The difference between Spotify Free and Spotify Premium

Spotify has launched in South Africa, with two plans on offer.

  • Spotify Free – R0 per month.
  • Spotify Premium – R59.99 per month.

The music streaming service is very popular internationally, and the company said it has 159 million active users – including over 71 million Spotify Premium subscribers.

At R59.99 per month, however, should you join the ranks of the Free users, or upgrade to the Premium tier?

The basic differences between Spotify Free and Spotify Premium are listed below to help you decide.

Free vs Premium

While both plans let you listen to your favourite music, there are several major differences between them.

Features Spotify Free Spotify Premium
Shuffle Play Yes Yes
Advertisement-Free No Yes
Unlimited Skips No Yes
Listen Offline No Yes
Play Any Track No Yes
High-Quality Audio No Yes

Streaming quality

According to Spotify’s support page, its music is streamed at different qualities – depending on which device you use.

Only Premium subscribers have access to high-quality streaming, while Free users can only listen to standard quality.

  • Standard/Normal Quality – 160kbit/s Desktop / 128kbit/s Web Player / 96kbit/s iPhone and iPad / 96kbit/s Android.
  • High-Quality – 320kbit/s Desktop / 256kbit/s Web Player / 160-320kbit/s iPhone and iPad / 160-320kbit/s Android.

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