Apple Music discontinues its Siri-only Voice Plan almost two years after its launch
Apple Music discontinues its most affordable option, the Voice Plan. Launched in 2021 at a cost of $5 per month, this subscription provided a Siri-only music experience, requiring users to interact with Apple Music's catalog solely through voice commands.
Although Apple did not issue an official announcement regarding the plan's discontinuation, the company provided the following information on its support page:
"Starting in November, Apple will discontinue the Apple Music Voice plan. We are focused on delivering the best, most robust music experience possible for our customers, with features like immersive Spatial Audio, Apple Music Sing with real-time lyrics, intuitive browse and discovery features, and so much more."
According to 9to5Mac, code references in the iOS 17.1 beta hinted at Apple's intention to terminate the plan.
While Apple did not specify the reasons behind this decision, it is speculated that the plan may not have garnered sufficient interest. Users might not have favored its limitations, such as the absence of real-time lyrics or the ability to add songs to their library or create custom playlists. Additionally, the Voice Plan was only accessible in select countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Austria, Canada, Mexico, China, France, Germany, Spain, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Taiwan.
For those who miss the Siri-only experience, Apple emphasized that all other Apple Music plans—Individual ($11/month), Student ($6/month), Family ($17/month), and Apple One—permit subscribers to use Siri, including the Type to Siri feature, to play songs, albums, playlists, or radio stations.
As of the current date, the Voice Plan has been removed from Apple's official website. Existing Voice subscribers can continue to use the plan until the end of their current billing cycle, although auto-renewal has been deactivated.