Spotify To Revamp Free Music Platform

Spotify To Revamp Free Music Platform

The labels scored one victory previous year in the latest round of negotiations, convincing Spotify to let artists delay the release of new works on the free service.

Musicians have criticized Spotify for giving away music for free, and record label executives have asked Spotify to limit what is available to customers who don't pay.

One of the key differentiators with Spotify is that it not only has a subscription offering that gives users a vast library of music but also comes with a free, ad-supported offering.

The deal will initially be offered to Spotify's current 71 million Premium subscribers, and new subscribers to the service. That's a savings of $4.99 per month if you already pay for both services separately.

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The first people to get access to the bundle are existing Spotify Premium subscribers.

If you're new to Hulu or canceled your account more than a year ago, you can add a three-month Hulu trial to your Spotify account for $1 a month before upgrading to the regularly priced bundle.

Following Spotify's local launch, subscribers reported they could not locate the data saver mode in the app. Last summer they launched Spotify Premium bundled with Hulu's TV service with limited ads for Dollars 4.99 per month for students. Hulu has been ramping up original programming with shows such as "The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Looming Tower" to compete with popular streaming competitors such as Netflix.

"Based on the outstanding performance of the Spotify and Hulu student package, it's clear that consumers love to combine their music and television experiences together", Hulu senior vice president Tim Connolly said in a statement. About 60% of USA households stream, and 51% of them get Netflix, 33% get Amazon Prime and 14% get Hulu, according to CNBC's All American Economic Survey.

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