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Spotify to launch new version of its free music streaming service

12 April, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Janis Wilson
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Bloomberg reports that the streaming giant, which just went public last week, is "developing a new version of its free music service".

SPOTIFY is set to launch a new free music streaming service within weeks that will be more like its premium tier. First, you have to be an existing Spotify Premium subscriber in order to purchase the bundle at this time - it will be available to others in the summer.

A Spotify bundle with Hulu combines the two subscriptions and cuts their aggregate price.

In September previous year, the companies announced that they would offer a bundle of their services to college students in the USA for $5 per month. Subscribers who pay $9.99 a month get on-demand playback for every song in Spotify's library as well as ad-free listening, two perks that aren't available for those who are listening through free accounts.

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Spotify offered a similar bundle deal with Hulu to students past year for $4.99-per-month, but is now expanding the package to its subscribers (and subsequently to its potential subscriber) in the US.

Download Spotify to your PS4 - You'll find it on PlayStation Store, under the PlayStation Music tab.

The Spotify Hulu package might also be a sign the pay app universe is getting spooked by a glut of services.

And if you are already a Hulu subscriber who uses the $12 no commercial plan or the $40 Hulu with Live TV plan, there is no deal for you, as you have already started down the path to cord-cutting. For now, they are offering paying Spotify members a three-month trial of Hulu for $0.99; after that you'll be switched over to the $12.99 monthly bundle unless you cancel. Apple has also begun dipping its toe into the original TV market and is believed to be working on soon launching its own TV-subscription offering that will be included with its Apple Music service. About 60% of US 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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