Following a heavy price cut on the iPhone XR in India, Apple has now slashed the Apple Music subscription rate in the country. The move comes hot on the heels of the launch of Spotify and YouTube Music in India.
Previously, a monthly Apple Music subscription was priced Rs 120/month. Now, it has reduced to Rs 99/month for individual plans. The Family plan which lets up to five members of a family share the plan is now available for Rs 149/month, down from its original price of Rs 190/month. Students can now subscribe to Apple Music for Rs 49/month.
With this price cut, the Apple Music subscription fees is now lower than Spotify and on par with YT Music in India. While a monthly Spotify subscription costs Rs 120, YT Music is available for Rs 99/month. When compared to other local music streaming services like JioSaavn or Gaana though, Apple Music is still notably expensive. JioSaavn and Gaana heavily slashed their subscription charges recently and a yearly subscription is now priced at Rs 299.
Apple Music does offer a superior library of international music when compared to Gaana and JioSaavn but it lacks personalization and regional content. Spotify is far ahead in this regard despite its library not being as massive as Apple Music. Music recommendation and discoverability is also far better on Spotify when compared to Apple Music.
If you have not already subscribed to Apple Music, you will get a free three-month trial when you first subscribe to the service. Spotify, in comparison, offers an ad-supported free tier, while JioSaavn and Gaana also offer an ad-supported free streaming plan.
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