The Swedish music streaming service Spotify comes in two versions – free and paid. It is the free version that is the most popular among users of the service. If Spotify says that it has more than 380 million active monthly users worldwide, then it also claims that there are only 150 million paid subscribers among them. Slightly less. than half of the total.
Of course, Spotify wouldn’t be the market leader if it didn’t have its strengths. Of the obvious advantages of the service, this is a really convenient application and interface in the desktop version (which works very quickly, that’s a fact), good sound quality and accurate recommendations, and most importantly, really very worthy algorithms, thanks to which these playlists and recommendations are formed. These features are available in both paid and free versions.
First, after downloading the application, you need to indicate your preferences – the service will offer various genres and moods of music (as many music services do). It is better not to be lazy and really devote time to this stage. Spotify’s recommendation algorithms are some of the best, and we need help getting to know you better.
In the free version of the application, all 70 million tracks are available, which are rich in the service’s media library, as well as all the main functions. Skipping songs is limited to six per hour, you can’t use the streaming service offline, and you can’t save tracks you like. The most annoying limitation of the free version will be advertising, which sounds very often and sometimes just unexpectedly.
A paid subscription will unlock new benefits for users. With it, it will be possible to avoid listening to advertising, which now sounds in free versions. Spotify Premium costs $9.99 per month, and for that you get a completely ad-free experience. You can listen to as much music as you want and never get distracted by ads.
You can also listen to any track, album, artist or playlist you like at any time in any order with unlimited skips. Basically, you can listen to any music without any restrictions in both desktop and mobile apps.
One of the best things about a premium account is that you can download tracks for offline listening on both the mobile and desktop apps. This is great if you want to save money on mobile data or if your laptop or phone isn’t always connected to the internet while you work. This turns Spotify into an offline music service rather than an online music streaming service.
You also get the opportunity to listen to high quality audio streams. The free plan streams tracks at 96 kbps on mobile and 160 kbps on your computer, a slight but noticeable drop in quality compared to CD. With Premium, you can listen to tracks at up to 320 kbps, which to most people is completely indistinguishable from CD-quality sound.