Spotify: Sharing a family account will be more complicated, Spotify increases its prices in France: € 1 for the premium subscription, € 2 for the family package | igeneration

Spotify increases its prices in France: € 1 for the Premium subscription, € 2 for the family package

Spotify has just announced an increase in its prices around the world. The Premium subscription is now billed € 10.99 per month in France, compared to € 9.99. Belgium is also concerned by this increase, unlike Switzerland.

Spotify: sharing a “family” account will be more complicated

Spotify has revised its general conditions of use for its Spotify Premium Family subscription. Now, a verification will be carried out ” sometimes To verify that all members live in the same place.

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Like its competitors, Spotify offers a family subscription, allowing six different people to take advantage of a premium account for only 14.99 euros per month, or 2.5 euros per user, against 9.99 euros for a personal personal subscription. Obviously, some take the opportunity to defraud by sharing this account with friends and that does not seem to appeal to Spotify – unlike Netflix to whom this is not a problem.

The service of streaming musical has just updated its conditions of use. Previously, it was simply specified that ” All account holders must reside at the same address to be eligible for the Spotify Family subscription », While now the conditions are much more detailed:

HAS. To be able to benefit from the Premium Family subscription, the main holder of the account and the holders of the secondary accounts must belong to the same family and to reside at the same address.

B. When activating a premium family secondary account, you will be invited to check your personal address.

VS. From time to time we may request a new verification of your personal address to confirm that you always meet the eligibility criteria.

As you can see, Spotify therefore grants the right to check your address from time to time to be sure that you live well under the same roof as the main owner of the account and ” reserves the right to end or suspend access to the Spotify Premium Family Service »».

Many of the outstanding questions

To manage this address system, Spotify goes through the search for Google Maps addresses and that the data used for verification is not stored. Only the address of the main account indicated during registration is kept for comparison, quantified and not shared with third parties.

The effectiveness of the process remains however questionable. Indeed, the conditions of use speak well of an address ” seizure »And not geolocation. In 2018, Spotify was going to hunt hackers and had tried to check the location of members of the same family account by activating GPS data. In front of the rumble of users, the service quickly made a stop.

If you can indicate any address, it should not really solve the Spotify fraud problem, while the address must still be close to geolocation, this may be problematic during the holidays, For children of divorced couples or internship students for example.

In addition, in the case of children, CNET raises that locating minors is a legal problem. A problem among so many others that Spotify will have to settle to put its new conditions of use into practice, especially since Apple Music, Deezer and YouTube Music are waiting for the turn.

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Spotify increases its prices in France: + € 1 for the Premium subscription, + € 2 for the family package

Spotify has just announced an increase in its prices around the world. The Premium subscription is now billed € 10.99 per month in France, compared to € 9.99. Belgium is also concerned by this increase, unlike Switzerland.

The price of other formulas also increases: the duo subscription goes from € 12.99 per month to € 14.99 per month. The family formula is enhanced at € 17.99 (compared to € 15.99 before), while students will now have to pay € 5.99 per month, or more euro.

If these new prices have already been implemented, the FAQ specifies that the people currently subscribers will be informed by e-mail of the change of pricing and will benefit ” of a period of grace »Of a month before the new price applies. This modification does not change anything for Spotify gift cards, available from resellers.

“” These changes will help us continue to offer value to fans and artists on our platform. “, Explains the company in a press release. Spotify recalls that its catalog has greatly enriched over the years, and that it continues to try to stand out thanks to its “Tiktok” discovery system or the arrival of audio books. The increase will remain across the throat of a large number of users, certain functions such as DJ fuel at AI remaining exclusive to a handful of countries where the increase in the breaststroke.

This increase is not surprising when compared to the competition. The Apple Music subscription went to 11 € last October, and Tidal followed at the start of the month. Deezer Premium has also been billed € 10.99 per month since 2021.