Spotify Premium is, as you probably guessed, the “premium” or paid version of Spotify, a music streaming service that allows you to listen to almost every song or album that’s ever been released.
It currently costs $9.99/month (or $4.99 for additional family members or students).
Spotify Free vs. Premium
-No ads/commercials. You won’t be interrupted every few song with a pesky voice hawking Budweiser.
-Higher quality sound. (Though the quality of the free version is not noticeably bad.)
-You can download music and listen to it offline. Say you’re going to be traveling, you could literally set it to save thousands of songs to your device so that you could listen to them even when there’s no internet or cell service.
-Play any track you want at any time (versus shuffle-only for free accounts).
-Regular commercials (every few songs). Pretty on par with how often a radio station would play ads.
-Lower quality sound (though again, not terrible by any means).
-You can only listen in shuffle mode.
-You’re pissing Taylor Swift et al off.
So is it worth it? We think so. If you listen to a lot of music, you’re probably not going to like being stuck with shuffle-only when trying to listen to your favorite album, or only being able to listen with an internet connection.