The waging war between Spotify and Apple Music recently saw the former lose its leading position to the Cupertino offering, but the fight isn't over yet. Spotify today announced a new offer for those who subscribe to its family plan - formally known as Spotify Premium for Family - which includes a free Google Home Mini for subscribers.
Spotify's family plan is pretty compelling by itself, with a monthly $14.99 fee giving customers access to Premium features on up to six accounts. That's a pretty good value considering an individual subscription costs $9.99, but Spotify and Google are making the deal sweeter by offering the entry-level smart speaker, which usually sells for $49. Among the many features of the Google Home Mini, it offers a new way to interact with Spotify itself, giving users the ability to ask about a song or singer, as well as controlling music playback using their voice.
The offer is only available for a limited time, however. It starts tomorrow, November 1, and runs through the end of 2018, and it's available for existing and new customers alike. It's also only available in the United States, unfortunately. If you'd like to get your own Google Home Mini for free, you can sign up to get one here.
Spotify has recently made its way into a bunch of third-party services, including Google's Clock app for Android and Microsoft's Skype. Samsung also announced a partnership with the music streaming service at its Unpacked event in August, which saw the arrival of Spotify in the SmartThings app as well as integration with some other Samsung services. This cooperation with other companies and services could help it fight back against Apple Music, but it remains to be seen if it manages to retake the crown.
The article has been updated to reflect that the price of an individual subscription is $9.99. We apologize for this mistake. Thanks to user dragontology for the heads-up.