Apple expanded the global reach of its digital services today. As part of that, the company is making Apple Music free in 52 countries that are getting it for the first time, mostly in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. In addition the App Store, which Apple says gets over million visitors a week, will be expanding to 20 new countries. That compares to 63 countries that Google Music currently supports and 80 countries that Spotify supports.
Apple Music: Getting started
Apple Music already offers a three-month free subscription for new users, but now Apple has announced an interesting Christmas deal. As of today until the end of , you can subscribe to Apple Music without paying anything for the first six months. First spotted by Macworld UK , the campaign comes through the Shazam app, which is also owned by Apple. However, although the app is available worldwide, the deal is only valid in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Open the Shazam app on your iPhone or iPad. If you have never used the app, you may have to identify a song first by tapping the Shazam icon. You should be prompted with the six months subscription deal for free. A promo code will be generated and redeemed in your account automatically so you can use Apple Music without paying anything for six months. The good news is that users who are already subscribed to Apple Music can also get a similar offer. If you cancel your current subscription, you can re-subscribe through Shazam and get another three months for free.
Start your free trial.
Thanks to a creative workaround, originally found by 9to5Mac , you can use a special Shazam promotion to double the length of a typical free trial for Apple Music. To get started, download Shazam for iOS. When it does, it should automatically add the song to your Shazam library. Tap that.
Give your savings the boost they need. Updated Jul 15, Apple Music allows you to stream 50 million songs ad-free , follow your favourite artists, create playlists and download songs to enjoy offline. Not only that, but you can also follow your friends to see what they're listening to, discover new songs thanks to well-curated playlists and access exclusive content not available anywhere else. It's just one of the many services currently competing for real estate over your earholes. Note: Memberships renew automatically after the trial, so you need to remember to cancel yours beforehand if you're not enjoying the service, or you will be charged. Apple Music comes with a free three-month trial so you can test-drive the platform for a lengthy period of time before opening your wallet. During the free trial, you can enjoy all of Apple Music's features. The list includes the ability to stream ad-free music and music videos, listen across all of your devices and download up to , songs to your device to listen to offline.