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Spotify Premium ₱49 (~A $1.3) for 3 Months (New Users), ₱129 (~A $2.6) Per Month after, ₱199 (~A $5.2) for Spotify Family [VPN]

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Hello OzBargain fam. Long time lurker, first time poster. Here's something that I've been using for a while now.

Spotify Premium in the Philippines has a different pricing (above is the conversion rate provided by Google as of 30/11/2016). In order to be able to subscribe, there are two/three things that you'll need to do:

  • 1: You have to create a Philippine Spotify account having local residential address via a VPN.
  • 2: For the payment method, create a new Paypal account with a PH address and link your card/bank details there there. (I forgot if you'll need a VPN for this one.)
  • 3: (Optional) If you're getting a family subscription, every account to be linked should be a PH Spotify account as well.

RIP my English. I'm not sure if it's still working, but I've just been charged another 5.47 AUD for my family subscription two days ago. Here are two screenshots for proof:
Screenshot #1, Screenshot #2, Screenshot #3

One catch with this trick is that on the browse tab, you'll see a bunch of Filipino curated Spotify playlists featured up top. Everything else is just like having Premium.

P.S.: Mods, feel free to delete this post if not allowed or modify it to your liking. I hope this post helps and thank you OzBargain for the great deals and bargains.

Edit: Spotify pricing for other countries linked by arran4
http://mts.io/projects/spotify-pricing/

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    Nice. I'll give this a shot when I get home.

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    Keen to try this out. If you don't mind, what VPN did you use?

  • +8 votes

    Don't spotify libraries in different regions differ? (not just the playlists)

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      I thought this was the case too

      • +3 votes

        Just like @monchee, I'm subscribed to family too.

        @spaghettiman, you get access to basically all the spotify playlists and songs. It's not like netflix where you are content-blocked based on where you are accessing the site from.

        From what I could remember when I set up my spotify ph account, I had to use VPN for both paypal PH and spotify PH. I got a free 30 day trial to the VPN provider that I used too. Once the paypal PH account is set up, you can access it even without VPN and put in your credit card details (I used the qantas discovery amex for this) so paypal PH would be able to verify your account. What I do every 3 months is just do a family/friend transfer of the quarterly subscription fee from my paypal AU to paypal PH where spotify PH takes the monthly subscription from.

        • +1 vote

          Thanks mate! At least someone else is here to back it all up.

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          you get access to basically all the spotify playlists and songs.

          I don't think that's the case, I can't seem to access Yellowcard's "Gift and Curses". I found it on Spotify, just can't seem to play it at all.

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          @ProjectZero: I just looked that up and it played straightaway.

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          @gerryg: Cheers, will check it out again. I rememeber it not working a couple of months back.

          -edit-

          You sure it is the Yellowcard version? I can't find it…

        • +3 votes

          @ProjectZero: There are definitely different libraries between countries. I regularly have songs that I could once listen to (and have added to Playlists) become "greyed out". ProofMore Proof

          HOWEVER, it does appear Spotify picks your IP and serves the catalogue available to the country you're currently in. So even with a Philippines account, you should theoretically get the Australian library.

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          @ProjectZero: Sorry, yes it's the other version. I found that in google but it's greyed out just like what [@jackary] said.

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          @gerryg: Yeah, there is probably a region lock, just not sure if the lock is based on account "location" or physical location

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      Hmmm.. I'm just not sure about that. Well I just not all songs are the same.. Makes sense.

    • +6 votes

      I pay my Spotify family plan overseas (Brazil, I'm from there:) and the libraries change according from the region YOU ARE CONNECTING FROM, so everyone in AUS will have access to the same stuff, whereas some of my brazilian music is greyed out because I am not there.

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        Before Spotify launched in Australia I had signed up to the UK service, once Spotify launched in Australia I had a significant number of tracks no longer available and were "greyed out" as others have noted. I never needed to use a VPN to use Spotify UK, once I "migrated" my account from .UK to .AU that was the reason I could no longer access certain tracks.

        I believe the reason as to why I could no longer ccess those tracks was that Spotify were not licensed to make those tracks available in the .AU market, only on the .UK (or any other countries they'd paid or been granted a license)

        I'd expect the Philippines Spotify library and pricing to adhere to the above somewhat, the less licensing fees Spotify are required to pay in a country the less they can charge for that service.

        • +1 vote

          Somewhat yes, but not much. The lower pricing in these regions is much more based on ability to pay than licensing deals (which will also be cheaper for Spotify in those regions). Getting an Australian to pay the equivalent of 30 minutes of wages is much easier than convincing a Philipines user to splash out an entire day! I'm not an extensive user, but I had it included with my plan in Malaysia and every song I ever looked for was available.

  • +11 votes

    Interesting.. In case you want to find potentially cheaper locations, there is this list:
    http://mts.io/projects/spotify-pricing/

    Seems there is no cheaper location by a mile!

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    I've been using spotify via philippines for more than a year now and also on family plan.

    Currently spotify does not check if the whole family is on the same region.

    • +5 votes

      When I added a 5th account to my family subscription, it did tell me that accounts needed to be in the same country.

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        so I had to temporarely move my mate's FB account to the country, then change his Spotify account to the country, then link it to the family plan.
        After it was setup, he could change his FB back to AUS fine

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        strange.. i used up all my accounts.. 2 used in Aus.. my phone while echo and google home(same account). the others used by family overseas..

        only the 5th account was blocked?

        • +1 vote

          Because the first four accounts that were linked are my family back home (in the Philippines). And the last one was for my mate here.

  • +2 votes

    If you don't care if this is morally right, it might also interest you to know that you don't actually need Spotify premium to use it, you just need your mobile app to think its premium.

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    Do you need a VPN after registering?

  • +1 vote

    Nice going to work some pinas connection to sort me out on this.

  • +1 vote

    Nice share OP :)

  • +1 vote

    I'm willing to join someone's phillipino Spotify family. Pm me!

  • +1 vote

    Good post OP, +1 for sure. I used to do this with the now defunct rdio http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/17/9750890/rdio-shutdown-pan... back in the day and pay the equivalent of ~90c a month - good times! Spotify would be great quality so this is well worth it!

  • +1 vote

    AHEMbdayspotifyAHEM

    • -2 votes

      Sorry, no.
      We don't want jailbroken mods here, it's just illegal. Just admire the price OP has found, instead of "AHEMing" the deal. You can't even download music & stream high quality.

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        You can't even download music & stream high quality.

        I always can and I don't need to pay a subscription for anything

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    Are you sure you can create a Philippine paypal with AU C.C.?

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    Nice. Might have to cancel my account and set up this way

  • +1 vote

    Is there a way to still view the Australian top charts?

    • +1 vote

      Yup! Go to the Browse tab > Charts > scroll down to the bottom > Top 50 by Country > Australia Top 50

  • +1 vote

    Worked for me, although they locked my new Filipino PayPal account and want me to either do an automated phone call or upload my identity…

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      Never happened to me yet..

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        Thing is, I created the PayPal account on my AU IP address and then logged in using a Filipino IP, so that triggered the fraud detection. In hindsight, I should've created it on the PH IP.

        EDIT: I'm thinking I could probably actually access the PayPal account by uploading a copy of my passport and just saying I'm a visitor to Phillipines or something if I need to.

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    I got an email the other day for $1 for 3 months, again.

    Signed up and set a reminder to cancel the day before it renews in 3 months time :P

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    (profanity) me dead all this to save some dollars??

  • +4 votes

    The irony is, I remember going to tourist attractions in the Philippines who were blaring out traditional music on Spotify Free - complete with ads.

    • +3 votes

      I was in a taxi once and the driver had a radio playing music complete with ads. We still live among barbarians.

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    Just did everything accordingly but it won't let me add family members despite their account being created as a PH account. Giving me an error that the account is based in another country

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    @monchee:

    maybe spotify changed checks since i created my family accounts.

    i changed to spotify.ph right after rdio.ph closed.

    rdio supperior ui/ux than others

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    I guessss its a bargain…

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    Do you have to use a VPN every time or just when you initially set it up?

  • +1 vote

    is there a way of doing it without creating a PH paypal account?

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    I just created a PH Spotify account and Paypal.

    Went to pay and it shows a three month trial in AU dollars:(

    VPN I used was Hola. Is that the issue?

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      I think it has to be a VPN that has a PH server. like vypr. I'm just not sure if they still offer a free trial.

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      I had this same issue using IPVanish with a server based in Philipines. Did you work this out.

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      Yeah, I tried using Hola's PH server and it just ends up making a US or GB account for me. Try a different VPN.

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    How does family work, does each member pay $5.24 per month?

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