Visible, a budget-friendly subsidiary of Verizon Wireless, is now offering a limited free trial period for iPhone users who have access to eSIM (electronic SIM) capabilities.
It would seem that Apple Music is changing its free trial from a rather generous three months down to just thirty days, in line with the likes of Spotify and Pandora.
In an effort to let everyone get a taste of its many features and premium content, lossless music service Tidal will be introducing a free 12-day trial beginning on Christmas Day.
If you live in Australia, Spain or Switzerland, you can no longer try out Apple Music for three months for free. In those countries, Apple Music's three-month trial now requires a small payment. In Australia, three months of Apple Music is now AUD 0.99. In Spain, Apple Music trial is now a € 0,99 value and in Switzerland it comes in at SFR 0.99.
The trial was still free in those countries as of May 14, according to The Verge. In an email statement to the publication, Apple said: “Pricing and promotions for Apple Music vary from country to country.”
AppleInsider thinks the move may have something to do with Apple trying to recover some of those costs with paid trial periods.
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In all other countries, Apple Music's three-month trial remains available at no charge.
Apple Music lunched in 2015 with a fairly generous three-month free trial allowing customers to try the service before paying a monthly subscription.
It's interesting that rival Spotify also does not offer a free trial in Australia, Spain and Switzerland, charging the same fee for three months of its service in those markets.
On the other hand, Spotify's trial costs 99 cents elsewhere, too, including in the US and Canada.
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