Apple has just rolled out its iOS 8.4 update to users, bringing the much-awaited Apple Music service to users around the world, including Malaysia. It is priced at US$3.99 (RM15.01) for individual users, and US$5.99 (RM22.53) for family sharing.
The new Music app is available immediately after you update your iOS 8 device to the latest iOS version 8.4. Once you load it and opt to sign up for Apple Music, the company will offer a free 3 months trial, after that you can either pick a family plan and share your Apple Music with up to 5 devices, or an individual plan.
The price is significantly cheaper compared to what Apple is offering in the U.S. – US$9.99 (RM37.58) for individual plans and US$14.99 (RM56.38) for family plans. Of course, this is probably because Apple has to match what other popular music streaming services in Malaysia are offering – Spotify charges RM14.90 for an individual plan, Deezer also charges RM14,90 a month, and even the brand new JOOX app by WeChat charges RM14,90 a month for a premium ad-free music streaming service.
Apple Music may seem slightly more expensive compared to the others, but that’s because Apple charges in USD, and well, Malaysian Ringgit hasn’t been doing very well lately, so let’s hope things take a turn for the better soon. If not, you could always manage your iTunes account and remove automatic renewal, and enjoy the free 3 months trial.
Check out our previous post for more information about Apple Music.