If you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can say goodbye to Spotify’s strict simultaneous device listening limitations. The music streaming service plans on rolling out discounted family plans that let you add up to four additional users under one billing account.
Dubbed Spotify Family, the new subscription tiers allow all household members to have an independent Spotify Premium account complete with separate listening histories, recommendations and playlists. Even better, this means your listening won’t get interrupted when someone else starts Spotify on another device.
The story behind the story: With media streaming subscriptions becoming the norm thanks to services like Spotify, these companies need to find ways ways to better serve families. We’ve been hoping to see something similar from Spotify and it appears many others have too. “This is one of the most asked for features from our audience,” Ken Parks, Spotify’s chief content officer, said in the company’s announcement.
What it’ll cost
Spotify says each additional family account will be priced at 50 percent off. Since a Spotify Premium account costs $11.99, you’ll pay $17.99 for two people, $23.99 for three, $29.99 for four and $35.99 for five people. For those in New Zealand you’ll pay $19.49 for two people, $25.99 for three and so on up to $38.99 for five people.
That’s a pretty good price for multiple users. Spotify’s new service isn’t available yet. Spotify says the new subscription options will become available globally over the coming weeks.