Well maybe, sort of, let me explain. For a couple of years I had of course heard of Spotify. Was never entirely clear what it was. Well I can now enlighten those, who perhaps like me, weren’t and still aren’t sure precisely what it is. Essentially it’s a music library you listen to like an internet jukebox. You don’t own any of the music, you just listen to it. Currently there are three levels of subscription available:
1. Free – For this you get unlimited access to music for 6 months with adverts. The ads are similar to listening to commercial radio i.e. they are between tracks. Depending on the album you listen to the ads seem to be more or less frequent. They aren’t actually that annoying and after a while you almost tune out to them when they occur. After 6 months of this unlimited listening I think you are then restricted to a couple of hours a week. In short the free deal is really only for 6 months after which point it is still usable but in only short bursts.
2. £4.99 a month – Essentially the same as 1 except no ads i.e. unlimited music for as long as you keep paying.
3. £9.99 a month – Same as 2 except you get what are known as Premium Features. These extras include the ability to listen offline, mobile support (Options 1 and 2 are restricted to PC and Laptops) and exclusive content. Offline mode means you actually download the tracks to a mobile device but they are only readable using the Spotify mobile app i.e. you can’t then copy them and keep them for ever, well unless you keep paying.
At the moment I am just using the free subscription. Chances are I will upgrade to the £4.99 a month at some point soon. So no, the title of this blog was a lie. You will need to buy music, it’s simply that you can listen to a lot more of it for comparatively little outlay. Even at a tenner a month it’s only £120 a year which equates to buying and owning perhaps 24 cd’s at £5 each.
Seems a good deal to me.