For a long, long time, I resisted using a music-streaming service. But I'm totally drinking the Kool-Aid now, and you should, too. Here, I'll make it painless: Until June 30, new Spotify customers can sign up for three months of Spotify Premium for just 99 cents. Not per month, mind you: 99 cents total. After that, the subscription goes up to the usual rate: $9.99 per month.See it at SpotifySo, what, you're supposed to pay that for the rest of your life? That was always my big objection, but then I realized I'm already doing likewise for things like phone service, Netflix and Hulu. (Speaking of that, Spotify's $9.99 Premium plan now includes Hulu as well! How's that for a perk?)Meanwhile, if I were to buy just one CD or MP3 album per month, it would likely cost me at least $10. For that same amount, I get unlimited ad-free access to all the music of the world -- anytime, anywhere, no storage required (unless I want to download it for offline listening).I'm also overjoyed to be … [Read more...] about Get 3 months of Spotify Premium for 99 cents
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So many streaming services, so little time.If you're tossing up between the benefits of Spotify over Apple Music, or vice versa, you'll want to know as much about each as possible before making your choice. Which is the best for iPhone or Android owners? Which has the most support for all sorts of smart speakers? And which has the most perks for subscribers?Of course, Apple Music and Spotify aren't the only ones to choose from. In the US there are at least six major platforms to choose from, including YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Music and Tidal. Some have bigger catalogs than the others, or offer bundle deals to get music streaming as part of another package.But here's how the big two compare for streaming music. Now playing: Watch this: Apple Music vs. Spotify: Music streaming battle 7:57 Price and subscription options Both Spotify and Apple Music offer a free trial period for their premium services, which normally cost $10, £10 or AU$12 a month. It costs … [Read more...] about Spotify vs. Apple Music: Which one is better?
Spotify is sweetening the streaming deal. The music streaming service is currently running separate offers for US and UK subscribers. In the US, Spotify Premium now includes Hulu. And students in the US get both Hulu and Showtime with Spotify for no extra charge. In the UK, when you sign up for the Family plan, you get a free Google Home Mini ($49 at Google Store). Let's have a look at the particulars of each deal. Now playing: Watch this: Spotify-Hulu combo gets a discount, Netflix doubles down... 1:08 Spotify Premium (US) Spotify Premium costs $9.99 a month in the US, but now it includes Hulu's ad-supported service, which would cost $5.99 a month on its own. That's a heck of a deal at $10 a month for ad-free Spotify and ad-supported Hulu streaming. The deal runs through June 10 and is available to new and existing subscribers. New subscribers get the first 30 days for free. And if you took advantage of the previous Spotify/Hulu bundle for $12.99 a month, you should have … [Read more...] about Save on Spotify: Music streaming service offers deals for US and UK subscribers
If you have Spotify Premium, you can now get Hulu's ad-supported service at no extra cost. New and existing subscribers to Spotify Premium and Hulu can sign up for the specially priced bundle through June 10. If you're new to Spotify Premium, after you sign up for the offer, you'll get the ad-free music streaming service and Hulu's ad-supported TV service for 30 days. After the first month, you'll pay $10 per month thereafter. Now playing: Watch this: Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor on its march to rule podcasts 2:28 If you already have Spotify Premium, you can activate Hulu for no additional cost by signing up here.Hulu and Spotify offered a similar deal last April and bundled their services for $13 per month. If you're still paying last year's bundle price, you'll be automatically migrated to the new $10 deal.Here's everything else you need to know about the current promotion:The basicsSpotify and Hulu have teamed up on a discounted bundle deal. Whether you're brand new to … [Read more...] about Spotify and Hulu $10 bundle offer: Everything you need to know
Unlike Apple Music, Spotify offers a free, ad-supported version of its service, which poses the question: Should you pay to listen? In addition to removing the ads that interrupt your music-streaming enjoyment, there are six good reasons to pony up $10 a month for Spotify Premium. No more shuffle-only mode The biggest reason to upgrade if you use Spotify's mobile app on your phone is the ability to play any song you want. With the free version, you're forced to listen in shuffle mode on your phone outside of 15 on-demand playlists. With Spotify Premium on your phone, you can, for example, end an evening with Poison's Every Rose Has Its Thorn and Motley Crue's Home Sweet Home without power ballads from Warrant, Whitesnake and Cinderella ruining the moment. (Spotify's free service does not restrict you to shuffle-only mode, it should be noted, when you're using the desktop or tablet app.) Unlimited skips You can skip only so many songs when listening to a shuffled selection of songs … [Read more...] about 6 good reasons to pay for Spotify