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Apple axes Siri-only music plan after less than a year | Technology News

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Apple Music Voice Plan, which was launched less than a year ago, is going to be discontinued soon. The plan, which allowed users to stream music from Apple Music using only Siri commands, was priced at $4.99 per month in the US and other countries where it was available.

According to an Apple support document, the Voice Plan will be discontinued in November and existing subscribers will be able to use it until the end of their final billing cycle. Apple said that it is focusing on delivering the best music experience for its customers, with features like spatial audio, real-time lyrics, and intuitive discovery features.

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Apple also said that other Apple Music plans already work seamlessly with Siri and that it will continue to optimise this experience. Existing subscribers will receive a notification with more information before their plan expires.

The Voice Plan was introduced as part of iOS 15.2 in December 2021 and was available in the US, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, and the UK. The plan gave access to the entire Apple Music catalogue of over 100 million songs, but did not include some features like downloading, spatial audio, and Family Sharing.

The Voice Plan was one of the cheapest options to access Apple Music and was seen as a way to compete with other voice-based services like Amazon Music and Spotify. However, it seems that the plan did not gain enough popularity or traction among users and Apple decided to discontinue it.

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