Beats offers to double length of free ‘Music’ trial following launch problems

By , Jan 22, 2014


Earlier this week, Beats launched its highly anticipated streaming music service dubbed Beats Music. The service is entering into a crowded marketplace, several years late, but it hopes to differentiate itself from the Rdios and Spotifys with custom in-house curation methods.

But the launch isn’t going as smoothly as the company would’ve liked. It’s had a hard time dealing with the influx of users, and has had to shut down signups in order to work out the kinks. The good news, though, is that it’s doubling the length of its free trial to make up for it…

From the Beats Music blog (via Engadget):

“Huge thanks to everyone for making our launch day yesterday so successful. We’ve been blown away by the love that made us the #1 Music App in the iTunes Store.

Due to the extremely high volume of interest in our service some users are experiencing issues. Most people are unaffected but our priority is to give everyone a great experience. We prepared for issues like these, have a plan, and are going to hold off on letting more people in while we put this plan in action.”

The company notes that those who were able to get in yesterday before the shutdown occurred will be able to continue using Beats Music. And it says that new users can still download the app and register, and they will get notified as soon as they are able to start using the service.

To make up for the inconvenience, Beats says that everyone who registers this week will get an additional seven days added to their free trial. So adding that to the standard 7-day free trial, you would be able to listen to Beats Music for two weeks before having to pay anything.

After that, the service is $9.99 a month for unlimited streaming of over 20 million songs, unlimited album downloads for offline streaming and no ads. If you’re interested, you can download the app from the App Store for free, or sign up on the web at

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  • Tre Scaggs


    • Jonathan

      No one, absolutely no one, cares.

      • 123bob

        I do! And a lot of people care!

      • Jo

        Yeah, we care! Being first is awesome.

      • Jonathan

        Okay.. ^_^

      • ThinkFast

        Jonathan…. You love bulling…. People like you should not exist

      • Jonathan

        Wrong. I’m just not fond with those trying to be first.
        oh, and *bullying

      • 123bob

        That’s really harsh he was just commenting though

      • I completely agree and if you do care, you really really need to get out of your parents’ basement and get some sunlight. I can’t believe people are attacking you now for calling out something so pointless and basically annoying way to troll a site.
        Keep doing what you’re doing Jonathan, you actually have valuable input to add to articles, not childish nonsense.

      • Jonathan

        When I Saw my disque notification, I thought “Hoy, boy, here comes another one saying I’m the meanest person ever”. So thank you. I don’t mean to bully anyone. I just don’t like how people say that. Comments here are for people to put their thoughts or suggestions. It’s not a competition.

        And for a final note, I do care.
        Btw, I’m in high school. Once I’m done, I’m going to the college of my dreams, then work at Apple/Google. I’ve got big plans, not numb my brain in the basement. =)

      • 123bob

        Wow didn’t think my comment was gonna make a lot of drama and stuff. I was not saying you’re a bully, I was saying that a bunch of people care about first comments and I was saying my opinion, and you think it’s pointless and everybody is allowed to an opinion. You say smart comments in the comments section so yeah. You’re not a bully or stupid or whatever don’t listen to the guy who said you shouldn’t exist.

      • 123bob

        And something else… All those 11 up votes were me. I used something on Firefox to bring up the up votes to 11! Also, ‘Jo’ and ‘123bob’ are the same person! Me! I was trying to make a joke but it kind of changed into a big conversation. Check this out. My comment will soon get 11 up votes in a few minutes.

      • 123bob

        lol there you go! 12 up votes!

      • Jonathan

        I looked at the upvotes earlier, and I thought “how da heck is it all guests? e_e
        Also, I questioned if Jo was you. 😛
        What’d you use in Firefox? I’m curious.

      • 123bob

        Disqus won’t let the same ip address up vote the same comment multiple times, so it checks your ip address and I think it installs cookies so you don’t up vote the same comment many times.
        I used something called Anonymox to spoof my IP address and delete my cookies when I close the tab.

        However, TOR would work better because with TOR you have an unlimited # of identities (ip addresses) plus it automatically changes your ip address for every web page you visit.
        Self-destructing cookies or cookie toggles would work too to block cookies.
        So then I up vote, change my identity, then reload, then repeat, and there you go! in 3 minutes there are a dozen up votes.

      • Jonathan

        Awesome! Thank you! Or your information, I am not going to give myself a million upvotes on every posts. ;P

      • 123bob

        haha ok lol sometimes do that, but only about once a month. I once said ‘thumbs up if you like to eat paper’ and I got 20 thumbs up and everybody was so confused! but I stopped doing that though.

      • Jonathan

        I’m sure when they closed iDownloadblog, they thought “I didn’t know there were so many weird people…” xD

      • Jonathan

        I know you aren’t. 🙂
        I can tell you’re one of those who like to kid. (I do too)
        It’s kinda normal in today’s society. I just scroll past it.

  • Tre Scaggs

    Great post!

  • Framboogle

    I think I will stick with iTunes radio.

    • Tre Scaggs

      Yeah me too!

  • Framboogle

    Hey iDB, I think you guys missed that eligible AT&T customers receive a 3 month free trial.

    • … you forgot to add that it’s only for people who want a family plan with Beats Music for $14.99 a month after the 3 months is up.

  • Jonathan

    No wonder I didn’t get an email.

  • mjdindc

    Yea, they are going to extend the subscription you can’t do. Why bother with them, they are a disaster waiting to happen.

  • I wonder how much my email had to do with this (I kid). I recommended this to them and I was told my AT&T trial wouldn’t start until the 26th. They also told me a native iPad app is in the works.
    Anyway, I am still having huge issues with the app. Still keeps asking me to do the initial setup every time I launch, crashes like crazy and now none of the artwork is loading up.

    If anyone that is more knowledgable with the release know if they plan to add a radio feature to the app? I really don’t need just half the Spotify features for more of a cost.

  • ☁⚡Bläzé4President⚡☁

    It’s actually working for me..i’ve signed up and began playing music and everything…

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I signed up too! As long as you create your account with a US VPN (assuming your not in the US) your good to go after that. Subscribing could be problematic though…

      TLDR; Yet again the music industry has no idea what they’re doing and region locking fails and now they’ll probably miss out on a potential customer (me)…