Monday, October 20, 2014

My Latest Addiction: Spotify

I love music. I was brought up with music constantly being played around the house. My father had vinyl records that he played constantly and he loved to sing so music has always been a part of my life.

When I was younger I used to rely on the radio for my music fix because my parents didn’t allow me to buy my own music (until I learned to save my allowance to buy tapes and later, CDs).

By the time I started working I bought mp3 players until I ended up with the 160GB iPod, transferring all of my music collection onto it. One thing I didn’t like about the iPod was that it meant bringing an extra gadget along every time I wanted music. With smartphones having slots for SD cards, I moved onto putting music on my phone. It was still a hassle having to pick which songs from my collection to put on the phone though.

Thank goodness music streaming became a thing. I know that there are a number of streaming apps out there but the one I tried was Spotify. I like that a majority of the songs I like and are a part of my collection are part of the service. I love that you could make playlists, add songs to your virtual library and even download the songs to your device (if you are a premium user). Right now I am using the 30-day trial period for premium use and I am very happy with it. I love that I don't have to pick out which songs to put on my phone because they are all there online. There are so many playlists ready-made that I can pick depending on my mood that can help me to discover new songs as well.

 I'm not sure how long I'll last as a premium user but after my trial I will most likely keep at it for a while. Not having to hear the ads and being able to shuffle the songs for the low monthly fee feels worth it for now. If the rumors are true that these fees will become higher in the near future, that would mean that I might end the premium service sooner than I thought.

For now I'm happy with Spotify. Are you?

 Photo Credit: Spotify