If you ever workout… or go for walks outside… or drive a car… or leave your house… you may be missing out on something seriously awesome. It’s called Spotify, and it’s today’s Friday Favorite! Remember, I don’t get paid for these reviews. I don’t get free stuff. I just love finding awesome treasures and sharing the news!
So, chances are, you’ve heard of Spotify. It’s a program that allows you access to basically any song or album you can imagine on your desktop or laptop for FREE. The new Justin Timberlake record? Check. And it was available live steaming the day it was released. Frank Sinatra’s remastered classics? Check. All those guilty pleasures from the early ’90s? Check. The soundtrack to The Little Mermaid? Yeah, it’s there. Don’t ask me why I know. I just do. The interface is almost identical to iTunes, which makes it extremely user-friendly. I’m not sure how they get away with it, but they do.
The basic version of Spotify, as I mentioned, is free. But there’s also a premium membership available. For $9.99 a month, it allows you to take Spotify on the go. All you have to do is install the app on your smart phone or tablet, and you can take your music with you EVERYWHERE. To the gym. On the train. In the car. On long runs outside. Simply put, it has changed my life… and I’m not exaggerating. If I only had $10 left forever, and I had to choose between Spotify and a sandwich, let’s just say the decision would be tough. I’ve had a subscription for about a year and a half now, and I still haven’t had one single problem or regret. I’ve blabbed about it to everyone I know, and some that I don’t. And, because I can play requests instantly, my phone and I become the life of any party. Just add iPod speakers. Exhibit A:
Spotify Premium not only allows you to make playlists. It has a radio, too that’s just like Pandora… only better! Set the radio to a genre or your favorite artist, and if you happen to hear a song you like and want to come back to later, all you have to do is give it a “thumbs up”. The songs you “liked” from radio will automatically go to their own playlist for future enjoyment. Such a fun and easy way to discover new music!
One final thing to note. If you’re worried about accessing the rest of your music library hiding on your hard drive, don’t be. Spotify makes it easy to sync all the music you’ve downloaded and purchased on your computer to your Spotify profile, essentially merging your iTunes life with your new Spotify life. Whoop, there it is.
Do you use Spotify? Maybe you have your own Friday Favorite. If you do, let me know! We can chat in the comments section below, or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a healthy Easter weekend!