Spotify is a freemium streaming app that aims to bring great music to everyone. Although the music, songs, podcasts, and bands it offers are not exhaustive, the variety of music and platforms that makes it available almost anywhere you go makes Spotify the king of music apps.Spotify is a new way to enjoy music. Simply download and install, before you know it you’ll be singing along to the genre, artist or song of your choice. With Spotify you are never far away from the song you want.
There are no restrictions in terms of what you can listen to or when. Forget about the hassle of waiting for files to download and fill up your hard drive before you get round to organizing them. Spotify is instant, fun and simple.
To us, sharing music is one of life’s great pleasures. That’s why developers made it so simple for you to share tracks and playlists with your friends. It’s not only ‘simple’, it’s one-click-simple.
Searching for music
When you’ve got millions and millions of tracks to choose from, where do you start? With a search.
You may have noticed popularity meters after each track on the software. It’s nothing personal, they just measure recent plays. Create your own top lists.
If you’d like to buy individual tracks or albums you hear on this app, you can quickly download them as MP3s.
Your Spotify library
Now that you’ve got so much music at your disposal , you’ll need a seriously good library. So the software team is built one for you. A library that’s as clever as it is simple to use.
There are millions of tracks on Spotify. So whether you’re working out, partying or relaxing, the right music is always at your fingertips. Choose what you want to listen to, or let Spotify surprise you.You can also browse through the music collections of friends, artists and celebrities, or create a radio station and just sit back.
Spotify is currently the biggest music streaming service in the world, with 70 million paying subscribers as of February 2018, 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.
Key features :
High-quality discovery tools: Spotify definitely puts work into leveraging its all-you-can-eat approach, beyond just providing a lot of content and making it available on a wide variety of devices. It has a cornucopia of dynamic playlists that change on a weekly or even daily basis, and most of them are based on recommendations that are tailored to your listening habits. It will even recommend playlists based on the playlists that you have manually created. There are so many opportunities to explore new music that you could easily run out of time to listen to your usual set of favorite tunes. And podcasts. Did we mention they have podcasts, too?
Last but certainly not least, you can pick any track in the library and tell Spotify to create a playlist based on it, and it even evolves further as you vote tracks up and down. It’s not the only music streaming service that does this, but the feature is reliably enjoyable, effective at digging up things you probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise, and it’s not really possible with services where you have to buy your tracks and albums individually.
A good balance of sharing and privacy: Since Spotify has a free version supported by ads, you can text a song or album link to anyone you know (or post it on social media), and they can listen without having to sign up for a subscription. You can also publish your playlists within Spotify and share them with other users that you have added to your friends list. If it becomes popular, Spotify may feature it on the artist’s page.
At the same time, if you just want to sit down and listen to some tunes, you can easily filter out the desktop app’s social functions. Within its settings (click on the downward-facing arrow next to your account name in the upper right and select Settings) let you hide the social sidebar and let you switch to a “private session” mode where your top artists and streaming activities aren’t broadcast to other Spotify users. When you go private, your account name in the upper right will get a padlock to help you remember what mode you’re in.
Spotify is freemium, which means that a basic version is free with ads (much like YouTube and YouTube Premium) – and you have to listen to music in shuffle mode. There are various premium options, including one for families and students. There’s also a generous 3-month trial period.
Our complaints about Spotify are relatively minor when you consider the overall package, which has a huge library, wide device compatibility, useful content recommendation systems, and respect for your privacy.
By accessing the settings under your name in the top bar, you’ll be able to customize the way you use Spotify. This is the part of Spotify that inevitably gets most complaints – most of the tweaks you can make are connected to the functioning of the app, what it looks like, and how you relate to other Spotify users. You don’t have much control over the actual music playback, although you can make some small tweaks (and set up a proxy) by clicking “Show advanced settings”.