New cheaper Apple Music Voice Plan only works with Siri

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The Apple Music Voice Plan is a completely hands-free subscription, and it’s only $5.

Apple has announced a new Apple Music subscription that’s only $4.99 a month. The catch? You’ll have to ask Siri – for everything.

Voice Plan is completely hands-free, meaning you ask Siri to play tracks from the complete Apple Music catalogue. The app has all the normal playback controls for songs, as well as Apple Radio stations and playlists, except you can only use your voice.

Working with all Siri-enabled devices like AirPods, iPhone, CarPlay, Apple Watch, Apple TV or HomePod, the new plan also gives subscribers suggestions based on the Siri queue of recently played songs and on the user’s favourite tracks.

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Once the plan officially launches, you won’t even need to use your hands to sign up – just say “Hey Siri, start my Apple Music Voice trial” to sign up to a free seven-day trial within the app. Thereafter the subscription cost is $4.99, which is substantially cheaper than the $9.99 Apple Music subscription.

The plan is completely built around Siri. Oliver Schusser, Vice President of Apple Music and Beats, said: “Apple Music and Siri are natural partners and already work seamlessly together. With Siri actively used on hundreds of millions of devices worldwide, we are thrilled to add this new plan that delivers an effortless music experience just by using your voice and makes Apple Music accessible to even more people around the world.”

However, as you would expect with a drop in price, Voice Plan doesn’t have all the features of an Apple Music plan. There’s no music videos, lyrics, Lossless playback or Spatial Audio. You can’t create your own playlists either.

Meanwhile, Apple is creating playlists that have been optimized for voice requests, available for all Apple Music subscribers. That’s things like dinner party playlists which you simply ask Siri to play.  

Voice Plan is dropping in 17 territories later this year. The countries include Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


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