Spotify is finally available in India and while it isn't as affordable as some of its competitors (the service starts at Rs 99 per month for a yearly plan), it is offering much more flexibility in plans here as opposed to say the service’s US counterpart, with daily/weekly top-up plans as well as up to 50 per cent discount for students.
Spotify is now available in India for Android, iOS and web – but you can opt for a subscription from only Android and web since Spotify doesn’t let you sign-up for Spotify Premium on iOS to avoid paying Apple a cut of the fee. Spotify Premium brings with it a host of benefits, including ad-free music and downloads for offline playback, in addition to up to 3X better sound.
A basic Spotify plan costs Rs 119 for a month in India but there’s also an option to get it for as low as Rs 99 per month by opting for a yearly plan – which costs Rs 1,189. Spotify is also offering a student plan (for students at an “accredited higher education institution”) with up to 50 per cent off per month (that’s Rs 59 per month for yearly and Rs 66 for 30 days). Spotify does not offer a family plan in India yet.
The service, in addition, costs:
-Rs 13 for a day
-Rs 39 for a week
-Rs 129 for a month (this is when you choose to opt for a standalone per-paid plan)
-Rs 389 for three months
-Rs 719 for six months
You can start with a free trial (for 30 days) and cancel anytime, Spotify says. You’ll need a Visa or Mastercard initially, but you can also choose to make your payments using Paytm and UPI post the trial period (or if you choose to buy any of the stand-alone pre-paid plans without the trial).
The Spotify app is now available for download and install on the Play Store and the App Store, but you can sign-up for Spotify Premium on Android only. You can also sign-up for the service through the web. Either that or you can continue to listen for free without the Premium benefits for as long as you like.
You’re required to have a Visa or Mastercard to sign-up, even during the free trial.
Spotify has been a long time coming – the company had announced its plans to expand into the Indian market in March 2018. But the unique nature of India’s diverse music rights market meant it was challenging to pull all the rights together. To this day. A day before launching, Spotify was sued by Warner Music Group which could have delayed the launch further. Although the Bombay High Court has given it a clear-chit to launch, it would still have to pay Warner royalties for every piece of music it decides to play from its catalogue.
Warner hosts many of the world’s biggest artists but not all of them (and not all their songs) may be available on Spotify just yet.