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Spotify and Hulu today announced a brand new partnership that will see the respective audio and video streaming giants combining to create entertainment bundles.

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Hulu and Spotify made their joint announcement today. Initially, the combined bundles will target U.S. college students, costing just $4.99 per month — the same as an existing Spotify student plan 8+ Best Free and Discounted Apps for Students With a .edu Email 8+ Best Free and Discounted Apps for Students With a .edu Email Software is expensive, especially when your'e a student and money is tight -- but these eight apps and services can be purchased on the cheap with a .edu email address. Read More . So, what’s in the box?

The first bundle will include access to Spotify Premium Is It Worth Upgrading to Spotify Premium? Is It Worth Upgrading to Spotify Premium? Spotify Free brings you tons of music at no cost, but are the extra features of Spotify Premium worth shelling out for? Let's find out... Read More , and the Hulu Limited Commercials plan. And, to be honest, it is a great deal at that price.

If you already have a Spotify Premium for Students plan, you can instantly activate your Hulu subscription (after all, they’re the same price to regular consumers). Alternatively, if you’ve already got a regular Hulu subscription, you can simply merge that into your Spotify student account.

Don’t worry if you’re no longer a student. This partnership is the first in a long line of subscription combinations (we hope!) aimed at all users, at least in some form.

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Alex Norstrom, Chief Premium Business Officer at Spotify, belivies that “In bringing Spotify and Hulu together, we’re now able to offer students – both the millions already on Spotify Premium, and those who are new to Spotify – access to the world’s best music, TV and movie content in the simplest possible way. We’re very excited to be partnering with Hulu – a like-minded company which is as focused as we are on delivering the very best in high quality streaming content.”

The current situation doesn’t seem profitable for either company. Rather, this initial program will test the marketplace before an expansion with more extensive plans. Spotify has long held ambitions of excelling in the video streaming market.

This partnership illustrates the difficulty of building a new platform from scratch.

Will you take advantage of the new partnership and the exceptionally low priced deal? Or will you wait until the non-student focused deals arrive to secure your audio and video streaming services in one deal? Let us know your thoughts on the new Spotify-Hulu partnership in the comments below!

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  1. vferg
    September 7, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I was literally about to start buying the subscription for Hulu Live TV service this weekend. Would you happen to know if this bundle will be offered along with that service as well? I know Hulu is offered for 1 dollar more or essentially the default package when getting Hulu Live so now I am curious to see if this will be bundled with that as well if I wanted for the extra 5. I always wanted Spotify but already kind of had a solution for listening to music but with this deal I would actually consider taking the extra bundle for 5 more.

  2. Keith
    September 7, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    If you like to use the Spotify Web Player as I do, be aware that it no longer works with Safari. If you try, you will get a message, "This browser doesn't support Spotify Web Player. Switch browsers or download Spotify for your desktop." The webpage for Web Player does not list Safari as a supported browser (https://support.spotify.com/using_spotify/the_basics/webplayer). I've been using their Web Player on Safari for years, but if they try to force me to use their desktop app (which I don't like) or a different browser, I'll switch to something else.