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Over 400 million people listen to music and podcasts through Spotify at least once a month, and the Swedish company now has more than 180 million subscribers paying for its premium subscription.
All of those people listened to just over 100 billion hours of music in 2021, making Spotify the world’s biggest music streaming service, with a 31 per cent share of the market. Not bad for a company that only arrived in 2006, five years after Apple introduced iTunes and the first iPod.
Spotify premium removes adverts, improves music quality and lets users download tracks, albums and playlists to their mobile devices. It also removes a restriction where, in the free tier, it isn’t possible to simply pick a track and play it. Instead, the free tier plays entire playlists based on your listening habits, with individual song selection only available in some of these playlists.
The premium tier is priced at £9.99 ($9.99) a month. There are discounts for students, as well as duo and family accounts to split the cost between multiple users.
If you’re looking to cut back on your monthly expenses, we explain below how to cancel Spotify premium, and what happens when you do.
How to cancel Spotify premium
Cancelling your Spotify premium subscription and reverting back to the free tier is really easy. When using a PC or Android device, all you need to do is log into your account at spotify.com/account, then go to the “your plan” section and click on “change plan”.
On the next page, scroll down to “cancel Spotify” and click “cancel premium”. You will retain access to premium until your next billing date, after which your account will switch to the free tier.
The good news is, any playlists you have created – and any music you have saved – will be retained. So you can still cue up your favourite playlists as normal, but adverts will play between every few tracks.
If you can’t find the option to change your plan from premium to free, this means your plan is associated with a partner company, like a mobile phone carrier that has included free Spotify premium with your contract. Once that free access to Spotify premium ends, you can switch down to the free tier by navigating to your Spotify account page, then locate the partner company’s contact link in the payments section.
How to cancel Spotify premium when paying through Apple
If you pay for Spotify premium through Apple’s app store, then cancelling premium works differently. Instead of logging into Spotify, you need to open the settings app on your iPhone or iPad, then tap on your name at the top of the screen and tap on “subscriptions”.
Find the Spotify subscription you want to cancel, tap on it, then tap on “cancel subscription”.
To cancel Spotify premium on a Mac, open the app store app then click on the sign in button (or your name if already signed in). Now click on “view information’” then scroll down to “subscriptions” click “manage” and then “edit” next to your Spotify subscription.
Alternatives to Spotify premium
Although Spotify is the biggest and most popular music streaming service, there are a lot of alternatives to consider. Apple Music works on all devices, not just Macs and iPhones, and is also priced at £9.99 a month. New customers can access a free three-month trial, but unlike Spotify there is no ad-supported free tier.
There’s also Amazon music unlimited, which is priced between £7.99 and £9.99 a month, with cheaper student and shared-cost family plans also available. There are 75 million songs on tap, or two million can be accessed for free by existing Amazon prime members. Amazon also offers a single-device subscription, where music unlimited can be used on an Amazon echo or fire stick device for £3.99 a month.
Our third recommendation is YouTube music, which is an entirely separate entity to YouTube and costs £9.99 a month with student and family plans also available. There’s a one-month free trial and subscribers can download up to 50,000 songs to listen to offline.
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