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7 must-know things for Spotify’s loyal users

If you are a loyal user of Spotify, don't miss the following mind-blowing things.

  1. What is Spotify?

    Spotify is a digital music, podcast, and video streaming service that gives you access to millions of songs and other content from artists all over the world.

    The free version of Spotify offers lots of different features but you can also choose to upgrade to Spotify Premium.

    Spotify is available across many devices, including computers, phones, tablets, speakers, TVs, and cars, and you can easily transition from one to another with Spotify Connect.

  2. How does it work?

    Listen to music more on Spotify only by following these steps:

    • Head to https://www.spotify.com/us/ and sign-up. It is highly recommended to sign up with Facebook if you have an account and want to find and follow friends, see what they're listening to and share songs with them.
    • Choose a subscription level. We'd recommend going for Spotify Premium as it enables you to access more features, offers more flexibility and stronger connection with more devices.
    • Download and install the free Spotify application. There are versions for desktop and iPhone/iPad, PC and Android phones.
    • Sign into your account on those devices and get listening.
  3. How to play music via Spotify on your computer

    Step  1: Double-click the green circular icon on your desktop to open Spotify. Or you can also click Start, then ‘All Programs’ and click Spotify on the list. You’ll not normally need to log in as it’s automatic.

    Step 2: Type the name of a song, artist or composer into the search box. As you type, a drop-down with potential matches for your search will appear. If you can see what you are looking for, then just click on it in the drop-down menu. If not, press Enter.

    Step 3: Now you get a list of tracks based on what you have typed. To play one of them, simply double-click the track you’d like listen to.

    Step 4: Click the name of an artist or an album on the list. You’ll be taken to a page of information about that artist, the albums in the Spotify library, similar artists and individual tracks available.

    Step 5: Now if you double-click on a track, it will continue playing the tracks in the order shown.

  4. How much data does Spotify use?

    It depends on the streaming quality you choose. Thus, it is quite hard to tell exactly how much data Spotify will take.

    A recent monthly report from Spotify said:

    • One hour of music playback will use around 50MB of data when the quality is set to "normal".
    • At normal quality, you can play around 24 hours of music for around 1GB of data usage.
    • At high-quality 1GB will be used in less than 15 hours.
    • At extreme quality, 1GB of data will be used in only 7 hours.
    • You'll use a lot more data with video playback.

    You can check and change the quality of streaming in the settings of your device.

  5. How much does Spotify cost per month?

    Spotify currently operates a two-tier system - premium and free. The Spotify Premium offers reasonable price and has more features than the free version. Basically, you have to pay only $9.99 per month if you use the Spotify Premium. That gives you unlimited, ad-free access to the streaming giant’s more than 30 million songs, and the ability to play music offline.

    If you’re a student, you get an even nicer price of $4.99 month. Make sure that you re-register as a stud after each year, otherwise, Spotify will assume that you have graduated and you will, therefore, have to charge the full price.

    In addition, the Spotify Family Premium was also designed especially for those whose lovers want to stream music. It costs you only $14.99 per month for up to 5 people. However, all of the family members have to have the same address. 

  6. How about the free version?

    If you can’t afford an upgrade to the Spotify Premium, a free version will be definitely the optimal alternative.

    With Spotify Free, you can:

    Listen to your favorite artists and songs anywhere.

    Find perfect playlists for every moment.

    Enjoy the new music.

    Let Spotify pick the tunes with Radio.

    Play, create and edit your own playlists.

    Share music and playlists with your friends.

  7. How much does an artist earn from Spotify?

    Artists do have a decent opportunity to make money from Spotify, especially if they own their masters.  It looks like the standard payout is roughly 1/2 a cent ($.005).  What the artist actually gets depends on their various agreements with labels, publishers, etc.  

    From a $10/month subscription, Spotify pays out with the same formula as iTunes (60% to master owner, 10% to publishing owners, 30% for themselves). 

    Unlike iTunes, Spotify does create a recurring revenue stream for artists with additional payouts per listen.  iTunes, on the other hand, gives artists a one-time royalty of 70 cents.  

These are the most fundamental things about Spotify. If you wanna learn more, search on Google and you wil get more information.

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