Maybe you’ve been using the free version of Spotify for a while now, and you’re considering switching to a Premium account. With unlimited skips, free downloads, offline listening, and plenty of other features, upgrading to the premium version has plenty of incentives. Not to mention, premium accounts are also completely ad-free.
Before you grab your credit card, here’s what you should know about Spotify’s monthly fee and payment policy.
With Spotify Free, you can listen to anything you want, so long as you’re willing to put up with ads. You can’t choose the tracks you want to listen to, though. Instead, you need to shuffle an artist, album, genre, or playlist. Curated playlists and offline listening are also unavailable, as is Radio.
Those willing to part with a little cash ($10 per month) can access a host of top-tier features, including more than 35 million ad-free tracks, which can be sifted through however you want — no shuffle required. You can also save tracks for offline listening, access Spotify Radio, and watch music videos.
If you’re a student (you need a valid student email address), you can get Premium for just $5 per month. It also comes with a free Hulu subscription. Just make sure you re-register as a student after a year, or Spotify will strip you of the Hulu membership and start charging you the full Premium price.
Spotify Family Plan
Those with loved ones who also want to stream music may be more interested in the Spotify Family plan, which costs $15 per month, lets you have up to six people on one account and comes with parental control options. That’s just $2.50 per person per month if you register six people.
Spotify with AT&T
Customers on an AT&T’s Unlimited & More plan can subscribe to Premium for free, with their subscription running through the end date of their contract. There’s also a six-month trial up for grabs for select customers who aren’t on an Unlimited plan, so check your myAT&T account to see if you’re eligible.
Spotify with Chase
Own a Chase credit card? You could be entitled to a free six-month subscription to Spotify Premium if it’s your first time trialing the service, or a 5% statement credit for the next six months if it’s not. Just keep in mind that the offer is limited to certain cards, so the option sadly isn’t available to everyone.
Several employers offer Spotify Premium for free, including Starbucks, which has 200,000 employees on a comped subscription. Certain cellular and internet providers also offer a free or discounted membership, so it’s worth speaking with your service provider to see if it’s a reward you’re entitled to.
How Spotify compares to the competition
If you’re torn between Spotify and a rival, chances are it is either Apple Music or Google Play Music. All three cost the same and tout a similar set of features, but Spotify comes out on top — in our opinion, at least. Why? Because it has the best interface, an endless catalog of on-demand content, fantastic curated playlists, and a free tier (namely, Spotify Free) for those who don’t want — or aren’t in the position — to enter into a commitment.