Apple Music

Just as the initial batch of Apple Music free trials are set to expire, Apple has posted over a half-dozen new guided tour videos on its YouTube channel. The aim of the video series is clear—to help new and existing users understand how Apple Music works.

Although over 11 million users have signed up for the free trial, the general consensus seems to be that Apple Music is more difficult to use than necessary. Apple faces stiff competition, primarily from the likes of Spotify, who’s service is fairly straightforward and easy to use.

On the eve of the first wave of free trial expirations, it’s a critical time for Apple Music. After giving users three months to test out its service, Apple must convince its trial user base that its monthly subscription service is worth paying for. The new guided tours are aiming to clear up misconceptions, answer questions, and serve as virtual how tos.

Apple Music Guided Tour Playlist

Keep in mind that many of the free trials will be expiring soon. I signed up on day one, and my service is set to renew on Wednesday, September 30th. We’ve created a guide to show you how to disable Apple Music’s auto-renewal if you wish to do so before the first charge appears on your credit card.

Back in July, we asked you if you’d be keeping Apple Music beyond the free trial, and many of you responded that you would not or are undecided. I’m personally still undecided, and probably won’t make my decision until the 11th hour. I signed up for a trial family subscription, but I don’t feel like my wife uses it enough to justify the $5 in additional charge. If anything, I’ll probably downgrade to a personal account.

Apple has spent lots on ramping up its subscription streaming service, attracting artists with exclusive content, and potentially canabalizing its own iTunes Store in the process, though, the well has been drying up there for some time.

Needless to say, Wednesday is a big deal for Apple. True, it’s releasing the next version of OS X on that day, September 30th, but perhaps even more important is the public’s response to the first wave on incoming monthly subscription fees for its streaming music service.

As a reminder, Apple charges $9.99 for an individual Apple Music subscription, and $14.99 for a family subscription for up to 6 users. What do you plan on doing? Are you staying or going?

  • Rupinder

    I’m also undecided. Spotify is cheaper, especially for me since I have a student account, which ends up cutting the price in half at $5/month. Plus a better overall experience. But Apple Music is easier because it all fits into my Apple ecosystem very well. I feel like Apple should’ve done a major revamp with iOS 9, getting rid of all the bugs and annoyances found in the 3 month free trial. Now that my trial is ending, I might just go back to Spotify until Apple gets everything sorted out.

    • George

      Just stick with Spotify until apple gets its ui actually looking decent.

      • Rupinder

        I just got Spotify again and oh my god, that green is disgusting. As silly as it sounds, their desktop app and the green are making me keep Apple Music. Plus, I don’t want to have to deal with playlists and libraries all over again.

      • George

        I use Spotify but on a note 5 so I love the design of the app, I did try apple music for a while on my iPhone 6 but I hated the ui, it gave me a headache.

      • Rupinder

        Yeah, they both have their pros and cons. I personally love the UI of Apple Music. And I hate the search for Spotify, always bringing up stuff posted by other users.

  • Anonymous

    I will be staying, even though i am also a student and can get spotify for have the price or since im with tmoble can get rhapsody for free. Apple music works on all my other devices and i have spent the last three months building up my music collection. With those two factors it’s enough for me to stay and pay ten dollars a month for.

  • Blip dude

    My free trial doesn’t end until mid-December, so I got until then to figure it out.

  • Until Apple Music allows for creation of playlists and sharing and subscribing to friend’s playlists in a manner that’s actually easy, I’m sticking with Spotify.

  • Even though Spotify is less buggy, works across more devices, has an API (for apps such as Djay to use) and has the ability to share playlists I’ll be sticking to Apple Music because their family pricing is just too good.

  • I’m a big fan of both but I’m leaning towards Apple Music. It’s biggest downfall for me is you can’t just play all songs by an artist. It’s either all from one album or messing around putting them all in a single playlist

  • Tanish

    The price in India is approximately $2 and $3 for personal and family monthly subscriptions.I’ll definitely get one family subscription.

  • igobythisname

    I have both Spotify w/student discount and Apple Music w/Family Sharing-My trial has ended and I am now paying monthly.. I absolutely LOVE Spotify, the desktop/mobile sync+control is AMAZING!!, their playlist experience is top shelf of the industry.. however, Apple Music is content KING!
    The BEST THING Apple can do is make their Music app a stand alone app.. right now, they have to push an entire iOS update just to update the Music app, which isn’t the best or most convenient thing to do.. If it were a stand alone app, it would be much easier to push updates for it, which is very much needed as it’s a new service and experience and needs a tremendous amount of fixing and updating..