Apple One launches, bundling Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade into a single subscription
Apple has finally bundled all its services into a single monthly subscription.
The tech giant officially launched its highly anticipated Apple One, which combines subscriptions to Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade.
Starting price is set at $14.95 for the Individual plan and there are additional tiers that add more iCloud storage and subscriptions.
The forthcoming Fitness+ service will be added to Apple One’s Premier plan, along with a subscription to Apple News+.
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Apple One – which combines subscriptions to Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade – starts at $14.95 for the Individual plan. A subscriber would save $6 a month over subscribing to each service individually
Apple One has made three different tiers available, starting with the $14.95 Individual plan that includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and 50GB of iCloud storage.
The next level up is the $19.95 Family plan, which bumps up Apple Music to a family subscription – making songs available on up to six devices – and increases iCloud storage to 200GB.
The top-of-the-line $29.95 Premier plan adds subscriptions to Apple News Plus and the forthcoming Fitness+ service, and increases iCloud storage to 2TB.
‘Apple One makes enjoying Apple subscription services easier than ever, including Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, iCloud, and more,’ said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, in a launch announcement last month.
Apple One’s $19.95 Family plan increases iCloud storage to 200GB and bumps up Apple Music to a family subscription, making songs available on up to six devices
The Individual and Family plans are available in over 100 countries, but the Premier plan is only available in the US, UK, Australia and Canada, where Apple News+ is currently available
‘With Apple One, you can access the best of Apple entertainment across all your favorite devices with one simple subscription.’
The Individual and Family plans are available in over 100 regions, but the Premier plan is only available in the US, UK, Australia and Canada, countries where Apple News+ is currently available.
An Individual plan would save you $6 a month over subscribing to Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade individually, while the Family plan saves $8.
For the Premier plan, the savings is $25 a month, according to Apple, assuming you want all the services it offers.
The $29.95 Premier plan adds subscriptions to Apple News Plus and the forthcoming Fitness+ service, and increases iCloud storage to 2TB. It saves $25 a month, assuming you wanted all the services it offers
You can subscribe to Apple One in the App Store or the Settings app.
Customers receive one invoice per month, and can chance or cancel their subscription at any time.
Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at an Apple subscription service last year, referring to it ‘Apple Prime.’
‘We’re cognizant that there are lots of users out there that want a sort of a recurring payment like that and the receipt of new products on some sort of standard kind of basis,’ Cook said in an earnings call in October 2019. “And we’re committed to make that easier to do than perhaps it is today.’
Expected to launch before the end of 2020, Apple Fitness+ will include workouts for running, strength training, yoga, cycling and other forms of exercise.
In addition to coming with the premier plan, Fitness+ will also be available as a standalone subscription for $9.99 a month.
The launch of Apple One caps off a winning year for the company, which on Thursday announced record fourth-quarter revenues of $64.7 billion.
International sales accounted for 59 percent of that revenue.
‘Despite the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, Apple is in the midst of our most prolific product introduction period ever,’ said CEO Tim Cook, ‘and the early response to all our new products, led by our first 5G-enabled iPhone lineup, has been tremendously positive.’
While 2020 has been a Dumpster fire for most companies, Apple set all-time records this year for revenue, earnings per share, and free cash flow, according to Apple CEO Luca Maestri, ‘in spite of an extremely volatile and challenging macro environment.’