Non-Apple Music Subscribers Limited to 6 Skips Per Hour within Music Stations


What happens once your three-month Apple Music trial ends? Can you still listen to Apple Music Radio, including stations such as Beats 1? Yes you can. But for Music Stations, you will be limited to the number of times you can skip songs every hour (and there will be ads), Apple has announced in an updated support document:

You don’t need an Apple Music membership to listen to Apple Music Radio. But, if you have an Apple Music membership, you can listen to on-demand music stations with no advertising on one device at a time. And you can skip as many songs as you like.

If you don’t have an Apple Music membership, you can skip up to six tracks per hour per music station. After you reach your skip limit, the Skip Forward control is dimmed for 60 minutes. When you skip a song, you can see the number of remaining skips next to the Skip Forward button.*

*US/UK only

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Apple says once you’ve reached your 6 song skip limit, the button dims for 60 minutes.

Those in the U.S. and UK get to see the remaining number of skips on the Skip Forward button. Of course, if you’re an Apple Music subscriber, you can listen to on-demand stations ad-free with unlimited skips.

Update: According to a chart on Apple Music’s Canadian website, listening to Apple Radio Stations will require a membership, unlike the USA. We’ll find out after the three month trial ends.


  • bartek

    I decided not to do the 3 month trial, and I am able to listen to beats1 radio. But if I click on one of the other stations, it doesn’t let me. Hopefully that will change.

  • jack

    you need to subscribe for the radio to play can someone tell me if the radio going to play if you don’t subscribe after the free trial thanks

  • Wen

    Not according to the chart on this page, in Canada at least.

  • What are you referring to? Skips?

  • Yes Beats 1 will be free after the trial. Radio stations too but limited skips.

  • Wen

    “Listening to Apple Music radio stations” is not available to non-subscribers in Canada. Check the US site, it’s different. I was wondering when someone from the media is going to pick this “subtle” difference up.

  • Ah, you’re right. Didn’t check the US site. Doh for Canada. Updated, thanks.

  • jack

    thanks for the answers guys I think apple don’t want to pay the music fee in Canada for free music.