The world's largest music streaming platform, Spotify, has been officially launched in India, after months of anticipation. Originally rumoured for a January launch, the Swedish music giant has finally made its way to the Indian market, after numerous licensing hurdles. The app is now available on Android and iOS.
As for pricing, Spotify has introduced its cheapest ever pricing plans for the Indian market. The monthly plan starts at just Rs. 119, while the yearly plan costs Rs. 1,189 for 12 months. However, if you do not wish to commit for a longer period, Spotify is offering certain top-up plans including a daily plan for Rs. 13, a weekly plan for Rs. 39, Rs. 129 for one month, Rs. 389 for three months, and Rs. 719 for six months.
These plans are at least 50% cheaper than Spotify's next affordable subscription plans in Philippines. Additionally, Spotify is also now extending benefits of its Spotify Free feature to now offer all the music in its library free of cost, instead of just limited playlists.
Add to that, eligible college students can avail a 50% discount on subscription, essentially bringing down the cost to just Rs. 60 per month for them. There is a 30-day free trial for all new users.
Spotify recently tied up with T-Series, India's largest music production company, to provide playback for its songs on the platform. The company will also offer songs and albums from other production companies including Sony Music. Warner Music, currently in a legal tussle with Spotify, won't have any of its songs available in India for now.
In comparison, Apple Music is priced at Rs. 120 per month in the Indian market, both on Android and iOS. Even JioSaavn is priced at Rs. 120 per month on iOS, however sells its monthly plan for cheaper on Android - Rs. 99.