Apple Music Student Plan members just got a sad surprise
Apple is quietly raising the price of its Apple Music student plan again, but this time, in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
The changes were first noticed by twitter user (opens in new tab) Those who saw the price increase to the US plan, which is now $5.99 per month. Going through the Canadian and UK stores, you’ll see the same increase, which are now $5.99 and £5.99 respectively.
The price hike appears to have been done in the last few days. If you use the Wayback Machine to see archived page (opens in new tab) Starting June 21st on the Apple Music Store, you’ll see the old price of $4.99 USD. The same goes for Canadian and British pages.
This recent move is not out of the blue. Other countries have also seen similar price hikes. MacRumors. according to a report of (opens in new tab), other places include Australia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, India and Israel. But in those countries, Apple took the time to alert everyone, sending emails that some shared Twitter (opens in new tab),
As far as other plans are concerned everything is the same. For example, the Apple Music individual plan in the US is still $9.99 per month. The same can be said for the Family and Voice plans, so it’s not clear why only the Student plan got the price.
Apple has yet to make an official statement or send an email explaining its decision. We asked the company if it could explain the change and perhaps specify whether another country would get a similar price hike. Unfortunately, Apple representatives never got back to us.
Analysis: Looking for better deals
With this price hike, students can start looking for better deals with streaming services. For example, Spotify’s Premium Student Plan (opens in new tab) Looks pretty good right now. For $4.99, students receive Spotify Premium and a dual subscription to Hulu and Showtime.
Granted, Apple Music has better sounding music due to its spatial audio feature, while Spotify still hasn’t launched lossless audio, But there’s more to Spotify than just music. In recent months, the platform has further increased support for podcast and found out it’s working on bringing in audio books, Apple is trying to win over podcast creators, but it’s unknown whether that will be enough to get people to stay on the more valuable Student plan. If you want to know whether Spotify or Apple Music is better, TechRadar recently two services face to face,