Spotify is reportedly testing a new subscription plan that offers two people living at the same address Premium subscriptions at a discounted price.
According to a new report from The Verge, the Swedish music streaming service is piloting the new option in Colombia, Chile, Denmark, Ireland, and Poland, where it costs 12.50 euros (or the local equivalent) — basically halfway between a 10-euro solo Premium subscription and a 15-euro family plan.
To join the plan — dubbed Premium Duo — an existing premium member simply invites another person to join them as their Duo partner. The accounts remain separate from a favorites, downloaded music, and recommendations point of view, but there’s only one monthly invoice, which gets sent to the member who issued the invite. If you choose, you can share your playlists with your partner, or keep them private.
The plan adds features such as a Duo Mix playlist, which is made up of tracks that both members like. It works similar to the current Discover Weekly or Daily Mix playlists, constantly updating with new music that it thinks both people will enjoy based on their listening habits.
The only special requirement for enrolling in the plan is that both members must prove they live at the same address. Spotify has used some aggressive tactics in the past to prevent members of its family plan from abusing the definition of “family,” and clearly doesn’t want to see mere friends take advantage of the Duo plan as a way to avoid paying for individual memberships.
At the moment, there’s no word on if the test will expand to more areas, and of course, there’s always the possibility that Spotify will decide that it doesn’t want to offer Premium Duo on a large scale and kill it off before it gets an actual launch.