Don’t know or want to know the Spotify music streaming service in depth to enjoy the best of it? Come with me!
Currently, Spotify is the largest music streaming service and has more than 356 million monthly active users, of which 158 million are subscribers.
But is Spotify really a good service for all needs? Find out now in this article in which I will show you all the features and functionality of the service, describing the strengths, weaknesses, or areas that need improvement.
Spotify music library
Spotify now has more than 70 million songs with a good variety, ranging from little-known artists to world “stars”. Many end up preferring the streaming service precisely because the company can efficiently cover a good variety of styles, artists, and local music from different regions of the world. However, depending on your musical taste, you may prefer other services.
If you want to test whether the songs you usually listen to are on another service, just use services dedicated to analyzing the songs you want to transfer and locating them on the platform you want to migrate.
Spotify music quality
If you access Spotify now, if you are a Premium subscriber, you will have access to streaming audio at a bitrate of 320kbps in Ogg Vorbis format. However, by the end of the year, the platform will gain the ability to play tracks in a lossless format.
After reading the articles above, I think you must have understood that what matters is the quality of the mastering of that specific album you want. That is, the idea is that you try to create a list of albums, artists, and playlists and migrate between the streaming services to find out what is the quality of the master chosen by the competitor for that album. Also, read the article below:
- How to use Spotify with other devices
- How to use Spotify on a connected screen
- How to Use Spotify on a TV
- How to use Spotify Music with Speakers
- How To use Spotify on PlayStation®, Xbox, and Discord
- How to use Spotify on a connected watch
- How to use Spotify in the car
- Spotify Vs Apple Music: Which Music App Is Best
- How To Cancel Spotify Premium Subscription
The usability of a streaming application will interfere with the user experience and one of the aspects that influence this is the interface. It is through it that you will search for your songs, share albums and playlists with your friends, and find the best indications.
Fortunately, Spotify has invested a lot in this area in an attempt to offer the best possible experience for its users, but not everything is perfect and we have to carefully analyze the details.
When accessing Spotify’s home screen, we have a welcome phrase at the top (good morning, good afternoon, good night) with the most played albums and playlists by the user just below.
Soon after, as the platform is investing a lot in podcasts lately, there is a list of programs to know.
Below we have the most varied indications of songs, playlists, and albums, such as:
- “Your songs miss you”
- recently played
- Recommended for today
- selected albums
- releases of the day
- Music for gaming (influence of the gaming and e-sports industry?)
- Done for you
- New releases for you
- great composers
- Indications of albums similar to the ones you’ve heard, citing a specific one with a list of options
- suggested artists
“Your library” screen
Underneath the Spotify app screen, there are three options: Home, Search, and Your Library. The “your library” page is where all your “favorite” playlists, podcasts, albums, and songs are saved.
This section has already been modified a lot by the platform’s developers in order to make it easier for the user to find what he wants easily and, currently, it is a unified list with filters that can be applied.
In “your library” you can use the magnifying glass to find something specific or filter by the following categories:
- Podcasts and programs
Also, Spotify recently implemented the function of pinning items to the top of this favorites list. You can now “pin” your favorite playlists, podcasts, and albums to the top for easy access when you want to access them again. This makes it much easier in case you frequently access the same content.
On Spotify’s playback screen, we have in the right corner of the screen a little further down the center button to like the track that is being played.
However, the vertical “…” button, which is multifunctional, is located at the top of the display in the right corner, a place not very favorable for those with a large cell phone and small hands. Through the “…” it is possible to:
- hide the music
- add to playlist
- add to queue
- access the album
- Access artist page
- To share
- use the timer
- Go to the music radio
- Show song credits
If the user wants to play on another device, he must select the icon located at the bottom left of the playback screen.
This button is used to access the Spotify Connect function There is also a dedicated button for selecting and sorting songs to define what will be played next. It’s located at the bottom right, on the same row/height as Spotify Connect.
The rest of the buttons are common to any music player, having: play, pause, proceed to the next track, rewind to the previous song, shuffle (randomly play the songs in the album or playlist), and loop playback.
Spotify search screen
In the search tab, when you tap the text box to write the song, artist, or podcast you want to find, a camera icon will appear in the right corner for you to scan the playback codes of albums, playlists, and songs. It’s an interesting feature in case you want to surprise someone.
Listening to music without the internet (offline)
Currently, it is possible to listen to music without using the internet (offline) both on smartphones and on smartwatches (Android and watchOS) and computers (notebooks and desktops).
Unfortunately, however, downloads may be removed if you do not access the app for 30 days or if you download content on more than 5 devices. In addition, it is not possible to select on the smartphone exactly where to save the songs (internal memory or micro SD card).
According to the DMS YouTube channel, Spotify is one of the lowest-paying streaming services for playing tracks. Check below the dollar amount you pay for each time a song is played on music streaming platforms:
- Apple Music: $0.00783
- Spotify: $0.00437
- Amazon Music: 0.00402
Spotify desktop version
When accessing the desktop version of Spotify, you’ll get a continuity of what was being played, for example, on your cell phone or tablet, showing which streaming service can perfectly synchronize one platform with the other, continuing the user experience.
If you are using your smartphone to play music and open the program on your notebook, you will see that the tracks that are being played will change at the same time, following what is being heard at the moment.
Spotify’s interface for PC looks a lot like the one on mobile these days. However, the position of the 3 tabs (Home, Search, and Your Library) are in the left corner of the screen instead of being at the bottom (the place where the currently playing music is).
In addition, in the right corner, we still have a column that shows the activity of friends on Spotify, giving more social dynamics to the experience of listening to music.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the “exclusive mode” nor the “force volume” mode present in the desktop version of Spotify. According to Spotify, the “exclusive mode” will only make a difference for songs with “Hi-Fi” quality (16-bit CD quality) and “Master” (Hi-res or 24-bit audio),
whereas when enabled, it will take only the application to use the audio processed by the DAC or DAC/amp, eliminating possible interference caused by the system.
The “force volume” function will make Tidal ignore the app and OS (operating system) volume settings, passing control to the DAC/amp or amplifier. Check below how to use these features.
Spotify Premium Price
As you may have noticed, music streaming is starting to turn towards high-fidelity audio. however, 1 year later, in 2019, we had an uptick in pace with Amazon Music HD, followed by Spotify and Apple, which announced the arrival of lossless streaming for this year, 2021.
Currently, if you want lossless audio streaming, the streaming service that is paying the most is Apple Music, which decided not to charge anything extra for this improvement.
Until Spotify makes its lossless music plan available, we don’t know whether or not it will compensate for the changes for Premium subscribers.
However, the service has recently gone through a price increase, from $16.90 to $19.90, thus becoming more expensive than Apple Music and Amazon Music (other than Hi-fi). Check out the updated values of the streaming services below:
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