We sell advertising and subscriptions to support 8tracks’ business, and most of that revenue goes to pay artists and labels. In the US, you can listen to 8tracks for free on an ad-supported basis, subject to certain limitations: interstitials stop playback between mixes and a weekly limit on the number of hours you can stream.
However, if you subscribe to 8tracks Plus for $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year -- a 50% savings! -- you can banish ads, remove these limitations, and support us and the artists you love. We’re also planning to offer several new features for 8tracks Plus subscribers to enhance both the listener and DJ experience.
We're grateful for our 8tracks Plus subscribers -- they're an extended part of the 8tracks family.
You pay $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year -- a 50% savings! -- with automatic renewal at the end of each billing period from the date of sign-up. You can cancel anytime and will continue to receive the benefits of 8tracks Plus through the end of the current billing period, irrespective of cancellation date.
When you sign up for 8tracks Plus, you get a 14-day free trial. We will NOT bill your credit card during that period, and you can easily cancel the trial from your Settings page at any point during that 14-day period without ever being billed.
If you cancel during your free trial, your 8tracks Plus subscription will end immediately.
Those features require us to get a different license from copyright holders, but we'd love to offer this premium experience to our listeners. We’re currently looking into ways that make sense for everyone involved (listener, copyright holder, 8tracks). Be on the lookout for future updates!
Sponsored playlists from our partners will still show up on the site because, well, they’re playlists made by people. If we’ve done our job right, these playlists will be of the same quality as any other playlist and be consistent with the 8tracks experience. If that’s not the case, let us know. We’d love to hear your feedback!
Simply put, streaming is expensive. To ensure 8tracks can sustain itself, we have to introduce limits on free listening to reduce our royalty costs. US listeners without an active 8tracks Plus subscription will be limited to a prescribed number of hours per week. Of course, a listener can remove the weekly listening cap as well as interstitials that stop playback between mixes and all ads by subscribing to 8tracks Plus.
Due to substantially lower local royalty rates, listeners in Canada will not be impacted by the listening cap or interstitials but, as before, can subscribe to remove advertising.
While we wish we didn’t have to introduce limits on ad-based listening, we’re pleased to be able to offer a better user experience for all investors, many of our DJs, and a growing number of our devoted listeners, all while ensuring a healthy future for the service and community.