It’s taken longer than anticipated and Apple CEO Tim Cook himself has had to personally negotiate deals with local right holders and copyright associations, but Apple Music as of today is finally available to music lovers in South Korea. Launch in Samsung’s home turf, home to 50 million people, comes hot on the heels of the service’s debut in Israel yesterday.
The service is priced at $7.99 per month for individual accounts, or $11.99 for a family of six. A free three-month Apple Music trial is also available to South Korean music lovers. These prices are competitive and in line with local music-streaming subscription services in the country, including the popular Korean music service MelOn.
Currently available in more than 110 countries, Apple Music reached fifteen million paid subscribers in June 2016. Earlier this week, Apple’s Android app has exited beta as Apple Music gained the free Bloomberg Radio news channel in 100 countries worldwide.
As competition with Apple increases, Spotify, the leading music-streaming service, today introduced Release Radar, a personalized For You-style playlists updated each Friday with the newest releases and hidden gems based on your music tastes and your entire listening history.
Source: Apple Music on Twitter