US college students can buy Spotify Premium music streaming and Hulu TV streaming for a combined, deeply discounted $4.99 per month, in a new student subscription bundle the companies announced on Thursday to lure younger consumers.
Spotify Premium for Students, now with Hulu is available to all qualifying new and existing Spotify student subscribers, and offers access to both Spotify Premium, and to Hulu's popular Limited Commercials plan, through the brands' respective apps. Though the partnership with Hulu doesn't replace Spotify's video service, it does offer additional value to subscribers, who may become loyal customers.
The companies said they plan to offer bundles aimed at the broader market in the future. Yesterday, T-Mobile offered a free Netflix subscription to users who have a T-Mobile One or One Plus family plan.
The new service will be dubbed, "Spotify Premium for Students, now with Hulu".
If you don't have an existing premium plan for students, the Swedish company explained how you can sign-up for the bundle.
The bundle will initially be available to US college undergraduates for $4.99 a month, with offerings for the broader non-student market to follow, the companies said Thursday.
When a student graduates or leaves school, they'll still get Premium for Students "until it's 12 months after the date they first subscribed or last reactivated". If you're already on Premium for Students, you can now activate Hulu. Title IV accredited college or university will be eligible. And Spotify does verify enrollment through SheerID, so if you were hoping to use your old undergraduate email address to game the system, that's probably not going to work so well for you.
But this is just the beginning of what sounds like a major partnership between the two companies, and soon it will expand to include all consumers in some form - not just students.