Apple Music is Apple's music streaming service that offers access to more than 90 million tracks and playlists curated by experts and you can use it on Apple products as well as PCs, Android, Sonos, Amazon Edge, PlayStation 5 and other devices.

There are various subscription tiers, including a cheaper Apple Music Voice Plan that costs half the price of the standard Apple Music plan. There is also a cheaper price for students.

However, you don't have to pay that much. Apple offers various trials - including up to six months free - if you have not previously used the service. Apple has even made trials available to lapsed subscribers in the past.

Find out what trials are available, and how to get Apple Music for free right now, in this article. 

Plus if you are a student here's how to get Apple Music for half price.

Is there a free Apple Music?

You can get Apple Music for free for a limited time - the company offers various trials for the service.

If you were hoping that Apple offered a free Apple Music tier - similar to Spotify, which offers a free, ad-supported tier - you will be disappointed. 

In December 2021 Apple introduced a cheaper Apple Music option though, which offers access to all of the music in the original Apple Music for half the price (£4.99/$4.99 a month). We discuss how Apple Music and Apple Music Voice compare in a separate article.

How to get an Apple Music free trial

If you've never tried Apple Music before you'll be able to get three months absolutely free of charge, with no catch and no questions asked.

To do so, visit Apple's website by clicking here, and choose 'Free Trial' in the top right corner, or click 'Try it free for three months' on the relevant plan.

There are four plans available: Voice, Student, Individual and Family. Each can be purchased as a monthly subscription or annual (which is £99/$99 a year, or £8.25/$8.25 a month.)

If you absolutely don't want to pay for Apple Music once your trial is over, you must make sure to cancel your subscription before it automatically renews. It's easy to do so. On an iPhone just go to Settings and click on the section at the top with your Apple ID. Tap on Subscriptions find the one you want to cancel and tap on it. Then tap on Cancel Subscription. We cover these steps in more detail in How to unsubscribe to Apple Music.

From time to time Apple offers more than three months free. Read on to find out how to get Apple Music for free for even longer! We also have details of how to get a free trial if you have previously subscribed. 

How to get Apple Music free for 6 months

Apple is offering six months free to new Apple Music users who have AirPods, a HomePod mini or Beats headphones.

The following devices are eligible:

  • AirPods Pro
  • AirPods (2nd generation and 3rd generation)
  • AirPods Max
  • HomePod
  • HomePod mini
  • Beats Fit Pro
  • Beats Studio Buds
  • Powerbeats
  • Powerbeats Pro
  • Beats Solo Pro

There is no purchase necessary, so if you already own one of these eligible devices you can qualify - as long as you haven't previously subscribed.

However, those who already own one of the qualifying devices had 90 days from the date they updated their device to iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 to redeem the free six month trial, which unfortunately means that if they updated on 21 September that period has now passed.

If you have just purchased one of the above products you will qualify for the free six month trial - but you need to take it up within 90 days of first pairing a new device. As long as your iPhone or iPad is running the latest iOS or iPadOS you will be able to activate the six month Apple Music trial after you pair your new audio device with your iPhone or iPad.

It's not only Apple who is offering a free six-month trial of Apple Music. In the US you can get six months free via Best Buy. In the UK EE offers six months of Apple Music to new and old customers.

Click here to take advantage of the Best Buy deal.

Get EE's deal here.

How to get Apple Music free for 5 months

There's another way to get a longer Apple Music trial and it doesn't involve buying anything.

All you need to do is download Shazam to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and use the app to identify a song that's playing.

When you Shazam a song a button will appear inviting you to Open In Apple Music - tap on this you will receive the offer of five free months.

Apple Music free 5 months

At least you'll get the free five months subscription offer if you have never used Apple Music. If you have tested the service before the length of that trial time will be deducted (so if you previously had a three month trial you will be invited to have a two month trial).

When this scheme first launched we found we were unable to take advantage of the deal - we assume because we had subscribed in the past and cancelled our subscription. It appears that Apple has rectified this, if it was indeed the case, because we have now been able to get a two month trial.

Apple Music Trial

Shazam has been owned by Apple for some time, which explains why it is a Apple Music subscription that is offered.

How to get another Apple Music trial

As with the Shazam example above, you may find that you qualify for another two months, having already taken your initial three months. What if you have used up all your trial time though?

We've seen Apple offer lapsed subscribers the opportunity to get three months Apple Music for the price of one - so £9.99/$9.99 for three months. The company doesn't appear to be running that promotion right now though. 

Generally though, once you've used your three (or more) month trial, you won't be able to get another three months free using the same method, even if you wait a year or so. But there is a trick to getting an extra three months: start using Family Sharing via another user and switch to the Apple Music Family Sharing plan.

If you're happy to use Family Sharing, you could get another member of your family to sign up for the free trial of the Apple Music Family Sharing plan, and then share that with you. You'll then be able to take advantage of an extra three months for free. In fact, it can be shared between up to six people so you could share the free trial with other family members too.

We have a separate article with more information about Family Sharing and how to set it up.

Wondering if it's worth trying out Apple Music? Read our Apple Music vs Spotify comparison.

Find out more about Apple Music on Apple's website.