Apple has today introduced a new student membership option for Apple Music that gives subscribers 50 percent off the usual price. That means that in the U.S., the service will cost just $4.99, but you must be enrolled in an eligible college or university.
This discount isn’t exclusive to the U.S., either. Students in the U.K., Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand can also take advantage of it, according to TechCrunch — and all will receive the same 50 percent discount.
“The cost reduction will be available for up to four years following sign-up, and those years don’t have to be continuous,” the report adds. “In other words, a student who takes breaks in between semesters can still sign up for a student membership when they return to school.”
The student membership tier is available today inside Apple Music for both new and existing subscribers. However, if you’re already paying for the service, you’ll need to switch your plan inside the iOS or Android apps to receive the discount.
Apple is said to be working with student verification company UNiDAY to ensure those who sign up for a student membership really are eligible for it.
The Cupertino company will be hoping that this discount can help boost the number of subscribers Apple Music currently holds. Apple recently confirmed 13 million people were now paying for the service, which is less than half the 30 million Spotify has.
But Apple Music already had some advantages over Spotify, including bags of exclusive content, and a $14.99 family plan that allows for up to six users. In comparison, Spotify’s own $14.99 plan only allows two users to share an account.
If you’re a student who’s eligible for 50 percent off Apple Music, you should also receive discounts on Apple hardware with a valid student ID. That’s something to bear in mind if you’ll be picking up a new Mac this summer ahead of a new semester.[Via TechCrunch]