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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Spotify today announced that it is increasing Premium plan pricing in the United States in order to "bring users the best experience."


The Individual Premium plan is now priced at $11.99, up from $10.99. Duo is priced at $16.99 (up $2), Family is priced at $19.99 (up $3), and Student is priced at $5.99 (no change).

This is actually the second time Spotify has raised prices in the last 12 months. In July 2023, the Premium plan price went from $9.99 to $10.99, so there has been a 20 percent increase in the last year. Prior to the July 2023 increase, Duo was priced at $12.99 and the Family plan was priced at $15.99, marking a 31 percent total increase for Duo and a 25 percent increase for Family after the 2024 price hikes.

Spotify subscribers will soon be seeing emails notifying them of the upcoming price increase. Emails will include instructions on how to cancel a Premium subscription.
On Spotify, users discover and enjoy music, podcasts, and audiobooks. So that we can continue to invest in and innovate on our product features and bring users the best experience, we occasionally update our prices. Over the next month, subscribers in the U.S. will receive an email explaining what this update means for their subscription.
At $11.99 and $19.99, respectively, the Spotify Premium and Family plans are now more expensive than the equivalent Apple Music plans. Apple's Individual plan is priced at $10.99 per month, while the Family plan is priced at $16.99 per month.

Article Link: Spotify Raises Prices for Second Time in 12 Months, Now More Expensive Than Apple Music


macrumors 601
Jun 22, 2006
The thick of it
and none of that is going towards artists.

pay up Spotify. get up to Apple Music standards.
While Apple Music does pay slightly more than Spotify, it's still a drop in the ocean. None of the streaming services pay much to the artist, usually hundredths of a cent for each stream. So where is all the rest of the money going? Who knows? That's why artists who want to make a living at music have to tour. These days, it's the only way to make a living wage (unless you have the sales of Taylor Swift or Adele).


macrumors 6502a
Mar 31, 2005
Southbay CA
Again, Spotify produces nothing and is DEEP debt. I thought they could go the Netflix route and produce some music themselves, but the big three music groups actually have it in musicians contracts against this.

always remember that the lawsuits against Apple aren’t for “freedom” or to break a monopoly. It’s about money, the corporations suing have no other way to increase profits other then lowering Apples fees or raising prices, and today Spotify chose the latter.

But no worries, when they finally get those fees lowers, I’m sure we’ll all see an 18% lowering of prices right? right???


Jul 18, 2011
WOW...up a buck. Funny how much people spend going out to eat/drink for a couple hours and don't think twice about it but bitch about $1 increase for listening to music for a whole month.
At this point, why are you all still paying for Spotify?

1) They pay amongst the worst rates in the industry.

2) Apple Music offers more features like spatial / lossless audio and has its own classical music app, plus it's better integrated with Apple devices.

3) They are flushing money down the toilet via numerous questionable business decisions, from their free tier (a loss leader) to their foray into advertising to bankrolling controversial figures like Joe Rogan.

4) The Spotify app has now become a catch-all for services including podcasts and audiobooks, meaning users who don't care for them are essentially subsidising these services for those who do. Contrast this with the Apple Music app, which remains focused on streaming and nothing else.

If I were Apple, I would stick with their current pricing, and slowly starve Spotify out.


macrumors 65816
Nov 16, 2008
Oops. You meant Apple Music and not Amazon Music.

Amazon will start injecting two ads after every three songs and every fifth song they will promote Amazon Music Prime+ which will eliminate ads for the low additional cost of $2.99 a month.
No oops :) AM is a pretty common abbreviation in the Apple Music subreddit.


macrumors regular
Sep 21, 2014
I'd argue that both Apple and Spotify should be shooting for where Tidal is or beyond. Apple especially can easily afford to be the highest paying.
Forgive my ignorance but is Tidal better or higher quality than both?


macrumors regular
Apr 30, 2024
Spotify trying desperately to cut their insane losses. What was it? 532 million euros in 2023.

At some point someone is going to pull the plug.


macrumors 603
Apr 8, 2009
Forgive my ignorance but is Tidal better or higher quality than both?
Do you mean in terms of pay or audio fidelity? I'm no audiophile but I believe Tidal offers at least as high fidelity streaming as Apple Music, if not higher. In terms of payment per stream for artists, I think they offer roughly double what Apple does.


macrumors 603
Jan 6, 2004
and none of that is going towards artists.

pay up Spotify. get up to Apple Music standards.
When the topic of discussion here is about iPhone users wanting to be able to sideload apps on their iPhones, your response is that if they don't like the way things are, they can go create their own smartphone and app store, or buy and Android phone.

Well, if artists feel they're not being paid enough (technically, Spotify pays the labels who in turn pay the artists based on an agreed upon licensing contact), why aren't you telling the artists to go create their own streaming service or only make their music available on a service that will pay them better?

Just like how Apple is not a charity and are in the business to make money, so too is Spotify. Why the double standard? Why should Spotify pay more than they need to?
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