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With the introduction of the voice plan, there are now three different Apple Music subscription levels. Here are the differences between them.
Apple on Monday unveiled a new Apple Music Voice plan for $ 4.99 per month. The cheapest subscription level offers access to the full Apple Music catalog to anyone – with the only downside being that the catalog is only accessible through Siri voice commands.
The differences between Apple Music Voice, Individual and Home subscriptions
|Voice package||Individual plan||Family Package|
|Price||$ 4.99||$ 9.99||$ 14.99|
|Apple Music Catalog||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dolby Atmos / Spatial Audio||No||Yes||Yes|
|Support for third-party platforms||No||Yes||Yes|
|User interface integrated into the application||Simplified user interface||Complete user interface||Complete user interface|
Basically, the Voice Plane is a lite version of Apple Music that only allows users to interact with the streaming platform through voice commands.
With the Voice plan, you’ll have access to the full range of Apple Music, including 90 million songs, 30,000 pre-populated playlists, genre stations, and Apple Music Radio. The catch is, you can’t interact with any of these elements through a traditional user interface.
In other words, you can ask Siri to play anything including individual tracks or playlists. But you won’t be able to search and play a specific track through the Music app on iPhone or Mac.
You will not have a full user interface in the voice plane. Open the Apple Music app and you’ll only be greeted with voice command suggestions and a list of recently played tracks. A section will tell users how to optimize Siri with Apple Music.
The Apple Music Individual Plan offers the traditional Apple Music experience and also includes premium features like lossless audio and Dolby Atmos.
The only difference between the Individual plan and the Family plan is that the latter subscription allows you to provide up to five other family members with their own Apple Music accounts for $ 14.99 per month.
Additionally, there is also a student plan available only for students which costs $ 4.99 per month but is otherwise the same as the individual plan.
What devices can use Apple Music Voice Plan?
If you have a pair of AirPods, you can also use Siri voice commands to control playback on a connected device.
However, you won’t be able to use the voice plan with third-party integrations with Apple Music for Amazon Echo or Apple Music for Samsung Smart TV.
What features are available on the Apple Music voice plan?
As stated before, you can play any track, album or playlist vocally. You won’t be limited by the jumps either.
In addition, Apple has also significantly increased the number of thematic playlists available on Apple Music. That means you’ll be able to ask Siri for the perfect playlist for a hike, dinner, or chill out before bed.
Apple says users will be able to get “original shows, concerts, and exclusives” on the Apple Music Voice plan, but it’s currently unclear how that will work without a full user interface.
What features are not available on the Apple Music Voice plan?
Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio, lossless streaming, music videos, and lyrics are not available on the Apple Music Voice plan.
Again, you also won’t be able to access specific genres, artists, or playlists from an app. Voice control of Apple Music can only be done through Siri voice commands.
Users will also not be able to download songs to their personal library vocally. It will only be streaming, and no luck if you don’t have an internet connection.