Apple Music now has a Voice Only plan that lets you stream ad-free songs on your device without the extra fuss. It’s meant to work with Siri on smart speakers like HomePod mini and comes up as a cheap way to stream high-quality music.
What are you ‘not’ getting with the Voice plan?
In simple words, if you want to stream music primarily on your Home Pod mini or CarPlay without spending much, the Voice plan is for you. It will be available on other Siri-enabled Apple devices like iPhone, AirPods, Mac, etc. as well but without the perks of regular plans:
- Support for non-Apple devices
- Lossless Audio
- Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos
- Music Videos
- Song downloads to music library
- Checking friends’ listening activity
- Family sharing with personalized libraries and recommendations
You get low-cost streaming and use Siri to play songs and albums on your Apple Music subscription. This is similar to how Echo users can stream music on Alexa devices, except they can do it for free.
What are you getting with the Voice plan?
Getting a cheap plan doesn’t mean the company is cutting corners. Here’s the stuff that you will be able to enjoy:
- Entire Apple Music catalog of 90 million songs (ad-free)
- Over 30,000 curated playlists
- Siri support for playing songs, albums, radio stations
- Original shows, concerts, and exclusives
- Live and on-demand radio stations hosted by artists
How much does the Apple Music Voice plan cost?
Apple will offer the Voice plan at $4.99/mo starting later this year. There will be a 3-month free trial for new users, and given the name, you’ll be able to activate the subscription just by commanding Siri on your HomePod mini or iPhone app.
Just say, “Hey Siri, start Apple Music Voice.”
Non-subscribers can try a one-time, seven-day free preview with no auto-renewal of the Voice plan using Siri commands.
It will be available in 17 countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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