Apple Music Likes

Apple faces a big day tomorrow as free three-month Apple Music trials are set to expire on Wednesday, September 30. Just yesterday, the firm posted a series of guided tour videos to help new and existing users understand the various features of the service.

Ahead of the initial wave of free trial expirations, Apple is pushing notifications to those who signed up for a free-trial to encourage them to renew their membership.

If you signed up for your first three months of free services and have forgotten to disable the Auto-Renew option, you can still do so before Apple charges your credit card on file, here’s how.

As mentioned, you might want to disable auto-renewal in Apple Music unless you’re cool with seeing a $9.99 per month charge being applied to your credit card after your free trial expires tomorrow.

How to disable auto-renewal in Apple Music

Step 1: Open the Apple Music app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Step 2: Tap the Profile icon in the upper left corner and select the View Apple ID option.

Step 3: Once you’ve entered in your Apple ID credentials, you’ll be taken to your Account Settings page. Locate the Subscriptions pane and tap Manage.

Step 4. This will bring up a list of your subscription services. Select the one that says Apple Music.

Step 5. In the Apple Music Membership pane, locate the Automatic Renewal switch and toggle it to the OFF position.

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Full tutorial: How to disable auto-renewal in Apple Music

I have my quibbles with Apple Music but will be renewing my subscription following the expiration of the three-month free trial window.

Apple Music expiring membership push notification
Image courtesy of Twitter user @jbrodkin.

While the user interface is too confusing compared with the likes of Spotify, Rdio and Pandora, Apple Music holds the major advantage of being tightly integrated with the rest of the ecosystem, and I love participating in the Apple ecosystem.

Besides, it has arguably the world’s biggest selection of music and will only get better over time. According to our non-scientific poll conducted back in July, many of you were undecided about keeping your Apple Music membership post the trial period.

Will you be canceling your Apple Music membership, do you think?

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

  • Der Faust

    it needs to cost less…..

    • Toukale

      Agreed, the individual plans needs to start at about $4.99 a month otherwise most people will not pay for music when they can already get it for free. When your product is commoditized, you lower the price and make it up on volume. Those labels still acting like music is not a commodity, wake up!

      • Eikast

        $10 a month is less than the cost of a movie ticket. And that’s for unlimited music listening.

      • Toukale

        That maybe its still not cheaper than free, which is what the real challenge is. The labels just can’t see that. Streaming is the future so you need to get as many people into the habit of paying even if a little instead of getting for free. That’s what they did during the napster years and it worked out. They need to do the same here. Lower the individual entry price to get more users into the paying habits.

      • M2

        Just jailbreak and run the tweak that gives you unlimited skips. f apple.

      • Hot12345

        Like what tweak?

      • Eikast

        In life, everyone has to make money. Remember, Apple isn’t just paying for the infrastructure of Apple Music, they’re also paying the licensing fee and paid artist and record companies during the 3 month free trial. Would you spend $1000 a month for customers and only make $1250-1500? That’s a very small margin.

      • George

        Why does an artist need to make millions of dollars off of one song when its just autotuned crap? These “artists” want to make more money but in reality all talent has gone down the toilet.

      • Eikast

        Why does anyone need to make as most money as possible? Why not work minimum wage? -_-
        People can make as much as they want. Just because you don’t think that music artist should make millions of dollars doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t get paid for their work and content on Apple Music. A lot of artist don’t even get paid most of the money, their record label and managers take most of the cut.

      • George

        A person like Taylor Swift made 20m off of one 3 minute song that took zero effort to make. I don’t care if she thinks she deserves more, my opinion is that musicians used to work hard before the single era that iTunes created.

      • Mr.Coolfreak

        it would be great if they had the full iTunes music catalog

      • Shockster

        It actually is U$4,99 here in Brazil.

    • Xee


    • Somebody also needs to tell Apple that £10 != $10.

  • Christopher

    Sadly I hardly even used my trial so I’ll be opting out for now

  • Never even ran the trial, I don’t do streaming music services waste of money.

  • Merman123

    I tried to like it but Spotify keeps my business. If it were cheaper I would think about it harder.

  • Sohail Wahab

    I want someone with an iPhone 6s to 3D touch a word on a book or text and reply me if it defines the word like it does on the Mac

    • Sohail Wahab

      Apple should have really implemented the old features of the MacBooks to iOS by now. Like notification, incoming call and time speak.

    • RubbaNeck

      It does not. Unless it’s in accessibility and I do not have it enabled.

      • Sohail Wahab

        Maybe after jailbreak!

  • Toukale

    It’s a great deal if your are on the family plan, right now it’s only costing me $30 a year. Since I am on a family plan with a group of us and it simply replaced the $25 I was paying for itunes match. For those reasons I am all in.

  • zeman tamy

    I decided to stay with Spotify
    Apple Music don’t do it for me

    • EduHH

      Why? The integration of apple music is awesome.

      • zeman tamy

        I don’t care for the integration

  • Blip dude

    Just barely started my trial. But as someone has said, I feel these streaming services are a waste of money, because I’m only downloading albums I already have, and there’s still music I want to listen to but have no choice but purchase physical copies because of their lack of availability in all streaming services (Apple Music, Spotify, etc). My trial expires in December, if the family wants to keep it, sure. If not, I’ll treat them to extra month and cancel.

  • Jordan

    Thank you idb for this post! Saved me $10 haha totally forgot about this and it’s safe to say I would not be happy if I paid for it bc I don’t think I used it 5 times in the past 3 months.

  • TwinSon

    So this applies to EVERYONE regardless of when you started your trial? I just started mine last week but if it’s gotta go, it’s gotta go.

    • Andrew

      Nope! It depends on when you started the trial. To see when your trial ends, go to the page shown in the article. It says when your trial will end at the top. You can unsubscribe before the end of the trial and you can still use it for the rest of the three months. I turned mine off in August.

  • slamfest

    FYI – I turned off the auto renewal a few weeks back and ‘magically’ it got turned back on. Double check it to be sure.

  • RubbaNeck

    I thought I read that all of your playlists get wiped out if you don’t renew? Meaning, if you want to wait a few months to see if Apple improves the service, all of your imported playlist will be gone and you’ll have to start all over again. I hope this is not true.

  • Joonyaboy

    I’m staying. It’s better integrated with Apple Watch and Siri and I like that I can filter out Explicit music.

  • Marcus

    I’ll definitely be sticking with Apple Music. $10 a month for unlimited music? That’s awesome! I’ve downloaded hundreds of songs to my Music Library using Apple Music.

  • socrates

    Anyone have a clue as to how one could enable iCloud Music Library while simultaneously having Apple Music turned off?

  • Easy choice for me : stick with spotify after my free trial end at the end if november.

  • Josh

    I will be canceling. I love it, but for what I listen to, Spotify has a wider selection of music. I like the Spotify app much better, too. Now…if they included iTunes Match for the WHOLE FAMILY, I’d stick with Apple. It’s ridiculous that I pay $25 per year for iTunes Match and $14.99 per month for my family. If I want to share my entire library with my family…it’s $25 per person. Not when I’m already subscribing for Apple Music!

    It’s going to be interesting to hear how Apple Music is doing over the coming weeks.

  • blu

    Where is the poll option for never started it?