Apple’s first bundled product isn’t a combination all its new subscription services. Instead, it gives Apple Music student subscribers access to Apple TV.
The $4.99/month Apple Music student plan will include access to TV when it launches. The deal may have been ‘accidentally’ revealed in an Instagram post by Hailee Steinfeld. Steinfeld is the lead actress in ‘Dickinson’ one Apple’s original TV shows.
Apple hasn’t indicated any plans to fer bundled access to its subscriptions. Apple TV will launch on November 1 for $4.99. That price undercuts significant competitors like Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBO, and Hulu.
Rumors suggested last month that Apple may be looking at bundle options. The Financial Times reported that Apple was in talks with record labels about a possible bundle deal. It’s unclear if the student deal is a limited-time fer or the first a line bundles.
The Apple Music bundle costs $9.99/month for regular subscribers. The Apple TV subscription costs $4.99/month and includes Family Sharing with up to six members under one subscription. Students are saving about $5 a month in the new bundle.
Apple is also fering a free one-year Apple Music subscription to anyone who purchases a new Apple device. The iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch, or a new Mac are included in that deal.
Many hardcore iOS loyalists are reporting subscription fatigue, even among Apple’s own services. Remember, Apple News Plus, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV were all launched at the same event. When you factor in AppleCare, iCloud, Apple Music, and more, you can see why people are getting sick subscriptions.
As CNET writer Scott Stein put it, “We’re heading toward a future where we rent everything, and it’s unsustainable.” Apple better have something up its sleeve for those us who aren’t students because is too many.