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When you first open the new Music app on iOS or iTunes 12.2 on your Mac, you’ll be invited to enrol in a threemonth trial of Apple Music. This requires that the Apple ID you use to sign into the iTunes Store has a bank card registered for payment, rather than just having credit on your account from iTunes gift cards, so that Apple has a means to take automatic payment for the monthly subscription past that trial period.
You don’t have to take up an Apple Music subscription to keep using iTunes on your Mac or the Music app on iOS devices to play a combination of iTunes Store purchases and music bought elsewhere, and you can hide almost all of the new features – see page 25. If you later decide to try it out, you can make Apple Music visible in your apps once again and then go to the For You page to start your trial from there. If you have a subscription to iTunes Match – or were planning to sign up to it to make your music collection, including tracks not bought from the iTunes Store, available to download from all your devices – Apple continues to offer that annual service. Its functionality is also part of Apple Music, so if you decide the extra features of the newer service are worth the total annual cost being more than five times as expensive, you should check and consider turning off automatic renewal of Match before the end of your current subscription period – do that in the same place as you manage your Apple Music subscription (see page 27).
However, if it’s Apple Music that you’re uncertain about subscribing to in the long term, you should also see page 27 for how to avoid automatically paying for it after your trial period.
Apple Music asks you to identify things you like so it can suggest things to listen to. You can change your choices later by clicking your account name (top-right) and then Choose Artists For You.