Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

Spotify free accounts might be getting big changes soon

Spotify free accounts might be getting big changes soon

Spotify Premium offers unlimited music streaming, curated playlists, podcasts and more, and is the most widely-used service of its kind. Spotify premium costs $9.99 in the United States, but here in SA, it launched at a much more attractive R59.99.

Spotify and Hulu announced Wednesday, April 11 that the two streaming services would team up to offer one bundle with each service at $12.99 per month.

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Hulu's senior VP Tim Connolly echoed the sentiment, saying: "Based on the outstanding performance of the Spotify and Hulu student package, it's clear that consumers love to combine their music and television experiences together". Normally, you'd pay $9.99 and $7.99 per month for Spotify and Hulu, respectively. Spotify Premium, Now With Hulu only works with the Hulu Limited Commercials Plan; subscribers can not upgrade or purchase Hulu service add-ons as part of the bundle. The only cheaper option available is the student package introduced last fall, which offers college students the same bundle for $4.99 per month.

Spotify will be hoping, by loosening restrictions on the Free service, to attract more users from the paid-only Apple Music platform.

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Sign up to Spotify Premium - You'll need to add your billing details via the PS4 app, where your 10% discount will be applied each month. Remember though that you still have to factor in the PS Plus cost of £49.99 a year ($59.99 in the USA, though both territories can be found more affordably if you shop around).

At this point, the bundle is only available for existing Spotify Premium subscribers, but the companies plan to open it up to non-paying Spotify users this summer. Hulu has been ramping up original programming with shows such as "The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Looming Tower" to compete with popular streaming competitors such as Netflix.

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This is a great business move, as Spotify has 71 MILLION monthly users, with Hulu only at 17 million.

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