What You Get with a Spotify Premium Subscription

Here’s an updated run-down of what you get from a premium subscription to Spotify:

  • No ads – On premium there are no audio ads, no pop-ups, and no banner ads. Dear Jonathan will become a distant memory…
  • Spotify Mobile – Use Spotify on your Android phone or iPhone (and soon other mobiles too). You get full access to all the songs on Spotify (the celestial jukebox is in your pocket!) and you can also store playlists offline, handy when you want to listen to your tunes without a 3G or Wi-Fi signal. If you don’t have a smartphone yet but are thinking of getting one to use Spotify, check out the Android vs. iPhone Spotify smackdown!

  • Higher-quality audio – Enable the high-quality setting and jump from the standard ~160kbps to high-quality q9 (~320kbps) compression. This gives you crystal-clear sound that’s almost as good as a CD.
  • Offline Syncing – The latest addition to the premium feature set, like with the mobile version you can store playlists offline for playback when you have no (or limited) network connection.
  • Pre-release access to new albums and singles: With a premium account you get access to many albums before they are available on general release. Every month, several new releases are made available early to premium subscribers. Of course all this content becomes available to the freeloaders eventually, but you need to be a subscriber to hear it first.
  • Competitions for free concert tickets: There are several monthly ticket giveaways to concerts and events, but only subscribers can win.
  • Libspotify: Subscribers can develop a version of Spotify that runs on the Linux operating system. Once one exists, any other subscriber would be able to use it.
  • Two new invites every month – Now that Spotify is back to being invite-only (in the UK at least), having spare invites is always handy.
  • Travel Access – Use Spotify in any country (even ones that do not usually have Spotify available)
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  • James

    re: libspotify

    Why wouldn’t they release any succesful development of Libspotify to non subscribers too. Are you sure it will only be open to subscribers?

    I’m interested because I’m currently trying out a Linux OS (Ubuntu) as my sole OS. One of the only things I’m missing / having problems with from Windows at the moment is Spotify.

    I’ve managed to install it pretty easily under WINE, but it isn’t that smooth and there seems to be a reduction in audio quality which occasional small stutters. If I knew a proper supported version was around the corner I’d be interested to know more about it.

  • elias

    I think that libspotify will bring more people to the paying side of Spotify in a few months. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing a bunch of great apps that will be hard to resist!

  • James

    Just as a quick edit to my comment above. I managed to solve the problems with my Linux install and the audio is now perfect.

    I think the problem Spotify has is that because their free offering is so good they are going to have to provide something pretty amazing for most people to pay an extra £10 a month. I can’t really see what that can be. After all how many ways can you improve the way music is supplied.

  • Faz

    According to their T's & C's user created Libspotify apps will be for PREMIUM users only:

    Below definitions from http://developer.spotify.com/en/libspotify/terms-of-use/

    “Service” means the subscription music service owned and operated by Spotify which Spotify makes available to end users behind a paid subscriber wall. Service does not include any other Spotify service, such as the Spotify free-to-the-user, advertising-supported music streaming service.

    “User” means a registered subscriber to the Service to whom Spotify has issued a unique user name and password that grant access to the Service. For avoidance of doubt, “User” does not include any user of Spotify’s free-to-the-user, advertising-supported music streaming service.

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