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Spotify’s monthly subscription pays offs.

There’s nothing worse than an ad interrupting your perfect queue of old-school throwbacks. That’s one of many reasons why you might want to download Spotify Premium.

While the free version of the streaming service unlocks the same basic catalog of songs and 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.

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 Premium also offers high-definition sound quality. The difference is like watching a movie in standard definition versus a Blu-Ray DVD.

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How much is Spotify Premium?

Spotify Premium is $9.99 per month, but it’s running a special right now where the first three months are only $0.99 per month. That’s a bargain.

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 (more on that later).

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

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The first thing you’ll see is the option to try out Spotify for free or with premium. Select the Premium option, and you will be redirected to the payment plan’s home page.

2) Enter your payment details

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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.

How to download Spotify Premium for Students

If you’re a student, signing up with a .edu email address will allow you a student discount. It’s just $4.99 per month. That’s probably less than what you’re spending each time at Starbucks. The process is the same as above, just scroll down till you see “Student Discount.”

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How to download Spotify Premium for Family

The Family Premium plan allows up to create five individual accounts for $14.99. It’s the best deal possible. Spotify says that the five accounts must all share the same home address, but that’s not been the case from our experience. The invites to new members are handled via email, and since they’re not putting in billing information, Spotify can’t verify whether you’re all really under one roof.

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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.

Need more help? Here’s everything you need to know about Spotify Premium and how much data Spotify uses. You can also change your Spotify username, cancel your Premium subscription, and download from Spotify.

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

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