Spotify rumored to improve its free music service for mobile users

Spotify Free users could be about to get a serious boost — here's why

The labels scored one victory a year ago in the latest round of negotiations, convincing Spotify to let artists delay the release of new works on the free service.

The potential for new subscribers from the deal gives Spotify the chance to match subscriber gains made by Apple Music.

Spotify and Hulu are today expanding their partnership and offering a bundle of both services to all consumers for $12.99 per month.

Hulu's standard U.S. packages are $7.99-per-month for "Limited Commercials" and $11.99-per-month for a completely ad-free experience - although it does offer a month's free trial to new users.

Spotify Technology SA is developing a new version of its free music service, the first big product change since the streaming company went public last week, according to people familiar with the matter. The catch there is that the trial is only available to either brand new Hulu subscribers or those who cancelled at least 12 months ago.

Cubs postpone home opener vs. Pirates due to snow
Nova hasn't been able to put it together yet this season, failing to post a quality start in either of his two outings in 2018. Meanwhile, Tyler Chatwood will make his second start of the season and his Wrigley Field debut for the Cubs on Monday.

Existing Spotify Premium subscribers can get early access to the new bundle and may be eligible to try it out for $0.99 for three months. They will pay an introductory promotional price of United States dollars 0.99 for the first three months of Hulu, before the standard price for the bundled services of USD 12.99 kicks in.

Bundling such services is also seen as a way of attracting more listeners and viewers, and an effort to fend off competition from the likes of Amazon, which offers its Prime Music and Amazon Music unlimited music streaming services to its Prime Video subscribers.

The companies said they plan to make the offer available to consumers who don't now subscribe to Spotify later this summer. The TV and film streaming service created original series including The Handmaid's Tale. About 60% of USA households stream, and 51% of them get Netflix, 33% get Amazon Prime and 14% get Hulu, according to CNBC's All American Economic Survey.

Data saver mode in Spotify uses 24kbps when streaming, which works out to 11MB of data per hour.

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