Apple has begun charging small fees for three-month trials of Apple Music in some countries, according to AppleInsider. Users in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland must now pay 99 cents to trial the streaming service for three months. Apple Music trials were previously free in each country, as they are in the US and other countries.
It is not clear why Apple began charging for trials in these countries, or whether the company plans to do so in other countries. Apple initially planned to not pay royalties to artists during the three-month trials, but the company reversed course after facing a chorus of criticism from Taylor Swift and other musicians. AppleInsider speculates that the company may now be trying to recover some of those costs with paid trial periods.
In an email statement to The Verge, Apple said: “Pricing and promotions for Apple Music vary from country to country.”
Update, 5:05AM ET: This article has been updated to include a statement from Apple.