Are you still not confused with all the Spotify plans? Meet Spotify Basic, another tier added only for U.S. users. After an expected pay increase, the company decided to add a cheaper plan for users who are not into audiobooks that much.

Spotify’s plans can be really confusing to many and we are not here to judge, you may have a point here. This tech company is known for trying out new stuff and cutting out a decision without any second thoughts if it doesn’t work well. Right after the pay bump for Premium subscriptions, this tier was added for those who are using the app only for music and not audiobooks. If you think about it, it actually makes sense.

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Spotify Basic is cheaper than the regular Premium plan but it is only available in the U.S. (Image Credit)

What is Spotify Basic?

Spotify Basic is the latest subscription tier that was added only for U.S. users. This plan includes all the Premium features but does not come with any audiobook listening time, which is perfect for users who mainly want music and podcasts.

The Basic plan comes after Spotify raised the price of its Premium plan to $11.99, mainly to cover the costs of adding audiobooks. Now, the Basic plan allows users to enjoy the lower price of $10.99 again, just without the audiobooks. This new option is likely to attract users who prefer music and podcasts and do not care much for audiobooks.

Spotify is introducing this plan as part of a larger strategy to offer more choices to its users and remain competitive. This move also comes at a time when Spotify’s revenue and number of subscribers are growing, showing that the company is doing well. For more information, please check the official blog post!

How much is Spotify Basic?

Spotify Basic is available at $10.99 per month. This plan lets you access a wide range of music and podcasts, similar to what you get with the Premium plan, but without audiobooks. This makes Spotify Basic one of the most affordable music streaming services in the U.S. right now.

By dropping features that not everyone uses, like audiobooks, Spotify can offer this cheaper plan. This approach should attract users who want simple music streaming without paying extra for features they don’t use.

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Spotify Basic Duo plan wasn’t mentioned in the blog post but yes, it exists (Image Credit)

Is there a Spotify Basic Duo plan?

Yes, the company also offers a Spotify Basic Duo plan for couples. This plan costs $14.99 per month and includes all the Premium benefits but excludes the audiobook feature. It’s designed for two people who live together and want a more affordable way to enjoy music.

Spotify’s Duo and Family plans have always aimed to give good value to households with more than one user. The Basic Duo plan keeps this goal by focusing on the essentials: great music and podcasts at a lower price.

Spotify Basic vs. Premium

The main difference between Spotify Basic and Premium is the audiobook feature. Premium users get 15 hours of audiobook listening each month, but Basic users do not.

If you don’t listen to audiobooks, the Basic plan could be a great choice. It costs $10.99, just like Apple Music, making Spotify competitive in the streaming market. Both plans still offer excellent features like high-quality sound, offline listening, and no ads. Just look at all the benefits that both plans offer, and if you don’t like audiobooks that much, then there is no point in spending more money each month. Spotify Basic can be a better option for you!

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