Sprint announces HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition, partnership with SpotifyAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
The HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon Edition will be available online starting May 2 and in stores on May 9. Pricing will be set at $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $28.34 each with Sprint Easy Pay.
This unique version of the One (M8) will be offered in a gold and black color scheme and will feature Clari-Fi technology, which is said to “restore and rebuild music fidelity lost during audio compression.” Also included is Lossless HD Audio music reproduction that offers 60 times the information of an MP3 when playing FLAC downloads.
In addition to those special sound processing features, the One (M8) Harman Kardon Edition will come bundled with a pair of Harman Kardon AE-S earphones that are valued at $149.
Sprint today also announced a new partnership with Spotify. As part of the deal, all Sprint subscribers will get a free 3-month trial to Spotify Premium. Sprint customers on a Framily plan will get that free trial extended to 6 months, after which they’ll be eligible to sign up for discounted monthly Spotify Premium service. Accounts with 1-5 lines will pay $7.99 per month, while accounts with 6-10 lines will be eligible for $4.99 per month After 18 months, pricing will return to the normal $9.99 monthly rate.
Both of these announcements sound like great news for music lovers on Sprint. The HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition is like a new version of HTC’s older, Beats-centric phones that came bundled with Beats headphones. Speaking of Beats, Sprint’s partnership with Spotify is similar to the one that AT&T struck with Beats Audio earlier this year.
The only bummer about the Sprint-Spotify arrangement is that non-Framily plan customers don’t get a discount on Spotify Premium. Sprint said earlier today that its Framily plans are seeing pretty strong adoption, though, so maybe that’s not such a big deal after all.
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