Apple Services Bundle in Talks for Music and TV

Carla Harmon
October 9, 2019

Though some record label execs are open to the idea of the change, the FT is claiming that at least one of the big labels has voiced concerns, with the industry becoming more wary and cautious about its relationship with Apple. Record labels fear that this lower price of the bundle would mean that they would get paid less by Apple.

Apple now charges $9.99 for Apple Music, $9.99 for Apple News+, and $4.99 for Apple Arcade.

Cupertino tech giant Apple is planning on combining the content and features of Apple Music and Apple TV+ in one "Super Bundle", a Financial Times report revealed. Even better, new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch, and Mac buyers (starting September 10) are eligible for a free extended 1-year trial, which underscores how badly Apple wants this service to take off.

Apple has a range of different subscription services at the moment, these include Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, they are also launching Apple TV+ soon.

By this time next month, Apple will officially be offering four major subscription services of its own - Apple Music, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+ - and yet despite many rumours and suggestions earlier this year that the company was going to bundle some or all of them at a single fixed monthly price, that didn't materialize, and right now they're still completely separate "a la carte" services. Should Apple decide to create tier bundles, the prices will vary depending on the services included. Video available to buy or rent will be mixed in with other movies and shows - including exclusive offerings through Apple TV Plus. If all of these were offered for a lower monthly fee then this could help Apple get more subscribers.

The music industry has benefitted from the advent of streaming music service, but licensing negotiations remain a point of tension between streaming platforms and record labels.

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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