For the longest time, I have been using the free version of Spotify, and it was great. It did everything I needed it to do, but recently, especially with the ads, it just wasn’t cutting it.
I took the plunge, and paid for the Premium version, and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made in a long time. Anyone who’s even remotely tech savvy knows that the web player with Adblock is essentially free Premium, and while this is true, the real experience is totally different.
Now, in terms of Pandora versus Spotify, each of them has a few advantages and disadvantages over the other.
With Pandora, ads are a lot more prominent than on Spotify, and I rarely hear ads with Spotify to begin with. However, Spotify’s desktop client does contain a lot of banner ads, or popups, which are arguably more intrusive. However, I find that Spotify’s ads, while a mot more in-your-face, are not as interrupting, as most of the ads are visual ads, rather than audio ads injected into your playlist.
As far as playing music goes, Spotify’s excels. Not only are you able to skip as many songs as you like, but you can also play specific songs, as well as playing from your own local music library with the desktop client.
Where it Falls Short
With the free version, the mobile app does not let you play specific songs, as the desktop client and web player do, and the best you can do when searching for a song is to shuffle play the album.
Why the Upgrade is Worth It
I had been putting off upgrading for a while now, and had been wondering what all the fuss is about. However, now that I have upgraded, I’m glad I did, and I can’t go back.
With the Premium version, you enjoy an ad free listening experience. First, this means there are no more audio ads, even though there were always so few of them to begin with. This also removes the pesky banner and popup ads you see when you’re browsing.
The mobile app will also allow you to play certain songs with the paid version, not just shuffling through the album, which was a big reason I rarely used the mobile app before.
If you’re an audiophile, you can also listen to high quality music. For most people, you won’t notice much of a difference in quality, if at all. However, to the trained ear, this difference becomes much more noticeable.
You are also given the ability to control devices. If Spotify is open on multiple devices at a time, you can set one to control another, including playing music on the controlled device from another device like, say, your phone.
The last, and arguably most important feature of Spotify Premium, is the ability to save playlists or songs for offline listening. On the mobile apps for both iOS and Android, you can sync an entire playlist of music at a time for offline listening, so that when you are out and about, you don’t have to kill your data connection trying to stream your favorite songs.
Spotify Premium is a cost that most can’t necessarily justify spending per month, and for what you get for free, it doesn’t initially look like much of an improvement. However, once you do shell out the cost for a subscription, it’s a service you’ll love, and it’s worth it if you use Spotify often.
To upgrade your account to a Premium subscription, head over to Spotify’s website.
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