Subscriber Account active since. Gone are the days of carrying around bulky iPods that could only hold a limited amount of music. These days, streaming services like Spotify have made it easier than ever to have access to literally any and every song you can think of, wherever you are. With a library of over 50 million songs, there's something for everyone on Spotify , whether you love showtunes, rap, country, or classical — or any other genre, for that matter. While Spotify is free to use, those with free accounts have to listen to and view ads within the app, both on desktop and on mobile devices. If you'd like to listen ad-free, you can sign up for Spotify Premium for a small monthly subscription fee.
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Long gone are the days when music lovers had to buy records or CDs to listen to their tunes - or, even stream their songs through old copyright-challenged sites like Napster. And the service's popularity seems to be growing. In fact, the streaming company amassed some 96 million Spotify Premium subscribers as of the last quarter of , according to Statista. But considering the service is gaining so many users, how much does Spotify Premium actually cost? The standard Spotify Premium membership includes an ad-supported subscription to video streaming service Hulu , while the student subscription includes subscriptions to both Hulu and fellow streaming service Showtime. The standard Spotify Premium subscription includes unlimited streaming, downloading music, unlimited skips, an ad-supported Hulu subscription and the ability to cancel at any time. The student subscription is good for one year but is renewable, and is only available to students 18 years old and older. While Spotify's free version certainly has some good perks, Spotify Premium is designed with several key benefits in mind.
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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. Instead, you need to shuffle an artist, album, genre, or playlist. Curated playlists and offline listening are also unavailable, as is Radio. You can also save tracks for offline listening , access Spotify Radio, and watch music videos and Spotify podcasts. 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. Own a Chase credit card? Several employers offer Spotify Premium for free, including Starbucks, which has , employees on a comped subscription. All three cost the same and tout a similar set of features, but Spotify comes out on top — in our opinion, at least.
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