Bring the noise
Spotify is hard to beat for listening to your favourite music on your mobile. In fact, we reckon it’s one of the essential apps for smartphones and tablets.
You can use Spotify free of charge, or upgrade to a premium subscription for £9.99 per month. Lucky students get 50% off the premium price, so pay just £4.99 a month. Here’s what each option gives you:
Spotify Premium vs Free-mium
With Spotify free, you can select your favourite artists and albums and listen to their songs in shuffle mode (although you can skip five tracks every hour). You can also listen to playlists and discover some great new music. But you’re going to have to put up with adverts every few songs.
If you upgrade to Spotify Premium, the big benefits are:
- You can listen to songs in any order you choose
- You can download tracks and listen to them offline
- You get better high definition sound quality
If you’re using Spotify as a bit of background music while you’re doing other things and aren’t too fussed with ads breaking up the flow, then Spotify free could be all you need.
If you consider yourself more of a music fan, then you’ll probably appreciate the benefits of upgrading to premium. If you agree that some albums need to be listened to from start to finish, you’re in good company.
Here at The Lowdown, we wouldn’t tolerate listening to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in anything other than the correct running order (or the latest Ministry of Sound Mash Up Mix, even. We’re a pretty eclectic bunch).
Our top tips
Most Spotify users will be happy just to listen to their favourite songs and playlists, but dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that Spotify has much more to offer. For example:
1. Bring your own
You can import everything in your iTunes or Window Media Library to Spotify. This is a great option if you’ve got any rare tracks in your collection that even the mighty Spotify hasn’t heard of.
If you’re a premium user these tracks can be synced to all your mobile devices, and you can listen to them without any internet connection
Go to the ‘Local Files’ section in your Spotify ‘Preferences’ menu to take advantage of this feature.
You can try out the new Summer Rewind playlist feature, which compiles allof your top tracks from summers goneby.
2. Pick up a good book
Spotify isn’t just about music; there’s also some great classic literature hidden away in its libraries. We found it best searching for our favourite author as ‘artists’, and then viewing their books as ‘albums’.
You’re going to need a premium subscription if you want to listen to books though, unless you enjoy the challenge of listening to chapters in a completely random order.
3. Don't hog the playlist
You can make your very own playlists and share them on Spotify of course, but you can also work together with your friends to create a collaborative playlist.
If you’ve got a big party or holiday coming up, this is a great way of getting everyone involved, and it should go some way towards stopping the usual bickering about who should be in control of the music…
To get started simply create your own playlist, click the ‘Collaborative Playlist’ option, and share it with your friends.
We hope you like our suggestions for getting the most out of Spotify. If you’ve been using it for a while and have a few tip and tricks of your own, we’d love to hear them.