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Apple Music launches June 30 and while the company has said that unlimited streaming will set US-based music lovers back $9.99 per month, the iPhone maker has yet to reveal pricing for other markets in which the service will sell.

A recent sighting in the latest iOS 8.4 beta shared with iDownloadBlog indicates Apple Music will be priced the same dollar for dollar across Europe, with UK customers paying £9.99 per month and the rest of the continent €9.99 per month, or £14.99/€14.99 for family plans.

These prices have yet to be confirmed on Apple’s official website. It’s important to note that UK prices include tax while US ones don’t include sales tax, which varies by state. As a result, Brits will be paying a bit of a premium compared to US users.

Meanwhile, many independent labels in the UK may refuse to sign Apple Music contract, meaning the service could launch without such big-name artists as Adele and the Arctic Monkeys.

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With less than two weeks until Apple Music launch, some folks with iOS 8.4 beta on their devices witnessed the stock Music app presenting them with an unfinished splash screen for Apple Music, like the one pictured above.

Here’s the screenshot from iOS 8.4 beta with price points for Apple Music in EU.

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Another tipster was greeted by a message asking him to sign up for Apple Music after tapping the Play button in the Suggest section below the album.

Tapping the Subscribe button brings up the Apple Music splash screen.

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According to Rolling Stone yesterday, some industry executives won’t be signing the 250-page licensing contract for Apple Music, namely independent labels who criticize Apple over the lack of royalty during the free three-month trial period.

The Telegraph added today that some indie labels went as far as to accuse Apple of potentially forcing them out of business with Apple Music’s free trial. As a result, indies could withhold popular artists such as Adele.

“If you are running a small label on tight margins you literally can’t afford to do this free trial business,” according to Andy Heath, the chairman of UK Music, the industry lobby group. “Their plan is clearly to move people over from downloads, which is fine, but it will mean us losing those revenues for three months.”

In contrast, rights holder get paid to be on Spotify during its 1-month trial period though it should be said Apple Music will pay better than standard streaming royalties once its free trial is over.

To Heath’s knowledge, “no British independent labels have agreed to Apple’s terms.”

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Apple has reportedly refused to negotiate on this key point, its SVP Eddy Cue telling the publication that Apple will go “after everybody around the world.”

“This is something we’ve done many times,” he told Rolling Stone. “Even in the original iTunes Music Store, we never did a deal with the indies — we actually launched with the [major] labels… We’ve got the next three weeks to complete this and get those done.”

Two days ago, Re/code discovered Apple will pay 71.5 percent revenue from the $9.99 per month subscription fee to rights holders in the United States, 1.5 percent above the industry standard rate for streaming services.

By comparison, Spotify pays royalty between $0.006 and $0.0084 per stream for the average song. Outside the US, the number will fluctuate, but will average around 73 percent, Apple has confirmed.

A Spotify spokesperson said the company pays royalties “on every single listen, including trial offers and our mobile free custom radio service, and that adds up to approximately 70 percent of our total revenues, as it always has.”

Apple Music includes on-demand streaming with offline playback, 24/7 radio station called Beats 1 curated by human DJs, a Connect feature where artists can share videos, lyrics, photos other media with fans and other features.

Apple Music will be available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, Mac and PC starting June 30 in over a hundred countries. Come this fall, the service will expand to the Apple TV set-top box and Android phones.

A 3-month free trial will be available, after which a $9.99 per month subscription fee will apply. There will also be a family plan providing service for up to six family members available for just $14.99 per month.

Hat tip goes to iDownloadBlog readers Lamoni and Carlos.

Source: Rolling Stone, The Telegraph

  • Iuri Dos Santos Cunha

    Will it be in the iOS 9 beta?

    • Presumably at some point in time, how else will they be able to test that it works properly and that there are no bugs?

      • Iuri Dos Santos Cunha

        True but I meant the current first beta. But yeah thanks

      • Hussain Alsanona

        I guess next Monday or Tuesday Apple will release the second beta and that will have “Apple Music” IMO

  • Apple Music will be priced the same dollar for dollar across Europe, with UK customers paying £9.99 per month…

    If this is the case then that means it costs 50% more than what I currently pay for Spotify. I guess I’ll take the free trial and judge for myself if it’s worth paying double the amount I currently pay each month for Spotify.

  • Smegmatron

    If I’m currently a beats subscriber am I entitled to the 3 months trial?

    • omgitsobaid

      Yea your are
      Even i’m a beats music subscriber and i’ll also get the trial

      • Smegmatron


  • CosmicSquidly

    I don’t think it should cost more in the UK because what’s the point in making it available to more accounts than Spotify which has a larger amount of artists already and costs the same. Apple is cashing in on ideas people have made already. Apple is no longer an innovator it is just a copier, it pains me to say that but its the way it is.

    • SoylentGreen

      The days of innovation are long gone, they are like shylock artist kinds, collecting other people’s tech then deciding how this tech should reside together in a device then declaring it as some earth breaking innovation, but this business model obviously works, as they have setup so they don’t need to even buy these parts umtill they sell the end product to the clever guys.
      It’s bad, I dislike their exploits with slave labour in China,
      But ppl still line up like good little consumers and feed the beast, I dunno if Apple get the prize for exceedingly cool forced condition buying, or the consumers for the baa baa like compliance.
      It’s life Jim.

      • XZavier

        Isn’t force touch new and created by Apple? :

      • SoylentGreen

        My bad, if they “invented” this tech, I’ll do a dumb move and guess they got the tech elsewhere, purchased a start up etc, they ceased to be innovators a long time ago. Sadly.

  • imvaid

    It currently costs €6.99 for Spotify premium. How they are going to compete with less music and higher price? 🙂

    • Kyle McNulty – Mclovin341

      How does Apple compete with other tablets and mobiles on the market at a much cheaper price..? With Apple you know you’re getting a perfected device, Apple surely have something to show off and think that after the 3 months you will learn to need AppleMusic.

      • Will probably happen at the iPhone announcement in September or something.

      • XZavier


      • XZavier

        And what the heck do you mean by “a much cheaper price…?” last I checked Apple was one of the most expensive…

    • :D

      The family plan works out pretty well

    • SoylentGreen

      iSheep should likely spin that wheel mate

  • Oh Apple, if you want people to use fake addresses in order to use a US account, just say so. No need to make the UK pay 50% more -_-; Looks like Apple is copying Sony now…. $49.99/£49.99 for the same game is a rip off.

    • SoylentGreen

      UK consumers complain about nothing, it’s in the nature to just take what you get here, we were conquered by technocrats long ago, America are a relatively young country and the people have not been pounded as hard, therefore demand more value for money. The poster child product for this phenomena is petrol aka gas prices

  • SoylentGreen

    It’s still free, music that is, but if you feel the need to buy it, this is good as anywhere to throw money away, I like how they have got most people conditioned see it as “the way forward” to not even own a digital version of a song you buy.
    The marketing is genius, or are the consumers easily controlled?

  • Aziz Men L’Dawar

    I will tell you that with nobody will use this, I can see it fail already.

    • XZavier

      Eh, it might be a fail, but I think you’re wrong about “nobody” using this. I think ALOT of people will…

  • omgitsobaid

    In India the price is like ₹180
    That’s like around 1-2 dollars only
    According to people using iOS 9 beta in India