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In a surprising move, Apple has quietly bid farewell to its budget-friendly “Apple Music Voice Plan,” a subscription that granted users access to the entire Apple Music library for a mere $5 a month. The catch? It could only be accessed through Siri. While the discontinuation was hinted at with the release of iOS 17.1 beta, it has now been officially confirmed as the Apple Music Voice Plan webpage redirects to the main Apple Music page.
Introduced in 2021, the Apple Music Voice Plan was positioned as an economical alternative for users comfortable with employing Siri to play their desired tunes. This subscription, however, came with its limitations – users couldn’t manually navigate the Music app, create custom playlists, or add songs to their library.
Alongside the above-mentioned limitations, the Voice Plan fell short in several other areas. It excluded the ability to utilize Apple Music on non-Apple devices, lacked real-time lyrics, and delivered songs in standard quality, omitting the superior Lossless and Dolby Atmos options.
Apple has remained tight-lipped about the reasons behind discontinuing the Voice Plan. However, it’s not a stretch to imagine that relying solely on Siri for Apple Music interaction may have proven frustrating for some users.
The Voice Plan was only accessible in select countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and more. Unfortunately, new subscriptions are no longer possible, and existing ones will likely be canceled upon renewal.
With the Voice Plan now retired, Apple Music subscriptions are priced at $10.99 monthly in the US. Families can opt for a tier at $16.99 per month, while eligible students can enjoy a special rate of $5.99.
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