Apple has reduced its music streaming offering, by discreetly removing the Voice plan at €4.99 per month. This subscription, closely linked to Siri, launched two years ago, did not convince many people despite its low price.
Apple Music Voice is done! The manufacturer has withdrawn this formula offered at €4.99 which was unveiled in October 2021. It was then a question of making Siri the control tower of the streaming service, which did not fail to surprise at the time – the assistant is already not a lightning of war in normal times, but when it comes to music it is even worse with a very poor and random understanding of the names of artists and songs. And it’s even worse when we pride ourselves on appreciating Anglo-Saxon music when we speak French.
Siri makes a poor DJ
Apple Music Voice subscribers cannot play music from the application, or only 30-second clips. You really have to ask Siri to play the song that is reaching out to us. Playback can, however, and fortunately, be controlled from the audio player; AirPlay is also available. This subscription also includes full access to the catalog from an iPhone, iPad or HomePod.
Our trial of Apple Music Voice was not really crowned with great success, and one must believe that this was hardly the case elsewhere. This formula also offered much less than other subscriptions: no addition to a playlist, no download, no Dolby Atmos spatial audio, no lyrics, no Classical, in short, it was ultimately almost too much to pay.
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The process lasted two years, and it was without flowers or crowns that Apple buried this offer. The cheapest access to Apple Music is now €5.99, but you have to be a student to benefit from it. Otherwise, it’s straight away €10.99 for the Individual subscription.
Apple Music has somehow dodged the recent price increase that hit Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. It will probably be for next time.