Streaming music (through WIFI or hardwire) is a controversial medium. Strong arguments can be made for how streaming has both improved and degraded the music industry. Here is what we think you should know…
Spotify accepts ALL artist submissions
…without screening for popularity, payola or quality. This open-door policy has enabled them to build an OUTSTANDING library of folk, experimental and small-niche music.
This service also provides a huge selection of AUDIOBOOKS (tricky to find, but if you know the exact title they pop up easily, and can be a real lifesaver on cross-country road trips.)
Heard They Underpay Independent Artists?
It’s true. All streaming services underpay lesser known artists, but at least Spotify pays much better than YouTube per-stream, and they provide excellent tools for building a global audience from scratch.
Will They SPAM My E-mail?
Not that we’ve ever seen. And Customer Service is easy to reach at http://twitter.com/SpotifyCares
How Much Does A Basic Membership Cost?
It’s FREE (see below)! You can join quickly by following the prompts in a black pop-up window that appears after you click any Spotify Music Player, or join HERE, without providing any financial information. You also have the OPTION to accept a 90-Day Free Trial of Spotify’s Premium Service. Either way, after joining, scroll down past all the “Upgrade to Premium” offers and click “Web Player” at the bottom, to get right to the music.
Do I Need Basic or Premium?
Spotify’s Basic Service gives you access to everything in their tremendous music library. However, you must tolerate annoying ad interruptions, lower sound quality, listening on Shuffle Play (which is unfortunate for the playlists we’ve arranged into stories), and needing WIFI or an Internet connection. Someday you might want to upgrade to Premium, but who can argue with unlimited FREE music?
Paying $10/mo. for Premium lets you listen offline, in order, ad-free, with higher sound quality, and if you enter by clicking any Saved playlist (back door entry) you can enjoy a private experience with self-directed Searching.
Sounds Great! I’m Sold On Streaming, But…
Who Needs Your Playlists? I’d Rather Build My Own!
Can I Sample Your Music on YouTube?
Eventually, we might duplicate some Spotify playlists over to AppleMusic, AmazonMusic or YouTube Music, but we have no such plans at this time.