Part 1. How to Play Apple Music on iPad for Free
Unlike Spotify which offers free trier music service with random ADs, Apple Music is only accessible for subscribers. Generally, it costs $4.95/month for students, $9.95 for regular users and $14.95 for family license. And there is also a yearly subscription for single user which costs $99.
So does it mean you can't get Apple Music for free? Not really. Actually to attract more users, Apple Music is available for 3 months trial.
What You Need Before You Join
Because Apple Music app depends on the latest iOS system to turn, so please make sure you have updated the iOS system software on your iPad, iPad or iPod to the latest one first.
And because during updating, it will erase your data on iOS devices, please make sure you have backed up the important data on iTunes as well.
How to Use Apple Music on iPad for Free
Step 1. Launch and login the Music app on your iPad.
Step 2. Usually you will see an offer to subscribe to Apple Music on the Music app main screen. But if you don't see it, you can click the "For You" option from the bottom of the screen.
Step 3. You can click "Free Trial" to get started. Note: This is only available for new user. If you have already used it before, you won't enjoy it again.
Step 4. Next you can follow the screen wizard to input the required info such as subscription type, payment info, your Apple account and password to finish the subscribing.
Step 5. When it is done, you will be able to listen to Apple Music for free. For the first time, it will ask you to choose genres, artists and follow friends that are already in Apple Music.
The 3 months free trial is the most intuitive way for every new users to listen to Apple Music on iPad and decide if it is the right music for them before they throw out the money. But since it is available for 3 months. It won't work for you after 3 months if you just prefer free music.