Listening to music these days have always been filled with hoops to jump through. You can buy songs individually from a service, like iTunes or Amazon. But this limits your ability to find new music, since you’ll probably only get a 30 second review. You could always go with Zune’s Pass, which required a fee of $9.99 a month, but sadly Zune’s catalog isn’t as vast as previously mentioned. Originally you could have used a site such as YouTube to listen to and find new music, until it got littered with ads, that made doing that near impossible.
On July 14th, 2011 Spotify launched in the United States and has forever changed the way I listen to music. You start Spotify up, and you are greeted with a normal looking music software, just long lists of music. You have to opportunity to make pretty much a unlimited amount of playlists, ranging from Stand Up comedy to Classical music, Spotify has it all.
It is difficult to remember that Spotify is streaming all of this music, it feels like it loads instantly, with relatively no lag or load time what so ever.
Spotify makes it incredibly easy to share music with your friends. You have to chance to connect your Spotify and your Facebook account, so everything your friends are listening to is scrolling down the right side of the software. All you have to do to send a song is right click, share, (persons name), and like magic, it’s sent. Apps on Spotify are good, and are growing, Top10 is one in particular that stands out to me. You can make your top ten list of anything, and compare them with the rest of the listing world, seeing which songs from artists are the best! Other notable apps are BillBoard Top Charts, Soundrop, TuneWiki, Last.FM, We are Hunted, and Rolling Stones.
But no music streaming service is without its flaws. Spotify has ads, audio commercials that play about every 7-10 songs, usually 2 at a time. Then ads on the screen, usually in the bottom or the right side of the screen. Sometimes an ad will appear right smack dab in the middle of the screen, but they are easy enough to get rid of just by clicking into the software.
Of course you have the opportunity to rid of these pesky ads, you could play the $5.00 a month for Spotify Unlimited for no ads, and take your music abroad for as long as you want. Spotify Premium for $9.99 a month allows for Spotify on your mobile device (iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, Palm, and Blackberry). It also eliminates ads, has an offline mode, for PC and Mobile, enhanced sound quality, and ability to play through music systems.
Overall, Spotify is the best music streaming service I have ever used, it allows for easy music finding, easy music sharing, and very easy listening. If you haven’t used it yet, you owe it to yourself to get this and stream away!
Elite Rating: 9/10
-Great, wide Selection
-Incredibly easy to share music