If you are living under a rock Spotify is the top of its league. They´ve revolutionized the music industry by striking a balance between the listeners and the music industry. I mean, the music industry doesn´t like their songs to be downloaded for free and at the same time users don´t want to pay way too much for a whole album when they only like one song from it. This is where Spotify comes in and offers a compromise to both stakeholders. On the surface, Spotify is just another app that lets you play over 30 million songs that you are technically renting and don´t own. But it is constantly improving by adding new features like Spotify Connect which permits you to play songs over wifi, videos, podcasts, language learning audio programs, and lately a feature that matches music to your running pace. Moreover, it has created a community with unique playlists for you to stream. So to make is simpler I´ve added a table that shows you the pros and cons.
The verdict: Despite the increasing competition, Spotify is spot on! It still a top of the pack for streaming music. However, do you really want to pay 9.99 a month for really few added features compared to Spotify for free? The only add on is being able to skip a song and skipping corny ads like discounts on food for your pet goat. I thank Spotify for the free 3 month trial but hey no thanks for a full Spotify Premium account I´d rather listen to ads and not have the option to skip songs. I´ve only added songs that I really love anyway!
|Its massive collection of songs. We are looking at 30 million songs for crying out loud!||Combining your own music files with Spotify´s catalog is next to impossible! This is something basic that you can do in Itunes.|
|The premium is completely ad free. Say goodbye to gibberish ads about tampons and a discount on the hardware store nearest you!||Everything is recorded they have yet to have live radio stations.|
|The interface is very easy to use. You get the option to choose which songs you want to listen to nearest you and skip the ones you don´t like.||Only one user can use it at a time. So if you have a boyfriend forget about sharing the same account even if you share the same taste in music. You´ll have to get a different account to be able to enjoy Spotify premium at 9.99 a month x 12 months x 2 people that´s a painful $240 a year.|
|It is constantly improving. As mentioned they´ve added a lot of new features.||Whatever happened to privacy? If you´ve added friends on Spotify you get to see each other´s top played songs. Really? I don´t like my straight friends seeing me play Lady Gaga, Britney, and Rihanna on loop.|