I heard about Spotify via Facebook. I saw the ‘big announcement’ that Spotify had come to the U.S. and it was by invitation only. I went to the website to check it out and signed up. My invite came less than 2 weeks later – a nice surprise. I didn’t know what a great find I had…more later.
I got my account set up and had to download a desktop client—you’ll need to do this for every computer/device you have. There’s no limit to how many machines it’s installed on. They just need to be tied to the same account. The interface is rather iTunes like – don ‘t you think? Yes, there’s a Mac version as well as an iPhone & Android app (for Free and Limited versions). But more about mobile later.
This is SO COOL
After I installed the client and started looking around, I couldn’t believe that I could actually pull up and listen to exactly what I wanted! I’m used to Pandora, which is great, but the user has to depend on Pandora to gather the music they think we want based upon a few selections we’ve made. I’ve enjoyed Pandora, but I’ve found myself clicking on the ‘thumbs down’ button quite a bit and yet I keep hearing that same artist I declined—or perhaps I’m not rejecting the artist, but just that song.
Anyway,right now I’m mellowing out listening to one of my favorite albums, Simon and Garfunkel, while I write and it’s wonderful. I typed in Simon and Garfunkel, Spotify presented me with several albums, I chose the one I want and dragged it into ‘Play Queue’, then make a new playlist and called it Simon and Garfunkel, then put all the songs over into the playlist and it’s saved for future use! With over 15 million songs in their library, I think most any user will be satisfied.
My biggest dilemma is trying to remember the names of the groups I grew up with and get them into playlists!
Import Your Music into Spotify
There is the ability to import your music collection into Spotify and then you can listen to their music or your music. Yes, you can import your iTunes library. and playlists. When I installed the client, I noticed it already had found and imported all my music (in Zune), into Spotify, which I don’t recall telling it to do. I’ve noticed it even imported all the podcasts in, which makes it kind of messy. I haven’t played around with it to see if I can take that out.
The free version is what I have right now and it’s fine for my needs. Right now there are no listening limits in the U.S., but that will probably change. It did in Europe.
The $4.99 unlimited is a great deal. I don’t have any music subscription services. If I were to get one, it would be this one. You do get ads with the free version – they seem to come around about every 15 minutes.
The $9.99 premium is a great deal too because it’ll sync your music with all your devices and allow you to listen off-line.
You can check out all the details here. Those of us with free accounts and iPhones or Android phones can download and use the app. You won’t have access to the music library or offline mode, but you can search for and play tracks.
Premium users can do it all – sync all your music, listen offline, or stream on-line. They say they support nearly every phone if you have the premium plan.
If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t wait!