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Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

Firstly, well done on the mag, I look for­ward to it ev­ery month, it’s a great read! I am writ­ing with re­gards to the new Ap­ple Mu­sic fam­ily plan. I have signed up to the free trial of it and I’m mak­ing use of Fam­ily Shar­ing (as the or­gan­iser) so my daugh­ter and my wife can also get Ap­ple Mu­sic. The ques­tion is, just be­fore the end of my free trial of Ap­ple Mu­sic, if my wife starts a three-month free trial un­der her ID and we change our Fam­ily Shar­ing setup so my wife is the or­gan­iser and she adds us all to it, and I can­cel my free trial, will we then get another three months of Ap­ple Mu­sic for free? And could we do this a sec­ond time us­ing my daugh­ter’s ID to get nine months of it for free? In the­ory if you had use of all six Fam­ily Shar­ing slots with six dif­fer­ent IDs, could you do a merry-go-round all of them and get an 18-month free trial? Keith Roberts Seth Singh says: The fly in your oint­ment is that when some­one else in your fam­ily opens iTunes, they‘re au­to­mat­i­cally prompted to en­able the ben­e­fits of Ap­ple Mu­sic as part of their fam­ily’s sub­scrip­tion, rather than sign­ing up for their own trial pe­riod. No­tice that they don’t see ref­er­ence to the three-month trial at the top of the For You page, which is where you would nor­mally go to en­rol in the trial if you turned it down the first time you opened iTunes 12.2.

It seems un­likely that Ap­ple will have over­looked the sce­nario you pro­pose – it has con­sid­ered other ways you might think of to game the sys­tem; for ex­am­ple, tracks down­loaded from Ap­ple Mu­sic aren’t treated as pur­chases and so they aren’t listed in your iTunes Store ac­count’s list of pre­vi­ous pur­chases (be­cause they aren’t ac­tu­ally pur­chases, just rented con­tent, and they con­tain DRM any­way). We’d be sur­prised if Ap­ple isn’t al­ready flag­ging up ac­counts that are part of a fam­ily plan as hav­ing al­ready taken part in a fam­ily trial and there­fore in­el­i­gi­ble for sev­eral free passes.

If you missed our fea­ture about free apps, you can buy a dig­i­tal copy in the MacFor­mat iOS app.

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