Apple Music just closed its cheapest option: the voice plan. The subscription, which spear in 2021 and cost $5 per month, offered a Siri-only experience; The only way to access Apple Music’s catalog is to request a song, genre, album, or artist using voice commands.
Although Apple has not officially announced that it is ending the project, it writes the following on its support page:
“Starting in November, Apple will end the Apple Music Voice plan. We strive to provide our customers with the best, most robust music experience possible, with features like immersive Spatial Audio, Apple Music Sing with real-time lyrics, intuitive navigation and discovery features, and more. Moreover.
According to 9to5MacWhen Apple released the beta version of iOS 17.1, the publication found code references indicating that Apple would soon abandon the plan.
The company didn’t provide a reason as to why the plan was scrapped, but we suspect it didn’t gain enough traction. It’s possible that few users are fans of the restricted nature of the plan; no real-time lyrics or options to add songs to your library or create custom playlists. Additionally, the voice plan was only available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Canada, Mexico, China, France, Germany, Spain, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Taiwan.
For anyone missing the Siri-only experience, the company reminded users that all Apple Music plans – Individual ($11/month), Student ($6/month), Family ($17/month), and Apple One – allow subscribers to use Siri, including Tap on Siri, to listen to any song, album, playlist or radio station.
As of today, the voice plan has been officially removed from Apple’s website. Existing Voice subscribers can continue to use the plan for the duration of their last billing cycle, but auto-renewal has been turned off.