Have you been thinking about supporting reliable news sources and buying a subscription to The New York Times? Now might be the best time to educate yourself with the Times’ high-quality reporting—and listen to some great music for free.
The Times and Spotify have teamed up to bring you a new subscription package. For $5 a week (or about $260 a year, since the offer does require a one-year commitment), you receive an all-access subscription to the Times and Spotify Premium, which allows you to play any song available, download music and listen ad-free. The promotion boasts a $120 annual value, which makes sense, seeing as Spotify Premium is usually $10 a month. The deal is currently only available to United States residents without either a Times or Spotify Premium subscription. You can learn all about the subscription package here.
In the final quarter of 2016, The Times reported adding 276,000 subscribers, making it their fastest-growing quarter since 2011—a phenomenon some have declared the “Trump Bump.” Their partnership with Spotify indicates they want to keep the momentum going, and it might work. Overall, it seems like a pretty good deal, and as Spotify competes with Apple Music and Tidal, they could use a bump in subscribers, too. Of course, the irony now lies in that, in order to support the Times, you must also support Spotify, a streaming service that has continually been criticized by the musical community for their wacky pay system and the unfair treatment of new artists.
Listen to Brett Newski sing “Fuck You Spotify” at the Paste Studio below, and read Paste’s 2014 list “Six Things You Should Know About Spotify: The Good, The Bad, and the Underpaid” here.