“We will absolutely establish and build relationships with the local music community”, said Cue, adding that Apple Music will try to discover artists and bring better music to customers.
At Google’s Nexus press event in San Francisco today, the search giant announced a new plan that gives up to six people access to the Google Play Music library for $14.99 a month. Our target, however, is the Automatic Renewal button at the bottom, which makes sure that once you’re trial ends, you’ll automatically subscribe for Apple’s music-streaming service.
So today’s launch of Apple Music in China marks a noteworthy step for the company as it continues to court the Middle Kingdom. Compare that to Apple who charges the same price for the same amount of family members, or Spotify which now asks for $5 for each additional family member on top of their standard $9.99. Other music competitors in China include Netease and Baidu, and all are faced with trying to get listeners to pay for the stuff after years of downloading pirated music for free.
According to their declaration, Chinese users will have access to music files of regional artists, such as, Eason Chan and Li Ronghao, but also worldwide stars like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.
On iTunes Store, users can also rent or purchase movies from a great selection of Chinese studios and Hollywood blockbusters, in addition to enjoying paid and free books from the iBooks Store. Apple also offers users the possibility to read a few of the latest novels including the “Twilight” saga, the official message wrote.
We have a guide on how to turn off the auto-renewal feature, but essentially you have to dig a bit deep into your profile settings in Apple Music.
If you haven’t checked out Apple Music yet, you’re still eligible to take advantage of the trial membership.
Movie rentals are priced at 5 CNY, or just $0.79, while 18 CNY ($2.83) will buy a movie.