Spotify turned the world of online songs streaming upside down, providing users along with access to a enormous music catalog anyplace, anytime.
While evaluations with other similar services – such as Last. fm – are unavoidable, 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, content label brand…), create as many playlists while you want and share them with other users, and find out more about your favorite bands thanks to intensive, highly detailed biographies. Spotify will also help you discover new music through the “Related artists” and Radio service.
There are three types of Spotify accounts: Free , Unlimited and Premium . Totally free is limited to 10 hours of free ad-supported a month (approximately 200 songs) and lets you play each music up to five times. Unlimited does not have any ads and no playback restrictions. Finally, Premium includes high-quality MP3 (also with no ads or restrictions) as well as includes an offline mode pertaining to playlists.
The one huge criticism of Spotify was the lack of social features. Luckily the designers took note of this complaint and include a bunch of new social elements in Spotify’s next version – together with the Collection, a centralized area from which you are able to manage your music collection – including Spotify’s lists and your own MP3 files, which you can now transfer into Spotify from your hard drive, your Windows Media Player Library or your iTunes library.
The brand new features included in the latest edition of Spotify now let you manage and sync the background music in your iPod, iPhone or Android . Also, the Spotify cellular 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 down load individual songs and also your custom playlists. The price depends on the number of tunes you want to download – the lengthier the playlist, the less you pay for each track. You can pay out with credit card or Paypal, though the latter is not accepted if you just purchase one song.
Just like a good wine, Spotify gets much 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 forget 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 musicians.
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