Apple's Spotify competitor has finally released Australian pricing details on the day of release. The all-you-can-eat streaming service will cost you $11.99 a month. There's also a family sharing option which will set you back $17.99 per month. To sweeten the deal, Apple is offering the first three month for free.
Apple has quietly updated its Apple Music webpage with Australian pricing details. As we predicted, the local pricing is $11.99 a month, which accounts for exchange and tax differences. The $14.99 family membership, meanwhile, allows up to six people to connect their devices to the service.
Here's the official pricing announcement from Apple:
To bring you more music than ever with access to millions of songs for just A$11.99 a month, or A$17.99 for your family. To give you personal recommendations from people who know and love music. To deepen the connection between artists and fans. To re-imagine radio with a 24/7, global station.
This is the same price as the premium version of Spotify in Australia. Unlike Spotify though, Apple isn't offering a free tier supported by adverts. On the plus side, customers won't be charged anything for the first three months. (Your membership will automatically renew at the end of the trial period, based on the payment method you provided during sign-up.)
In addition to streaming your favourite tunes, Apple Music includes the Beats 1 radio service and Apple Connect; a social network for music that grants the user access to their favourite artists' Facebook and Twitter posts.
Apple Music currently runs on iOS (8.4), Mac and Windows with an Android version expected to launch this Autumn. We'll be putting the service through its paces soon. In the meantime, tell us what you think in the comments.