Spotify

Based on some questions that I have received about using Spotify to listen to the music, I thought it would be helpful to include some general information here.

You can just listen with your web player using any browser at http://play.spotify.com. Spotify is completely free on mobile, tablet, or computer. On mobile, you can listen to artists, albums and playlists in shuffle mode. Or choose a ready-made playlist to suit your mood. On tablet and computer, you can play any song, any time. You can signup at http://Spotify.com/signup with either an email address or with Facebook.

Also Spotify offers Mac or Windows applications that can be downloaded at http://www.spotify.com/download. There are mobile apps available for iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, and Windows Phone via their app stores.

They don’t take up much space, and there’s really not much impact on the system at all. On my Mac, the Spotify app is 112.1 MB, and my activity monitor indicates it only takes about 2% CPU when inactive, and 4-6% CPU with about 80MB memory when playing music. I have OS X 10.10.1 (Yosemite) on a Macbook Pro (2.7 GHz Intel Core i7) with 16 GB memory. On my iPhone and iPad (iOS), the Spotify app size is 50.1 MB, and it’s currently using 183 MB including data.

Upgrading to a Premium membership (US price: $9.99/month) removes the occasional ads, improves the music quality, allows on-demand selection for a specific album or artist, and enables downloading music to mobile devices for offline listening while driving or exercising, for example.

Please provide any feedback about your Spotify experiences.

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