Spotify

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Spotify shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. It also has a membership base of over 200 million, with over 100 million using the paid service. The platform which has over forty million tracks in its database allows users to listen to a different genre of music from various artists. Spotify’s free service only allows limited use of the platform with lots of advertisement. Premium users can listen to music without ads, download the music on their devices for offline use and also improved audio quality.

Operating a proprietary license, Spotify is available in only 79 countries globally. It is available in 24 languages.

About Spotify

Spotify is a music/podcast streaming platform which works in collaboration with major record labels, independent artists, and other song rights holders. It allows users to listen to songs, create playlists, and enjoy podcasts. The company which was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in February 2018 operates a freemium business model. Its primary source of revenue is via its premium service and third-party advertisements.

Spotify was set up to provide digital maximization of song sales for singers and record companies apart from physical sales or downloads. Payouts per stream is not definite for all artists as the company considers different factors such as home country, individual royalty rate, etc. The average payout per-play ranges between $0.006 and $0.0084. Thus, artists can make as much as $8,000+ per million streams on their channel.

A lot of artists have recorded significant accomplishments via the platform. For instance, On May 10th, 2019, the song “I Don’t Care” by Justin Beiber and Ed Sheeran became the song with the most plays on the first day of release garnering about 11 million plays in 24 hours. Also, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is the most streamed song of all time with over 2 billion streams.

New users can listen to songs on the platform free of charge for an unlimited number of times. However, these songs must be part of the user’s 15 personalized discovery playlists. Spotify’s free subscription contains a lot of advertisements. Premium users can download and listen to ads-free music offline with enhanced sound quality. Spotify, however, limits its users to a maximum of 10,000 library songs.

Spotify has a proprietary protocol, i.e., Spotify Connect, which allows users to use the service via various entertainment systems such as speakers, smartwatches, TVs, etc. It has a client application for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Linux, macOS, and Windows devices.

Features

Spotify has fantastic features which have made it a top media streaming service in a few years. These are;

Web Player

Spotify has a web player through which users can listen to music asides using the desktop or mobile client application. The web player has similar features with the Spotify app such as artists, albums search. Users can now listen to different tracks across different playlists, browse the featured sections, play new music, and listen to music across various genres. It is supported by most browsers, i.e., Chrome, Opera, Windows Edge, Firefox, etc. Access the web player here.

Playlists

Users can now create personalized playlists. This feature is available on the desktop application only; however, the playlists can be accessed on the mobile app. You can create different folders, and save your Shazams, SoundHound tracks on the playlist. Users can also listen to a diverse playlist curated by the Spotify team. Spotify also allows users to recover playlists deleted on the user’s account. Log in using the web client and click the recover playlists option. To create a new playlist, click File -> New Playlist Folder.

Spotify Connect

This feature allows users to connect their Spotify app to other external devices such as TV, speakers, etc. This feature is available to Premium members only.

Sound Quality

One quality feature about Spotify is that it provides excellent music quality for its users. Users can now listen to quality music with up to 320kbit/s bitrate. Although this feature consumes more data when streaming or takes up storage space when downloading, it gives user satisfaction. To activate this feature, go to Settings -> Music Quality and set it to Extreme.

Spotify Stations

Spotify developed an application in January 2018 identified as Stations by Spotify. The app has about 62 music channels across different genres. It was designed to help users listen to any music of their choice without the need for building playlists.

Privacy

Spotify provides a private listening mode where users can listen to whatever music they want without anyone finding out. Spotify by default shows whoever follows you the kind of music you listen to on the app. However, users can now activate the private session to keep anyone from finding out. To activate this feature, click Settings -> Social -> Private Session. It is off when the app is restarted or inactive in a long while.

Discover Weekly

The Discover Playlist is a channel on Stations by Spotify. It is a weekly playlist that curates different music which the user might find interesting. The playlist follows an algorithm that observes the users choice of songs to curate new music. Launched in July 2015, songs in this playlist have been played over 5 billion times in a year of release.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It has Free offers: Spotify allows its users to listen to music for an unlimited number of hours every month. Although it has limited features compared to the premium subscription, users can create a personalized playlist.
  • Follow, Discover: Users can follow each other and have access to each other’s music activity. The discover feature allows users to find music and albums of their favorite singers easily.
  • Income Source: Spotify serves as a source of income for artists to get paid when their fans listen to their music.

Cons                                                                           

  • Spotify is available in only 79 countries.
  • It contains lots of advertisement for free subscription users.

Different Versions

Spotify has five different versions available which include;

  • Premium for Family: This version allows a family to have individual accounts and save less.
  • Premium: This version allows users to download music and play music non-stop. It contains no ads and provides high-quality audio.
  • Premium for Students: Students have access to premium features for cheaper fees.
  • Premium for PlayStation: Users can now use Spotify on PlayStation.

Compatibility

Spotify is compatible with Windows (Phone & PC), iOS, macOS, Linux, PlayStation devices. It also has a web player for users to listen to music via web browsers.

FAQs

Can I use Spotify for free?

Yes, Spotify offers a free subscription for its users. You can listen to music without time-limit. However, the songs would be on a discovery personalized playlist of which the user can select fifteen.

Can you choose songs on Spotify free?

No, Spotify restricts free users from choosing a song to play.

How much is Spotify a month?

Spotify’s monthly subscription is dependent on the service purchased. The premium service cost £9.99, student’s plan costs £4.99, the family plan costs £14.99 while the PlayStation plan costs £1.99 for the first two months and £9.99 afterward.

How can I play Spotify in my browser?

You can play Spotify in the web browser by using the web player via this link.

What is Spotify family?

Spotify for family is a premium plan for families to use a single subscription. This plan is cheaper because it allows up to five persons to use the service with each having premium accounts. The users must, however, reside at the same address. This plan allows different individuals to play their music without affecting each other. It cost £14.99 per month.

Summary                                             

Spotify is a media streaming service. It allows its users to stream and download music to their devices. Users can search for songs by their favorite artists on the platform. The service has client applications compatible with Android, Windows, Linux, iOS devices, etc. It presently has over 217 million subscribers, with over 100 million using the paid service. You can download the application for your devices via its website.