TEL AVIV, Israel (CelebrityAccess) — Apple officially launched its music service in Israel on Wednesday, with a price point substantially lower than its domestic U.S. version.
According to Haaretz, Apple Music will cost 19.90 shekels ($5.22) a month for a single user, and 29.90 shekels ($7.82) for a family subscription (up to six devices). The same service tiers in the U.S. cost $9.99 a month for an individual subscription and $14.99 for the family plan.
As a part of the launch, Apple tailored its offerings to regional sensibilities, employing local music editors to curate the music catalog, which is replete with Hebrew music and genres such as Jewish cantorial music and Middle Eastern (Mizrahi) music, Haaretz said.
Classic Israeli artists such as Shalom Hanoch and Arik Einstein made the list, as well as more recent additions to the Israeli canon, including Static, Dedi Dadon and Ben El Tavori, as well as local artists. – Staff Writers