Some Apple Music subscribers will be paying (a lot) less than you
No matter where you go, buying an iPhone can prove to be an expensive prospect. Whether you’re shelling out for the handset’s full retail price, or incorporating the phone’s cost as part of your ongoing carrier bill, you’ll likely end up paying more than you would for an Android or Windows Phone model; that’s just the way things are, and no matter which country we’re talking about, Apple hardware fetches premium prices. This week, though, we’re not so much talking about hardware as we are services, thanks to Apple flipping the switch on Apple Music. And while Apple plays up the global nature of this service, especially in the form of Beats 1 radio, it turns out that some users are paying significantly more for access than others.
You’re probably already familiar with US pricing for Apple Music: following the end of the free preview period, you’ll have to pay about $10 a month for an individual account, or $15 for a family plan.
Contrast that with India, where Apple Music subscribers will pay the equivalent of just $1.88 a month. In Russia, a month of access will cost only $3.02. Or in Brazil, users will be charged $5 – half what those in the US pay.
To be fair, access to Apple Music is more than just Beats 1 streaming radio, and there’s a good chance that licensing differences will mean that the variety of tracks accessible through on-demand streaming will vary across borders. But still, we’re talking about order-of-magnitude-level pricing variations for some of these countries, and that’s a big deal.
Lest this make you feel that you’re getting ripped off, take solace in knowing that some Apple Music users will end up paying even more than the US’s $10 a month: a single-user in account in England is more like $15.60.