Spotify Changes the Way We Listen to Music
From living vicariously through your favorite band’s lyrics, or simply playing some “feel-good” hits to get through the day, music is without a doubt important to us all. Over the past thirty years, we’ve gone from vinyl records and CDs to torrents and file sharing. Spotify is one of the newest ways to listen to your music, both new and old. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting at your computer in the office, or using your mobile device on-the-go, Spotify provides you with all the music you want to hear.
For those of you who are not yet familiar with Spotify, here’s a brief breakdown of how it works:
Upon signing up, you have the option to create a Spotify username, or simply sign in with your Facebook account. By signing in with Facebook, you can easily see what your friends are listening to. So whether you’re tired of your played out tunes, or simply feel in need of something fresh, you can skim through someone else’s playlists almost effortlessly.
Type what you want to hear into the search bar. Wether it’s a specific song, artist, or genre, Spotify will provide you with the best results available. Once you start your search, you’ll be provided with songs that match what you’re looking for. Spotify will then suggest other people’s playlists as well as individual tracks that correspond with your search criteria. You will also have the option to click on a specific artist and receive their entire discography. You can create playlists of your own and star your favorites to build up a completely custom virtual music library.
The best part about Spotify, besides the somewhat endless selection of music, is that it’s completely free. If you don’t mind the occasional advertisement thrown into the mix, then you’re set. Signing up is quick, easy, and painless; especially if you choose to link it with your FB account.
For those of you who want to avoid the ads and be able to listen in on your iPhone or Android device, Spotify premium is for you. For $10 a month, you have the ability to take your music with you wherever you go. Unlike Pandora, tracks that you have previously loaded onto your phone can be accessed without an internet connection. Say goodbye to your music getting cut off on your underground train rides. You don’t have to worry about a “skip limit” and are free to listen to your tunes however you please. Spotify also added a free radio application recently.
If you decide to go ahead and create a premium account, you’ll be able to access all that Spotify has to offer everywhere you go. Think of it as an MP3 player that’s constantly being updated without having to be plugged into your computer. The truly great thing about Spotify premium is that all your devices are 100% in sync without any added work. Add a new playlist on your phone, and when you open Spotify on your computer you’ll find your recent addition. There’s no need to manually sync anything, your music literally follows you wherever you go. The iPhone application is easy to use, there’s no fuss or extra work, simply access to the music you want to hear.The biggest demand of Spotify users is the ability to shuffle their playlists. Currently, this isn’t an option; it may be in Spotify’s best interest to resolve the issue.
If you’re still skeptical there’s only one thing left to do: try it out for yourself. You can enjoy a basic account for free at any time, and are able to receive a free 30-day premium trial. The newest craze in music just might be the perfect fit for all your listening needs.
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