Apple Music, Apple One, and Apple TV+ are getting more expensive

Apple has many subscription services today. Unfortunately, three of them are about to get more expensive, following a trend of rising prices for services like YouTube Premium.

Apple is slightly increasing the prices of several subscriptions, starting with Apple Music, the company’s music streaming service. The monthly price goes from $9.99 to $10.99 per month ($1 increase), and the family plan goes from $14.99 to $16.99 per month ($2 increase). If you pay annually for an individual plan, the price goes from $99 to $109 per year.

Apple’s movie and TV streaming service, Apple TV+ (not to be confused with the Apple TV set-top box), is also affected. The monthly price goes from $4.99 to $6.99, while the annual plan goes from $49.99 to $69, which matches the monthly price of Netflix’s next advertised plan, which will launch on November 3. .

Finally, the price of the Apple One increases, which gives access to Music, TV+, Arcade and iCloud, as well as other services in one discounted package. The individual offer goes from $14.95/month to $16.95/month, and the family offer from $19.95/month to $22.95. Finally, the Premier plan (which adds News+ and Fitness+) will drop from $29.95/month to $32.95/month.

apple said 9to5Mac in a statement, “The change in Apple Music is due to increased licensing costs, and in return, artists and songwriters will earn more for streaming their music. We also continue to add innovative features that make Apple Music the best listening experience in the world. We launched Apple TV+ at a very low price because we started with just a few shows and movies. Three years later, Apple TV+ offers a huge selection of award-winning and acclaimed series, feature films, documentaries, children’s and family entertainment from the world’s most creative storytellers.”

Apple’s statement falls under the usual circular logic of subscription price increases: the price increase allows more features to be offered, which in turn can be used to later justify higher prices, and so on. The “increasing licensing costs” may be largely beyond Apple’s control, since most popular music is owned by a handful of record labels, but it remains inconvenient for anyone paying for it. use the service.

Apple’s locked ecosystem also means that there are no alternatives to the company’s services that offer all the same functionality. For example, Spotify and Pandora are worthy alternatives to Apple Music, but they don’t have the same integration with HomePods and other Apple hardware that Apple’s service does. Device backup features and other system-level integrations in iCloud (part of Apple One) are also not fully available from competitors like Google Photos and Microsoft OneDrive.

Source: 9to5Mac

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