Apple giving employees free TV+ for a year plus music and games

But they can only use the deal for themselves

Christmas will come in January for retail employees at Apple.

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The company gave a year of free Apple TV+, Apple Music and Apple Arcade to Apple Store workers, which will start at the beginning of 2020, according to a report in 9to5Mac.

Employees will also get $100 off Apple Watch purchases from January to March, the report said, but added that workers can only use the deals for themselves.

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Apple TV+ starts at $4.99 for a standard plan, Apple Music starts at $9.99 and Apple Arcade, which debuted in September with more than 100 games, starts at $4.99.

The move comes as Apple is promoting its recently released streaming platform Apple TV+ in a heated battle for viewers. The company is also offering a limited-time deal to anyone who bought a new iPhone, iPad or iPod, which will come with a free year of the TV service.

For comparison, Disney+ starts at $6.99 a month for a standard plan and Netflix at $12.99. Many services also have promotions. Disney+ is free for a year to Verizon customers.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from FOX Business, but the giveaway could be help in-store employees get more familiar with the company’s offerings during the holidays when customers could be particularly interested in buying.

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Apple, whose stock hit consecutive records in October and November and surged 80 percent on the year, ranked at the top of investment-banking firm Evercore's internal list for the most-desired holiday gifts, spurred mostly by its branded AirPods and iPhones.

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Apple’s stock is up more than 85 percent on the year.

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