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How to Get a Spotify Discount & Listen to Music for Less

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It’d be hard for me to stop paying for music altogether, so I’m always on the hunt for a good Spotify discount to keep my monthly subscription costs down. And since their prices are going up — now for new members, September for existing members — it’s even more important to be smart about this.

Spotify Premium gives you unlimited access to Spotify’s massive audio library, plus ad-free music listening, downloadable content, and enhanced playlists. You can listen to any song you want at any time, get personalized music recommendations, and access curated playlists based on your listening trends. The only downside is, it costs $9.99 a month.

Luckily, there are ways to find a Spotify discount if you just can’t budget another monthly subscription cost. Because let’s face it — we’re paying for a lot of ’em these days. (It’s why I’m always on the lookout for free streaming services.)

Here are a few ways to lock in a Spotify discount and save more on your Premium Plan:


1. The Spotify discount for students gives you nearly 50% off the monthly price of Premium.

Spotify Showtime and Hulu student discount bundle, three phones, each one showing the logo for Showtime, Spotify, and Hulu

Spotify pretty much carried me through my college years, and without the Spotify discount for students, it’d probably be out of my price range. Especially with just $13 in my bank account most of the time.

Instead of paying the standard $10.99 monthly price for a Spotify Premium plan, students only have to pay $5.99 a month. Even better, the student plan comes with a Hulu subscription (normally $6.99/month) and a Showtime subscription (normally $10.99/month). So what would normally cost you $27.97 a month only costs you $5.99 a month with this discount.

How do you qualify? You can sign up for the Spotify Premium Student Plan if you’re 18 and older and attend a Title IV college or university. Spotify will verify your student status through SheerID, but you can also get verified manually by submitting the following documents:

  • Current Student ID
  • Official Enrollment Letter
  • Current Class Schedule
  • Registration Receipt
  • Current Transcript

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2. If you haven’t tried Spotify Premium yet, sign up and get three months free.

a man laying down with his headphones on and holding his phone while listening to a song on Spotify

You’ll automatically get three months free when you sign up for Spotify Premium, but only if you haven’t tried it before. So if you’re new to a paid Spotify plan, you can save $32.97 with the intro discount. After that, you’ll pay $10.99 a month for an individual plan.


3. Walmart Plus members get a Spotify discount just for joining — six months of Premium for free.

6 Months of Spotify Premium free for Walmart+ members offer page displayed on iPhone screen

Like music to my ears, Walmart Plus added Spotify to their list of membership perks. Once you become a Walmart Plus member, you’ll get six months of Spotify Premium for free. Again, you can only get this offer if you haven’t tried Premium before. But you’ll save $65.94 on an individual plan if you sign up — which is twice as much as the discount Spotify normally gives to new members.

Walmart Plus costs $12.95 a month and gives you benefits like free shipping with no minimum, free grocery delivery, gas discounts, and early access to Walmart sales.


4. Look for discounted Spotify gift cards on sites like

A person's hand holding their phone that is displaying the Explore page of Raise, a discount gift card selling app.

I love searching for discounted gift cards to save more on my purchases. Sites like and CardBear let you buy and sell various gift cards at a discount — and Spotify gift cards are available, too!

As I’m writing this, you can save up to 5% on digital Spotify gift cards. So you can buy the gift card at a discount, then use it to pay for your Spotify Premium plan. This will help you score a small discount on your monthly fee.

  • Raise: Buy Spotify gift cards at a 4.42% discount.
  • CardBear: Buy Spotify gift cards at a 5% discount.

Discount rates change often, so be sure to check back regularly. You could end up saving even more than 5% if you get lucky.

Tip: also sells Spotify gift cards at a discount (5%) when you use your Target RedCard.


5. Starbucks employees get a free Spotify Premium subscription.

A barista making a drink behind the counter at Starbucks.

When it comes to getting a Spotify discount, it’s hard to beat free. Lucky for Starbucks employees (aka Starbucks “Partners”), that’s the discount you get.

One of the many Starbucks employee benefits is a free Spotify Premium plan. So you can jam to the tunes of your choice at no cost, on or off the clock.



6. Get a Spotify discount when you sign up for a Duo Plan — two accounts for $14.99 a month.

A smartphone showing the main page for the Premium Duo Spotify discount plan

If you and someone else in your home share a love for music, you can sign up for a Spotify Duo Plan and pay just $7.50 each. That’s a discount of $3.49 a month (or $41.88 a year) per person.

A Duo plan costs $14.99 a month and gives you the same Spotify Premium benefits but with two accounts for a couple under one roof.


7. Or get a discount with a Family Plan — up to six Spotify accounts for $16.99 a month.

A smartphone showing the main page for the Family Spotify discount plan

A Spotify Premium Family Plan gives you the biggest bang for your back. For $16.99 a month, you and up to five other family members can share a Spotify Premium plan. Unfortunately, everyone on the Family Plan has to live under the same roof to get the discount. But here’s how much you can save based on the number of people in your household:

  • 3 Family Members = Save $15.98 a month
  • 4 Family Members = Save $26.97 a month
  • 5 Family Members = Save $37.96 a month
  • 6 Family Members = Save $48.95 a month


8. You can always sign up for the free Spotify plan.

A man holding his phone and looking at the Spotify sign up page for the free plan

It’s true — the free Spotify plan isn’t nearly as good as Spotify Premium. But if saving money is your top priority, it’s always an option.

With a free plan, you still have access to all of Spotify’s audio. But you won’t be able to listen to music ad-free, play back songs on-demand, or download content.

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9. Don’t forget that Amazon Music is now free with Prime.

A woman sitting in a coffee shop with her laptop and listening to Amazon Music

Again, there’s no better discount than free. If you’re an Amazon Prime member (and most people are these days), music is one of the many benefits you get with your $139/year Prime subscription.

Amazon made their music free for Prime members, so Prime members can now access over 100 million songs for free — but there’s a catch.

You can’t just go and search for any song you want. You’ll only be able to shuffle with the free Amazon Music version for Prime. You can create playlists with the Amazon Music app (iOS / Android), but those will default to shuffle, too.

The only work-around for this is to find songs released as singles or pay for Amazon Music Unlimited (which is an extra $8.99 a month). However, you DO get three months free when you sign up.



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