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If you have an iPhone, you might've received some push notifications about Apple Music recently. The company offered an extra three months on a free trial last weekend and most recently alerted iPhone users to a chance to gift a friend a free month on the music platform.

If you tap the alert, you can send a referral to someone who doesn't use Apple Music. However, if you get a referral and you've already used your 3-month free trial, you'll only get one month for free. If you haven't, you can get four months free.

At face value, Apple's free trial offers seem charitable. But its delivery of those deals is breaking the company's own rules regarding push notifications.

SEE: Apple Music becomes American Airlines' official in-flight streaming service

"Do not use Apple Services to spam, phish, or send unsolicited messages to customers, including Game Center, Push Notifications, etc," the App Store guidelines stated in section 4.5.3. An argument could be made that the policy is for third-party developers and not for the company itself.

Apple users took to Twitter and again voiced distaste over the alerts. The company did not immediately respond for comment.

This isn't the first time Apple has come under criticism for unwanted push notifications or violating its own policies.

In December, the company alerted users about two episodes of the hit show Carpool Karaoke.

"Why did Apple just send me a notification about an all-new carpool karaoke, something I've never watched and have absolutely no interest in?" Mark Fletcher tweeted.

Apple has previously used push notifications to advertise Apple Music support on Amazon Echo, to promote trade-in prices and to promote the new iPhone XR and XS. The most notable intrusion perhaps was when Apple added rock band U2's "Songs of Innocence" album to every Apple customer's library to boost the iPhone 6 release.

If you want to disable Apple Music notifications (or others), just follow these steps:

  1. Tap the iPhone Settings app
  2. Tap Notifications
  3. Scroll down until you see Apple Music
  4. Turn off notifications

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  1. Apple sent push notifications to users about an extra three months on their free trial last weekend. The company's alert also gave users the change to gift a friend a free month on Apple Music.
  2. Apple's delivery of those deals is breaking the company's own rules regarding push notifications. In the company's App Store guidelines, it outlines strict rules about push notifications.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.