Spotify overview in 2019

Everyone uses musical platforms nowadays. We use to listen to our favorite music, upload and store our own songs, and create personalized playlists for our different moods and situations. These platforms have become a regular part of our lives, whether they are websites, software, or mobile phone apps.

Yet despite our love for them, there is something to be said about their deficiencies and occasional problems. Little things here and there that can affect our listening experience, and sometimes might even cause to stop using one platform and go for another.

An example of this are the two musical platforms Spotify and Google Play Music. While has its own advantages and cool features, they also have their share of issues that need fixing or changing. We will explore all of these hitches, explain exactly what the problem is, and, if possible, suggest solutions.

Spotify

Spotify is one of the oldest musical platforms around, founded over a decade ago, on the 23rd of April, 2006. It is best known for its availability on almost all platforms, its support of many formats, as well as its support of artists, and how it employs different tools of advertisement to help feature them. However, here are some cons of Spotify (in no particular order) that we wish would change:

1. Lyrics:

We all love reading lyrics to the songs we are listening to and so have such a feature is important. Spotify HAD that feature. It was everything we needed and it worked as well as expected. Then Spotify went ahead and removed it, for no apparent reason. There are ways around this though; the apps “Behind the Lyrics” and “SoundHound” can be used to get the lyrics of all the songs you want.

2. Geographic Availability:

One major issue that can be found across most musical platform is their availability in only a limited number of countries. Unfortunately, Spotify is no different. Here is a list of the general regions it is available in:

  • Most Asia Pacific countries
  • Most European countries
  • Some Latin American countries
  • Some Caribbean countries
  • Canada & The United States

Only countries from those areas can sign up for Spotify, as for the rest, you will just have to wait until it becomes available in your country. Remember to check the full list of countries Spotify is available in before download.

3. Free plan limitations:

At the end of the day, Spotify is a commercial company, and it needs to do what is best for itself to make profit. That is not always good news for the users, as it could hurt our listening experience, those of us who have not subscribed to a paid plan.

Spotify’s free plan has a lot of limitations that makes using it a little painful. Advertisements are one thing, we can get behind the fact that it is a main source of revenue, but another thing Spotify does is lower the sound quality of its music for free users.

The quality available for free users is 160 Kbps, while premium users get 320 Kbps. Therefore, if you want high audio quality, you have to pay for it

4. Premium limitation:

Unbelievably, even the premium subscription still has its issues. Specifically the offline playback option. While you can download music from the app to be used later offline, you cannot play the music using any player other than Spotify’s own. You can look up way to extract downloaded music to MP3 files.

5. Monthly payments:

Spotify charges you every month for a paid subscription, regardless of whether or not you use the service. This can be costly for people with slow rate of consumption. It might be just cheaper to buy the albums from a store.

6. Free plan purchases:

Even though some of us might prefer to just keep using the free plans. We occasionally might like to buy one or two albums. It would be nice to have that option for free plans, instead of having to sign up for a premium.

7. Artist royalty payment:

While not an everyday issue, or an issue at all for regular users, this is something that needs to be acknowledged. Despite the effort put in promoting artists on Spotify, depending on the conditions it might not pay well.

This has led to artists pulling their music from Spotify and opting for selling albums through vendors. A strategy that proved to be a lot more profitable for those artists.

Google Play Music:

GPM is slightly newer to the musical platform game, released on the 16th of November, 2011, but it has quickly risen to the top through constant innovation and adaptation. It too has its own problems and issues.

1. Lyrics:

As with Spotify, Google Play Music does not have a lyrics feature

2. Geographic Availability:

Once again, Google Play Music is available in select countries. Users should check the full list of supported countries before downloading.

3. Credit Card signup:

Unlike most other platforms, Google Play Music requires users to enter a valid credit card to be able to sign up for the 30-day free trial.

The problem is that once the trial period is over, you will started getting charged for the premium services right away, unless you remember to cancel it right before the deadline. Mark your calendars for this one!

4. iOS version:

Google Play Music simply does not have an iOS version, for understandable reasons. Still, it is an inconvenience for all iPhone users.

5. No Facebook support:

There is no way to link your facebook account to Google Play Music, and there does not seem to be a plan to add this feature anytime soon. So for all of us who like sharing what we are listening to on facebook, Google Play Music is not the way to go.

6. Load times/buffering:

Google Play Music does not seem to cache track data, this leads to long loading times between songs, as well as frequent buffering mid track.

7. Long Names:

This might be a small issue, but it makes all the difference when you have several songs with similar names. When a song has a long name that does not fit the screen, it is useful to have the name roll across the screen to be able to read the rest of it. A lot of services and devices do that, but, unfortunately, Google Play Music does not.

These were just a few of the issues that we face with Spotify and Google Play Music, and there are of course more that could be discussed. In the end, most of these problems are not anything major, and all the platforms still provide fully functional, adequate services.

It would be great though if the creators of these platforms considered amending the small daily issues we all face, it would really improve our listening experience.

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