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:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
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 spotify.com/student to learn more about the offer.
Let us know in the comments what you think of Spotify’s deal for students.
“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.