The way to an Apple Music trial subscription - including switching off the automatic renewal

Apple Music installation

As announced at WWDC 2015, the "Apple Music" streaming service started today (30.06.2015/17/8.4) worldwide. Shortly before XNUMX p.m. there was the update for iOS to version XNUMX in which the "Apple Music" service is then integrated. As an interested Apple nerd, I of course had to carry out the update promptly in order to be able to test Apple Music (thanks Thomas for pointing this out!).

Apple Music installation

The settings when you start the Apple Music app for the first time can be seen here. Choosing a subscription with a price is a bit confusing when you actually assume that you will receive 3 months of free streaming. :)

After downloading and installing the update, which is just over 200 megabytes in size, you can immerse yourself in the world of Apple Music. However, before you can test the music streaming here, you need to take a few short steps to set it up, which I would like to briefly explain below ...


How to start the Apple Music trial subscription

Apple Music iconIf you have installed the update, you will find a musicApp with a new icon. Click on this to start the trial subscription...

  • First of all comes the Music app home screen and a notice that audiobooks have been moved to iBooks.
  • After this hint you have to decide what type of subscription you would like to book in the future: Family subscription (€ 14,99 for up to 6 people) or individual (€ 9,99). I chose the individual here.
  • "Why do I have to pay for a trial subscription?!?" - that is probably the first question most people ask themselves at this point. I think this "purchase" is necessary so that Apple can present a legally secure purchase to collect the money after the trial period expires. In practice, of course, you don't pay anything in the first few months, even if you confirm it now. (If you don't like the automatic renewal with a paid booking, you can deactivate the automatic renewal immediately after completing the trial subscription - see instructions below.)
  • Now that this has also been done, it works to the presets so that Apple Music knows which music suits you best and appropriate music suggestions can be made. For this, red balls appear, as one or the other already knows from the Apple Watch. Here you determine the genres of music that you like the most by tapping on it and then you do the same game with some artists.
  • After all of this is done and you have clicked on "continue" above, you should on the page "For you" you will find suitable music recommendations appear. It worked out pretty well for me!
  • At the bottom of the app window you can find self-explanatory symbols through the continue browsing Apple Music can.

Switch off automatic renewal of the Apple Music subscription

I'm not a big fan of automatic renewals on trial subscriptions. For this reason, I deactivated the automatic behind it. If I don't do anything after 3 months, the trial period will expire and I will no longer have access to Apple Music. If I then notice that I am "missing" something, then I can still book the streaming service.

Deactivate Apple Music trial subscription

The Apple Music trial subscription can be deactivated so that no automatic renewal takes place.

Here is a little guide on how to deactivate the automatic subscription on the iPhone or iPad (under iOS of course!):

  1. goes to the App Store app
  2. right there on the start page you scroll down sooooooooooooo much, where you can find a button with the email of your Apple ID under "Everything at a glance"; there you click on it and enter your password
  3. On the following page, under the item "SUBSCRIPTION", there is the "Manage" button - please click on it too
  4. Now you get to the overview, where your existing or canceled subscriptions are listed; underneath you deactivate the option "Extend automatically" with the slider and confirm with "Done" at the top right

Have fun and don't forget: If you don't like Apple Music - deselect the "automatic renewal" option in good time! ;-)

I'm then "listening to the test stream" ...


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  1. Volaric says:

    Good day,
    how can I play my music in "random" mode with 8,4?
    Thanks for the answer and best regards.
    F. Volaric

    • sir appleot says:

      If you click on the picture from the album or from the playlist, the list of the tracks will appear. Above this list, the first entry is "Random". If you click on that, the list or album will be played back randomly. Was that the question? VG! Jens

      Screenshot Apple Music random playback

      • sir appleot says:

        After a short e-mail communication with my reader, I noticed that he missed this random mode, which you could otherwise activate on the iPhone after listening to any title. Then the entire music library was randomly given back and not just the one album.
        This function is actually missing and you can read in various forums that people were happy to use it. I think Apple will incorporate this in one of the next updates, because such a feature cannot simply be deleted.
        The following workaround would be possible as a temporary measure: You create a new playlist which you call, for example, "All my music". There you throw in all the titles that can be found under "My Music". If you select this playlist and click on "Random" at the top, you have a global random playlist again. It's not great, but it works. :)

  2. Caroline says:

    If you try the 3 month Apple Music trial, can you listen to music offline or does it cost something?

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello Caroline!
      You can use Apple Music with a trial subscription without any restrictions. This also means that you can mark albums or individual tracks for local listening without the Internet. It doesn't cost anything extra, so it works offline too.

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