Spotify sent out an email explaining it is cheaper to subscribe to the paid music service online than it is through iTunes. Through this has been the case for a long time, Spotify didn’t make a public point about it until shortly after Apple released Apple Music at only $9.99 a month.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Spotify sent the news out in an email
On Wednesday morning, Spotify Premium subscribers got an email explaining it is cheaper to access the service online.
2. Users could save $3 signing up online
The email explained that the App Store charges 30% on all purchases, which means $13.99 a month for Spotify instead of the promised $9.99.
3. The company supplied instructions on how to change your subscription
You’ll first have to go into your phone and turn off the Auto-Renew function. Then wait until your current subscription ends to sign up again online.
4. The FTC and Department of Justice has been looking into Apple
According to VentureBeat, Apple is being looked at by the FTC and Department of Justice for telling record labels and musicians not to sell their licenses to free tier music services like Spotify and Pandora. Though nothing has been confirmed, it could be a contributing factor in Spotify’s Wednesday morning email.
5. Spotify gets a lot of users through the App Store
A good number of Premium users signed up through iTunes, so it will be interesting to see if this message to fans will change the amount of people who sign up.