Nothing in life is free, and this is especially true of music.
Spotify's free tier tries to cut most of these strings while you're on a computer, allowing you to play your music in the order you want with fewer ads. That said, those strings are still dangling, and they tangle and strangle free users on mobile devices.
Spotify Premium can be worth every penny on Android, but how many pennies you shell out depends on which plan you use.
Spotify Free comes with some strings, but if you're a casual listener who primarily listens through the web player — or listens on shuffle anyway — Spotify Free can be tolerable.
Bless you for your saintly patience with those ads, especially the inescapable ad offering you a 30 day trial of Spotify Premium.
Spotify Premium cuts the strings that held back Spotify Free users, allowing you to take full advantage of Spotify's library and masterful mixes. If you're looking to get Premium but want to avoid the monthly charge, consider investing in some Spotify gift cards , which you can keep as a balance on your account Spotify will burn through before it charges your card again. They also make good gifts for the Spotify users in your life.
If you can prove you're a college student, you can enroll in Spotify Student, which now gives you access to both Spotify Premium and Hulu for $4.99 a month. Congrats! Here are some things to keep in mind:
Spotify Student is one of Spotify's crown jewels, as many, many, many Student users are willing to be bumped to Premium accounts once they lose the discount because they get hooked on Spotify's library and features.
Now people can share Netflix and HBO subscriptions all the livelong day, but you can't do that with Spotify, even Spotify Premium. If you're playing something on the web player and someone opens the Android app, it's going to ask you if you want to stop listening on the web and start listening on Android. So what if you have three or four people in your house that want to listen to Spotify? That's where Premium for Family comes in:
This sounds like a sweet deal, and you can see savings even with two members, so why doesn't everyone use a Premium for Family account? Well, here's what you need to be wary of before you try to sign up for one:
If you join a Premium for Family plan that falls through, you can revert to a singular Premium plan, but you won't be able to join another Family plan for 12 months.
What tipped the scales for you to upgrade to Spotify Premium ? Was it retaking control of your playlists or unlocking high-quality streaming? Did the Student or Family discount sway you towards their particular plans? Let us know - and let us know what you're listening to!