Spotify Student Discount

What is the Spotify Student Discount?

Education is the pathway to a brighter future, or so they say.  Therefore, Spotify wants to reward your hard work while studying by making it easy for you to enjoy your favourite music! 

If you’re currently attending a registered college or university in the United States, then the cost of subscribing to Spotify Premium is cut in half!  That’s right: you only pay $4.99 per month instead of the usual $9.99 per month (not including taxes)!

However, you have to fulfill three conditions to be eligible:

  • You must be using the United States version of Spotify.

  • You must sign up for a Spotify account with an email address from a registered college or university in the United States (i.e. one that ends in “.edu”).

  • You must enter billing details for a payment method that originates in the United States.

In addition, you can’t use this promotion in conjunction with any other discount or trial offer.  Sorry!

How to get the Spotify Student Discount

  1. Go to www.spotify.com in your web browser.  If you’re in the United States, Spotify should automatically detect this based on your computer’s Internet address, and take you to the United States version of the website.  (If it doesn’t, go to www.spotify.com/us instead.)

  2. Scroll down the screen until you see “Student Discount”, and then click Learn More beside it.

  3. On the next screen, click Get Premium.

  4. When you reach the log-in screen, click Sign Up beside “Don’t Have an Account?”  Then, simply follow step 3 in our How to Sign Up for Spotify tutorial.  Just make sure to use your college-issued “.edu” email address!

  5. From here, just follow steps 4 and 5 of the “How to get a Spotify (almost) free trial” section in our How Much Does Spotify Cost article: fill in your credit card details (or select to pay through PayPal), and then click Start Premium.

You’re all set up with Spotify Premium at half price!  Enjoy your music as you study!  And again, if you want to cancel Spotify Premium and go back to using the free version of Spotify, our How to Cancel Your Spotify Subscription tutorial has instructions for doing that.


How Much Does Spotify Cost?

Is Spotify free?

Spotify is sort of free.  It is what is commonly referred to as a “freemium” service.  This means that you don’t have to pay any money to sign up for the service or use it.  However, the service has several features that are locked unless you purchase and maintain a paid subscription, known as Spotify Premium.

For instance, if you only have the free version of Spotify:

  • You will see advertisements in the Spotify application, and hear them between songs.

  • You can only skip songs a certain number of times over a certain length of time.

  • You cannot download songs to be able to listen to them when not connected to the Internet.

  • You will not be able to customize the order in which certain songs play (on a mobile device).

  • Your audio quality will be somewhat limited.

How much does Spotify Premium cost?

Spotify Premium costs $9.99 per month (plus tax) in both the United States and Canada, charged at the beginning of each month.  If you cancel your subscription in the middle of the month, you will not get a refund for your fee for that month, but you will avoid paying more fees until you renew your subscription.

Are there ways to get discounts for Spotify?

Absolutely!  Though Spotify no longer offers 30-day (or 60-day) free trials, it does offer users a 3-month trial of Spotify Premium for a 99₵ flat fee.  It only works if you’ve never used Spotify Premium before, though, either through a free trial or some other promotion.  We’ll show you how to get it at the end of this tutorial.

(NOTE: after the time period for this trial has expired, if you haven’t cancelled your subscription, you will continue at the usual monthly rate of $9.99 plus tax.)

There are also other discounts that you can get.  For instance, with the Spotify Family promotion, you can have up to 5 family members (yourself plus four others) use the same paid subscription.  Instructions for how to set it up can be found at this link.

You can also get 50% off your subscription if you are a student at an American college.  We’ll tell you more in our Spotify Student Discount article.

How to get a Spotify (almost) free trial

  1. Go to www.spotify.com in your web browser.  In the top-right corner, click Upgrade.

  2. On the next screen, click Get 3 Months for 99₵.

  3. You’ll be prompted to log into Spotify.  If you don’t have an account yet, visit our How to Sign Up for Spotify tutorial to learn how to make one.  Otherwise, just enter your user name and password for Spotify, and click Log In.

  4. On the next screen, click in the highlighted boxes and type in or select your credit card number, the month and year that your credit card expires, your credit card’s security code (move your mouse cursor over the “?” to learn where to find this number), and your mailing code.  Then click the box labelled “I’m Not a Robot” and complete the activity that appears.

    You can also click PayPal to pay for your subscription with a PayPal account, if you have one.

  5. When you’ve filled in all of your information, scroll down and click Start Premium.

You will receive a confirmation email of your order.  Enjoy Spotify Premium!  Also, if you ever want to cancel your subscription to Spotify Premium, our How to Delete Your Spotify Account tutorial will show you how to do so.


Spotify Review

Alright, so we've told you a bit about what Spotify is. But before we help you get started using Spotify, we've taken the liberty of spotting some of the service's pros and cons.  Have a look, and then decide whether or not you want to use Spotify from here.

Pros

  • Free to use — If you don't want to pay for Spotify, you don't have to.

  • At home or on the go — Spotify is available for multiple platforms, including both Windows and Apple desktop computers, iPads, iPhones, BlackBerries, Android-powered smart phones, and Windows phones.

  • Build your collection of music — There are over 30 million songs on Spotify to discover and add to your collection.  You can simply browse what's popular right now, or search for something specific.  You can even import songs already on your device!

  • Personalize your tunes — Make your own custom music mixes, or have Spotify make them for you based on songs or artists that you like.

  • A music-loving community — Follow your friends and favourite artists on Spotify to see what they're listening to or what new music they're bringing out next.

Cons

  • You get what you pay for — Having only a free Spotify account instead of one with a paid subscription limits the usability of Spotify.  For example, you'll see advertisements in the application, and hear advertisements between songs.  You will also be unable to listen to your Spotify playlists while not connected to the Internet.

  • Your music, Spotify's rules — All music on Spotify (except music already on your local device) only works with the Spotify application.  It cannot be used with other music players, moved to other devices, or listened to while offline (except, for the last one, if you have a paid subscription).  In addition, Spotify no longer allows for the purchase and download of its songs (except through illegal third-party applications).

The bottom line: 8.5/10

Spotify is one of the most popular music-streaming services around, and for good reason.  It's free to sign up for, and you can use it at home with your desktop computer or on the go with your mobile device (such as a smart phone or tablet computer). 

Spotify's biggest strength by far is the number of ways that it helps you discover new music to listen to.  You can browse what's popular in certain countries or around the world, or have a look at what people like in certain genres or for certain activities (such as chilling out or hitting the gym).  You can get general recommendations based on what you listen to, or have Spotify play you a mix based on a song, artist, album, or playlist that you like.

You can even use Spotify as its own social network.  Follow your favourite artists to be the first to know when they have new music on Spotify.  Or, follow your friends, chat back and forth, and recommend songs or artists to each other.  Create your own custom playlists of music, and show them off to the Spotify community.  You can even get your friends on Spotify to help put together a music mix for you!

There are two major points against Spotify, though.  The first is that the ways in which you can use it are somewhat limited unless you have a paid subscription, such as seeing and hearing advertisements or not being able to listen to music offline.  Spotify has certain promotions that allow you to minimize the cost of a subscription (at least for a certain period of time), but even these have been lessening in value lately, and it is rumored that Spotify may soon become a paid-only service.

The other downside to Spotify is that it only plays music for you; it doesn't give you direct control over the songs themselves.  This means that you can't listen to Spotify music without logging into the Spotify application, and you have to be connected to the Internet (except in rare circumstances).  You also can't take songs off Spotify and put them on your computer or other devices (at least not anymore), except with illegal outside programs.

Overall, we recommend using Spotify if you're interested in discovering new music to listen to.  Its "Radio", browsing, and social-media-like functions make it easy to find new tunes that are similar to those by artists that you already like.  You may want to use it alongside a program such as iTunes that actually allows you to purchase and download music, so that you can save and control the music that you find on Spotify even if you stop using it.

 

Okay!  If you're ready to learn how to use Spotify, our next tutorial will show you what you need to do to get it up and running!


What is Spotify and How Does It Work?

Chances are that you’ve heard of Netflix, the popular website that allows you to stream movies and television shows (i.e. watch them as they load from the Internet) whenever you want, and as often as you want.  Now, wouldn’t it be cool if you could do the same thing with music, listening to whatever songs you wanted, as often as you wanted, and as many times as you wanted?

Swedish entrepreneurs Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon thought so, and that’s why they created Spotify.com in 2008.   Since then, Spotify has quickly become one of the most popular services of its kind.  As of June of 2015, Spotify had over 75 million users listening to the music that they love through it.

So what exactly is Spotify?

Spotify is what is known as a music streaming service.  This means that it plays songs off the Internet as they load through the Spotify application.  You can also create playlists of songs that you like, or create “radio stations” based on music that you already like to discover more music that you might enjoy.

The songs aren’t actually on your computer (with some exceptions), which is a blessing and a curse.  It’s a blessing because your songs can’t get deleted or go missing, since Spotify is always in control of them.  However, it’s also a curse because you can only play the songs in the Spotify application; you can’t play them anywhere else, or move them to another device (unless that device also has Spotify on it).

Why use Spotify?

  • It’s free — You don’t have to pay for it if you don’t want to.  You can get a paid subscription, though, to get extra features such as higher sound quality and being able to listen to certain songs without an Internet connection.
  • It’s modular — Spotify works on all sorts of devices.  You can use it on your Windows or Apple desktop computer if you listen to music most often at home.  You can also put it on your iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, or Android-powered smart phone if you want your tunes on the go.  You can even put it on your PlayStation video game console!
  • It’s customizable — Add songs that you like to your collection, and then put them in playlists of songs that go well together.  You can also pick a song, artist, album, or playlist that you like and have it play random songs that are similar.  Rate what you hear, and Spotify will play more of what you like and less of what you don’t!
  • It’s social — Follow your favourite artists on Spotify and be among the first to listen to their new tunes, or check out music mixes put together by your friends and other users.  You can even share your listening habits on other social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr!

How does Spotify work:  4 steps to enjoying music on Spotify

1. Head over to the Spotify website, and sign up for a free account.

The first step to using Spotify is to get yourself an account.  This lets Spotify identify you as a unique user.  You can sign up using your Facebook account, or you can sign up with plain old email.  Just enter a user name and password, your email address (and a copy of it), your date of birth, and your gender.  Then click Sign Up and you’re set!

Signing up for Spotify with your email address

2. Purchase a subscription to Spotify Premium to get the most out of Spotify (optional).

You can use Spotify for free, but your options for using it will be somewhat limited.  For example, you will see advertisements in the application, and hear advertisements between songs.  You will also not be able to download your playlists of songs in order to listen to them even if you aren’t connected to the Internet.

A Spotify Premium subscription costs $10 per month.  However, Spotify has various promotions that allow you to subscribe for a period of time for free (or almost free), or even cut the cost of your subscription in half.

Getting a reduced-cost trial of Spotify Premium

Our How Much Does Spotify Cost article has the lowdown on Spotify Premium, including how to sign up for it and how to take advantage of various discounts for it.

3. Download and install the free Spotify application on your device of choice.

You can use Spotify to listen to music right on the website, but the easiest way to use it is probably to download the Spotify application and install it.  If you think you’ll use Spotify mostly on your desktop computer, you can get the Spotify application right off the website.  Or, if you want to use Spotify on the go, you can get the application on your iPad/iPhone or Android-powered smart phone through the Apple App Store or Google Play, respectively.

Downloading Spotify for a mobile device

4.  Enjoy as much music as you want on Spotify, however you want to listen to it!

The remainder of our course tutorials (i.e. excluding our “Extra Resources” section) will teach you how to use the essential features of Spotify.  Our “How to Use Spotify” tutorial will show you some of the basic features of the application.  How you use Spotify from there is up to you!

  • Want to find a specific song, artist, album, or user? Searching is super easy on Spotify!Searching for a song, album, or artist on Spotify
  • Want to create your own custom music mix of your favourite songs?  Create Spotify playlists!Creating a Spotify playlist
  • Feel like having Spotify make you a random music mix based on songs and artists that you already like?  Head over to our Spotify Radio tutorial!Creating a Spotify radio station

 

As you see, Spotify can be used for free, is available on all sorts of different platforms, and offers you several different options for discovering and managing your favourite music.  No wonder it’s one of the most popular music streaming services on the Internet today!  So, does Spotify sound intriguing to you (no pun intended)?  Then stick with us as we dig a little deeper into what you’re capable of doing with Spotify in the rest of our Spotify course.