Expect an Apple Music student plan to increase your college debt slightly. According to developer Michael Burkhardt and 9to5Mac, Apple has quietly increased the price of Music’s student discount from $5 to $6 per month in the US and Canada, and from £5 to £6 in the UK.
It’s unclear when or why the change occurred (we’ve reached out to Apple for comment), but it appears to have happened within the last two days.
The student tier was introduced in 2016 and provides the full functionality of Apple Music to those who qualify at a lower cost.
You currently receive Apple TV+ as a free bonus, but this is a “limited-time offer” that could end at any time. Apple raised prices in India, New Zealand, and South Africa in May.
The increase makes Apple Music more difficult to sell. As of this writing, Spotify Student Premium is still $5 per month in the United States, and it includes Hulu’s ad-supported plan as well as Showtime.
While there are still some reasons to prefer Apple Music over competitors (such as tighter integration with Apple hardware), it may not be as appealing if you’re looking to squeeze every last drop of value out of your subscriptions.