Today, Apple announced an exciting change to its free trial to Apple Music. Since its launch, new subscribers to the service have always been eligible to receive three free months of service before paying the usual $9.99 per month. Students had enjoyed the same luxury, with an added benefit as they received a special rate of $4.99 per month. That offer is getting even better today as Apple is extending the free trial period for students, doubling from three months to now six months.
Students who are interested in signing up for Apple Music do need to have certain credentials to prove that they are, in fact, a student. Sorry to anyone who has their old student ID hanging around - that's not going to cut it here. Apple requires anyone who signs up for the special student rate to have an active student email address and to also verify their enrollment through UNiDAYS, a service that helps students save with dozens of brands.
The extended trial is only available to new subscribers to Apple Music, but if you are a student who is currently paying the normal $9.99 rate you can still take advantage of the $4.99 special rate by signing up through UNiDAYS.
This new 6 month free trial for students is available immediately and joins Apple's just announced Back to School promotion, which includes savings on the newly released MacBook Air and MacBook Pro as well as free Beats with the purchase of eligible Mac and iPads models.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.