Spotify is a great new piece of software and is now becoming a strong alternative to buying songs from iTunes or other similar services. This no buffer, quick and easily accessible program is sure to fill the boots of any enthusiast musician or music lover.
The application lets you stream music directly from its central sever, as well as simultaneously connecting to other users who have listened to the song you selected. This method of linking Spotify users together and not just relying on one incoming connection means that you can start playing the chosen song instantly. There are literally millions of songs to choose from; many different languages and genres also available.
Although Spotify is free on invitation, this is where an existing member can invite you to join the service, or you can apply for an invitation by joining a queue, you can pay a premium for the service, this is currently set at around £ 10 a month and means that you will not receive advertising every few songs, which is the price that has to be paid for users that have not paid for this service. A premium subscription is not required, but frequent users may find that the adverts become very annoying over longer periods of timer listening to the music. I have found myself that the adverts Spotify are now using have become longer and more frequent than before and are even more in your face.
Although this is a great service that is being provided and many millions of people have the application now, there is one other downside to the program, apart from the odd advert. Spotify, when it sends you the data over its servers, saves it in a folder on your computer, basically the Spotify cache. This is so when you use Spotify, you can send song information to other users, this is what makes the streaming service so fast (as opposed to listening to the song through YouTube or other well know sites). But what Spotify does not let on is that the storage for this file is surprisingly large. The preset Spotify uses is 10% of free disk space. On an average computer this can be as much as 30GB. You can just go into the Spotify cache folder and delete the information though (not recommended without space on your computer is needed for other files) but that does mean that when you come to listen to the same song again, which you probably will, as you liked the song you were listening to, you will have to retrieve the song information again, and will not be able to help other users out by sending them song data to allow them to listen to the song faster.
Putting these little negatives to the side though, and this is one amazing application. It is sure to change the way we listened to music, if not already doing so, with its clean and easy navigable interface, instant song retrieval and wide range of music genres available, from the top 40 to unheard of songs in the credits of movies no-one has seen. A truly incredible application, and relevant and useful to all computer users out there today.