Spotify Gets the Memo, Dramatically Lowers Family Plan Pricing

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Music + Videos with 0 Comments

Spotify Gets the Memo, Dramatically Lowers Family Plan Pricing

Spotify announced today that it is dramatically lowering the price of its Family Plan subscription. Now, you can get six individual Spotify Premium accounts for just $14.99 per month.

That is … amazing.

Not that long ago, Spotify Family was prohibitively expensive, with each additional family member coming on board at an additional $7.50 per month, a 50 percent discount over the normal individual account pricing. It was also limited to just four family members.

Then, in 2015, Spotify lowered the price, with a family membership costing $20 and including up to four other people. Now .. it’s Crazy Eddie time. And with this change, Spotify has solved one of two major issues I have with the service. (The other is that Spotify offers no way to upload your own music to the service.)

Here’s the new Family Plan.

$14.99 for a family of six. You and up to five others in your family can each have their own separate Spotify Premium subscription for just $14.99 per month, total. (Not $14.99 each.)

Everyone’s account is separate. This isn’t shared music. Everyone has their own account with their own collections, playlists, settings, etc.

One bill. The household member who creates the family account can add and remove other members, as before, and there’s only one bill.

These are Spotify Premium accounts. That means no advertising and full offline capabilities.

It works everywhere. Spotify is on the web, and on Android and iOS, but there’s also a desktop Windows application and even a Windows phone app.

So I’ll just queue up my usual complaint about Microsoft Groove and how uncompetitive and pointless it is and move on: Microsoft needs a family plan, like yesterday.

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