Apple Music officially launches in Korea
Apple on Thursday flipped the switch on Apple Music streaming services in Korea, offering customers in the Asian market access to the customary three-month free trial through iTunes and the dedicated Music app on iOS.
For customers in Korea, individual memberships come in at $7.99 per month or $11.99 for families of up to six people. Due to licensing negotiations with local music industry organizations, as well as other economic factors, pricing is slightly lower than other markets like the U.S.
Today's launch comes one day after Apple Music rolled out in Israel and more than one month after rumors claimed the service would soon launch in South Korea. At the time, a Korean music federation announced it had struck a deal with Apple to pay out royalties to artists, suggesting an official debut was in the offing.
Apple Music was announced more than one year ago at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in 2015. The service launched last June in more than 100 markets and has since gained more than over 15 million paying subscribers.
At this year's WWDC, Apple announced an upcoming app redesign set to roll out this fall for iOS, Mac, Windows and Apple TV that promises a streamlined interface and quick access to frequently used features.