I was interested in trying the new Apple Music subscription service. In fact, I gave a demo to the Hibikinokai group last Sunday.
But I ran into a strange problem when I tried to create my own three month free trial in my main US account.
After signing up, I noticed I was charged $9.99 for the first month, even though it’s supposed to be a three month free trial.
I thought that was strange, so I emailed iTunes support and they promptly refunded me the $9.99.
But… After that, I was not able to sign up for the free three month trial. At the last step, I would get a warning telling me that since I had previously paid for Apple Music I was no longer eligible for the free trial.
I contacted iTunes support, and they told me there was nothing they could do about it, because that’s just the way it is. It didn’t matter that I was accidentally charged to begin with and refunded. The system saw that I had previously paid, and as far as it was concerned that was that and I just could not have the free trial.
That didn’t make sense to me, so I sent an email directly to Tim Cook. His email address is easy to find.
Within less than a day, one of his assistants got back to me to help.
We tried various things. First she tried to reset something, but when I went into try I ended up with the same warning at the last step that if I pressed the button I would be charged $9.99.
She also had me try from a different device, but it was the same result.
Finally, she emailed me back to say that she had deposited $30 credit to my iTunes account and I could use that for my three month free trial. Or for whatever. Sure enough, when I checked, there was $30 waiting for me.
So problem solved.
Now I can say I’ve written directly to both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook and gotten a response both times. Of course with Steve Jobs, he actually emailed me back directly. With Tim Cook he had an assistant write back. But that’s fine.
Now I can check out Apple Music and see if it can improve my mood. I’ve been rather down lately.