How to get six months of Apple Music for free

With a bit of Family Sharing, you can sneak a few extra months out of Apple Music. Here's how...

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Apple Music might be flawed, but we still think it compares favourably to the likes of Spotify and Tidal in some key areas.

One of the best bits, though, is the no-strings three-month free trial, which makes the 30 days you get with rival services seem miserly. But it turns out with a cunning workaround, you can actually get six months of Apple Music goodness for nowt.

Side one

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The key is the difference between Apple Music's Individual and Family Sharing plans. To get your first three months, tap or click the 'trial' button in the iOS Music app or iTunes. Fire up the Individual plan, and you gain access to over 30 million tracks, some really nice playlists, the fab 'For You' view and iffy social network Connect, which appears primarily populated by tumbleweeds, while trying desperately to inch away from the decaying corpse of Ping.

If you don’t want to pay after your trial ends, launch the Settings app, go to iTunes & App Store, tap your Apple ID, tap ‘View Apple ID’ and sign in. Scroll down and tap the 'Manage' button under Subscriptions. Then turn off auto-renewal for Apple Music. Alternatively, open the Music tab in iTunes, click iTunes Store, click Account, sign in, and click 'Manage under Settings'. Apple Music should be at the top. Click 'Edit' and adjust your renewal options.

The clever bit

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When your 90 days is up, the aforementioned cunning workaround involves Family Sharing. You can set this up on any device by accessing the iCloud area within Settings, tapping 'Set Up Family Sharing', and following the steps.

Once a family member accepts your invite, they can then start a free trial to Apple Music using the family option and everyone in the family (including you) will benefit. In theory, this would that in a family of four, three people could get six months of free Apple Music by doing the individual trial, then benefiting from the fourth person doing Family Sharing.

Note that the Family Sharing option costs £14.99 per month, so you'll need to remember to disable auto-renew using the method outlined earlier. That is unless your family finds itself enjoying Apple Music, in which case 15 quid a month for up to six people having access to over 30 million music tracks sounds like a pretty good deal to us.

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