How to Sign Up for Apple Music

There's not much doubt that paying a flat monthly fee to stream all you want is the future of how we enjoy music. If you're an iPhone or iTunes user, the Apple Music streaming service is a fantastic way to join the streaming revolution.

Unlike other services, which require you to install a separate app or go to a website, Apple Music is integrated right into the Music app. This means that all the music you add to your streaming library or save for offline playback is integrated with the music library you've built up through purchases, CDs, and other sources.

Besides giving you a virtually limitless selection of music to stream, Apple Music also offers expert-curated streaming radio stations like Beats 1, custom playlists tailored to your tastes, and the ability to follow your favorite artists.

Not convinced? Apple Music offers a free three-month trial, so if you try the service and decide you don't like it, you can cancel and not pay anything. 

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What You Need to Sign Up for Apple Music

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If you want to sign up for Apple Music, here's what you need:

  • A device running iOS 8.4
  • An Apple ID
  • A credit or debit card on file with Apple for payment
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Choose Apple Music Account Type

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To sign up for Apple Music, follow these steps:

  1. Begin by tapping the Music app to open it
  2. In the top left corner of the app, there's a silhouette icon. Tap it
  3. This opens the Account screen. In it, tap Join Apple Music
  4. On the next screen, you have two options: Start 3-Month Free Trial or Go to My Music. Tap Start 3-Month Free Trial
  5. Next, you need to select what kind of Apple Music subscription you want: Individual or Family. An Individual plan is for one person and costs US$9.99/month. Family plans allow up to 6 users for $14.99/month. The cost is billed to whatever payment you have on file in your Apple ID.
    Make your choice (and remember, you won't be charged until after the end of the three-month free trial).
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Confirm Apple Music Subscription

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After choosing your Apple Music plan, there are just a few steps to finishing sign up:

  1. If you just installed iOS 8.4 and you have a passcode on your device, will likely need to enter it again
  2. After that, the next few screens ask you to agree to the new Terms & Conditions of Apple Music. Do so and continue
  3. A window pops up to confirm your purchase. Tap Cancel if you don't want to subscribe, but if you want to continue, tap Buy.

When you tap Buy, your subscription begins and you're taken back to the main screen of the Music app. When you get there, some things have changed compared to the standard Music app. They're subtle, so you may not notice them right away, but the buttons at the bottom of the app are now different. They are:

  • For You—This section offers suggested albums and custom-created playlists based on your tastes to help you discover new music and artists
  • New—Check out the latest releases on Apple Music here, either as a full list, filtered by genre, or suggested by Apple's expert music curators
  • Radio—The replacement for iTunes Radio now includes the Beats 1 streaming channel, curated stations, and stations you can create based on your music
  • Connect—Follow your favorite artists in Apple Music. When you follow an artist, you'll get updates from them, including photos, videos, and new music
  • My Music—This is your main music library. It includes any music you've synced to your device from iTunes or iCloud, as well as any songs you add to your library from Apple Music.
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How to Change Your Apple Music Plan

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If you've already subscribed to Apple Music, you may encounter situations where you need to change your plan. For instance, you may be on an individual plan and decide to add your kids and thus need to change to a Family plan, or vice versa.

Doing that is really simple (though the menus for doing it are not completely easy to find). Just follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Settings app to open
  2. Scroll down to iTunes & App Store and tap it
  3. Tap your Apple ID
  4. In the pop-up window, tap View Apple ID
  5. Enter your Apple ID password
  6. Tap Manage
  7. Tap Your Membership in the Apple Music Membership row
  8. In the Renewal Options section, tap the new type of account you want to have
  9. Tap Done.