Spotify is testing the airwaves with a new, cheaper Premium plan for two
Duo lets you share with one other person, simple right?
Spotify is testing out a discounted premium plan for couples. Okay, it’s not just for couples, but with both members needing to live at the same address, it might as well be. Don’t @ me, I know there’s a whole gamut of why non-couples would also be living under the same roof, it just didn’t make for snappy copy.
Spotify Duo is in the testing phases currently and gives two premium accounts that are connected for €12.49 ($14) per month. That’s a pretty decent discount off of buying two individual premium plans at $9.99 each, probably aimed at making it cheaper for password sharers to share in a different way.
You’ll have to confirm your shared address when you sign up, at this time it’s not clear how Spotify is going to enforce this. With many users only listening while at work or commuting, keeping tabs on home addresses might be tricky.
The plan, which is currently available in Columbia, Chile, Denmark, Ireland, and Poland, also brings some unique perks to the Spotify experience.
There’s a new algorithmic playlist, Duo Mix, which generates playlists based on both users listening habits. Songs added will have your account profile picture next to them to indicate whose musical tastes Spotify added them from.
You can also opt out if you prefer, which removes your likes while still letting you listen to your friend/lover/brother/etc’s horrible taste in music. Just kidding, it’s not that horrible but maybe stop putting Tears for Fears on repeat.
You can also share your libraries of saved music, as joining Spotify Duo links your existing accounts together so you don’t lose any previous history.
This sounds pretty good for small households or housemates, although the small price difference to the Family plan which gives five users access is still a better value for some. If you’re a student, you’ll be better off staying on the student plan, since in the US you get Showtime and Hulu bundled with Premium for $4.99.
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