How to Sign Up for Apple Music

A 90-day free trial helps you evaluate Apple's streaming service

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Apple music.

The Apple Music streaming service is a fantastic way to join the streaming revolution. Unlike other services, which require a separate app or a website, Apple Music integrates into the Music app, so all the music you add to your streaming library or save for offline playback joins 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 a follow feature for your favorite artists.

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. Students may be entitled to a discount.

Apple Music is optimized for Apple's iOS and macOS platforms. It's available for Windows 10 as a part of iTunes. Apple continues to modify the Music app, so functionality changes across iOS updates. The procedure outlined here applies to iOS 12.

What You Need to Sign Up for Apple Music

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

  • A device running iOS 8.4 or higher
  • An Apple ID
  • A credit or debit card on file with Apple for payment

How to Sign Up for Apple Music

The Apple Music subscription service enrollment feature embeds into the Music app:

  1. Open the Music app and tap the silhouette icon in the corner to open the Account screen. You must be on the For You tab of the app to see the icon.

  2. Tap Manage Subscription. If you've never signed up for Apple Music before, you'll be presented with a Choose a Plan window from which you may select an individual or a family plan on a trial basis. After you select your option, you'll have to confirm the purchase through the App Store and agree to the Apple Music terms-and-conditions screen.

  3. In the Edit Subscription window, tap:

  • Cancel Free Trial to end your 90-day free trial
  • A choice of a different subscription, from the Options section
Apple Music screen

After you subscribe, 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:

  • Library: 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.
  • For You: This section offers suggested albums and custom-created playlists based on your tastes to help you discover new music and artists.
  • Browse: 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.
  • Search: Look for new tunes.

If you have been gifted a subscription to Apple Music, you will have to create an account and will have to option to continue paying for it once your gifted time has run out.

Modify your subscription by repeating these procedures, or Cancel an Apple Music Subscription through your iCloud account.