Apple Music and TV+ users in South Africa will have to pay a little bit more for these services after Apple announced a price increase effective immediately.
The increases, which are part of a worldwide hike announced on Monday (24 October), range from 16.7% to a whopping 47% depending on the streaming platform.
Apple Music and TV+ price increase in South Africa
Below are the full details of Apple TV+ and Music price increases in South Africa:
- Apple TV+: From R84.99 to R124.99 per month – a 47% increase.
- Apple Music: From R59.99 to R69.99 per month – a 16.7% increase.
- Apple Music Family Plan: From R89.99 to R109.99 per month – a 22.2% increase.
- Apple One: From R139.99 to R179.99/month — a 28.6% increase.
- Apple One Family Plan: R229.99 per month.
Apple attributed the price hikes to “an increase in licensing costs,” adding that artists and songwriters will earn more money as a result.
This is the first time the company has implemented increases since launching the popular online streaming services. It noted that Apple TV+, for instance, started off “with just a few shows and movies.”
“[It is now] home to an extensive selection of award-winning and broadly acclaimed series, feature films, documentaries, and kids and family entertainment from the world’s most creative storytellers,” Apple added.
If you’re a student, you can get the Apple Music Student Plan for R34.99 per month. As of October 2022, it includes a free Apple TV+ subscription.
Apple cautioned that this is a limited time offer which may end at any time. “Free Apple TV+ access for students ends when you no longer qualify or do not renew your Apple Music Student subscription. Offer valid for verified university students only and does not extend to a Family Sharing group,” it added.