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Spotify – A must for all music lovers?

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After January’s bank statement came in, it dawned on me that I spend far too much money on the greatest love of my life, music. Every week, Amazon (my usual choice of music retailer) send me this really enticing email, listing all of the new albums they recommend to me – thanks, Amazon.

It occurred to me recently that I’m really behind on the times. I should have looked into digital downloads years ago. Not only do I not have the money for the greatest love of my life, I don’t have the space for it. So, when a friend asked if I use Spotify recently, I began to wonder how I could afford not to use it.

First, let’s discuss the options. You’ll be faced with what seems like a tough decision when you first join: three types of membership packages. The first, an entirely free membership, with unlimited streaming for the first six months. After that, you’ll be required to upgrade, or accept that you’ll now only be receiving 10 hours of music per month. Something I just couldn’t handle. As a music junkie, I could easily reach those ten hours in one day. The next option is the Unlimited package at £4.99. With this package, you’ll receive unlimited streaming on your desktop or laptop, but no mobile usage. Yeah, that just was not going to work for me either. Wherever I go, my music goes with me, so I needed a package that would accommodate that. Just as I was about to give up all together on Spotify, the third package leaped out of the screen to me. A package that offered not only unlimited streaming, and on all of my devices, but I could also stream offline too. Perfect! I cannot count the number of times I’ve been away, had no internet, and really wanted to listen to some new music. This was the package for me. Now, onto the price. £9.99 a month. For someone that is used to buying music on Amazon, and paying that amount for jut one album, I can justify it. For people that listen to music on youtube, or download freely from the web, however, okay, maybe it seems like a lot.

Continue to Page 2 to see what happened after I downloaded Spotify

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2 Comments
  • Laura Pinto

    I’m convinced. I’ll try the free version. =)

  • Derek

    I’m convinced, but also not. Digital ‘things’ – anything digital, be it films, books, newspapers or music – is easy, cheap and neat. Spotify is incredible and I use it a lot myself. So yeah – the pros do outweigh the cons. But in my honest opinion, my best experiences when it comes to purchasing music, has been the physical aspect of it: Going to the shop, hunting it down or stumbling across it, buying it, breaking the plastic, putting the CD in the stereo, hitting play, flipping through the booklet… No matter how handy and awesome Spotify is, it can’t complete with that.

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