Spotify is a Swedish music streaming site that is free to all internet users. Unless of course you want to pay for the premium package to avoid the adds. By making an account, you have access to millions of songs and playlists within the community.
One of the major benefits of the site is that it allows you to log in with Facebook, automatically linking you to your Facebook friends who are also streaming the Spotify music.
Artists can also choose to have accounts on the site by contract to offer their tracks to millions of listeners. Spotify pays the artists base on their ‘market share’ and how many times their media is streamed in comparison to the total number of songs streamed on the service. This helps combat the piracy of music.
The last benefit of using Spotify is having the ability to share playlists and see what your friends are listening to. You can update what your listening to on Facebook and there is a live music bar on the right hand side of the program that gives you updates on what you’re friends are listening to right now. This promotes the exposure of different artists and connection to other people through music.
The downfalls to joining this community are that Spotify is only available when online. Through the premium account, you can download songs on playlists but otherwise you may find that you have limited access if you don’t always have access to the Internet.
Another limitation is there is no chat bar or inbox to directly send your friends songs or discuss recent music. This forces you to pay closer attention to the live feed and the activity tab if you want to discover more music and connect with your friends.
If you don’t already, would you use Spotify? Do you think there are better music-sharing
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