Apple is retiring its Voice plan for Apple Music that lets individuals use Siri to pick tracks for $5 a month — lower than half the price of the common plan.
The tech big launched its most reasonably priced Apple Music plan in 2021 however on Wednesday stated in a message on its web site that it’s ending the flexibility to enroll to it with quick impact.
Present subscribers to Voice for Apple Music can use the service till the top of their billing interval. The auto-renew operate has been turned off.
Apple is encouraging these on the Voice plan to modify both Particular person, Scholar, or Household, or to contemplate signing up for Apple One, a bundle that features Apple Music, Apple TV+, and extra.
It’s not clear why Apple is retiring Voice, however it’s potential the take-up wasn’t as nice because it had hoped.
The Siri-powered Voice tier was helpful for individuals who primarily listened to music of their automobile or on a HomePod the place they only referred to as out tracks, with a library or visible interface being of little significance.
Voice comes with a bunch of limitations, although, which can have proved irritating for some subscribers. For instance, it has a pared-down visible interface with no entry to lyrics or music movies. You may’t even make playlists. Downloading for offline listening isn’t potential both, and for those who navigate through the interface and choose a music, it’ll solely play a preview of it – to play the complete observe it’s a must to ask Siri. Voice additionally lacks options equivalent to Spatial Audio for a premium listening expertise.
However keep in mind, whether or not you’re a subscriber to Apple Music or not, you possibly can nonetheless ask Siri to play explicit songs, so the characteristic stays accessible for individuals who need to use it. It’s simply that to entry Apple’s full music library, you’ll now need to pay a minimum of $11 a month, or $6 for those who’re a scholar.