iTunes gift card, just with a psychologically creative spin by the marketing team. I wait for other promos or holiday events to stock up on iTunes credit for 60-80 cents on the dollar.
 

superduperultra

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Apple said:
Join Apple Music to stream this or just about every song ever recorded...

I wish, more like 70% of the music ever recorded with a bias towards the mainstream.

Oh, also I hope you like tracks/albums randomly disappearing from your library due to legal rights expiring; no notification no nothing, just the pleasant surprise of finding out just when you want it.

Just not worth the hassle right now, maybe in 10 years it'll be good (same goes for all streaming services).
 

tjskywasher

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iTunes Gift Cards can be used as Apple Music payment, so can these similarly be used for
iTunes?

Wondering if it's a way to get £119.88 worth of iTunes credit for £99!

I'd just use iTunes credit if i was you, there's always offers on at various online retailers or high street stores. Chances are you could get £120 worth of iTunes credit for less than £99. I recently bought £40 worth of iTunes credit for £15! A one off granted, but if you keep your eyes open and shop around it can be easily done.
 

Abazigal

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It's funny cause the other day in the Spotify vs Apple Music news thread I said how I wanted a price war and many people quoted me saying it would never go below £9.99 a month because that was already as low as it could go.

Just a few days later now you can get it for £8.25 instead of £9.99. That's low enough that I'm tempted. I was thinking £7.99 but £8.25 is close enough and I don't mind buying 12 months upfront.
That and the membership card effectively locks the consumer in for the next year, making it far less likely they will think of switching to a competing music service in the meantime.

Well played, Apple. Well played.
 
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Zadigre

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Yes it can (or apps for that matter), they do not earmark the credit for music-only. To that end this is nothing more than a discounted iTunes gift card, just with a psychologically creative spin by the marketing team. I wait for other promos or holiday events to stock up on iTunes credit for 60-80 cents on the dollar.

I will just wait for Costco to have a deal then...
I usually buy a pack (or 2) of $100 iTunes gift card when they are on deal at $80... this is the best price I've found here in Canada.
 
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Kiro

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I always buy iTunes credit 100€ for 80€.
20% should be better than apples 18% savings ;)
But maybe we soon can buy 1 year apple music with 20% rebate? this would be great
 
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Brookzy

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I'd just use iTunes credit if i was you, there's always offers on at various online retailers or high street stores. Chances are you could get £120 worth of iTunes credit for less than £99. I recently bought £40 worth of iTunes credit for £15! A one off granted, but if you keep your eyes open and shop around it can be easily done.
That's what I'm doing now, but the best I got was £15 for £12.49 on eBay recently. I can't find any offers from mainstream retailers at all. Let me know if any pop up! ;)
 

Telos101

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It's fascinating to see how MacRumours operates - it takes a blog post from another blog - credits that, but then adds info from that website's comments contributions, with no credit.

Well, the OP did credit the mac tech blog for the original story, which is more than can be said for a lot of other news sites...
 

Douglas B

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Can someone on iOS 9.x please tell me - cause I can't remember - when you go into Music app - then 'My Music' (a.k.a. your own Library) - and then choose 'Album'. Does it actually sort by ALBUM name?
Because in iOS 10, it shows all the albums but it actually sorts by Artist. I personally think it should be sorted by album name. If I want to browse by Artist I would choose Artist.

I reported this as a bug many betas back and heard nothing.
 

Brookzy

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Can someone on iOS 9.x please tell me - cause I can't remember - when you go into Music app - then 'My Music' (a.k.a. your own Library) - and then choose 'Album'. Does it actually sort by ALBUM name?
Because in iOS 10, it shows all the albums but it actually sorts by Artist. I personally think it should be sorted by album name. If I want to browse by Artist I would choose Artist.

I reported this as a bug many betas back and heard nothing.
Totally the wrong thread for this but you can change in in Settings > Music.
 
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newyorkone

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I always get Apple gift cards around the Holidays. Best deals in past years were $100 for $75, and you can easily find $100 for $80. I re-load my iTunes account for the year, and Apple Music automatically deducts from there. So I'm essentially getting my family plan at 20-25% off.
 

Kajje

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Streaming music. Great for commuters but a killer when there is airplane, roaming or PLOPS on your schedule.
 
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