Music lovers and tech-geeks across Australia were very excited last week by the news that on-demand music site Spotify has opened its arms to Australia, giving us all the chance to easily stream more than 16 million tracks.
Spotify already boasts over 10 million users worldwide, with some choosing to take advantage of their free service and others upgrading to the ad-free ‘premium’ subscription, available for a monthly fee.
The first question I asked myself when investigating the benefits of Spotify was “what does it give me that my trusty iPod doesn’t?”
As it turns out, it gives me quite a bit more. Similar to the revolutionary leap from CDs to personal MP3 players we saw in the early 2000′s, music streaming services are the next generation.
Instead of having your own music library in your pocket, you’ve now got a library the size of a small European country at your disposal where you can delve into the back catalogue of artists you’ve been meaning to check out or track down that long-lost favourite song from years gone by.
Sold? Check out our handy guide below to get you started.
Signing up for Spotify is really straightforward as you can simply sign in through Facebook.
From there, you have a number of options for subscriptions:
However, when I downloaded the app to my iPhone it gave me a free 48 hour trial of the Premium service, quickly followed by an email offer to extend the trial to 30 days which is plenty of time to get to grips with the full bells and whistles of the Premium subscription.
Getting around Spotify
If you’re an iTunes user, then you’d be pleased to know that Spotify’s software isn’t a million miles away from the iTunes layout.
With Spotify you can easily search by track, artist or album and its menus are simple to follow – which certainly makes life a little bit easier.
There is also a ‘What’s New’ section where you can discover top tracks and new releases, or check out the ‘People’ tab to check out the tracks your Facebook friends can’t stop bopping along to.
Building your virtual music collection
If you like a song you can add it to a playlist, or simply star it so it’s filed for you to come back to later.
You can also subscribe to playlists compiled by friends, or collaborate on playlists (something my friends do quite a lot for parties to avoid arguments about the playlists!).
Enhancing Spotify with apps
If you’re using the desktop version of Spotify, you can enhance your music streaming experience with some nifty apps:
A clever little music service
Right – who wants to start on the iiNet playlist?