What is Spotify? Spotify is an on-demand music streaming program similar to iTunes that lets you listen to over 15 million songs on your computer for FREE.
Spotify has been in Europe for a few years now, but it FINALLY made its US debut a couple weeks ago. How does it work? Basically, all you do is go to spotify.com to download the program on your Mac or PC (you have to ask for an invitation first, it only took me a day to get invited though). After you download the program, it automatically imports all of your songs from iTunes, playlists and all. Then that’s it, you can browse the “What’s New” section or go directly to the search bar, where you will find pretty much everything. Once you find an artist, you can also discover new music by hitting the “Related Artists” tab.
I know, it seems too good to be true, but it gets better. You can instantly create playlists with songs you want to keep; there are absolutely no download times, which is AWESOME. Spotify is also social. You can link your Facebook account to Spotify, which then shows you all of your fb friends that use Spotify. Then, you can see your friends top artists and top tracks, playlists they have created, and you can even subscribe to these playlists. Also, you can share tracks with Facebook and Twitter instantly with a click of a button.
Now there is a catch, of course. Spotify is completely free, but not without audio ads, which interrupt your music about every 15 minutes for about 20 seconds, just like Pandora. There are also ads that pop up on the side or bottom of the screen every once in a while, which is slightly annoying. New Spotify users get 6 months of unlimited listening, but after that I believe it goes to like 10 hours month. You can, for $5 a month, upgrade to Spotify without any ads, and for $10 a month, upgrade to Spotify without any ads and the ability put your Spotify music on your smartphone.
So, will Spotify replace my iTunes and terrible online downloading habits? No, not yet anyways. But I do love the simplicity of it, the ease of being able to search a database of 15 million songs, download them for free, see what my friends are listening to, and share songs with fb and Twitter instantly. I think it’s going to take off in the US very quickly and hopefully more of my friends will get it so we can share playlists (as of tonight I only have 7 fb friends with Spotify… c’mon guys)
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or comments below!