Spotify and Apple have engaged in a long-standing feud over Apple’s unfair commission on in-app purchases and subscriptions. In an effort to avoid excessive fees, Spotify stopped allowing new accounts to pay through Apple’s billing system back in 2016. However, existing subscribers who were already using Apple’s App Store for payments were unaffected by this change.
Recently, Spotify has made the decision to permanently discontinue the option of paying through Apple’s in-app payment system for Premium subscribers. This move has implications for those who currently pay for the platform via Apple’s App Store and requires taking some steps to ensure uninterrupted access to their Spotify subscription.
Cancellation of Spotify Subscription
Both existing and new subscribers will no longer be able to utilize Apple’s billing service to pay for their Spotify subscription. As a result, at the end of their billing cycle, Spotify will automatically cancel the Premium subscription for those who pay through Apple’s payment systems. The account will then switch to the free version. However, subscribers who prefer to continue enjoying Spotify Premium can easily re-subscribe after their account has transitioned to the free version.
Updating Your Payment Method
To continue subscribing to the Premium package, it is necessary to pay through one of Spotify’s accepted payment methods. Interestingly, this change can actually lead to cost savings for users. Previously, due to Apple’s 30% cut of in-app purchases, Spotify Premium cost $12.99 per month when purchased through Apple. By subscribing directly through Spotify, users can save 30% on their monthly subscription.
Before updating payment details on Spotify’s website, it is important to cancel the subscription with Apple. While this cancellation will happen automatically, it’s better to be proactive. After that, users should wait until the end of their billing cycle before proceeding to pay using a credit card, debit card, prepaid card, gift card, or PayPal.
Follow these steps to re-subscribe to Spotify Premium and update your payment method:
1. Visit Spotify’s website.
2. Enter your credentials and log in.
3. Go to Account Overview.
4. Click the three-line icon at the top-right of the screen and select Premium.
5. Start the subscription process by clicking Get Started.
6. Provide your payment details.
7. Finally, complete the process by clicking Buy Now.
Continue Enjoying Premium by Updating Your Payment Method
It is recommended to update payment details before the next billing period to ensure a smooth transition. Although paying through Apple’s billing services was convenient, paying directly through Spotify’s website will result in significant cost savings over time.
By following these steps, users can continue enjoying all the premium features while also saving a few dollars each month by paying Spotify directly.