After the entry of Spotify and YouTube Music in India, it looks like Apple has been forced to drop the pricing of Apple Music in the country. Apple Music now costs as low as INR 49 for students and INR 99 for individuals. Pricing of Apple Music’s Family Plan has been dropped to INR 149 per month. Earlier, Apple Music was priced at INR 60, INR 120, and INR 190 for students, individuals, and families, respectively. Individuals can also purchase a one-year subscription to Apple Music at just INR 999, something that was earlier priced at INR 1,200.
Apple Music vs. Airtel Wynk vs. Gaana vs. Google Play Music vs. JioSaavn vs. YouTube Music: Indian Pricing
Now, the pricing of Apple Music subscription plans is in line with its competitors such as Airtel Wynk, Gaana, Google Play Music, Hungama, JioSaavn, and YouTube Music. Prime Music is a part of Amazon’s Prime Membership, which costs INR 129 per month or INR 999 per year, and also offers faster shipping as well as Prime Video. Spotify, the worldwide competitor to the Apple Music, is now the most expensive music streaming service in India. Spotify currently costs INR 59 per month for students and INR 119 per month for individuals.
Only Apple Music and YouTube Music currently offer family subscription plans in India, each costing INR 149 per month. Apple Music’s annual plan is still quite costly compared to similar plans from local providers such as Gaana and JioSaavn, both costing just INR 299 per year.
iTunes For Mac Could Be Split Into Music & Podcast Apps
Apart from dropping the pricing of Apple Music and the iPhone XR in India, Apple is also reportedly planning to split the iTunes app for macOS into two apps: Music and Podcast. According to developer Steve Troughton-Smith, Apple is planning new Books, Music, and Podcast apps based on UIKit. UIKit is Apple’s universal UI development framework for iOS and it is being brought to macOS. This makes it easier for developers to port their iOS apps to the macOS with minimal work.
Apple has already brought the Home, News, Stocks, and Voice Memos apps from iOS to macOS as a part of its Phase 1 plan. Now, it looks like the company is planning to bring more iOS apps like the new TV app to macOS, along with splitting iTunes into Music and Podcast apps through UIKit.
I am now fairly confident based on evidence I don't wish to make public at this point that Apple is planning new (likely UIKit) Music, Podcasts, perhaps even Books, apps for macOS, to join the new TV app. I expect the four to be the next wave of Marzipan apps. Grain of salt, etc
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) April 5, 2019
Apple has scheduled its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 03, 2019, where it is planning to unveil iOS 13 and macOS 10.15. It will most probably also unveil newer versions of watchOS and tvOS at the conference.