The Effects of Social Value, Value for Money, App Rating, and Enjoyment on the Intention to Purchase the Premium Service of the Spotify App


The use of music streaming services has been proliferating all around the world, including in Indonesia. While being a leader in music streaming service, Spotify is not at their top performance lately due to having reached the maturity stage, and even shows a decline in the percentage of paid users as compared to the total users. Their growth has also slowed in the past five years. Strategic marketers claim that companies need to fully understand the needs of the consumers to create suitable products and therefore grow their company, and failure to do so is creating marketing myopia and problems. This research was done to find out the effect of social value, value for money, app rating, and enjoyment on the intention to purchase Spotify, specifically the premium version of Spotify. The sample was Spotify users who had been using Spotify for at least one month (both free and premium), aged at least 13 years old, who had a smart device, and were domiciled in Surabaya, Indonesia. 135 samples were used. All independent variables positively and significantly affected the dependent variable, both individually and as a whole. The most dominant factor was the value for money, followed by enjoyment, app rating, and finally, social value. The findings can be used to develop strategies to help improve the performance of freemium businesses, including Spotify.

Keywords: app rating, enjoyment, music streaming, purchase intention, social, technology, value for money

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