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The best thing on the internet?
Member Name: helenc72
Date: 28/03/12, updated on 19/07/12 (33 review reads)
Advantages: Huge selection of music at your fingertips
Disadvantages: Not quite everything is on there (but nearly)
I had a free Spotify account for about 6 months and have now got a premium account for 6 months as part of my Virgin Media package. Spotify was not available in the country where I used to live, so being able to use it was one of the things I was really pleased about when moving back to the UK!
=== Free Account ===
The free account is definitely worth having but its limits can be slightly annoying if you are a heavy user. Your music is interrupted by adverts roughly after every 4th or 5th song. I recently discovered there was a limit on the number of times you can listen to the same song in a month (5 times) and the total time you can spend streaming music per month (10 hours). This 10 hour limit seemed to come and go, as I definitely listened to more than 10 hours on many occasions, but last month I was stopped after 10 hours. If you have the free account you can log in to Spotify while out of the country and benefit from your music while travelling, but if you are away longer than 2 weeks your access will then be stopped, as I discovered when I went to America for 3 weeks in the New Year!
Looking past these limitations, you have access to the same huge music bank as the paid users. You get whole songs, not clips. You can listen to nearly all albums as soon as they are released or sometimes even before. When you search for an artist you can see their most popular songs, all albums and tracklists, similar artists, playlists which users have made featuring this artist, etc. You can create your own playlists or just search and listen without saving what you have listened to. There is also a radio where you can listen to certain genres or music which is similar to a certain artist etc.
I introduced my dad to Spotify and he was so impressed with it. He has a large CD and vinyl collection and thought he could get rid of a lot of it to save space and just use Spotify. He also liked the way he could find related artists and catch up on old releases which he had missed. I agree Spotify is a great way to keep up to date with music and try things which I might have wasted money on before by buying the album and finding out I didn't like it.
If you want you can link your account to Facebook, Twitter or Last.Fm to share your music with your friends, track your listening habits and get recommendations. I like the Last.Fm link as I am a regular last.fm user and I find it useful to be able to get a record of what I listened to, for example if I heard something good on the Spotify radio and later wanted to find out what it was.
=== Paid Accounts ===
There are two subscription options at £5 or £10 a month. If you pay £5 you get unlimited access to the music with no adverts and no restrictions on how much you play. If you pay £10 you get this as well as offline mode and ability to play music from Spotify through your phone. I received the £10 premium suscription from Virgin Media, but really the £5 would be enough for my needs. I will get that once my 6 months from Virgin have finished.
=== Overall ===
I really recommend this.