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Spotify has rolled out its Premium for students offer to an additional 33 countries, the company has announced in a blog post. The deal, which was already available in the US, UK and Germany, provides the full Premium Spotify experience, including high-quality, ad-free, online and offline listening, for around half the price of the typical subscription ($4.99 per month instead of $9.99).

Spotify notes that this is “the biggest music streaming Student offer in the world by geographical reach,” and says it’s opening to students on any year of their respective programs. Spotify has also partnered with eligibility verification software SheerID to assist with the signup process — it looks like non-students won’t be able to fool the system.

The new countries added to the list are:

  1. Austria
  2. Australia
  3. Belgium
  4. Brazil
  5. Canada
  6. Chile
  7. Colombia
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Denmark
  10. Ecuador
  11. Estonia
  12. Finland
  13. France
  14. Greece
  15. Hong Kong
  16. Hungary
  17. Indonesia
  18. Ireland
  19. Italy
  20. Japan
  21. Lithuania
  22. Latvia
  23. Luxembourg
  24. Mexico
  25. Netherlands
  26. New Zealand
  27. Philippines
  28. Poland
  29. Portugal
  30. Singapore
  31. Spain
  32. Switzerland
  33. Turkey

Note that this offer doesn’t extend to the “Premium for Family” deal which provides Spotify Premium for up to six people, however — you can’t obtain that at half price as a student. Further, you have to reapply for the subscription every 12 months. Still, this is going to come as excellent news for current and prospective Premium subscribers who are studying.

You can download the latest version of the Spotify app from Google Play via the button below and visit to learn more about the offer.

Let us know in the comments what you think of Spotify’s deal for students.

Recent updates

“Lossless” Hi-Fi option spotted, 50 million paying subscribers

March 3: Some Spotify subscribers have reportedly received a “lossless audio offer” from within their Spotify apps called Spotify Hi-Fi. Reddit users suggest that it has been seen for an additional $5, $7.50 or $10 per month — on top of their existing subscription price — though those who try to sign up for it are greeted with a “This is not available in your area” message. Presumably, this would provide CD quality streaming at 1411 kbps (the current highest quality rate is 320 kbps), but we don’t know for sure because Spotify hasn’t announced this service yet. It seems Spotify is trying to gauge interest at the different price points before launching it.

Meanwhile, Spotify also announced that it has reached 50 million paying subscribers in a tweet from its official Twitter channel. It had but 30 million subscribers as of March last year, meaning the company has gained another 66% in the past twelve months alone, after having launched all the way back in October 2008.

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  • nullified

    if only my data quota can keep up with it

  • Jai Ritter

    Would love that here in Australia since Spotify steaming is free on my plan.

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    I think it’s great that Spotify is offering hi-fi audio. However, I’m reluctant to pay for that because it’s not often that I stream Spotify through equipment where I would notice the difference in the sound quality.

  • Preston Tiegs

    I like to tell myself that I’m an audiophile, but in all honesty, I probably can’t tell the difference.

  • JordanKroeger

    any ‘Deezer’ users out there? Hi-fi quality, better prices than Tidal, maybe worth a look, especially for families 👍

    • Jaded876

      I use deezer, Spotify isn’t available in my region

  • Seojin park

    If you got no high quality headphone jack or speakers, this ain’t gonna work. There’s no point in flac if your phone or audio setup can’t/does not support it. So be careful my friends.

  • xapoliz

    Makes no difference to me and I doubt most people could tell a difference between today’s extreme quality and lossless…

    • Žydrūnas

      A lot of times people believe what they want to believe. Of course, it’s possible to develop your senses but I bet that majority of people couldn’t tell a difference between high quality 320 kbps rip and a lossless track if they wouldn’t know which is which.

    • Bearclaw

      That’s because most people don’t have the equipment necessary to hear the difference. If people are just using their phones and the equivalent of the Apple ear buds, then no you won’t hear a difference.

  • bboyheat

    I think it should be a free upgrade for current paying members. Why should we pay more for the same music?

    I’m still paying 10 a month for music I’ll never own..

  • SaKa Tango

    still not considering INDIA 😥

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  • Himanshu Ahuja

    No India yet.? :/

    • Kunal Narang

      You can use Spotify with a VPN, like I do.