On Monday June 8, Apple took the WWDC 2015 stage to tell us that the new Apple Music unlimited streaming service will arrive on June 30 with the release of iOS 8.4. It was also mentioned that after an initial three-month free trial, the service will be available at $9.99 and $14.99 per month for individuals and families, respectively.
This all sounds fantastic so far, but Apple’s various international websites are hinting that parts of the story may have been left out of the announcement.
Most notably, although Apple Music will supposedly launch in over 100 countries “on” June 30, there is not much evidence to suggest that all of them will be included at that time. Just check Apple’s Music page in the U.K., Australia, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, and Canada, to name a few. The U.S. version of this page clearly states that the service will arrive June 30, while a “Coming Soon” status is what appears for every other country.
Another notable finding is that the U.S. website is the only one to show pricing for the service. Maybe it’s still being worked out in other currencies, but still, this serves as further evidence to suggest that June 30 may not bring Music to all of our ears.
You can learn more by visiting the Apple Music site, where you can select different countries and regions at the bottom of the page. Do you think this is an oversight on Apple’s part, or are they really being as shady as it looks?