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  • Apple Music Subscription Prices Vary Across the World


    Apple recently released their new music streaming service Apple Music in 100 countries and if you havenít kept up with Apple news, then you might want to know that everyone gets a free 3-month trial before having to pay. After the initial 90-days is up, customers will get the option of either paying as a single user of $9.99 a month or as a family for up to six members of $14.99 a month. These are U.S. prices, but it seems like other countries have a different price point.

    Subscription prices are very different compared to the U.S. In Hong Kong, individual plans are $6.19 and family plans are $10.06, in Brazil it is $4.99 and $7.99 respectively, in India it is $1.89 and $2.99 respectively, and in Slovakia the plans cost $6.62 and $9.94 respectively. These countries all have cheaper prices than the U.S., but there are also countries that will have to pay more.

    In Italy, users will have to pay Ä9.99 and Ä14.99 (which is equivalent to $11.05 and $16.57 USD) and customers in the U.K. will be paying £9.99 and £14.99 (which is equivalent to $15.60 and $23.41 USD). Weíre not quite sure how Apple came up with these prices, but we feel it should be universal across the globe. Do you think itís unfair that some people are paying more while others are paying much less for the same thing? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

    Source: Quartz
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Music Subscription Prices Vary Across the World started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. ericidle's Avatar
      ericidle -
      rip off Britain again Apple eh!
    1. Asuri's Avatar
      Asuri -
      Quote Originally Posted by ericidle View Post
      rip off Britain again Apple eh!
      Yup! I live in the UK and I've recently switched over to US accounts for PSN, iTunes and Google Play.

      $49.99/£49.99 for the same game? NOPE!
      $2.49/£5.69 for the same book? NOPE!

      I've had it with this ****. I'd understand if it was physical imports but it's not, it's digital. It should be equal value excluding VAT and whatnot.
    1. Andydigital's Avatar
      Andydigital -
      To be fair it's Apple that are ripping us off not the UK government for a change. It's Apple that decided to charge us even more than they should for the current exchange rate. If they were fairer we should only be paying £6.40 plus vat at 20% so £7.68 a month for the $9.99 plan.
    1. Silvio6's Avatar
      Silvio6 -
      Its a Ripoff. In Switzerland, it' 12.90chf (13.44usd) and 19.90 (20.74usd).
      This is streaming media. They can't justify any difference with salaries, premises or the usual bs.
      They only do some non-sense estimation of how much people in given country are ready to pay.
    1. spitf1r3's Avatar
      spitf1r3 -
      Gas prices are not the same across the globe - are you gonna protest that?
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Quote Originally Posted by Asuri View Post
      Yup! I live in the UK and I've recently switched over to US accounts for PSN, iTunes and Google Play.

      $49.99/£49.99 for the same game? NOPE!
      $2.49/£5.69 for the same book? NOPE!

      I've had it with this ****. I'd understand if it was physical imports but it's not, it's digital. It should be equal value excluding VAT and whatnot.
      I want to switch over to one of those Indian accounts! ;-)
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by spitf1r3 View Post
      Gas prices are not the same across the globe - are you gonna protest that?
      Fuel prices vary because of how much the government tax it. Different countries generally don't specifically add a different tax to digital downloads compared to other products and services
    1. 115's Avatar
      115 -
      Dumping (pricing policy) rule and vat are conditioning the price tags.
      plus corporations are not people and tend to maximize their profits.
      And finally consumers by consuming are given a choice of action.
      if you aren't into music, there is many way to get your tunes legaly free.
      if you are, you buy it on fisical media to own it and resell it.
    1. Milanello21's Avatar
      Milanello21 -
      I understand that there are differences in stores
      some stores contain more than others
      for myself as an Egyptian it's for 5$ a month however, am considering going onto the US for 10$ because the Egyptian iTunes doesn't have many songs that I listen to (English songs)