Spotify is an online music based audio and video streaming application. People can listen to music and podcasts and watch videos also using Spotify’s desktop version or mobile app.
This application launched in October 2008. It was developed and controlled by Spotify AB, Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon are the founders of this Swedish company. It provides basic streaming services (with advertisements) without any cost. With subscription fee, it offers higher-quality music streaming, offline music viewing/listening, and some other incredible benefits.
Spotify achieved one million paying customers in Europe in the year of 2011. It had 140 million active users in 2016.
HOW TO USE SPOTIFY
1) Signing Up: First, you have to register for Spotify by registering your email address for provided social features or create an account by connecting your Facebook account.
Then you have to pick the subscription that suits your music selection. Prices are in US dollars, but the tiers are same internationally. Ads interrupted desktop listening will give you no cost access.
Users at the premium tier can also listen to music at a higher bit rate, which is essential for anyone who has quality headphones or earbuds.
2) Premium Subscription: $4.99 monthly expense will allow you for unlimited desktop streaming; customers who pay the premium $9.99 monthly can listen on all desktops (via desktop software or online player) and mobile devices with offline syncing facility on mobile.
Spotify gives “Spotify Radio” as the only free mobile feature.
3) Organizing Music: When you open library and Local Files, In the left sidebar you will find your own Collection of music. Here, you can access your local files (go to Preferences to manage the folders from where Spotify will import files) and music saved to playlists. The Library section helps you to have all your music files in one place.
Spotify works as a prime spot for listening to all your music by collecting the files found on your hard drive that means you don’t have to go back and forth from your iTunes to another player.
4) Spotify Playlist: Playlists are Spotify’s main feature. You can make your own playlist by clicking the New Playlist button or you can follow and subscribe to other users’ playlists. You can bookmark an album by saving it as a playlist, too.
If you want to stay connected and up to date with a specific user’s playlist, you can click the green “Follow” button on the bottom of the top title bar, and this will save to your side bar. You’ll always get a notification when any new song is added to his or her playlist.
5) Spotify Collaborative Playlist: You can also manage a collaborative playlist among your friends to go for that perfect summer road trip or college party. Just by right clicking on a playlist to check off the collaborative option, you will be ready to share the playlist with your friends. This menu will also show the option to alter the privacy settings from “Make Public” to “Make Secret,” depending on your privacy preferences.
6) Play Queue: This option would be an ideal option when you aren’t listening to a specific album because you can queue up a song via the right-click menu that will place it after the track you will currently be listening to, and it will also interrupt the record.
When you are listening to a playlist or playing your favorite music in the background the queue is the great option for accommodating requests at the spur of the moment sing-a-longs with your friends.
7) Sharing and Discovering Tunes: Spotify has most importantly amped up its social and music discovery features in the last year to keep up with its competitor Radio, which prioritizes social discovery of tunes and music.
8) Spotify Who to Follow: You will get the social feed in the right sidebar, and at the top Spotify will show you the recommendations to follow, including Facebook friends or the artists your friends and followers enjoy. What your friends are listening to right now, this feed will show accurately, those songs your friends or followers have added to their playlists, new playlists that they’ve created, music tracks they’ve starred, and playlists, songs, and albums they’ve shared on their Spotify account.
9) Spotify User Search: There is an amazing feature by Spotify which will help you surely. If you don’t have a Facebook account or If you didn’t register your Spotify account through your Facebook account, you can still search for Facebook friends and organizations via the search bar. Spotify gives you the feature you follow friends, artists, and organizations to see what your group is listening to. You will always be notified when the artists you follow add a new music file or album to his or her account.
10) Sending and Sharing Music: Spotify users can also share their favorite songs, albums, and playlists with their friends on Spotify and social media sites such as Facebook. You can mark or star your favorite music in Spotify’s social feed by sharing via the button on artist, album or playlist pages, or the right-click menu. You can write a message to your connections and check your connected social network websites if you want to share it to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, too.
What makes Spotify different from other music streaming services is you can always find an artist’s complete discography. You can browse artists, create your own playlists, and discover the latest music. Another cool feature of Spotify is that when you browse for an artist that you like, similar artists will also be displayed so that you can find similar music styles as well, Isn’t it amazing.