Long Awaited Spotify Has Been Officially Launched In India Today, Plans Start At INR 13 with Free Trial
Spotify India Officially Launched Today, Plans Start At INR 13 with A-Month Free Trial
Spotify has been seeking desperately to launch in India and users were even more desperate. Pursuing which Swedish company made a deal with the biggest Indian music label T-Series to purchase music rights. Spotify was already discussing deals with international music companies for streaming rights in India. Spotify didn’t stop from the goal of launching in India even when one of the international music labels sued it for possible copyright law violation. Well, all the patience paid off today when Spotify first published the various subscription plan pricing on its websites then after a few hours the Spotify India app became available to download for Indian users on Google Play Store.
Now users can purchase the Premium subscription at a price of INR 119 per month which is INR 1 cheaper as compared to Apple Music in India. Users can also stream and enjoy music free of cost with advertisements just like other music streaming apps Wynk Music, Gaana, JioSaavn, and Google Play Music. When the user purchases the premium subscription of Spotify India they get high-resolution audio, ad-free music streaming, and 1-month free trial. Whereas Apple Music offers a trial period of 3 months and Spotify lacks here.
Here’s the list of Spotify Subscription Plans
1 month: Rs 119
1 year: Rs 1,189
1 day: Rs 13 (non-recurring)
7 days: Rs 39 (non-recurring)
1 month: Rs 129 (non-recurring)
3 months: Rs 389 (non-recurring)
6 months: Rs 719 (non-recurring)
Offer price for students: Rs 59 per month on annual subscription/ Rs 66 monthly
Spotify is entering India at a time when video and music streaming has shot up, thanks to cheap mobile data tariffs. But it has an astronomical roadblock in the form of established Indian streaming platforms that are much cheaper than what Spotify is offering its premium subscription. Wynk Music is the cheapest of all, charging just Rs 49 while Gaana, JioSaavn, and Google Play Music can be monthly subscribed for the premium versions at Rs 99. Apple Music is the most premium streaming service available in India charging users Rs 120 per month under the individual plan.
Spotify’s arrival has reached a stalemate with the music labels. Warner Music, one of the premier music labels in the US, has moved India’s court against Spotify unsolicited will to allow streaming the former’s songs on its platform in India. Warner has asked the court to block Spotify from making any of its music available for streaming in India, the license to which Spotify does not own yet. To Spotify’s surprise, India’s Copyright Act allows ‘broadcasters’ to obtain a license for copyrighted products even if the owner does not agree. Spotify is leveraging this clause in India’s copyrighting laws to do away with the woes Warner is implicating. Spotify has acquired the streaming rights for over 160,000 songs owned by T-Series in India, which made the company’s foray into India possible.