The weekend’s best deals: Apple Music subscriptions, Sony headphones, and mor
It’s the weekend, which means the time has come for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a nice offer for those who’ve been interested in trying out Apple Music or just want to wring out a few free months of music streaming. As of this writing, Best Buy is offering six months of service to new subscribers of Apple’s Spotify rival at no cost. If you’re a returning subscriber, meanwhile, you’ll get five months for free. Apple normally provides a one-month free trial to new users before charging a $10 monthly fee, so this deal works out to a $50 discount in total.
You’ll need to supply Best Buy with an email address to redeem the offer, and, sadly, the deal doesn’t apply to current Apple Music subscribers. Once you activate the extended trial, your subscription will be set to auto-renew by default, but the Dealmaster can confirm that you’re able to turn that off in your account settings without losing access to the free months of service. It took about five minutes for Best Buy to email us a redemption code after putting in an order, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t receive the deal immediately after purchase.
We covered the pros and cons of Apple Music in our guide to the best Spotify alternatives earlier this year. Compared to its biggest competitor, Apple’s service tends to put more emphasis on music curation by actual people. It’s not devoid of algorithm-based recommendations by any means, but in general, Spotify’s are better-tuned. Apple’s approach could be good or bad depending on how in tune you feel Spotify is with your taste, but either way, both services have a massive music library that you can sort into playlists and listen to à la carte as you please. Unlike Spotify, Apple doesn’t offer a free tier to fall back on, but it can integrate music you may already own (on iTunes) with its streaming library, and it offers higher-quality audio with some content (for now, at least). Naturally, it’s also more tightly integrated with other Apple products—here’s looking at you, HomePod owners—though it has apps for both iOS and Android.
If you don’t feel like switching to a new music service, though, our roundup has plenty of strong discounts on other gadgets and gear we like, including Sony’s still-excellent WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones, Google’s Chromecast with Google TV, Sonos’ Move portable speaker, a truckload of PC, Xbox, and PlayStation games, Fitbit trackers, high-speed SSDs, and much more. You can check out our full curated roundup below.