Unlimited skips, free downloads, offline listening, and a host of other great features are what you’ll gain by upgrading your Spotify account. While the free version of the popular music streaming service is a solid foot in the door for understanding how the platform works, the real Spotify must-haves are locked behind a monthly paywall. Once you start paying, you’ll officially become a Spotify Premium subscriber.
Before you grab your credit card, however, here’s what you should know about Spotify’s monthly fee and payment policy.
Spotify plans explained
With Spotify Free, you can listen to anything you want in the mobile or desktop Spotify app, as long as you’re willing to put up with ads. You can’t choose the tracks you want to listen to, however. Instead, you need to shuffle an artist, album, genre, or playlist. Curated playlists and offline listening are also unavailable in the free version, as is the Radio feature.
Those willing to part with a little cash ($10 per month) can access a host of top-tier features, including more than 70 million ad-free tracks, which can be sifted through however you want — no shuffle required. As a premium user, can also save tracks for offline listening, access Spotify Radio, and watch music videos and Spotify podcasts.
With Spotify Duo ($13 per month), you can share your Spotify subscription with a friend, family member, or partner. Both users get their own Spotify dashboards, along with Duo Mix, a playlist that can be shared and updated by both members of the account.
If you’re a student (you need a valid student email address), you can get a Spotify Premium subscription called Premium Student for just $5 per month. It also comes with an ad-based Hulu subscription and Showtime. 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 membership 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. It also comes with a host of parental control options, a joint playlist called Family Mix, and Spotify Kids, a separate app aimed at children. That’s just $2.50 per person a month if you register six people.
Spotify with AT&T
Customers on 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 isn’t available to everyone.
Several employers offer their employees a Spotify Premium account 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.