For many of us, music is a huge part of our lives and most have a sizeable collection of albums and songs amassed over the years on our Android devices – some ripped from CDs we own and others acquired from ‘other means’. Sometimes though, you feel like a change or want to discover music similar to what you already enjoy and this is where streaming music apps are great. I’ve tried a few now, but I keep coming back to Spotify.
The features on this app allow you to find and play just one artist, an album from the artist(s) or similar music from the same genre or era of music. For example, I am a child of the sixties and seventies, so I have saved some playlists relating to those years, plus others with favourite artists from that era. The range of music is impressive and I challenge you to find a genre or artist that Spotify can’t play for you. Sure, there is a huge number of modern ‘songs’ that don’t interest me in the slightest, but because you control what you want to hear this isn’t an issue at all.
Music quality I found excellent, and on a reasonable speed internet connection each track started playing immediately and there was none of the dreaded ‘buffering’ that I get with some other streaming apps.
There is a paid for version that removes the ads – yes, there are audio ads that play occasionally between tracks, but I think of them as listening to a radio station that keeps afloat by receiving advertising revenue and don’t begrudge them at all for this. I have Spotify playing now as I write this and have heard one 30 second advert after playing 5 tracks – so far all I have heard over the last few days have been promoting the paid version of the app. The premium version of Spotify costs US$10 a month, although students can get it for half that – if that isn’t ‘ageism’ I don’t know what is!
Bear in mind that you are using internet data to stream the music of course, so if you are on a limited (or expensive) data plan, take this into account and don’t for example, leave it playing and go to sleep overnight! A useful addition would be a sleep timer to prevent this from happening wouldn’t it? You can also change the music quality to reduce the amount downloaded to play each song.
If you have a Bluetooth speaker (like this one I reviewed a while back) your phone can become a great entertainment centre. This app takes up around 30Mb on my tablet but this will depend on your device.
If you love music too, why not give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments.
Price : FREE
Size : Varies with device
Needs : Varies with device