A world of music
Currently restricted to Finland, France, Norway, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom
Best codec: Vorbis 320kbps
Spotify is a new way to enjoy music. Simply download and install, before you know it you’ll be singing along to the genre, artist or song of your choice. With Spotify you are never far away from the song you want.
There are no restrictions in terms of what you can listen to or when. Forget about the hassle of waiting for files to download and fill up your hard drive before you get round to organising them. Spotify is instant, fun and simple.
Because music is social, Spotify allows you to share songs and playlists with friends, and even work together on collaborative playlists, Friday afternoon in the office might never be the same again! We’re music lovers like everyone else.
We want to connect millions of people with their favorite songs by creating a product that people love to use. We respect creativity and believe in fairly compensating artists for their work. We’ve cleared the rights to use the music you’ll listen to in Spotify.
Last modified 19th Apr 2010
Posted by Maarten on 29th Apr 2010
Spotify will allow you to listen to any track from a huge library of music, with additional information like album covers and biographies.
Sadly, it isn't complete, with quite important artist, like Zappa and The Beatles, missing. On the other hand there is an enormous amount of music there, and it will enable you to discover new music in a very easy and enjoyable way.
The free version has limited quality and commercials mixed in with the music, but for £10 a month you can have the premium version with CD quality and no commercials. It is even available for most mobile phones, although this requires the premium subscription.
I have compared Spotify, played through a Benchmark DAC, with the same music played through a Naim CD5 CD player with Flatcap power supply. The sound quality is completly comparable with minor differences between the two sources.
This is a real alternative to playing CDs, certainly now that the latest version of Spotify will allow you to add your own music in a local library, making it into a single player for all your music.
Give it a try!