Apple Music May Cost Just $2 to $3 Per Month in India and Russia

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple Music will cost $9.99 per month in the United States after a three-month free trial period, but the service may have lower pricing elsewhere. A sign-up menu for Apple Music that started appearing yesterday for some developers and public beta testers on iOS 8.4 beta 4 reveals that the subscription-based streaming music service could cost as little as $2 to $3 per month in countries such as India and Russia.


    A pair of separate reports by Technology Personalized and Russian-language tech blog TJournal share screenshots that suggest an Apple Music individual subscription could cost Rs 120 per month (~$2 USD) in India and 169 rubles per month (~$3 USD) in Russia. While the lower prices in these countries are not confirmed beyond these screenshots, they would be in line with similar pricing offered by rivals such as Rdio, Guvera and Gaana.

    Apple Music was announced earlier this week as a streaming music service, live global radio station and social platform for artists to connect with fans. The subscription-based service will be available for a monthly fee after a three-month free trial for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. Apple TV and Android versions of the service will be available in the fall. Apple Music launches June 30 on iOS 8.4 and iTunes.

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  2. ihav0frnds macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2010
    my VPN sub is gonna pay for itself in just a few months!
  3. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    US: $9.99
    UK: £9.99 (£6.45 if exchange rate used)

  4. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009
  5. selfsilent macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2014
    I would hazard a guess that music licensing will be way cheaper in those countries. Although they listen to the normal stuff, I'd guess a lot of it will be home-grown stuff like Bollywood singers etc.
  6. adam9c1 macrumors 68000


    May 2, 2012
    Will they offer same content?

    That's an issue with iTunes store. Items abroad are not available here and the other way around.
  7. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    Apple really does think that swapping the $ to £ is how to come up with the UK price for any of their products or services.
  8. fullauto macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2012
    Assuming $14.99-$15.99 inc GST here in Australia.. $180-$190 a year :(
  9. Keane16 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2007
    From the article it seems they are matching existing services locally. So the UK price matches Spotify, Rdio, etc.

    Yep, some of the prices are inexplicable. Sometimes factoring tax brings it close. But others it's just way off. Supply and demand I guess.
  10. JLL macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2003
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    £7.74 including VAT.
  11. technofunky macrumors member


    Sep 9, 2011
    Wohooo!! Thank you apple. I can say goodbye to Rdio India now.
  12. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2014
    I'm not interested in Apple Music. Not after I subscribed to iTunes Match. I cancelled it after 1 day. That's how terrible it was.
  13. bigchrisfgb macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2010
    It sounds cheap but that is a lot of money for people in those countries. I know the average wage for someone in Russia can be as low as £40 per month, so this subscription could be nearly 10% of someone's wage.

    Also as has been said you can't assume that they will have as many music rights as they do in say the US or other western countries.
  14. mattoligy macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2010
    Cloud 9
  15. 0815 macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there but not over there
    It is stupid to compare the $ price from the US with the converted $ price in India. People in India earn less, but things also cost less. They need less $ to have a similar standard of living, e.g. if you convert the price of a loaf of bread into dollars it is only $0.35 compared to many many dollars in the US. But that does not mean it is way cheaper for people in India even though the $ amount makes it sound like. Apple needs to adjust the price accordingly and the contracts with music labels probably also take that into account.
  16. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    I wonder how many cuban pesos it will cost when it rolls out to Cuba. :D:p:cool:
  17. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
    Me too man! Love VPN!
  18. ArtOfWarfare, Jun 11, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2015

    ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    The appeal of $9.99 is the number of digits. The human brain is much better at processing how many digits something is then what the value of those digits are. The brain sees the difference between $10.00 and $9.99 as huge compared to the difference between $9.99 and $5.99, for example, despite the price going up by only 1 cent and $4, respectively.

    So Apple goes with 9.99 because it's about the same as 5.99 according to the human brain (so just as many people will sign up at either price), while resulting in 60% extra revenue.

    Edit for the people who keep saying that they see the numbers for what they are:

    Good job. Realize that:
    #1: I'm clearly pointing out the difference in my post. There's something wrong with you if you can read English and don't see the difference when it's pointed out to you.
    #2: You may not be normal. I don't fall for this kind of thing, either. Most people do. It's a normal marketing thing to pick $99.99 or $9.99 or $.99 as a price, just to avoid that extra digit.
  19. diegogaja macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2009
    If you cancelled it after one day, depending on the size of your music collection you never had a chance to experience it correctly.

    I've got about 75 Gb of music and it took the better part of a week to match my collection. Frustrating at first but I'll never get rid of it. EVERYTHING I own streams at the drop of a hat without issue.

  20. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Anyone know how to set up a Russian iTunes account? ;)
  21. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
  22. 0815 macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there but not over there
    Easy - All you need is a Russian credit card with an address in Russia. A friend of mine actually does this for an German iTunes account so that he can access German content which is not available otherwise in the US Store. Than he only needs to login with the account associated with the german credit card and he can download/view all the german content (mostly podcasts) within the US.
  23. neuropsychguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    Is there anything you do like about Apple? You don't like iTunes Match. You don't like Apple Maps. You apparently won't like Apple Music. So what do you like about Apple that brings you to these almost illustrious forums?
  24. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    My human brain begs to differ. :p
  25. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    My brain thinks 5.99 is way cheaper. Yours must be broken.

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