Apple has opted to phase out its Apple Music Voice Plan, a more economically priced option for users, across the U.S. and all other regions where it was offered, according to details shared in an Apple support document. The initial report on this development came from the Brazilian site, MacMagazine.
“Beginning in November, Apple will discontinue the Apple Music Voice plan,” the Cupertino firm stated. The company emphasized its commitment to providing a premium music experience for users, highlighting features like immersive Spatial Audio, real-time lyrics with Apple Music Sing, and enhanced browse and discovery tools.
Current subscribers of the Voice Plan will be able to utilize the service until the end of their last billing cycle, post which, access will be revoked. The reasons behind the discontinuation of the plan remain undisclosed, but Apple assured that its other music plans are fully integrated with Siri and promised ongoing enhancements to this integration.
Subscribers will be notified with additional details before their final billing cycle concludes.
In the U.S., the Voice Plan was priced at $4.99 monthly, designed for users who preferred interacting with Apple Music solely via Siri. This plan was introduced with iOS 15.2 in December 2021 and was made available in numerous countries including the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the U.K., and several others.
While the Voice Plan offered complete access to Apple Music’s vast library of over 100 million songs, it did come with certain limitations compared to the pricier plans.
Features such as offline downloads, spatial audio, and Family Sharing were not included.