Hopefully music piracy will become a thing of the past with Spotify, a huge library of on-demand music that is free on electronic devices.
The library consists of a 15 million-track catalog. It was created in 2008 in Sweden and is now accessible in 16 countries, including the United States.
To get Spotify, you need to have an active Facebook account. You can download it onto your device from Spotify’s website, www.spotify.com. It is available for most PCs and is very quick and easy and does not require any money initially. You log into Spotify using your Facebook password. You can search for music by artist, album, record label, genre or playlist as well as by direct searches. There are advertisements that play just like Pandora but you can eliminate them by upgrading to Premium ($9.99 per month) or Unlimited ($4.99 per month).
With Premium Spotify, listeners can enjoy audio free of ads and listen to albums that have yet to be released. Premium also lets you cache songs for offline playback on your computer, phone or other devices. You can even use offline mode on your mobile.
Unlimited Spotify gives you music free of advertisements and lets you stream an unlimited amount of music. Regular Spotify is a free way to listen to the music you love.
Unlike Pandora, Spotify gives you an unlimited amount of skips. You can hop from song to song with no penalty. With Spotify you are able to see what other users are listening to, even some celebrities. Want to send music to a friend? You can send Facebook friends songs that you think they might like too.
Private sessions will not post what you are listening to on Facebook and are great if you want some privacy with your choice of music. It also includes a radio feature available to Unlimited, Premium and regular Spotify users.
The Spotify radio makes random play- lists based on a genre, a certain decade or a specific artist. Skips are unlimited on radio as well. Apps are also available through Spotify; you can use these apps to help you find music, lyrics and much more.
In March, the editors of PC Mag gave Spotify 4½ out of five stars. Spotify is growing in popularity as we speak. People just don’t need to pirate music anymore – why do it if music is free on Spotify?
Sabina Mogavero is a freshman at Pioneer High School.