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Apple on Tuesday expanded Apple Music student membership eligibility to include more than 30 markets, with the latest round of additions extending the subscription tier to countries like Canada, China, India and more.
As of today, college and university students in Canada and 24 other countries can access Apple Music content at a discounted rate for up to 48 months, reports Financial Post.
Launched in May, the cut-rate Apple Music student membership tier was initially restricted to users in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the U.S. Today's additions bring Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates into the fold.
Apple is once again working with UNiDAYS to verify student enrollment, which must be maintained to retain the special Apple Music pricing. Alternatively, the report notes students in Canada and other locales can directly verify eligibility by signing up for Apple Music through their campus Wi-Fi network or by using a school email address.
As with the initial rollout, existing Apple Music subscribers can transfer their individual account to a student account via iTunes or the Music app on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or Android.
Expanded student membership availability arrives on the heels of rumors that Apple might drop regular subscription fees by 20 percent in a bid to compete with rival streaming services like Amazon's Music Unlimited. The potential price cut was due to arrive in time for the holidays, but with less than a month left until Christmas, that launch time window is becoming increasingly unlikely.