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    • Rich Grant
    • By Rich Grant 9th Jul 10, 3:43 PM
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    Spotify is truly amazing! I've been using it for the last year now. I pay for the premium subscription which gives me higher quality streaming, offline playlists and, of course, access to my account on my iPhone & Android mobiles.
    • Beatlefan
    • By Beatlefan 13th Jul 10, 1:21 AM
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    • 13th Jul 10, 1:21 AM
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    • 13th Jul 10, 1:21 AM
    I love Spotify because it gives me the chance to try out artists and albums I'd never normally hear. I buy the music mags like Mojo, The Word and Uncut and have often felt frustrated cos I couldn't afford to buy the new CDs they recommend each month - especially without being able to hear them first.

    Now I try lots of new stuff through Spotify, which is great for me as a big music fan. If I really like an album, I pop it into my Amazon wish list (useful storage space, even if you end up buying cheaper elsewhere later) and buy it when I can afford to.

    The artist gets some revenue from Spotify for the listens and I get to discover some great new music! Win-win!
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    • 13th Jul 10, 5:48 PM
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    I didn't realise that the artists get revenue, that makes it guilt free so will use it more often. It's really good to listen to tracks before purchasing them, quite often I buy an album as there are one or two songs that I like and the rest is not so good.
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    • 13th Jul 10, 5:49 PM
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    • 13th Jul 10, 5:49 PM
    How much is the premium subscription? Does that mean you don't get the adverts?
    • dreamylittledream
    • By dreamylittledream 14th Jul 10, 12:53 AM
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    • 14th Jul 10, 12:53 AM
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    • 14th Jul 10, 12:53 AM
    £10 per month gets you offline playlists (downloads the music to your computer effectivly), 320kps streaming, no ads and free use on your iphone/android phone/ipad or ipod touch using wifi. You also get the odd prerelease exclusive - Tired Pony's debut alsbum (Gary from Snow Patrol and Peter Buck from R.E.M's new band) was available on spotify a week before it was released on monday (rather good it is too).

    Its well worth it really - actually far more convienient and easy then piracy amazingly - everyone's a winner
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    • MSE Sarah
    • By MSE Sarah 4th Jul 17, 11:27 AM
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    Thanks for all your feedback so far. Please keep adding to this thread if you have any other thoughts or comments on Spotify.

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    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 5th Jul 17, 10:23 PM
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    • 5th Jul 17, 10:23 PM
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    I use the free Spotify and have had premium in the past.
    I don't listen to that much music to justify £10 per month but I have signed up for the offers of £9.99 for 3 months more than once.

    My main complaint is the black background which IMO is hideous but there seems no way of changing it.
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    • mabelcable
    • By mabelcable 10th Jul 17, 3:40 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 3:40 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 3:40 PM
    I agree about the black background it makes it very difficult to navigate especially on a laptop. I have signed up for the 3 months for £1 deal which is great value.
    • cuchullin34
    • By cuchullin34 7th Aug 17, 7:52 PM
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    I have used Spotify Premium for a year now. It is fine for the average user who only listens now and again, although I have noted some bugs. Sometimes tracks go missing from your favourite albums, and there seems to be little logic as to who is regarded as the artist.

    I Listen to a lot of classical music so it is important to me whether the artist is the composer or the performer.

    I tried naxos music library which is supposed to be designed for classical listeners, but found it wasn't worth the extra money. The monthly rate was £17.40 per month and the bitrate that gave you was 64 kbps compared to Spotify premium's 320kbps. Also there was a gap between tracks, unlike Spotify which was seamless.

    My main gripe with Spotify is the download limit of 3333 tracks per device for a maximum of 3 devices. Classical albums often have up to 30 tracks, which gives you a maximum of about 100 albums per device. It wouldn't be so bad if I could have 10000 tracks on the one device.

    Another problem I have with Spotify premium is that you can't download albums on the desktop without first converting them into playlists. Unlike my saved albums I can't filter saved playlists. I have about 300 saved albums, and so if I want to view saved albums by bach I can apply the filter 'bach' to my saved albums. The playlists appear to the left of the screen in no particular order and can't be filtered. 300 playlists would be a lot to search through manually.

    Up until now I have listened to my classical albums by streaming them. I have already used the download limit on my tablet for other music. For classical music I want the 320kbps premium rate I get on my laptop. I doubt I would get very good quality listening on my tablet, even if connected to my thx speakers.

    I have recently been told by my service provider that I have used 80% of my 30gb data allowance. If I go over my limit, I will have to pay an extra £7.50 each month I go over.

    If I stick with Spotify then I will have to convert my saved albums into playlists I can download. As well as the fact I cannot filter these playlists, I think I will go over the download limit for my laptop before long.

    It is for these reasons I expect I will switch to apple music before too long. This has a download limit of 100 000 songs.

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    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 12th Aug 17, 11:57 PM
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    I don't disagree with what you say ....BUT....how long on average does a piece or track of classical music last?

    At an average of 5 minutes 3333 tracks would last 16665 minutes or 277 hours! When do you have time to listen to all of that?
    You cannot seriously like every track that you stream - delete some from your playlists?
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