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Spotify Discount – Just For Being in Argentina

Spotify Discount for ArgentinaI’ve been a loyal Spotify Premium member ever since they launched in the US back in June 2011. I love the fact that I have millions of songs at my fingertips, can set up offline sync on my mobile devices and have the same playlists everywhere. Plus, their product has just gotten better and better over time – even if I can no longer get my Taylor Swift fix from them.

Having Spotify has also meant that all my music has been 99.9% legal. I’ll admit… I was an early user of Napster, Limewire and all the others. Now? No more torrents or illegal downloads at all. In fact, I rarely even open iTunes anymore. (The last time I used it was just to check out that horrible U2 album Apple gave everyone.)

My loyalty has been costing me U$S 9.99/month, which, after a quick calculation, means I’ve paid Spotify about $460! While I think it’s worth it, that’s a number that certainly adds up.

So, clever me has now figured out that if I switch my billing from the US to Argentina my monthly fee goes from U$S 9.99/month to ARS $49/month (with the 35% AFIP fee). That’s just about U$S 3.90 at the blue rate and only U$S 5.46 at the official rate. This translates into more than U$S 70 in savings per year!

Of course, I could have done this back in September 2013 when Spotify first launched in Argentina, but I kept forgetting to turn off my annual billing. (Better late than never right?) I was also worried that I would lose my extensive playlists and have to start over, but that is not the case. Switching to the Argentine version of Spotify is incredibly simple.

First, you’ll need an Argentine credit card to make this work. Next, login to your Spotify Premium account. Go to Subscription and payments overview. Click UPDATE DETAILS, and then click on select another payment method. Once you do that, click Change Country and pick Argentina. Now, enter your Argentine credit card information.

Once you do that, your next bill will be charged to your Argentine credit card at the substantially lower rate.

To get even more savings, you might be able to get Spotify through your Internet provider. Arnet offers Spotify for $39,90 which is cheaper than paying the 35% AFIP charge. Yet, like many things in Argentina, their simple signup process does not seem to work. I tried to add it twice online and it never appeared in my account. I haven’t had the energy yet to call them, so I’ll probably just stick with paying on my credit card. Another day in Argentina…


Spotify Launches In Argentina

Spotify is, without a doubt, my favorite online music service. I have been a premium subscriber ever since it launched in the US two years ago and use it every single day. It’s completely replaced iTunes, which I rarely use anymore.

Spotify Available In ArgentinaIf you’re not familiar with Spotify, it’s an online music streaming service for your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet with over 20 million songs available – all 100% legal. It’s really a lot more than just streaming though as they also have radio stations and numerous apps that allow you to find and follow your favorite musical genres and artists. You can also follow your favorite artists as well as your friend’s musical tastes through social media and sharing on Facebook, Twitter, blogs and email.

The big news is that, as of today, Spotify is available in Argentina! This means that you can now sign up and listen in Buenos Aires without having to use a US credit card or proxy server.

Spotify Argentina Plans and PricingWhat’s even more exciting is that the Argentine version of Spotify is less than half the price of the US version. Of course, they both have the same free ad-sponsored version, but Spotify Argentina also has a ARS $18/month unlimited version that is ad-free (not available in the US) and an ARS $36/month premium version which gives you access to their mobile app and offline syncing. The premium version is $9.99/month in the US, so this is a substantial savings. I’m planning on switching over to an Argentine account from my US one as soon as my current plan expires.

You can head over to the Spotify website now and download the app for your desktop or laptop for free and start listening right away. If you sign up for premium, you can download their iPhone or Android app as well.

While I absolutely love the service, I only have two minor complaints. The first is that you can only listen to it on one device at a time, so if I’m in my office listening, I can get kicked off by my 3-year old who wants to hear nursery rhymes on the iPad. The second is that they do not have separate profiles, so by sharing the account with my daughter I get recommendations to listen to both the latest Cold War Kids single and Dora the Explorer. It would be great to have a family plan option.

So, are you planning on signing up? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out the Share My Playlists site too. It’s a great way to discover new music.