Deal of the Week: Free Apple Music for EE mobile users

Published by Helen Knapman on 04 August 2017.
Last updated on 04 August 2017

A girl listens to her iPod

EE pay monthly and Sim-only mobile customers can stream Apple Music for free for six months.  

What’s the deal exactly?

EE customers with a pay monthly mobile contract or a 30-day or 12-month Sim-only contract – including those on ‘Shared’ contract plans – can get free Apple Music membership for six months. 

In addition, for the first six months’ customers use Apple Music in the UK to stream and download music and videos, this data won’t be deducted from their allowance. For example, if you’ve got 1GB of data, this 1BG allowance will still remain at the end of the month if the only data you’ve used on your phone is Apple Music.  

To get the offer, text MUSIC to 150. Then reply YES to the follow-up text message. You’ll then receive further instructions on how to download Apple Music. 

If your mobile plan is shared, each member who wants Apple Music needs to follow the instructions above to get the offer on their handset. 

If you’ve had an Apple Music offer from EE before and cancelled it you can’t get this offer. However, if you continued to subscribe to Apple Music with EE or you already have an Apple Music subscription directly with Apple you can still get this deal. You just need to text STREAM to 150 or log in to ‘My EE’.  

Why should I care?

Apple Music usually costs £9.99 a month so you’re saving about £60 with this deal. 

The Apple Music app enables you to listen to radio stations for every genre, including the flagship Beats 1 station, access playlists curated by music experts, and create your own music library which lives alongside a catalogue of over 40 million songs for on and offline playback. 

Apple Music also offers exclusive programmes, including P Diddy’s documentary Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Planet of the Apps, and from 8 August Carpool Karaoke. 

What’s the catch?

As outlined above, this offer is limited to certain mobile users only – EE pay-as-you-go customers and EE broadband customers, for example, can’t get the offer.

To get the free Apple Music streaming you also need to have some remaining data allowance. 

Plus, it’s important to note that once the six months ends you’ll be charged £9.99 per month if you don’t cancel beforehand. You can cancel at any time by texting STOP MUSIC to 150 or by logging into ‘My EE’ online or on EE’s app. 

The streaming of Apple Music without using your data allowance will also automatically end after six months so don’t get caught out if you continue using the service. 

What other options do I have?

Music streaming services Prime Music (from Amazon Prime), Deezer, Google Play Music, Spotify Premium, and Tidal all offer free music streaming trials of their normally chargeable services. 

However, the longest trial we’ve seen is 90 days – half of the six months being offered by EE. See How to save money on free trials… without getting burnt for more information. 

An alternative is Spotify Free, which is completely free although its use is restricted. For example, adverts will be played between songs, you can’t listen offline, and you can’t skip tracks.   

Where can I find out more?

 For more information on the offer, visit the EE website.  

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