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Spotify Is Testing A Cheaper Shared Plan For Couples And Roommates

Would you give this a try?

Subscription services have become, shall we say, a bit communal. (Ahem, how many people are sharing your Netflix password?)

Recognizing this, Spotify announced that it is testing a new subscription model that would allow two people to share an account so long as they are under the same roof (i.e. roommates, domestic partners, etc). And, to be honest, this is music to the ears of anyone who doesn’t want their ’90s hip-hop preferences to cross-pollinate with today’s country hits.

The new subscription is called Spotify Duo, and it’s getting its initial test run in Colombia, Chile, Denmark, Ireland and Poland, according to Engadget. There’s no word yet if it will be expanding to other markets, but, if it takes off, it very well could become available here in the United States as well.

Spotify’s Premium Duo, in its current iteration, is $14 a month. Signing up for it could save couples about $6 a month as two separate accounts currently cost $20. The Premium Duo option includes no advertising interruptions and you can skip an unlimited number of tracks.

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For those who already have Spotify Premium, the switch will allow them to keep their existing music, playlists and recommendations.

With Premium Duo, each person gets their own accounts and passwords. The person who purchases the Duo subscription will get the bill each month. With the plan, subscribers can listen to music anywhere but will need to prove they share an address.

One cool feature is Duo Mix, an exclusive playlist only available to Premium Duo members that’s updated based on shared listening history. (You can adjust your settings, though, if you don’t want this as an option.)

Earlier in March, Spotify announced that you could get Hulu for free with your Spotify subscription. That means for just $9.99 a month you can access unlimited music and podcasts with Spotify, plus TV shows and Hulu Originals on Hulu. What a deal!

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