2012-08-25 07:11 PM
Cost of Spotify Premium for different countries converted to USD.
Australian dollar $11.99 = $12.5
Euro 9.99€ = $12.5
Swiss franc 12.95 = $13.5
Swedish kronor 99 = $15
British pound 9.99 = $15.8
Danish krone 99 = $16.64
Norwegian krone 99 = $17
Price for Spotify premium in the US: $9.99
I could come up with several different reasons why this is how it is, however I would like someone who actually works at spotify to state the reasons why the price for spotify premium differs so much between countries. And why it would be cheapest in the USA.
2012-09-30 11:39 AM
2012-09-30 01:15 PM
This is no difference from sales of other stuff.
A jacket in Sweden can cost 599 SEK,
Same jacket in US $59.
This because the prices is also set "psycologically", so even if the same ground price is there, the prices is adjusted to meet a "nice price" rate. The difference between 99 SEK and $9 may be large between countries, but pricing levels are different in different countries. Think that a wage in US can vary much more than in Sweden.
2012-09-30 03:12 PM
2013-01-20 08:48 PM
Just because there may be a semblence of status quo doesn't mean I should just quietly "deal with it". Also, a single post, from an account registered on the day, and not touched since.. with kudos from a community founder? :) *raises eyebrow*
The argument of physical goods costing $A in one country and $B in another country doesn't quite hold when you're talking about digital distribution.. and often with physical goods, you can ship from the cheaper country. Physical media retailers in Australia have been doing grey+parallel importing for years. The only industry in Australia holding out from a physical perspective has been the book publishing industry. Movies tried the whole region coding thing - but multi-region players are common with DVD and I'm not sure if Blu-Ray is getting quite the same takeup as DVD.
Perhaps, moving to digital, everything old is new again :D
It's at least worth a proper FAQ entry somewhere and not just shrugged off with "It happens" :/ ... I mean my primary instinct is that the local music publishing companies are holding onto an anachronistic, geographically based licensing regime and demanding a higher base/flagfall price for the Australian market,
*muses if the ACCC has done an investigation on this kinda disparate pricing yet*
2013-01-30 02:11 PM
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