Getting Apple Music for free without paying can seem appealing, but there are some important things to consider first.
Try the Free Trial
Apple offers a free 3-month trial of Apple Music for new subscribers. This gives you full access to Apple Music’s catalog of over 90 million songs, playlists, music videos and more. After the trial ends, you’ll be charged $9.99/month (individual plan) unless you cancel. The free trial is a great way to test out the service without commitment.
Use a Gift Subscription
You may be able to get a free subscription to Apple Music by redeeming a gift card or gift subscription. Apple Music gift cards and subscriptions allow you to give Apple Music to someone else for a set duration (1-12 months). If you receive one as a gift, you can enjoy Apple Music without paying during the gift term.
Share a Family Plan
Apple Music Family Plan allows up to 6 people to share a subscription for $14.99/month. If you can join a friend or family member’s existing family plan, you can essentially get Apple Music for free as long as they don’t ask you to contribute to the cost.
Use Student Discounts
College students can get Apple Music for $4.99/month, less than half the regular price. If you’re a student, take advantage of this discounted rate to save money.
Split Costs with Friends
You and your friends could share the cost of an Apple Music Family subscription, which allows up to 6 accounts for $14.99/month. If you split the cost evenly between 6 people, that’s only $2.50 per person per month.
Use Free Alternatives
Consider using free music streaming apps like Spotify Free, Pandora, or YouTube Music as an alternative. While they have ads and less on-demand music than paid plans, you can stream music for free.
Try Unofficial Methods (Not Recommended)
While it’s possible to get Apple Music for free through unofficial means like modified apps, shared accounts, or exploiting trial loopholes, I advise against this. These methods violate Apple’s terms and could get accounts banned.
The best legitimate ways to get Apple Music without paying are trying the free trial, using gift subscriptions, sharing a family plan, taking advantage of student discounts, or splitting costs with friends. Free streaming apps can also allow you to listen to music without paying for Apple Music. Overall, I don’t recommend trying risky or dishonest methods to avoid paying.