Spotify Kills Third-Party App System, Gives American Students a Big Discount

Third Party Apps Go with the Dodo

All those promising third-party "apps" (which behave more like widgets within the Spotify platform) you were going to write? Don't bother. Spotify is phasing out its third-party app submissions and support. The company will be throwing more weight behind its partners -- "Over the coming months we’ll be adding new features for partners in Spotify," said the statement.

Existing apps, and approvals recently made but not yet public, will be supported, though updates to existing apps will be limited to "critical updates" from here on out.

It's likely that providing support to its many third-party app developers was deemed a less-than-optimal use of resources for the still-growing service.

 

Students Get Everything Cheap

As of the 2012 U.S. Census there were 26.1 million students enrolled in college or vocational schools, all of whom are now eligible for a steep discount -- $4.99, down from $9.99 -- on Spotify's premium music subscription service.

Incidentally, that price point -- about $45-50 a year -- has been whispered as the 'sweet spot' for casual listeners, at which subscriptions rates are projected to increase dramatically over current levels.

Britain has a similar 'subsidy' for its students, which Jeff Levick, Spotify's chief marketing and revenue officer, has said fueled an increase in subscribers over the last year.

Spotify hasn't released subscriber numbers since 2013, giving us the oft-cited number of 6 million paying listeners.

Update: Don't even try to cheat them, either. There's an app for that, and they've got it.

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