If you love music and you have not yet ventured into the world of Spotify then you are missing a trick. Looking for that old song that you haven’t heard for years? Want to listen to a band’s new album before paying out your hard earned cash for it? Want to discover similar artists to those that you already like? Spotify can provide this and more.
How Much Does It Cost?
There are currently three plans. The basic version, which is free but funded by having adverts played between tracks. Premium PC Only which costs £4.99 per month and allows playback on your desktop PC or Premium Everywhere which is £9.99 per month and allows you to play back music, advert free, from any device including smart phones and tablets.
How Do I Get It?
For your PC or laptop go to the Spotify Website www.spotify.com, sign up for an account (free or otherwise) and download the Windows or MAC client for your system. This will then install on your system and you can access Spotify via the desktop icon.
For smartphones and tablets, go to your featured Store (Google Play, Amazon Store, Apple Store etc;) and search for Spotify. You’ll need a full premium account to play back on these devices though.
Note that you can trial the Premiums service free for one month.
When downloading you can either create a new account with your email details, or use your Facebook account to login. If you are a Facebook user then this is a good way to connect as it will let you share music and see the shared music and playlists of your Facebook friends.
How Do I Use It?
One thing that can be said is that Spotify is very easy to use. To search for a band or song, click in the search box at the top of Spotify and search for the item that you want to listen to. In the example I have searched for the Osmonds (sorry!) and you can see the first page of results.
To play a track double click on the song title.
To see other Osmond tracks click on the band name.
What Else Can I Do?
There are lots of other features to discover. You can create your own play lists, add your own record collection to your Spotify interface, follow your favourite bands, look for concerts and much more. One feature that I like and use a lot is the ‘artist radio’ button. You choose an artist and click this button and it will play similar music in a ‘custom’ radio station.
Do Artists Get Paid For Spotify Plays?
The short answer is yes. However, some artists are not happy with the amount of royalties being paid by Spotify and have either refused to list their music or have withdrawn from the service. Thankfully (for us) they are in the minority and many artist feel that Spotify offers an effective medium for spreading their art. I recently wrote to a rock band (Liberty Lies) that I discovered on Spotify and asked their opinion. I don’t own the album and I listen to them on Spotify using my £4.99 a month subscription. Their response was positive and they cited that if it hadn’t been for Spotify I may never have heard of them and would not have gone to gigs to see them. So, as you can see, opinions vary.