Review of Spotify

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Published date: 30 November 2022
11 December 2022 on 7:50 am

The fact that Spotify is the top dog in the massive, continuous conflict of streaming music is the only thing that never changes. Due to its enormous collection, collaborative playlists, podcasts, and a host of other alluring features, Spotify continues to reign supreme despite competition from Apple Music, which offers a ton of features, and Tidal, which caters to audiophiles. Along with Apple Music and SiriusXM Internet Radio, Spotify continues to be a top-rated, all-around Editors’ Choice winner for streaming music services for the reasons listed above and more.

Spotify’s user interface

Spotify’s popularity is a big part of its success. Launching the online player, downloading one of the desktop programs (available for Chromebooks, Linux, Mac, and Windows), or setting up a mobile app will let you access Spotify (available for Android, iOS). Additionally, Spotify is available on TVs, set-top boxes, smartwatches, and home gaming consoles.

Because you can use the desktop programs to play M4P, MP3, and MP4 audio files that are stored on your computer, they have an edge over the online player and mobile apps. For those who wish to play all of your audio files and music streams from a one area, this is a very nice option. Unfortunately, M4A files cannot be played on the desktop application.

However, the iOS and Android apps have a unique feature in common. Behind The Lyrics is a service provided by Spotify on mobile in conjunction with Genius, one of the most well-liked lyrics websites online. This function highlights selected lyrics when singing or rapping, but not the entire lyrics! Both the desktop and online applications lack lyrics. Additionally, Behind The Lyrics provides background information about songs, such as song facts or inspirations. It’s a fantastic addition that strongly reminds me of the venerable Pop-Up Video program on VH-1.

How Much Can You Afford?

By registering for Spotify Free or one of the four Spotify Premium tiers, you can start listening to music right away. You can manage your digital music files, listen at 160Kbps, manage audio and banner advertisements, and interact with others using the included social networking tools with the free edition.

The $9.99 monthly fee You may stream songs on demand and listen to certain albums before they are published with Spotify Premium. On your computer, phone, or other devices, you may cache music for offline playing. The audio quality is also improved to 320Kbps on this tier. With regard to features and quality, Premium is pricey yet worthwhile. However, unlike SiriusXM Internet Radio, the Editors’ Choice for streaming services that specialize on live programming, Spotify does not allow you to record its audio.

With Spotify’s Family Plan, six individuals may each get a premium membership for only $14.99 per month. That cost is in line with the average family plan cost in the market. Several unique features are included in Spotify’s family package, including Family Mix (a vulgarity-free mix for your family) and Spotify Kids (a separate service aimed at children).

Spotify Duo is the best option if you require a service that just covers two individuals. Without Spotify Kids, the $12.99/month tier is effectively a Family Plan for two people. Duo Mix is even its own variation on Family Mix.

For $4.99 a month, Spotify offers a student plan, but it’s not your normal student plan. This one also includes a Hulu package with ads ($5.99 monthly; regular price) and a Showtime plan ($10 monthly; regular price). There is no other streaming music service that can compete with that absurdly excellent offer. The $14.95 per month Apple One service bundle, which includes Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and AppleTV+, is the most comparable.

The videos on Spotify

One with Deep Content

More than 70 million songs, audiobooks, comedies, radio plays, podcasts, poetry readings, and speeches may be found in Spotify’s collection. It’s a comprehensive collection, and we’re pleasantly delighted that it has the whole “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which was featured on the HistorySpeaks podcast. In reality, Spotify features a ton of goodies that aren’t music-related, such The Joe Budden Podcast and a few Hulu Originals soundtracks. These elements serve as a complement to LiveXLive’s DJs, music history, in-depth music editorials, and unique films, which are similar to those on Tidal. Despite this, Spotify doesn’t contain a lot of music or concert videos. In that sense, YouTube Music is superior.

By clicking on an artist’s name, you may access more songs by them as well as the About tab, which has a biography, images, and connections to relevant Spotify sites for that artist. While testing, we passed a good chunk of time jumping between Alicia Keys, Isaac Hayes, and Booker T. and the MGs, reading the in-depth biographies, and listening to music. LiveXLive’s DNA station, on the other hand, does a better job of elaborating on artist biographies by using interviews and playing the music that shaped the musicians’ sound.

a playlist on Spotify

Community and Playlists

You may rely on the Spotify library. A Tribe Called Quest’s complete album was streamed by us. We obtained it from this… I appreciate your service. Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin II and Late Nights & Heartbreak by Hannah Williams & The Affirmations. Taylor Swift, who previously had a noteworthy falling out with Spotify over money and saw her withdraw her repertoire from the site, is among the large and independent musicians on Spotify.

With any of the songs or albums in Spotify’s extensive library, you may create playlists. By default, Spotify plays again the songs on your playlists without pausing. Additionally, Spotify lets you crossfade tracks and even choose the duration of the fade (1–12 seconds). Although we don’t frequently utilize it, DJs (or would-be DJs) might find it intriguing.

If you wish to create a playlist with a buddy, enable collaborative playlist editing so that others may make changes to your playlist. That concept is developed further in the premium function known as Group Session. It allows you and other Spotify Premium customers to control the playback of the same material on your own devices at the same time. Group Sessions may accommodate two to five individuals, and happily you can email a link to friends and relatives to ask them to unwind. Trolls won’t be able to interrupt your sessions because of this.

The Sound on Spotify

Sound quality is decent on Spotify’s free 128Kbps and premium 320Kbps streaming. The sound quality is acceptable if you’re not an audiophile. The 128Kbps streaming on iHeartRadio pale in comparison to this.

Spotify HiFi, a service that provides tunes in lossless, CD-quality audio, will be available later this year (though, not Hi-Res Audio). Additionally, Spotify Connect will be supported by Spotify HiFi, allowing you to stream music to smart devices and use your phone as a controller. A cost for this new package has not yet been disclosed by Spotify.

If you have a nice set of headphones and would like greater audio quality, you should get Tidal’s $19.99/month HiFi package. It allows Tidal to offer non-compressed FLAC audio at 1411 Kbps, which is substantially higher quality than your typical audio stream. Even better, HiFi comes with Tidal Masters, a music library that provides high-resolution, studio-quality audio streaming. They have a great sound. Hi-Res Audio is also available on Apple Music, Primephonic, Qobuz, and Amazon Music Unlimited.

Cool Qualities

You may make an Artist Radio station that plays music from your favorite performers as well as artists with a similar sound in addition to listening to singles, albums, and playlists. We enjoy Harlem’s Artist Radio, which in our testing played songs by the Dum Dum Girls and other noteworthy indie rock acts. As with other music streaming services, you may like and block tracks to personalize your Artist Radio experience.

As previously mentioned, Spotify lacks Slacker DNA stations and LiveXLive’s educational DJs who present specific playlists. It has Spotify Sessions instead, which are authentic artist recordings created in Spotify Studios. Although Kelly Clarkson’s passable rendition of Prince’s “Kiss” was tolerable, we preferred John Legend’s “All of Me.”

Get yourself a VPN if you’re worried about streaming your favorite music over, say, a public Wi-Fi network. A virtual private network protects your phone, tablet, or PC from prying eyes and, depending on where the VPN server is located, can enable you to listen to music with regional music rights. However, be cautious as it is against Spotify’s terms of service to use a VPN to circumvent licensing limitations.

Excellent Online Music Streaming Service

Simply said, Spotify is a fantastic music streaming service that receives the Editors’ Choice award from soft360. It is a top choice for streaming music and other stuff linked to pop culture since it contains a ton of amazing music, exclusive tracks, and podcasts. Check out LiveXLive, which is an Editors’ Choice recommendation for concerts, if you enjoy live performances. Tidal, another Editors’ Choice selection, is the way to go if you like Hi-Res Audio and priority access to event tickets.

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