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Spotify Introduces New Basic Plan in the US: More Choice for Music Lovers

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Spotify recently announced a new “Basic” plan in the United States, giving music fans a more affordable option compared to their standard Premium tier. Spotify new basic plan comes after they increased the price of their Premium subscription in June 2024.

What’s Included in the Spotify New Basic Plan?

The new Basic plan provides the basic features that music fans enjoy on Spotify Premium, like:

  • Unlimited ad-free music streaming
  • On-demand Playback
  • The ability to skip songs and build playlists

However, there is one important distinction between Basic and Premium: audiobooks. The Basic plan excludes the Premium subscription’s 15 hours of audiobook listening per month. 

Who is Eligible for the Basic Plan?

According to Spotify, the Basic plan is available to “eligible users.” While specific details haven’t been released, it’s likely that existing free Spotify users and new subscribers will be able to choose between Basic and Premium. Current Premium subscribers will retain their audiobook access.

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Spotify Basic vs. Premium Plan

Here’s a quick comparison of the key features in Spotify’s Basic and Premium plans:

FeatureBasic PlanPremium Plan
Price per month$10.99$11.99
Ad-free music streamingYesYes
On-demand playbackYesYes
Skip songsYesYes
Create playlistsYesYes
AudiobooksNoYes (15 hours/month)

Is There a Basic Family Plan?

For those looking for a music streaming solution for the whole family, Spotify offers their Premium Family plan. This plan allows up to six family members living in the same household to enjoy all the benefits of Premium, including ad-free music, on-demand playback, skipping songs, and creating playlists. Each member gets a separate account, ensuring personalized recommendations based on their listening habits. The family plan manager also receives access to the same 15 hours of monthly audiobook listening time offered with the standard Premium plan. This plan costs $19.99 per month.

The introduction of the Spotify new basic plan provides a more budget-friendly option for music fans who don’t utilize the audiobook feature on Spotify. Existing Premium subscribers who enjoy audiobooks can keep their current plan, while new users can choose between Basic and Premium depending on their needs and budget.

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