Application of the Week: Spotify

By James Crowell
November 1, 2011

The music-streaming service Spotify launched in the U.S. this past summer. You can listen to your Spotify on-the-go using their mobile application.

You can get instant access to 15 million tracks from thousands of albums and artists using the free tier of the service.

For $5 a month, users get the bonus of no advertising while using their unlimited service.When users pay $10 a month for Spotify premium, you can get offline mode on your mobile and desktop computers, along with enhanced sound quality.

Spotify can be accessed using Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux desktop operating systems. Mobile versions of the music service include an app available on all iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, webOS and Boxee devices.

Users can set up playlists and share or edit them together with other users. For this purpose, the playlist link can directly be dragged into an email or an instant messaging window.

Spotify is currently only available in Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Norway, Finland, France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States.

Spotify also allows registered users to integrate their account with existing Facebook and Twitter accounts. Once a user integrates their Spotify account with other social media profiles, they are able to access their friends’ favorite music and/or playlists. Facebook compatibility allows Spotify users to share music with Facebook friends through the use of the service’s inbox.

Users of Spotify are able to send tracks or playlists to friends, who in return, are able to access this music through their Spotify accounts. It was announced on Sept. 26 that all new accounts would require users to access spotify via a Facebook login.

Spotify allows you to listen to almost any song or album music whenever you want and it is recommended for anyone who wants to listen to any and all kinds of music without usage restrictions or bandwidth limits.

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James Crowell

Senior com major at Cabrini College. Technical Director for LOQation. On-Air personality on WYBF-FM. Past News editor for The Loquitur, 2011-12. Passion for videography, tech news & quantum mechanics. Follow me @JamesCrowellJr

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