Spotify is testing a less restrictive ad-supported tier costing $0.99 a month

Spotify Plus, a new subscription tier at $0.99 per month, is being piloted and managed by the streaming service. It combines elements from its premium and free tiers. While the plan does not include ads, it allows you to skip as many tracks as you like per hour. The user can also choose which songs they wish to listen to instead of being restricted to playlists and albums. Spotify's new Spotify Plus tier costs only tenth as much as Spotify's Premium unrestricted, ad-free tier which currently costs $9.99 per month.Since 2018, Spotify's free tier has been in existence in its current form. Spotify's free tier has been in its current form since 2018. Spotify Plus is a cheap way to remove some restrictions.A reader shared the news of the new test level with The Verge. (Thanks Gustovo!) Spotify later confirmed the news in a statement. A spokesperson stated that we are always striving to improve the Spotify experience. We routinely run tests to inform our decisions. A limited number of Spotify users are currently participating in a trial of an ad-supported subscription.Spotify warned that there is no guarantee that the new tier would launch in its current form. Some tests may lead to new features or enhancements, while others might only offer learnings. At this moment, we don't have any further information.Spotify has a long history of testing new features before they are released, if ever. Spotify's lossless audio streaming is the best example. It was tested as early as 2017. The lossless HiFi tier was officially announced by Spotify earlier this year. However, it has yet to be made available. Snapchat-like stories are also available for selected playlists. The visual quote cards for podcasts can also be tested in the app.