Spotify has been one of the most popular and successful music platforms in the last couple of decades. Developed in Stockholm in 2006, Spotify was launched a couple of years later to humble beginnings. Over 10 years later, the company has grown quite a bit and its subscriber numbers. By the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, the number of paid Spotify subscribers has reached 124 million. That’s an impressive account at any measure.
The music listening platform offers two types of subscriptions: Spotify Free and Spotify Premium. Under the free version, you get access to limited listening and mobile capabilities. You can’t listen to music offline, and you’ll also have to contend with a number of ads while you’re on it. Under Spotify Premium, you’ll get double the sound quality and listening capabilities. You’ll also have the option of listening to music even while you’re offline, and you’ll never have to deal with ads—ever. Of course, as with any other type of premium membership, Spotify charges $10 per month for the Spotify Premium subscription. It may not sound like much, but $120 per year might be a lot for some people. In that case, Spotify does offer a couple of discounted rates. The first is a Family Plan, which offers 6 separate accounts for the price of $15 per month. The other discounted rate is a Student Plan, which costs $5 for one account. You’ll get a month free when you sign up, and your monthly charges begin after the trial period is over.
Why is Spotify Worth It?
If you’re a music lover, you can easily argue that Spotify is worth the premium price. Compared to other music listening platforms out there, Spotify allows you access to so much more. If you like to purchase music, you’re saving money by using Spotify instead. Buying music can cost you anywhere from $0.99 to $1.29 per song or roughly $10 per album. With a Spotify Premium account, you can access all of your music and playlists across multiple devices. You can also curate your music collection just the way you want to. There really aren’t a lot of hassles to encounter when it comes to this music platform.
Problems with Spotify
However, nothing is ever perfect in the world of music. Spotify has its spots, so to speak, and there might be a few reasons why some people have opted to cancel their accounts. First off, Spotify doesn’t have license to play all the music that there ever was in the world. This means that while you get some of the music you like to listen to, you’re guaranteed not to get all of the music you want. Secondly, if you’re having network issues, you’ll only get access to the music you already have—and that’s if you have a paid account. If you only have the free account, you won’t have access to any music at all. Again, if you have the free account, you’ll get bombarded with a suit of ads that will eventually get annoying and disruptive to your listening experience. Nothing is really more negative than that, perhaps, other than our last reason for canceling Spotify: they have access to and own all of your data and music. It’s true that you have all of this music at your fingertips. But at the end of the day, your monthly fee doesn’t make you the owner of the music you’re listening to. When you’re done with Spotify, you’d have left with nothing to show for it.
So how do you actually cancel or delete your Spotify account? If you’ve already made a decision to delete your subscription, get ready to dive in. Spotify doesn’t make it the easiest process in the world, so make sure to take the time to follow through.
How to Delete Your Spotify Account
You’ll have to get on a web browser in order to complete this transaction. You cannot cancel your account through the mobile app. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to delete your Spotify account completely. You’ll have to cancel any paid subscriptions first before you can delete your account. This guide shows the cancellation for a Premium subscription, which you can also use for a Family or Student subscription.
- The first step is to go to Spotify's main site and log in if you aren’t already logged in.
- Click on the Profile link on the upper right hand corner of the page, and you’ll see a drop down menu where you can click on your Account.
- Open your Account page and click on Manage Subscription. You’ll then see a page showing your subscription option.
- Click on the Change or Cancel option. This button will direct you to a new page.
- Click on the Cancel Premium button, and confirm your cancellation on the next page. Once cancelled, you can proceed to delete your account.
- Visit support to access Spotify’s customer service page. Make sure you are logged in. You’ll see a page with Contact options. Click on the Account option.
- The next page will list categories/topics regarding your account. Click on the link that reads—I want to close my account permanently.
- The next page will be a confirmation page of what you’re trying to do. Click on the Close Account button.
- There will be another confirmation page. Click again on the button that reads Close Account.
- You’ll then be led to a page with all your account information. Review this page to make sure you are closing the right account. Once reviewed, click on the Continue button.
- The next page will be a verification page. Click on the check box that reads, I understand, and still want to close my account. After, click Continue. You’ll get an email from Spotify regarding the account closure.
- Open the email (from the email address you used to open your Spotify account). The email should be titled, Please confirm you want to close your Spotify account.
- Click on the Close My Account button on your email page. This completes the process of deleting your Spotify account.
Written by Liz Flynn
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