Spotify: the best thing to happen to music?

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


EVERYONE loves music. To have a large library of tunes at your fingertips is any music lover’s dream, and thankfully, Spotify has come to make that a reality.
Spotify is a music streaming service which allows access to a huge selection of sounds. Think of any artist you can, and chances are they’re in Spotify’s library.

One of the best things about Spotify is how fast tracks load. While one of the most popular methods of listening to music nowadays is by finding them on Youtube, Spotify loads much faster, making it ideal for listening to playlists as one can listen to multiple tracks uninterrupted by buffering.

Speaking of playlists, one of Spotify’s best features is the sheer number of playlists it has to offer. Select a category and you’ll find a large number of playlists under it to tailor your needs. If you want to listen to music while working out, you’ll find playlists to suit a multitude of workout, from people doing yoga to those lifting weights.

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If you can’t find a particular playlist to fit your needs, you can always sift through Spotify’s library and create your own with the music you prefer. These playlists can also be shared publicly for others to follow and listen to.

What truly sets Spotify apart from other music streaming services, however, is the ability to listen to music on their mobile devices offline.

Subscribing to their premium service for P129 per month grants a user the ability to download tracks to listen to in Spotify’s offline mode.

Don’t go thinking that you’re downloading the tracks right onto your device, however. Spotify’s offline listening option means creating offline playlists and syncing them with Spotify’s library to listen to them offline. This doesn’t mean that you’ll find the tracks in your device’s song library, but that you’ll be able to access these offline playlists through the Spotify application.

For audiophiles with music preferences spanning different genres and artists, P129 a month is a steal to potentially have a massive library of music wherever they go. The premium service is a must for anyone serious about taking their music with them on the go. For those who mostly listen at home or other places with internet connections, however, the free version which is supported by ads is perfectly fine. Desktop users can also listen on Spotify by accessing their web player on the Spotify website.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 23, 2014.

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