Spotify has a new offer as it grants three extra months for free if you buy the Premium plan for six months. This offer can be availed until August 15 on the popular audio streaming platform. But users have to sign up for the nine-month Premium membership worth Rs. 719. Also, only those people can take advantage of this offer who haven’t bought a 12-month one-time Premium plan at this promotional price. Spotify gives four Premium plans to choose from, they are, Mini, Individual, Duo, and Family. If you buy the 6-month plan, then it will cost you Rs719 and you will be rewarded with an extra 3 months of subscription. But you can take this offer only with the Individual plan that costs Rs. 129 for a month, Rs 719 for six months, and Rs 1,189 for a year.
In case you don’t know, Spotify’s Premium plan gives its users an ad-free experience where you can download your favorite tracks and listen to them anytime you want. The offer is applicable on both the website and mobile app. The three months of free access to the Individual Plan can only be availed if you buy its six-month plan. The Premium plan of Spotify has many things to offer. It supports multiple device usage and up to 10,000 songs download. Also, you will never get to hear those annoying 30-second ads that barge in between a song or a podcast currently playing. You can also participate in group listening sessions from Spotify’s Premium plan. The music giant apparently reported a 20 percent jump in paid subscribers for its Premium service, adding to 165 million subscribers overall by the end of last quarter.
Thee users in India have an untimely advantage on Spotify as you’ll get three months of Premium membership for free when you sign up for a six-month Premium plan. So, for Rs. 719, you’ll get a total of nine months of Premium membership instead of six. A great offer isn’t it? But this offer can only be availed by users who haven’t signed up for any recurring Premium plan or purchased a 12-month Premium plan at a discounted price. If you want to use this offer and buy the Spotify Premium plan, do it before 15 August as it will expire after that. If you buy this plan using the offer, you won’t be charged until your additional three-month free subscription plan is over. Afterward, you will be charged a monthly fee for using the service if you plan to renew.
Spotify Premium plans will grant an ad-free experience of listening to songs or streaming podcasts, support for more than one device at the same time, as well as offline playback by downloading songs. The plan users can also have access to group listening sessions and downloading over 10,000 songs. Back in June, Spotify acquired Podz, which is a podcast discovery platform, to improve podcast discovery on its own platform. It also recently declared a 20% increase in paid Premium users, which makes up a total of 165 million subscribers from all over the world by the end of the quarter. Adding to that, Spotify also recently launched a new feed feature called ‘What’s New’ where you’ll be able to discover new music and content from musicians and podcasts based on your previous choices on the platform.
“What’s New makes it easier than ever to catch all the latest songs and episodes from the creators you follow. Plus, it’s even updated in real-time, so you know you’ll get to listen to new content just as it’s released,” Spotify stated back then. The ‘what’s new’ feed updates itself from time to time so the user always sees what latest thing has come, and works just like Spotify’s already available Release Radar playlist. Spotify Premium includes ad-free listening, song downloads for offline playback, and compatibility for multiple devices. Let it be known that you can download up to 10,000 songs and participate in group listening sessions if you’re a subscriber on Spotify. Spotify’s Premium plans are mainly divided into four categories: Mini, Individual, Duo, and Family.
The free three-month extension is only available with the Individual plan, which costs Rs. 129 for one month, Rs. 389 for three months, Rs. 1,189 for a year, and Rs. 719 for six months — giving you nine months in total. Spotify’s free version has been existing since the year 2018. The free version has its limits, as you cannot skip more than six tracks per hour, and you can only listen to some specific tracks from 15 select playlists, ranging from editorial-selected playlists to algorithmically generated collections like “Discover Weekly” and “Daily Mix.” Apart from these playlists, the free version only lets you listen to shuffled tracks. So Spotify introduced the new Spotify Plus tier that won’t cost much money and is budget-friendly reducing some of these restrictions. Spotify Plus is a new low-cost subscription tier being tested by Spotify which has some of the premium benefits and also the existing free tier.
The plan although doesn’t give an ad-free experience, but you can also skip unlimited tracks in an hour with Spotify Plus. Moreover, you can pick any song you want to listen to, as you are not limited to some shuffle playlists and other albums. People are seeing Spotify advertise this new plan for $0.99 a month, which is a tenth of the cost of its standard $9.99 premium tier, but it is not that reliable as Spotify is still testing it by offering the new plan randomly at a variety of price points to gauge user interest. Spotify Premium plans will grant an ad-free experience of listening to songs or streaming podcasts, support for more than one device at the same time, as well as offline playback by downloading songs. The plan users can also have access to group listening sessions and downloading over 10,000 songs.
But the new Spotify Plus tier is a blend of both the free tier and the Premium plans. That explains why it’s so cheaper. News of the new test tier was initially shared with The Verge by a reader and afterward confirmed by Spotify in a statement. “We’re always working to enhance the Spotify experience and we routinely conduct tests to inform our decisions,” Spotify’s spokesperson said. “We’re currently conducting a test of an ad-supported subscription plan with a limited number of our users.” However, Spotify did not guarantee the official launch of this testing Spotify Plus tier. It said, “some tests end up paving the way for new offerings or enhancements while others may only provide learnings. We don’t have any additional information to share at this time.”
Spotify has previously tested features before launching them officially if they ever release at all. For instance, the lossless audio streaming service was tested the same way in 2017. Although the service officially announced its lossless “HiFi” tier earlier this year, it’s still yet to become available. Other tests were also conducted by Spotify in the same way, some of which include Snapchat-like stories for select playlists and visual quote cards for podcasts, both of which no longer appear to be visible in the app.