Sometimes the generation gap is a good thing – no one wants to bump into their parents at a Coma Cluster Void gig – and sometimes it’s a bad thing: no one should be denied The Snake by Al Wilson just because its loved by the olds. Either way, in music at least, the generation gap is becoming about as relevant as Foursquare.
Which, for Generation X parents at least, is a massive relief. As Dylan Moran says, while his parents grew up in an age of the Beatles, the Stones, dope and the pill, kids from the 1980s had Aids and Noel Edmonds: “If you have sex you will DIE! But never mind, here’s MC Hammer …”
While a whole family might revel in the majesty of Purple Rain, the sprawling explorations of [Love Symbol] are less of a guaranteed crowd-pleaser – which means deciding on streaming playlists can cause plenty of family strife.
To give the generation gap some space – close enough to share, but with enough to go around, so everyone plays nice – there’s Spotify Family, a product that both reduces family spending and maximises family funk. You might say it’s a Family Affair.
For an almost unimaginably reasonable £14.99 per month, Spotify Family hands out six separate Premium accounts. You all get all of the sweet Premium benefits, such as the ability to listen offline to more than 30m songs, as well as play any song, any time, on any device and listen without ads. So your Bedtime Baby playlist won’t get interrupted by promotions for Fifty Shades of Grey any more.
If you’ve all already got Spotify accounts and have built up extensive playlists called things like I Hate My Parents or Miserable Valentine – relax. You don’t have to start again – everyone keeps their playlists when they upgrade – and you won’t get to peek over everyone’s shoulder – every member gets their own account. In short, it’s Spotify exactly as you know it, but it works out cheaper for everybody.
To sign up, head to Spotify.com/family and click on “Start my Spotify Premium.” You then invite up to five other family members – all living at the same address – using the email addresses they use to log in to Spotify. One quick note on the T&Cs: this has to be done through a web browser – not a mobile or desktop app (and be warned: the popularity of songs may go down as well as up!).