University students in 33 more countries can now listen to music for 50 percent cheaper, digital music giant Spotify announced last week in a move to attract a younger demographic.
The countries are: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey.
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) April 19, 2017
Previously, only those in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany were provided access to the student plan, which comes with the same perks as regular paid subscribers, such as no ads, offline listening and access to Spotify’s database of more than 30 million songs.
“Today’s launches take our global Student offering to 36 markets** worldwide – making it the biggest music streaming Student offer in the world by geographical reach,” Spotify said in a statement on its website.
On social media sites like Twitter, students in the benefiting countries rejoice.
— Dalboe of Querceby (@LordDalboe) April 25, 2017
Spotify Japan FINALLY has the half price student plan THANK YOU
— haze 🍄 (@hazel_whirl) April 24, 2017
To enjoy the discount, students have to sign up at spotify.com/student and verify they are currently enrolled in a higher education institution. The process is made seamless through Spotify’s partnership with SheerID, an American eligibility verification company.
— Spotify (@Spotify) March 2, 2017
Spotify joins the ranks of its competitor, Apple Music, in offering such half-priced deal for students in an expanding list of countries. Last November, Apple introduced its 50-percent student discount to access its 30 million song library to two dozen new countries.
However, Apple Music falls short in the number of countries reached with only 32 while Spotify reaches into 36. Spotify also boasts of a bigger group of paying customers, with 50 million subscribers as of last month – a new milestone.
As of last December, Apple’s tally was only half of Spotify’s, with 20 million subscribers.