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Top Pros and Cons of Spotify Review [2021]

Pros and Cons of Spotify Review [2021]

Spotify has come a long way, especially with the rise of many competitors including Apple Music, Google Music, Amazon Music, and Tidal. Going straight into the advantages and disadvantages of Spotify! Many of Spotify’s advantages derive from its popularity and monopoly on streaming. Since it is many people’s go-to source for music, it is well ahead of the competition in terms of compatibility. Also the most simple phones and computers these days are likely to be able to run it; you can upload a song on just about any social media site you want and be confident that it will not only function well, but that the vast majority of people who see it will be able to listen. You can link your profile to ticket apps and use it to suggest upcoming gigs, or you can connect it to a variety of dating apps to try to connect with people who share your musical tastes.

 

Advantages & Pros of Spotify

Since it is such a driving force in music, it has enormous sway in introducing new artists. I’ve known plenty of artists whose entire career strategy consisted of waiting before they were featured on a compilation, that’s how big of a deal it is. Though I wouldn’t suggest it, the prospect of a track going viral is understandably a major motivation for musicians. Even if your music does not make it into the major playlists, Spotify will always find you new fans because it has one of the best algorithms around. It falls short of keeping you up to date on new releases, but when it comes to recommending music based on your listening habits, it excels at guiding you in the right direction.

One of the most appealing aspects of Spotify is also one of its most vexing flaws: the fact that you can access virtually all recorded music for free at the touch of a button. I’ll get to the cons of this in a moment, but you can’t deny its allure. For those bemoaning a sense of modern privilege, consider all of the videos on YouTube or the enormous repository of human information that is Wikipedia, both of which are free to use. It is not a novel idea to have a massive online database that is accessible to everyone. The alternative is a world of competing competitors, each with their own exclusive artist catalogues, such as we saw when Tidal first launched.

We break down the Pros and advantages of Spotify further, below:

Pros of Spotify

1. Ease of Use and UI

All you need to get started with Spotify is to create a free account. The service was exclusive, by invitation only, and was designed to assist the company in managing the demand for their product. Because of a new partnership with Facebook, you can now begin using Spotify with your Facebook username. Users can also build their own playlists, which can be easily identified by using the search function on Spotify.

2. Exchanging Musical Experience

Listening to Spotify can be a social experience. If you connect Spotify to your Facebook account, your friends and family will be able to see what you’re listening to and you’ll be able to share your favorite songs with them.

3. Get Music and Podcasts

By upgrading to Spotify Premium, you can save up to 10,000 songs on 5 different devices. You can download any of the albums or playlists to listen to later. Furthermore, there is no commercial for Premium. You can also listen to any music on your phone at any time, just as you can on your mobile. You can now skip songs, listen to Radio, and explore the app’s features since you are no longer confined to shuffling.

4. Multiple device compatibility

One of Spotify’s advantages is its increased compatibility. Along with the Spotify web app, which is available on all platforms, Spotify Free and Paid subscribers can access it through Spotify apps for Windows, iOS, iPhone, Linux, MeeGo, Open Pandora, OS X, Roku, S60, Smart TV, Sonos, PlayStation 3 & 4, and Android devices.

5. Music Library

If you’re a free or Premium Spotify customer, you can access its massive music library of “over 40 million songs.” That means you’ll almost certainly be able to find almost all of the songs you want to download on Spotify. Furthermore, Spotify caters to your preferences, assisting you in discovering new music and effortlessly arranging your favorites.

Disadvantages & Cons of Spotify

By far the most serious and pressing problem with Spotify is the pittance paid to artists per stream. The artist receives approximately $0.006 of every dollar. To get by on minimum wage, you’d need to have well over 10000 sources every day. Except for the most well-known musicians, no one will make a living solely from recorded music; anyone else would have to rely on other means, such as doing more live shows and selling more merchandise. The unfortunate reality is that Spotify could increase their payments by one decimal place, paying ten times more to musicians, and it will certainly take months for the executives to see even the smallest dent in their bank accounts.

Spotify’s dominance of chart positions and album sales is due to the fact that it is by far the largest music outlet on the world. Take, for example, Drake’s most recent release. It smashed all streaming records upon its initial release and went on to become one of the most successful “selling” albums of 2018. It’s no coincidence that his face was plastered across the homepage upon its release, his music was crammed into as many of their official playlists as they could possibly justify, and his likeness adorned all of their covers. This was not a case of Spotify executives liking a track by a new artist; rather, they were being paid to make a song a success. When you combine this pay-to-win nonsense with the illogical way that streams seem to translate into sales, both the charts and album sales statistics become irrelevant. It all comes down to who has the most clout at Spotify HQ.

We break down the Cons and disadvantages of Spotify further, below:

 

Spotify’s disadvantages include the following:

1. Lack of lyrical features

Spotify removed its own lyrics functionality. It is very difficult for people who enjoy reading the lyrics while listening to music. When you want to understand the meaning of the lyrics, you can use Genius’ Behind the Lyrics function, and you can also use Sound Hound to read the lyrics to your favorite song.

2. high in cost

If you upgrade to the paid plan, you will be required to pay every month regardless of whether or not you use the service. At $120 a year for the Premium service, that’s around 10 to 12 albums you might purchase from a retailer and actually own, rather than putting money into Spotify’s service, which is really only renting your music unless you wish to buy tracks from the company.

3. Audio Quality

Sound quality is poor for free users. If you use Spotify Free, you should be aware that the sound quality is low and the rate is 160kbps, while Premium users enjoy 320kbps music streaming.

4. Not available in every country

Juts are only available in a few countries. One of the most serious shortcomings of many video and music streaming services, as well as Spotify, is that they are only available in a few countries.

5. Advertisements

If they use the free account, Spotify users must listen to audio commercials in between their favorite songs and podcast shows. Furthermore, you cannot stream individual songs on demand, and you can only skip 6 tracks every hour. This is a terrible user experience, particularly when you hear stuff you don’t like.

6. Restrictions

You can listen to any song in any order with unlimited track skips by using a free account mobile app, as long as it appears on one of the 15 custom playlists chosen by Spotify’s machine learning algorithms for you.

 

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