Spotify hits repeat on its Premium special offer: $1 a month for 3 months

spotify and sony partner for playstation music in spring 2015 spotify1

It’s back: Spotify re-released a limited-time offer for folks who have never signed up for the service or have been content to hang out on the free, ad-supported tier. Starting Wednesday, May 15, you can get the full Premium tier, with all of its bells and whistles, for $1 per month for three months. Afterward, regular prices will take effect, but it’s still a low-cost way to explore everything a Premium membership has to offer while giving you plenty of time to make up your mind. The deal expires on June 30, so if you act soon, you can get an entire summer’s worth of uninterrupted music for just $3.

The special offer is only for people who are on the free tier and have never signed up for one of the paid plans. If you had previously been a paying subscriber but canceled your subscription before April 15, Spotify has a deal for you, too: Sign up again and you can get your first three months for $10, a $20 savings over the usual $10 per month fee for Spotify Premium.

The Premium subscription has a number of benefits over the free tier, including ad-free streaming, unlimited song skips, higher-quality audio, the ability to download songs to your phone or tablet for offline listening, plus full integration with Sonos.

This new (or renewed) offer, which is available in all of Spotify’s markets, comes at an interesting time. Globally, the company is on an absolute tear, with more than 100 million paying subscribers, and it’s been able to generate a profit for the past few quarters — something it has struggled to do since its inception. Yet, in the U.S., it still lags behind Apple Music, and that must be a source of frustration. It’s also about to see increased competition from both Amazon and Google, as both of these companies have added free tiers to their music services for their respective smart speakers, designed to lure new listeners into paying subscriptions.

Spotify is working hard to make sure its platform delivers more than just music, as it ramps up its podcast efforts, and has started to experiment with new features like the ability to block artists, and Storyline, a Snapchat Stories-like carousel of images and text, chosen by the artist to complement their music.

The $1 for three months of Spotify Premium offer is now a bi-annual event, so if you decide not to take advantage this time, your next opportunity will be around the holidays.

Home Theater

Why are current smart TVs still dumb enough to be hacked?

Our smart TVs can stream on-demand music and movies, and even control our smart home devices. But these features come at a cost and many of us don't even know there's a risk. Can our smart TVs be hacked and what can we do about it?
Mobile

T-Mobile wants to give you a free smartphone when you add a line

Did someone say free smartphones? T-Mobile is offering free smartphones from a select range of affordable phones when a new line is opened on its $40 per month per line Magenta tier and above.
Music

How much is Spotify Premium, and how can you get it at a discount?

Having access to millions of songs comes at a price -- albeit, a pretty small one. Before you figure out how much Spotify Premium is going to cost, you will want to see if you qualify for a discounted (or even free) subscription.
Home Theater

Netflix raised prices and lost customers. Can a mobile-only plan win them back?

As customers fled Netflix after its latest price hikes, the company announced that a mobile-only streaming plan is coming to India -- and, just maybe, revealed how it will get those subscribers back.
Deals

Grab the Dolby Dimensions wireless headphones for $200 less after Prime Day

Dolby has made its very first self-branded product in the form the Dolby Dimensions wireless headphones and as expected, it delivers. You can get the Dimensions on Amazon for $399 – $200 less than its normal retail price of $600.
Home Theater

Still wondering why you should buy a smart TV? Here's what you should consider

If you've been living under a rock, you might wonder: What is a smart TV, anyway? Luckily, we've put together a quick-hit guide to teach you everything you need to know about televisions with big brains.
Movies & TV

Hollywood has had a field day with the moon, but these are the films to watch

From a 1902 silent film to a biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong, these films celebrate everything that led to mankind setting foot on the surface of the moon. Check them out in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.
Movies & TV

Edward Furlong, Terminator 2's John Connor, returns for Terminator: Dark Fate

The most recent Terminator films didn't do so well, but now James Cameron has returned to try and reinvigorate the franchise. Here's everything we know about the cast, crew, and story of the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate movie.
Deals

Don’t miss these incredible Samsung 4K TV, QLED TV, and 8K TV deals

Amazon Prime Day may be over, but Samsung's Black Friday in July sale is just heating up — and with discounts on QLED 4K TVs, 8K TVs, and soundbars, there's never been a better time to breathe fresh life into your entertainment setup.
Home Theater

Stranger Things season 4: Here’s everything we know so far

After three wildly successful seasons of Stranger Things, everyone wants to know where Netflix will take the gang in season 4. Here's everything we know about the fourth season of Stranger Things so far.
Movies & TV

The 7 best TV episodes you can watch on YouTube for free

TV networks have made a habit of putting episodes from popular series on YouTube for free. From premium platforms like Showtime to experimental newcomers like Viceland, we compiled a few of the best episodes available on YouTube.
Deals

Beats Solo3 wireless headphones still $140 off on Amazon after Prime Day

While Prime Day may have ended, Amazon has extended some deals for a few days. Wireless headphones are a popular purchase, and now on Amazon, the matte black Beats Solo3 wireless headphones can be yours for just $160.
Deals

Amazon Prime Day deals are ending, but you can still get great bargains

Prime Day 2019 has come to an end for Amazon, but that doesn't mean the Prime Day deals are over. With deals from Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon still going on, this massive shopping event is continuing on through the week.
Deals

Walmart extends Prime Day sale into Sunday: 4K TV, Apple, and Smart Watch deals

Prime Day 2019 has come to an end for Amazon, but that doesn't mean the deals are over. Walmart's Prime Day sale has been extended into the weekend. With 4K TVs, Apple Watches, and Nintendo Switch deals, there are great savings.