Thursday, July 2, 2015

How To Try Apple Music - Free For 90 Days, And Cancel Your Subscription Before Being Charged

Apple Music is not the first Music Streaming Service, but it has certainly captured the news cycle. Music lovers know that there are a plethora of streaming services - Spotify, Rdio, Google Play All Access, Pandora, etc. Most of these are similar and charge around $10.00 per month for "all you can eat" music streaming. Generally their Catalogs include around 30 million songs.

Apple disrupted the music business, years ago, with the debut of digital music via ITunes. Instead of buying complete Albums (CDs) users could now grab a single track for $.99. Times have changed and many of the former Music Collectors have moved to Streaming Subscriptions. You don't own the selections, but you have unlimited access to millions of songs. Apple was a little late to this game, but that's not unusual for the Cupertino giant.


You may be an enthusiast who has tested all of the various Music Services, or perhaps you have never indulged. Well, Apple is going to let you try Apple Music - Free for 90 days. Currently, it works on your IOS devices and via ITunes on both Mac and Windows. If you have an ITunes Account the process of subscribing and canceling (if needed) is very simple. Here's how you do it on your IOS device.

1. You must have the lastest version of IOS on your IPhone, IPad or IPod - minimum IOS 8.4. To check go to Settings>General>About>Version. If not you will need to upgrade. Go to Settings>General>Software Update and follow the prompts.

2. Find the white Music icon on the home screen of your device. You will be given the option to either go to your music or to begin your free three-month trial of Apple Music. If you click the trial button you will be asked to choose a membership type (either individual or family), sign in, agree to Apple's terms of use and confirm your purchase (you won't actually be billed until after 90 days). This will give you access to the on-demand streaming service.

3. Apple Music is divided into 5 sections. For You shows you personalized playlists and albums based on the genre and artist preferences you pick out when you first open the app, as well as your play history. New shows a list of new songs and albums, currently popular content, videos and thematic playlists. Radio features Beats 1, Apple’s 24/7 live radio station, and algorithmically driven stations based on genre. Connect is a social network that lets artists connect directly to fans. My Music shows the songs you have in your library, as well as any playlists you’ve built.

4. You have 3 months to enjoy the free music. After that your ITunes account will be charged $9.99 per month. Suppose you decide to opt out? Open Apple Music and Tap the Account icon in the upper left corner of the app. Select View Apple ID. Select Manage under the Subscriptions subheader. Select Your Membership above Apple Music Membership. Turn the slider next to Automatic Renewal to Off. Keep in mind that you'll have to return to this screen to reactivate your subscription when your free trial ends - if you decide to continue the service.

Enjoy listening!