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Apple Music is now cheaper than Spotify

Apple Music Subscription Gift Card

Just in time for the launch of the iPhone 7, Apple has introduced a new 12-month Apple Music subscription gift card for $99. This brings the monthly cost down to $8.25 — an 18% discount off the standard $9.99 monthly cost — making the service more affordable than its top rival Spotify. All in all, you’ll end up saving about $20 annually by purchasing a gift card rather than subscribing through the app, so it’s a no-brainer if you’re committed to Apple Music.

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You’ve got a few options if you want to pick up the gift card. As 9to5Mac explains, the gift card is available in Apple retail stores, but not all stores have it in stock yet, so be sure to call before you jump in your car. Secondly, Apple isn’t selling the gift card online yet (or possibly at all), so you’ll have to check other retailers if you want to order to card from the comfort of your home.

Thankfully, you can purchase a code for the year-long subscription through PayPal Digital Gifts on eBay or from Walmart’s online store.

The timing of the gift card launch makes a great deal of sense. Not only is Apple preparing to unveil a new iPhone later this week, but the Music app itself is going to receive a significant makeover with the launch of iOS 10 this fall. If you though the war between Apple and Spotify was intense before, it’s about to get worse.

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.