Apple Music is a “premium” subscription streaming service with two principal price tiers: $9.99 per month for individual subscription and $14.99 for family subscriptions (up to 6 accounts)
How is Apple Music different from other streaming stores?
Unlike many streaming stores, Apple Music does not include a “free” ad-supported tier, where users do not pay for the service but are instead served advertising. After an initial 3 month free trial , which users will only be able to access after providing credit card information, Apple Music will be only be available to paying subscribers.
Apple has indicated that the service will have a strong focus on editorial and artist features, including “Artist Connect”, which will allow approved artists to post free content directly on the service and interact with fans. (Please note that Artists will not be compensated for content uploaded through “Artist Connect”).
You can learn more about the different features of Apple Music here .
Important: In order to deliver your content to Apple Music you must distribute to iTunes and opt into the Apple Music service.
Go Live Time
If you've already distributed content to iTunes and would like to opt in to Apple Music you can do so from the Store Manager page here
It should take the same amount of time for content to go live in Apple Music as it does for iTunes. To view the Go Live Time for iTunes, please go here .
Apple Music Territories (Where Music Sells)
Apple Music is available in the same territories as iTunes and China*, Korea. To view the iTunes Territories, please go here .
*Content in this territory is editorially selected by iTunes. Not all content will be made available in China.
How Apple Music Sells Your Music
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Pay Rate (How Much Apple Music Pays You)
When a subscriber streams your music, you get paid a proportionate share of Apple Music's subscription revenue per month calculated on terms set out in TuneCore's blanket agreement with the store (this will include streams during a subscriber's 3-month f ree trial ). Payments will fluctuate each month, depending on the amount of subscription revenue generated and how often your music was streamed.
GOOD TO KNOW: We've built our TuneCore Music Publishing Administration to get songwriters (the person or entity that controls the copyright to the lyrics and melody of the composition) all their royalties from sales and use of their compositions around the world. To learn more about the additional separate royalties you earn as a Songwriter, see our Publishing Administration Help section.