Spotify is a digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs.
Spotify turned the world of online music streaming upside down, providing users with access to a massive music catalog anyplace, anytime. While comparisons with other similar services – such as – are inevitable, Spotify has certain characteristics that make it stand out from the rest.
You can search the entire Spotify music database in several ways (by artist, album, genre, decade, label brand), create as many playlists as you want and share them with other users, and learn more about your favorite bands thanks to extensive, highly detailed biographies. Spotify also helps you discover new music through the “Related artists” and Radio service. There are three types of Spotify accounts: Open, Unlimited and Premium. Free is limited to 10 hours of free ad-supported a month (approximately 200 songs) and lets you play each song up to five times. Unlimited has no ads and no playback restrictions. Finally, Premium includes high-quality MP3 (also with no ads or restrictions) and also includes an offline mode for playlists. The one big criticism of Spotify was the lack of social features.
Luckily the developers took note of this complaint and include a bunch of new social elements in Spotify’s next version – together with the Library, a centralized area from which you can manage your music collection – including Spotify’s lists and your own MP3 files, which you can now import into Spotify from your hard drive, your Library or your library. The brand new features included in the latest version of Spotify now let you manage and sync the music in your iPod, iPhone or Android.
Also, the Spotify mobile app has been made available for anyone, and not just Premium users. Last, but not least, Spotify has launched its MP3 download service, thanks to which you can buy and download individual songs and also your custom playlists.
The price depends on the number of songs you want to download – the longer the playlist, the less you pay for each track. You can pay with credit card or Paypal, though the latter is not accepted if you only purchase one song. Just like a good wine, Spotify gets better with age. If you don’t mind the limitations in the Free version (or you’re willing to pay for the Unlimited/Premium one) it’s probably time to ditch your old desktop music player. Spotify lets you browse, play, share and buy music, including not only your lifelong favorite bands, but also brand new styles and artists.
Spotify is currently the biggest music streaming service in the world, with, and between 150M and 200M total users. While the iTunes Music Store popularized paying for individual tracks and albums, a low monthly flat rate has proven more fashionable (and it has certain user experience advantages, which we'll get into). Let's see if Spotify still has what it takes to keep rivals like Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited at bay. Pros An enormous library that can follow you just about anywhere: Spotify is on our computers, on our phones and tablets, in our cars via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, in smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo, and on most TVs that have built-in streaming apps.