The Spotify subscription is only limited to six months if you aren’t on AT&T’s Unlimited plan. May be eligible for a six-month free trial to Spotify Premium. The carrier says to check. Spotify is immediately appealing because you can access content for free by simply signing up using an email address or by connecting with Facebook. If you're not keen on monthly subscription fees. If you move to a new Spark Rollover plan your Spotify entitlement will reflect the Spotify offer of the new plan. For example, if you move to the new Rollover $39.99 plan, Spotify Premium will not be included with your plan and you will need to buy the Spotify Extra, i.e., 50% off Spotify Premium, if you want to continue your Spotify Premium subscription through Spark.
Spotify on Wednesday expanded the free tier of its service to all devices, including smartphones and tablets.
In the past, free Spotify users could only access Spotify Radio on mobile devices and tablets, but like other radio services, this prevented them from listening to a specific artist or music in their own playlists. The new offering expands on-demand listening to free users on tablets, and allows smartphone users to listen to their own playlists or music from a specific artist in shuffle mode.
See also: Spotify Expands Free Streaming to All Devices
Spotify created the following chart, which shows the access options that users have:
When it comes to specifics on how everything works, it becomes a bit more complicated. Fortunately, Mashable spoke with Charlie Hellman, Spotify's vice president of product, who broke down the company's new mobile offering.
Can Free Users Listen to Any Song They Want on Mobile and Tablet?
You can listen to any song you want, and in any order, if you use Spotify on a tablet. On iOS, this means the iPad or iPad mini. On Android, Spotify is setting 7-inches in diagonal as the screen minimum for tablets. The app will determine which version of the experience you see in Android.
On the tablet, the play-on-demand feature works the same as it does on desktop. You will have ads every five to six songs, and you can't save playlists for offline listening. Spotify decided to treat the tablet as a desktop after observing how people use the product.
In a post-PC world, the tablet is increasingly becoming the main home computer for many consumers, including Spotify users; for that reason, the company chose to make the experience on-par with what you'd get on the desktop.
On smartphones, only Spotify Premium users have the option to listen to specific songs on-demand.
How Does Free Listening on Mobile Work?
Although Spotify doesn't offer free on-demand listening via mobile, it has substantially expanded the types of music you can listen to, and how you can listen to them.
You can now listen to music from any artist in 'shuffle' mode; this means you can search for an artist, then instantly listen to a station that only features that particular artist. It's a big switch from typical online radio services, such as Pandora and iTunes Radio, which may let you create a station around an artist, but wind up having other artists in the mix, too.
What's more, you can listen to your own Spotify playlists in shuffle mode. Be aware, however, that there are a few rules about how they work.
What Are the Rules for Free Shuffle Mode?
Your playlists will need to meet several parameters to work in free shuffle mode. (Don't worry, Spotify will automatically fill out your playlist if it doesn't meet these requirements.)
A playlist must have at least 20 songs
A playlist must consist of at least three albums
Even if you list the same track 20 times in a row, it still only counts as one
Spotify said the vast majority of playlists have more than 20 songs, and include many different artists. Although this means you can't listen exclusively to a shuffled mix of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, you can listen to Rolling Stone's playlist for its top 100 tracks of 2013.
Plus, as long as you add a few songs from other albums to your Random Access Memories playlist, you'll be guaranteed to hear the whole album during your listening session.
How Is This Better Than Pandora, Songza or iTunes Radio?
The biggest change is that you can choose to only listen to a specific artist — something the other services don't offer. What's more, you can listen to playlists you create.
Songza is a playlist-oriented Internet radio product, but its licensing rules mean that users can't listen to playlists they create themselves.
This is also true for other streaming services that offer access to curated playlists. Usually, it's fine, especially when users are passively listening to tunes. Where it becomes problematic is if you've collected a bunch of tracks for an event, such as a holiday party. What's the point of having the ultimate holiday playlist if you can't even play it back on your own device?
Can Free Users Create Playlists on Mobile?
Yes. Free users can create their own playlists or add songs to existing playlists in the app; this means if you want to add a track from Spotify Discover to an existing playlist, you can do so without having to worry. You can also create new playlists with music or artists you come across.
How Do Ads Work on Mobile and Tablet?
Just as they do on the desktop and within Spotify Radio now. Interruptions and ads will come every five to six songs.
Should I Bother Paying for Spotify Premium?
This will totally depend on how you listen to music. If you mostly listen to playlists while on your phone, and avoid selecting albums and tracks, you may not feel the need to pay for Spotify Premium. What's more, if you use an iPad or Android tablet for most of your listening, you no longer need to pay to play any song you want.
Still, Spotify Premium continues to have advantages. On the smartphone side, the biggest advantage is that you don't have to deal with ads, and you can save music for offline listening; this is really useful when on an airplane or the subway. Spotify Premium users can also stream audio in higher quality, so if you're an audiophile (at least in the context of streaming music), you get higher fidelity sound.
Spotify told Mashable that getting rid of ads and offline playback are actually the two biggest reasons users upgrade to Spotify Premium. The goal of the new Spotify freemium offering is to encourage users to listen to as much music as possible.
'We've found that the more stuff we give users, the more users are willing to pay us,' Hellman said. It's a good point. I know I have personally found that the value in subscription music services really shows itself the more I use it. Having more mobile listeners gives Spotify a chance to convert more of those listeners into Premium subscribers.
How Do I Get Started Using the Free Mobile Offering?
Make sure you are running the latest version of Spotify for iOS or Android, and the option is available now. For free users, browsing artists or accessing your playlists will show an option to 'Shuffle Play.'
On Android tablets and the iPad, you now have the ability to listen to any track you want at will.
1. The Spotify service which Spark customers on eligible Spark mobile plans have access to is Spotify Premium.
2. Joined Spark or switched to a new Value Pack or Mobile Pay Monthly plan from 11 September 2017. The following terms apply:
Spotify terms for Prepaid customers
3. 4 Weekly Spotify Premium with 50% discount (4 Weekly Half Price Spotify) is available on Spark Rollover Prepaid Value Packs and Spark Rollover Data Lover Packs.
4. The charge for 4 Weekly Half Price Spotify is $6.90, which is based on average annualised cost of Spotify Premium monthly subscription (valued at $14.99 per month) recalculated over a 28 day period.
5. $6.90 will be debited from your top up credit when you purchase the Spotify Extra, and then subsequently every four weeks on the renewal date, while you’re on an eligible Spark Prepaid Pack.
6. For new customers, the first $6.90 charge will cover the 28 day period from the date you activate your subscription.
7. If you’re new to Spotify with Spark, once you purchase the 4 Weekly Half Price Spotify, you will need to activate your Spotify subscription. If you don’t activate your Spotify subscription within 28 days from purchasing 4 Weekly Half Price Spotify, your 4 Weekly Half Price Spotify will be pending without charge until you do activate it. Once you do activate it, we will charge your Prepaid balance on the renewal date. This is done to prevent you from incurring additional Spotify charges.
8. Half Price Spotify can be transferred between other Spark plans or packs that include Half Price Spotify. See below for details.
9. You can cancel your Spark Spotify subscription at any time by logging into MySpark dashboard or the Spark app and turning off the renewal of your Spotify subscription. Spotify Premium will remain available to you until your subscription expires, at which stage it will change to Spotify Standard.
Spotify terms for Pay Monthly customers
10. Free Spotify Premium is available on select Consumer Mobile Pay Monthly Rollover plans $29.99 and above, and Business mobile plans $34.77 and above (excludes Sharer and Companion Plans). Spark Digital customers may register for Spotify Premium if they are on an eligible Spark Pay Monthly plan.
11. Monthly Spotify Premium with 50% discount (Monthly Half Price Spotify) is available on $29.99 Spark Sharer plan, $29.99 Endless Companion plan, $39.99 Endless Mobile plan, $59.99 Endless Mobile plan and select Business Sharer plans.
12. The charge for Monthly Spotify Premium with 50% discount is $7.49.
13. $7.49 will be charged to your Spark account when you purchase the Spotify Extra, and then subsequently every month on the renewal date, while you’re on an eligible Spark Pay Monthly Plan.
14. For new customers, the first $7.49 charge will cover the one month period from the date you activate your subscription.
15. If you’re new to Spotify with Spark, once you purchase the Monthly Half Price Spotify, you will need to activate your Spotify subscription. If you don’t activate your Spotify subscription within your billing cycle, your Half Price Spotify will be pending without charge until you do activate it. Once you do activate it, you’ll receive a monthly charge on your Spark bill. This is done to prevent you from incurring additional Spotify charges.
16. Existing Pay Monthly customers with Half Price Spotify who change to an eligible Pay Monthly plan or an eligible Prepaid Pack may carry over their Spotify subscription. Relevant Pay Monthly or Prepaid charges for Spotify apply.
17. You can cancel your Spark Spotify subscription at any time by logging into MySpark dashboard or the Spark app and turning off the renewal of your Spotify subscription. Spotify Premium will remain available to you until your subscription expires, at which stage it will change to Spotify Standard.
Spotify terms for customers on a Spark Prepaid Pack or Mobile Postpaid plan from before 11 September 2017
18. Spotify Premium is included with Consumer Ultra Mobile Pay Monthly plans $39.99 and above, all Ultra+ Share Plans, the $19 Music Pack and $29 Prepaid Value Pack, and Data Lover Packs.
19. Business mobile plans $52.17 and above (excludes Business Sharer Plans)
20. Spark Digital customers may register for Spotify Premium if they are on an eligible Spark Pay Monthly plan.
21. If you move to a new Spark Rollover plan your Spotify entitlement will reflect the Spotify offer of the new plan. For example, if you move to the new Rollover $39.99 plan, Spotify Premium will not be included with your plan and you will need to buy the Spotify Extra, i.e., 50% off Spotify Premium, if you want to continue your Spotify Premium subscription through Spark.
22. If you cancel your pre-11 September 2017 pack or plan, or change to a new Rollover plan or pack after 11 September 2017, you will not be able to later change back to your pre-11 September 2017 plan or pack. This also means you will not be able to return to any pre-11 September 2017 Spark Spotify offer.
Spotify terms for all customers
23. In order to use and access the Spotify Premium service, you will need to register with Spotify directly and accept Spotify Terms and Conditions of the Spotify service, including age restrictions.
24. You are responsible for any mobile data usage charges associated with the Spotify service and we strongly recommended that you monitor your mobile data usage.
25. Spotify Premium is accessible via any internet connection, including WiFi and Mobile Broadband connections.
26. Offer includes Spotify Premium single account only, and excludes Spotify Premium for Family, Spotify Student and any other promotional offers.
27. If you are changing your Spark mobile plan or Prepaid Pack you may no longer be eligible to have Free Spotify Premium or Spotify Premium with 50% Discount included in your plan or pack.
28. You are responsible for all costs and charges you incur directly with Spotify. If you have an existing paid direct Spotify account, you must first cancel your account directly with Spotify before you can access the included Spotify Premium service. If you do not do this you will continue to be charged by Spotify for your Spotify Premium account.
29. Spark cannot guarantee that Spotify will be compatible with all devices and you are advised to check your device’s compatibility with Spotify if you are unsure.
30. Spark is not responsible for the Spotify service in any way whatsoever and to the extent permitted by law we exclude all liability to you in connection with your registration and use of the Spotify service.
31. Spark Standard Terms, conditions and charges apply.
32. Spotify is for personal use only, and not to be used for any commercial purposes.
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33. Spark reserves the right to change or withdraw any offer at any time in accordance with its standard terms and conditions.
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34. Data charges and Spotify terms apply.