Steinfeld’s announcement is short on detail and simply reveals that Apple Music student subscribers will be able to access Apple TV+ “for free” when the service launches this Friday, so we don’t yet know if this is a time-limited offer or a permanent deal. We also don’t know if it will include the Family Sharing feature that comes with all standard Apple TV+ subscriptions and allows six members of a family to access TV+ content from the one subscription.
If it is a permanent deal, then it sounds very competitive – Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month alone, so offering students access to the Apple Music catalog as well as all Apple TV+ originals for a combined $5 monthly fee would be a big draw.
Earlier this month, the Financial Times reported that Apple was in discussions with record labels about bundling Apple Music and Apple TV+ as part of a “super-bundle of media content” for one flat monthly rate.
Again, it’s not clear if this student-only offer is the first official “super-bundle” of its kind, but we’ll update this article as soon as we learn more.
To clarify, Apple Music costs $9.99 per month for individuals in the United States, with a $4.99 tier for students and a family plan for $15 per month. Apple TV+ will cost $4.99 per month and this tier also supports Family Sharing, so up to six members of a family can access content using the one subscription.