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Spotify’s monthly subscription pays offs.
How much does Spotify Premium cost? That depends on the type of plan yo select, but let’s get one thing out of the way: It’s worth it.
There’s nothing worse than an ad interrupting your perfect queue of old-school throwbacks.
While the free version of the streaming service unlocks the same catalog of 30,000 songs and countless podcasts, it comes with hidden costs: the annoyance of being hit with 30-second ads at unexpected moments and being forced to listen to tracks you don’t like because you’ve pressed the “skip” button too many times in a given period. Spotify Premium makes both a thing of the past and boasts a number of features over the free version that makes it well worth the monthly fee.
How much is Spotify Premium?
Spotify Premium is $9.99 per month. That’s a bargain. But Spotify just seriously sweetened the deal.
On April 10, Spotify and Hulu announced a bundled deal that unlocks both services—Spotify Premium and Hulu (with Limited Commercials)—for just $12.99 per month. That’s $5 than paying for them individually, and it unlocks Hulu’s deep catalog of TV shows, movies, documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals—just in time for The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 on April 25. If you’re already a Spotify Premium customer, you can add a three-month trial of Hulu for just $0.99 per month to decide if it’s worthwhile for you long-term. There’s just one catch: The three-month trial is only available to new Hulu subscribers or those who nixed the service more than a year ago ago.
There’s not a discount for paying in advance. If it helps with budgeting, a full year of Spotify Premium costs $179.88 plus tax.
Spotify Premium for Students
If you’re a student, signing up with a .edu email address will allow you a student discount. Spotify Premium for Students costs just $4.99 per month. That’s probably less than what you’re spending each time at Starbucks.
Spotify Premium for Family
The Family Premium plan allows up to create five additional individual accounts for a total of $14.99 per month. It’s the best deal possible. Spotify says that the five accounts must all share the same home address, and company has been making a concerted effort to verify those addresses. Here’s an email a staff member of the Daily Dot recently received after sending out an invite for Spotify Premium for Family:
As you can see, each member you add will need to verify their email address within seven days or risk being booted from the plan. If you can clear that hurtle, Spotify Premium for Family is a terrific option.
Spotify Premium vs Spotify Free
Why upgrade to Spotify Premium to begin with? For starters, Premium allows you to download from Spotify. That’s helpful because you can listen wherever you might be—on a run, camping in the woods, or on a long car ride—without worrying about catching a Wi-Fi signal or burning through all of your monthly data. Spotify uses a surprising amount of data. Here are the company’s most recent estimates:
- Normal quality- 96 kilobits, which lets you stream 40 megabytes per hour
- High quality- 160 kilobits, which lets you stream 70 megabytes per hour
- Extreme quality- 302 kilobits, which lets you stream 150 megabytes per hour
- Automatic quality- this option configures your streaming quality based on your connection
There’s one exception: If you’re a T-Mobile customer, all of your Spotify data use is covered under the company’s Music Freedom initiative. (For tips on how to manage your Spotify data, check this out.)
Another reason to upgrade: Spotify Premium offers high-definition sound quality. The difference is like watching a movie in standard definition versus a Blu-Ray DVD. You’ll also be able to skip as many songs as you want—and trust us, there are plenty that you’re going to want to skip.
Furthermore, the free version of Spotify also comes with “Sponsored Songs,” which interupt playlists that you’re listening to. While some might appreciate the opportunity for discovering new tracks, it’s mostly annoying.
But most of all, the biggest difference between Spotify Premium and the free version are those pesky ads. The monthly fee is worth just to rid yourself of them.
How to get a discount on Spotify Premium
There are a couple of ways you get a break on the cost of a Spotify Premium subscription.
1. You can join a Spotify Premium for Family membership.
2. If you’re a student, Spotify Premium is just $4.99.
2. If you’re already a Hulu subscriber, you’ll save some money by adding Spotify (as outline above)
3. You can get three months of Spotify Premium for just $0.99 if you sign up via Sony PlayStation.
Is Spotify Premium worth it?
That depends on whether you’re already paying for a comparable music service and how satisfied you are. If you’re a Tidal or Apple Music subscriber, you won’t benefit enough from the addition of Spotify to make it worth your while, but if I had to choose between the three, Spotify offers the best bang for your buck—especially if you qualify for the student discount or can get on a family plan.
The biggest difference between Apple Music and Spotify is that Apple Music has invested heavily in custom radio stations while Spotify has invested in playlists. The team employs a 150-person editorial staff to help “soundtrack every moment of your life,” as CEO Daniel Ek once put it. Spotify offers countless playlists for every occassion, for when you’re feeling “Down in the Dumps” or need “Songs to Sing in the Shower.” Users can also create their own playlists, and some of those unofficial collections are among the most popular and influential the service has to offer (so much so that there’s even a black market for Spotify playlists).
We recommend starting with Danger Mouse Jukebox, a mix updated weekly and curated by the producer himself.
If you’re ready to make the plunge, follow these simple steps for downloading Spotify Premium.
How to download Spotify Premium
1) Go to Spotify’s website
The first thing you’ll see is the option to try out Spotify for free or with premium. Selecting the Premium option will redirect you to the payment plan’s home page.
2) Enter your payment details
Enter your login details and you will be redirected to a payment form. Fill out the information and the purchase will be applied to your account instantly.
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If you feel like Spotify isn’t worth it, or you just wanted to mooch a free month from the music streaming service, make sure to cancel before the trial is up or else you will be charged.
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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.
Kristen Hubby is a tech and lifestyle reporter. Her writing focuses on sex, pop culture, streaming entertainment, and social media, with an emphasis on major platforms like Snapchat, YouTube, and Spotify. Her work has also appeared in Austin Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman, where she covered local news and the dining scene in Austin, Texas.