Spotify is a free music streaming service in many places around the world. It launched in 2008 as an alternative source of downloading and enjoying music. Spotify is a freemium service, allowing many features of the service to be free to everyone. Some features, like improved audio quality, need a monthly subscription to Spotify Premium.
Spotify has over 30 million songs available in its catalogue. Within the app, you can search through the songs by song title, artist, album, or record label. Many of today's popular artists are available on the service, however some have taken down or refused to add their music. Many of the complaints from artists stem from fair compensation for their life's work.
As you listen to music on the service, it begins to understand the types of music you enjoy. Spotify can then offer curated playlists on a weekly basis that can help you discover new music. Discover Weekly is one such playlist, a weekly curated list based on songs you previously listened to. Other playlists that could be offered include, but are not limited to, Release Radar, and Daily Mix.
You can follow artists, friends, and public playlists. You can then receive updates on when new songs are added, and see what friends are listening to.
Spotify comes with some subscription services, such as Spotify Premium and Premium for Family. Spotify Premium offers extra features beyond the free service. This includes higher quality audio, downloadable songs, and no ads. Premium for Family is a way to share the benefits of Spotify Premium to two or more people in a household. Premium for Family allows you and up to five family members to enjoy Spotify Family at a flat monthly cost.
Spotify is a free app, with the option to pay a subscription to enjoy more of what Spotify has to offer.