Spotify is one of the most popular music-streaming services available, offering access to more than 30 million songs. A Premium subscription costs £9.99, but there are ways to get Spotify for free. We explain how to listen to your favourite tunes completely free of charge.

What’s the difference between Spotify Free and Spotify Premium?

Spotify’s £9.99 Premium subscription lets you listen to all of the tracks available, as well as podcasts and videos. You’ll be able to travel abroad with your music, get on demand mobile access and the ability to listen offline. You’ll also have unlimited skips and no ad interruption.

However, there is a subscription option, called Spotify Free, which (you guessed it) is completely free of charge.

The free version of Spotify still lets you access all 30 million songs, but you’ll be interrupted by ads every few tracks. You also have a limited number of skips on mobile, and you can only travel abroad with your music for up to 14 days. The free account doesn’t offer offline listening, either.

It’s well worth starting with Spotify Free to see whether you are happy with the limitations before you commit to £9.99 per month. Several Spotify users in the Tech Advisor office still use the Free version and have done for years.

Spotify free trial

There is usually a free trial available for Spotify Premium if you want to test the features the Free version misses for a few weeks. You’ll need to enter your card details and when the trial is over you will be charged unless you remember to cancel before its end date.

Right now, though, Spotify is offering three months of Premium for 99p, rather than a free trial. You’ll find that offer here.

Take a look at our comparison between Spotify and its rival music streaming services here.