Apple Music is set to launch tomorrow with exclusives on content from Taylor Swift and Dr Dre, but the picture in terms of Australian pricing is murky.
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In the US, Apple Music will cost $US9.99 per month for a single user, or $US14.99 for a six-person “family” pack, and that’s been known since the service was announced. At the time, Apple simply stated that “local pricing will be available closer to launch”.
Launch is tomorrow, and as I’m writing this, Apple Australia hasn’t said anything official about that local pricing.
So what does that mean? It seems likely, given that everything Apple Australia does is very tightly run through Cupertino first, that Apple Music pricing won’t emerge until tomorrow morning, when Apple Music itself launches. At a guess, expect to pay around $14 for that entry tier, taking the Australian dollar and the need to apply GST into consideration, and perhaps around $22-$25 for the family pack, but that’s sheer guesswork.
If you’re remarkably keen, Apple’s generally turned a blind eye to accessing the US store with a US account, so you could always sign up there if there is some last minute hitch with launching the Australian service, or if the final prices do come in at an unreasonably high level.