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Spotify said to plan new version of free music service

Spotify said to plan new version of free music service

In the new subscription plan, enrolled members will have access to both Spotify Premium and Hulu Limited Commercials for $13 per month.

An additional offer as part of the Spotify deal allows anyone who now subscribes to Spotify Premium to sample Hulu for 99 cents per month for three months, providing they have not been Hulu subscribers within the a year ago. That may be inducement enough for some users who now complain there are too many streaming services to keep track of, and that they're beginning to cost too much.

The deal will initially be offered to Spotify's current 71 million Premium subscribers, and new subscribers to the service.

The offer starts Wednesday, April 11, and is set to expire on May 10. Spotify premium costs $9.99 in the U.S., but here in SA, it launched at a much more attractive R59.99. The labels scored one victory previous year in the latest round of negotiations, convincing Spotify to let artists delay the release of new works on the free service. Second, it's US-only. Third, it's only open to monthly subscribers, meaning you're out of luck if you have an annual sub.

Music streaming giant Spotify is reportedly planning to expand its Free service in order to give non-paying users greater flexibility when using mobile devices. Apple has also begun dipping its toe into the original TV market and is believed to be working on soon launching its own TV-subscription offering that will be included with its Apple Music service.

Hulu is not available in the Republic.

However, a new report from Bloomberg claims that Spotify may soon make changes to its free tier to have it more closely resemble paid accounts.

This isn't the first time Hulu and Spotify have worked together on a joint plan.


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