Company planning to pull together Apple Music, Arcade, News

Brenda Watkins
October 9, 2019

Apple is apparently in talks with record labels about the possibility of bundling its new TV subscription service with its music subscription service for a lower monthly fee.

Netflix rival Apple TV+ launches on November 1, priced at $4.99/£4.99 per month.

At present, Apple Music costs $9.99 per month in the USA ($4.99 for students and $14.99 for a Family Sharing subscription, offering access to up to six users of the same family), whilst Apple TV+ is expected to be priced at $4.99 per month with a year's free subscription for those who purchase an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch or Mac after September 10.

Apple TV+, a streaming video service with original shows, launches on November 1 for £5 a month - cheaper than Netflix, which recently increased its United Kingdom tariff to £8.99.

The Financial Times says that at least some labels are receptive to the idea of a super-bundle, but that might not be enough for Apple to get it over the line.

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The Apple TV+ video streaming service will launch on 1 November, costing $4.99 in the USA and £4.99 in the United Kingdom, undercutting the price of both Netflix and Amazon - though Amazon's Prime offering already bundles together its video service, music service, and its express delivery, alongside a few other features. It's also possible that Apple may tie some of this in with other services or bundles, such as AppleCare+ or the iPhone Upgrade Program.

Now, Apple isn't required to pressure these record labels to lower the price of each song for the rumored super bundle.

Music-subscription services like Spotify and Apple Music have largely supplanted both the iTunes software and sales of individual songs, which iTunes first made available for 99 cents apiece. That could be bad news for record labels dealing with licensing issues through streaming platforms.

A logo for Apple Music is pictured.

However, there is a catch - a catch 22 - if you drop the Apple subscription, you lose every piece of music you have acquired.

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