Spotify is already one of the most popular music streaming services on the planet with over 24 million active users, and over a fourth of them (~ 6 million) being Spotify Premium subscribers. Spotify was in the news back in January when it introduced ad-supported, no-limits streaming on the desktop and across iOS and Android devices, just in time for the launch of the Beats Music streaming service.

Today's announcement is squarely targeted towards the college demographic in the US, which can now avail an ad-free, unlimited streaming, Spotify Premium subscription for $4.99 a month as long as they provide proof of their current enrollment status at a valid educational institute in the United States. The offer works with both new and existing accounts, and current Premium subscribers can transition to the discounted plan at the end of their current billing cycle. So long as as their student admission status is maintained, the offer can be extended up to a maximum of three times.

I have personally been a huge fan of Spotify and a Premium subscriber for over 2 years now, and would have jumped at such an opportunity, had it presented itself while I was still in college. Those amongst us still lucky to be in college can follow the link below for instant gratification.

Source: Spotify, Terms & Conditions

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  • plupien79 - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    It's a shame you need to provide more than a valid .edu address though.
  • Lonyo - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    Probably because people might get to keep their .edu address even after they leave, at least for a short while, so they wouldn't be valid students.
    It makes sense from the company's perspective, although I expect it will increase the admin costs associated with the whole system.
  • kpb321 - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    I know at least one school in the area allows alumni to keep their .edu address permanently.
  • A5 - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    Yeah, my school does that. I graduated 5 years ago and still have my .edu if I need it.
  • Ian Cutress - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    I wish I still had my accounts. It was crazy when they were just dropped a month after I finished - I thought they were eternal as an alumnus.
  • jasonelmore - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    wtf do these guys have a active database of every college to match our info against? It denied me and told me specifically why. wow i'm impressed.
  • jasonelmore - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    all of that just to save 50 bucks a year for a maximum savings of $150.. Times are tight at spotify.
  • Saumitra - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    Well, I still have my Warwick email address, but I no longer have a bank account in the UK! ;)
  • reallynotnick - Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - link

    Yeah my college's accounts are all managed by gmail now, so we have the account permanently. The only difference is after we graduate ads are displayed in the web interface like a normal account, but because I always use IMAP nothing changed for me.
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