It’s official, Spotify is now available in India!
While Spotify is free to use as a music streaming service, it is an advertising service that restricts the quality of music. It also imposes restrictions on how you listen to music. To get the most out of Spotify, you need a Premium subscription, which offers features like the ability to download music, no ads, no unlimited skips, and more. The price levels for this service in India are as follows:
- One day: Rs 13
- Seven days: Rs 39
- A recurring month: Rs 119
- One month prepaid: Rs 129
- Three months: Rs 389
- Six months: Rs 719
- One year: Rs 1,189
Students get a 50 percent discount on a monthly subscription. You also get a month of Premium for free and after that, you pay Rs 119 per month.
All things considered, these prices are competitive with music streaming services in India, including Apple Music.
In a market awash with music streaming services like Amazon Prime Music, JioMusic, Gaana, Apple Music, and more, Spotify could stand out for its strong recommendation and track selection engine, which are its key strengths in foreign markets. The interface is also friendlier than many other services. Spotify also integrates support for podcasts. Hopefully, you can emulate that same experience in India.
Speaking of track selection, Spotify is in a bit of a legal mess, as it is currently being sued by Warner Music Group. The group, which comprises artists such as Ed Sheeran, Virgin, Led zeppelin, asked an Indian court to block Spotify Streaming songs from artists in the group’s list.
According to Bloomberg’s reporting on the matter, Spotify doesn’t actually have a license to stream Warner Group’s music, but tries to do so anyway by taking advantage of an old (relatively speaking) Indian law that allows broadcasters (such as FM radio services) to license content with copyright without the consent of the original copyright holder.
A report in The edge indicates that while Spotify is taking advantage of the law, it was launched in India without the Warner catalog. If Spotify streams music from the catalog, you will have to track usage and royalty calculation for Warner Music Group, and possibly pay the group after the court case is resolved.
How to use Spotify in India
Whether you are on iOS or Android, just head over to your respective app store and download the app. Installation is straightforward and you will be asked to sign up for the service. You can sign up using Facebook (Tech2 suggests you don’t!) And by email.
Android users can subscribe to Spotify Premium through their phones, but iOS users will need to use the Spotify website To log in and subscribe to the service. Spotify, like Netflix, is trying to steer iOS users away from App Store-based payments for royalty issues.
Android users can simply pay via Visa, MasterCard, or Bhim / UPI. Website users are limited to Visa and Mastercard for now.
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