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

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I’m always searching for a good Spotify discount to keep my monthly subscription costs down. And since Spotify Premium prices went up by a dollar, finding ways to save is even more important. I know it's just a dollar, but in this economy, every penny counts.

Plus, getting a discount might tip the scale for you in the Amazon Music vs. Spotify debate. Well, assuming you don't already get Amazon Music free.

Spotify Premium gives you ad-free music listening, downloadable content, and enhanced playlists. Unlike the free version, with Premium you can listen to whichever song you want at any time and get unlimited skips. They also offer personalized music recommendations and curated playlists based on your listening trends. The only downside is, it costs $10.99 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.

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


The Spotify discount for students is a huge game changer for college students. Without the discount, I wouldn't have been able to afford it. Especially since I had 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 $7.99/month). So what would normally cost you $17.99 a month only costs you $5.99 a month with this discount.

The deal used to also include a Showtime subscription (normally $10.99/month). However, it's no longer included.

How do you qualify for the Spotify Premium Student Plan? You need to be 18 and older and attend a Title IV college or university. Spotify will verify your student status through SheerID, or you can verify manually by submitting these 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 one month free.

You’ll automatically get one month free when you sign up for Spotify Premium, but only if you haven’t tried it before. (The offer no longer gives you three more months, but not anymore.) So if you’re new to a paid Spotify plan, you can save $10.99 with the intro discount. After that, you’ll pay $10.99 a month for an individual plan.

3. Look for discounted Spotify gift cards on sites like

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 7% on digital Spotify gift cards. So you can buy the gift card at a discount, and then use it to pay for your Spotify Premium plan. This will help you save on your monthly fee.

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

  • CardBear: Buy Spotify gift cards at a 7% discount.

Discount rates change often, so be sure to check back regularly. You could end up saving even more than 7% if you get lucky.

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

4. Starbucks employees get a free Spotify Premium subscription.

Even better than just a discount, 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.

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


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. A Duo plan costs $14.99 a month and gives you two accounts with standard Spotify Premium benefits. That’s a discount of $3.49 a month (or $41.88 a year) per person.

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


A Spotify Premium Family Plan gives you the biggest bang for your back. For $16.99 a month, you get up to six Spotify Premium accounts. 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

7. You can always sign up for the free Spotify 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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8. Don’t forget that Amazon Music is now free with Prime.


Again, there’s no better discount than free. And Amazon Music is one of the many perks of a $139/year Amazon Prime subscription.

If you've got a Prime membership, you can access over 100 million songs for free — but there’s a catch. 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 workaround for this is to find songs released as singles. Or you can pay for Amazon Music Unlimited (which is $9.99 a month, or $1 cheaper than Spotify Premium). However, you do get three months free when you sign up.

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