How Much Does Apple Music Cost and Is It Worth Keeping Paying for?

Posted by Adam Gorden on Nov 7, 2019 5:26 PM
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How Much Does Apple Music Actually Cost?

How much does Apple Music Cost per month? The straight answer to this question: $9.99 per month for Individual Plan, $14.99 per month for Family Plan, and $4.99 per month. And with Google, it's not hard to find out, the monthly fee for mainstream music streaming services are basically the same.

If you are not a student, Family Plan sounds more tempting than Individual Plan since it costs $14.99/mo. for up to 6 people. However, the 6 Apple IDs need to link to one credit card. In other words, any purchases in Apple Music, Apple Books, App Store of these 6 IDs will charge the same credit card. Oops, Family Plan turns out not the right plan for you and at last, Individual Plan is the only choice for you.

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So, let's do some calculations and see how much does Apple Music costs you all these years. If you an Individual Plan subscriber, then Apple Music subscription will cost you $119.88 a year. If you stick with Apple Music since the day it set sail, from June 30, 2015, till today, that will be a bill of 41 months. Minus the 3-month free trial, you've already paid Apple Music for 38 months, which is $379.62. See? Apple's never been favorable.

In 2017, Apple quietly launched an annual subscription at $99. Not many people know about this. You can save more than $20 every year under this annual plan, but that's not a deal for those who don't like to pay in advance. Unlike Spotify and Pandora, even though with the 3-month free trial, Apple Music never really provides any free tier, which means that, on Apple Music, you have to pay for something free on Spotify or Pandora. If the advertisement is bearable for you, Spotify might be a better choice.

How to Stop Paying for Apple Music?

Now, another question can be brought up: how to stop paying for Apple Music? Streaming service is, to some extent, a false image. A low flat fee for hoards of media content? $9.99 a month for the access to 50 million songs? You never count how many songs you won't be listening to and the fact is that 99% of all music streaming comes from just 10% of available songs. Actually, we don't have so much time to listen to all the songs and watch all the movies or TV series. Usually, we just listen to the songs of our favorite singers or our own playlists again and again.

So, download that 10% of songs offline can save you a lot of money and that's the way to stop paying for Apple Music. The meaning of the Apple Music converter is to unlock the protection and restriction so that you can listen to the songs on any device you want. TunesKit DRM Audio Converter is the most recommended for its great audio quality and fast converting speed. If you are considering jumping ship to Spotify or other music streaming services, please refer to the tutorial below.

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TunesKit DRM Audio Converter Key Features

  • Losslessly remove DRM from Audible audiobook & iTunes audiobooks
  • Convert DRM M4P to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, M4B
  • Retain 100% original quality and ID3 tags
  • Convert Apple Music songs to MP3, M4B, AAC
  • Convert between DRM-free audio file formats
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Convert Apple Music to MP3 and Save them Offline

Step 1 Download and Import Apple Music to TunesKit

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To start everything, you need to download your favorite Apple Music songs to your computer and authorize iTunes to play them. Then, launch TunesKit Audio Converter and import the downloaded songs to it. You can also use "drag & drop" to finish the process. Remember to end iTunes completely before you open TunesKit and let TunesKit launch iTunes for you.

Step 2 Adjust Output Settings

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For most people, stay with the default output settings is fine. The default output format is MP3. It's also easy to change the settings to your wishes. Click the format panel at the bottom left and all the settings will be present in the pop-up window. Except for MP3, there are other 5 formats for you to choose and you can customize the codec, sample rate, channel and bit rate.

Step 3 Convert Apple Music M4P to Common Format

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Before the conversion, you can check the two buttons at the right hand of each column of the track. One for "Special Effects", one for "Edit". Use them if needed. And when you are all set, you can hit on the big "Convert" button and start converting M4P songs to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV, and M4B. Find the converted audio files under the conversion history.

The Final Thought

If someday you start to feel that Apple Music costs you too much and hesitate about keeping paying for it, TunesKit Audio Converter can help you make the decision. It can help you retain those songs you love after you cancel Apple Music subscription.

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