Earlier on in the month we reported that Sprint was potentially going to be offering up some sort of deal with Spotify to offer either discounted rates to the service for subscribers or some other way to entice users into using the streaming radio alternative to Google Play Music All Access and others. We also let you in on some information prior to that, indicating that Sprint would soon be offering a Harman/Kardon edition of the HTC One M8 device that would presumably have the Harman/Kardon audio tech inside and we would guess the branding on the back. Since HTC and Beats are no more, that left the window open for another audio company to become a potential partner with HTC on this years flagship should they have wanted to go that route again. We now know that the Harman/Kardon edition HTC M8 is coming to Sprint exclusively, but not alone. As part of the launch and the promotion, Srint customers will also be able to get a deal on Spotify. It seems like the Spotify deal may have always been planned to launch alongside this exclusive version of the M8 from the beginning.
The Harman/Kardon M8 will be available via the Sprint online store starting on May 2nd, and you should be able to grab one in your local retail store starting May 9th, that is considering there are any in stock to pick up at your location. This exclusive M8 has an equally exclusive champagne color accent, as well as the Harman/Kardon branding on the back, and in a similar fashion to the first couple HTC Beats audio enabled phones that were offered at least in Verizon stores and were paired with a $150 pair of Beats earbuds, the Harman/Kardon HTC One M8 will come packaged with a special pair of Harman/Kardon earbuds that also retail for the price of $150. As for the Spotify subscription, you’ll be able to get access to the service at lower cost than what other subscribers of the streaming music service pay, enabling all sorts of awesome music at your finger tips to be heard inside a fantastic set of earbuds, on a device with presumably just as fantastic audio technology. If you’re already on a Sprint Framily plan come May 9th, you’ll get Spotify Premium for free for six months, at which point the cost of the service will set you back $7.99 if you have 5 or less people on the plan, and $4.99 for 6 people or more. If you’re not on a Framily Plan, you can still get Spotify Premium for free for three months, after that the cost jumps to the regular $9.99 per month.
In addition to the already high quality earbuds coming with the device, Harman/Kardon will be using an app called Clari-Fi to bring back the rich high quality fidelity to music for listeners. Audio fidelity has been getting better with the advancements of products available compared to a couple years ago, but we still end up losing some of the best parts of sound during the process of compressing the music digitally. Harman aims to correct this, and we’re certainly eager to check out the audio quality for ourselves.