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Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free

I'm having a hard time figuring out the difference between Premium, Unlimited and Free access.  I currently have the Premium because that was the only option available when I signed up to play Spotify on my mobile phone.  If I downgrade can I still access all the same content on my mobile phone?  Streaming my own selection of music or am I limited to just the radio feature of Spotify (on either unlimited or free)?

 

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free

That is a hard question to answer. 

 

If you want a single reason that I can think of, the mobile version costs Spotify more to run. Spotify on the desktop uses a unique (and rather amazing) p2p system to share tracks across the Spotify network, meaning load on Spotify's actual servers is reduced. It is the main reason you can stream without ever needing to buffer, but it also means that the desktop client uses upload bandwidth to share tracks. 

 

That wouldn't really work in theory on mobile devices, plus it would eat battery because of the extra traffic, so on the mobile client, all tracks are streamed directly from the Spotify servers.

 

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free


ikke360 wrote:
Can you use spotify unlimited on Android?

No, Spotify on any mobile device requires Spotify Premium. 

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There is a new comparison table since Spotify free is now available on mobile devices:

 

Spotify Connect is also a premium only feature.

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free

Unlimited on desktop/laptop hasn't changed so you still get ad-free listening. Mobile devices need a Premium subscription now for the full benefits, including uninterrupted listening.

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free

Unlimited will give you ad-free listening only on the desktops and your mobile devices will effectively be on free. The table sets out the differences between free and premium on mobile devices.

 

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free

Hi @TheMaskedMarvel welcome to the community,

 

The unlimited subscription does not exist anymore in most countries. That is probarly why it doesn't appear.

If you want to see all differences between the subscription plans, I would recommend taking a look at this thread.

Note that that is an unofficial comparison chart, not made by Spotify.

 

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free

Hi PacoDos,

 

There is a comparison table here.

 

Mobile streaming access is only licensed for Spotify Premium, so you won't be able to stream or offline sync on your mobile with Spotify Unlimited.

 

In the US, we do offer ad-supported free radio in the mobile app if you have an iOS 5 device (Android will hopefully be added soon).

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free


PacoDos wrote:

I'm having a hard time figuring out the difference between Premium, Unlimited and Free access.  I currently have the Premium because that was the only option available when I signed up to play Spotify on my mobile phone.  If I downgrade can I still access all the same content on my mobile phone?  Streaming my own selection of music or am I limited to just the radio feature of Spotify (on either unlimited or free)?

 

Thanks for the help!


Hi :)

 

Free = 10 hour limit a month and loads of unrelated adverts

 

Unlimited = Unlimited streaming with no adverts :)

 

Premium = Everything, including mobile playback :)

 

So, if you want to keep your mobile playback - stick with premium :)

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free

We have a macbook in the living room and an iPod touch in the kitchen, but there is no fundamental diffrence in our use of the music.

 

Can anyone explain why it's twice as expensive to stream music from Spotify on my iPod touch than it is on my laptop?

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free


Panrec wrote:

We have a macbook in the living room and an iPod touch in the kitchen, but there is no fundamental diffrence in our use of the music.

 

Can anyone explain why it's twice as expensive to stream music from Spotify on my iPod touch than it is on my laptop?


Hey! Welcome to the community :) 

 

That is just how the system is set up. Using Spotify on any mobile device requires a premium subscription. 

 

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free

RE: That is just how the system is set up. Using Spotify on any mobile device requires a premium subscription. 

 

That's not actually an answer to my question. I know that already, but I would like to know why?

 

Anyway, we shall not be using Spotify in the kitchen unless it is the same price as the living room or I receive some very convincing explanation as to why using Spotify on an iPod touch should cost twice as much.

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free

Using Spotify Premium opens up a number of other things you can do with the service. On the free version of Spotify, you would be able to use it on your desktop with the odd advert and some time restrictions (depending on your location, and how long you've had the account) on listening to tracks.

 

With Premium, you have no adverts. No time limit. You also have the ability to sync playlists offline to take with you on the go. For example, just made a playlist that's perfect for the gym? Sync it to your iPod Touch, plug in your headphones and hit play. In addition, you have the ability to play higher quality tracks (around 320kbps) on both your Desktop and iPod Touch devices. 

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free

I use unlimited, this is enough for me. I would simply like to use the same account on the iPod Touch in our kitchen. No point trying to upsel me Premium unless you are going to pay for it ;-)

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free

If I pay for unlimited, will that remove the ads when I log in via my iPad as well? 

It's a wifi only iPad and I only want to be able to use Spotify at home, not on the go. Whare are my options..? 

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Re: Premium vs. Unlimited vs. Free

Hey Julian!

I'm afraid you can only access your iPad with a Premium account, no matter how you intend to use it.

The reason for this is: every device that runs with iOS is considered as a mobile device and therefore needs a Premium account to be used.

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