Spotify prices rise in Europe, with the launch of a new music player

Subscribers in Europe are now informed of a price increase for Spotify. For UK users, the increase is £ 1 or £ 2 per month, depending on the type of subscription. Elsewhere in Europe, it varies from € 1 to € 3.

The news coincides with the announcement of a new Spotify music player integrated into the Facebook iOS and Android application …

Mashable reports on price increases.

Spotify is getting more and more expensive in the UK and Europe, and users are not happy with it.

The company recently started sending emails to some subscribers, warning them of a further price hike, starting April 30. At least one Mashable UK staff member received the email on Monday. […]

The price increases appear to differ depending on the plan. According to Android Police, for students, the price will drop from £ 4.99 to £ 5.99. For individuals, the price will (likely) also increase by £ 1, from £ 9.99 to £ 10.99. Finally, for Family plans, the price will increase by £ 2, from £ 14.99 to £ 16.99.

The email says the new price applies from April 30, but at least some users are given an additional month at the current price.

From April 30, 2021, we are increasing the price of Premium Duo in order to continue to offer you new content and features that you can enjoy both as a couple and as an individual. The price of Premium Duo will drop from £ 12.99 / month to £ 13.99 / month.

Since you are already a Premium Duo subscriber, we are giving you an additional month at the current price *. This means the new price will go into effect on your June bill date.

The fine print in the email also says that those currently on a free trial will get their first billable month at the current rate, before it’s increased to the higher rate.

It’s an interesting move, because it means Spotify loses parity with Apple Music.

Subscribers are not happy with it, with a number of them pointing out that the price hike comes at a time when Spotify owner Daniel Ek is reportedly trying to buy Arsenal football club for at least £ 2 billion.

The company also announced a new player in Facebook mobile apps.

Starting today in select markets, Spotify Premium users can discover and experience songs and episodes with full playback directly from Spotify in the Facebook app on iOS and Android. Spotify Free users can enjoy the same great experience via shuffle mode with accompanying ads from Spotify.

Beyond Spotify’s shares on Facebook News Feed, fans will also have the option to play songs through the mini-player via posts from selected verified artists, or even from videos uploaded by users on Facebook that contain licensed music. […]

The new integration is rolling out in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua , Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Uruguay and United States We look forward to bringing this experience to more markets in the coming months.

Users in these countries should soon start seeing a Play button appear when a Spotify link appears in their feed.

Spotify recently released a hardware product, Car Thing, which some US premium subscribers received for free.

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