Online music streaming service Saavn today announced support for operator billing in conjunction with Vodafone and Airtel. The company also mentions that this deal with Vodafone and Airtel is not only restricted to India, but is also expands to other countries in South Asia. What this essentially means is that when Android users access Saavn’s premium service, the amount you need to pay will be added to your phone bill (postpaid) or deducted from your balance (prepaid).
The premium service, categorized as Saavn Pro Lite and Saavn Pro, lets you listen to music without being interrupted by advertisements and also saves the songs for offline listening. If you want to access Saavn Pro Lite, you will have to pay Rs 5 for a day, Rs 30 for a week or Rs 110 for a month and can save up to 3GB of songs for offline listening. Saavn Pro, on the other hand, will cost you Rs 220 per month and lets you save unlimited music on up to 5 different devices.
Though listening to the downloaded music offline sounds good, there is a small catch. Though these songs will be stored on your phone, you will only have access to them till the subscription period is active. In other words, if you have paid Rs 110 for a month, you will only be able to listen to the downloaded music for that period and not after the month ends. You will regain access to the stored music, once you renew the subscription.
Saavn’s Pro service competes against the likes of Gaana and Hungama. Gaana+ charges users Rs 170 per month for unlimited music downloads, while Hungama offers download packs of Rs 10 per song, Rs 20 for four songs or Rs 50 for 10 songs. It also used to compete against Dhingana, which shut its services recently.
You can download the latest version of Saavn for the Google Play Store.
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