As we all know that Spotify is a very famous online music streaming service in the world. It has a database of millions of music tracks, podcasts, & audiobooks. Many artists are earning fro this platform by doing collaborations. Spotify has 2 version one is free and one is premium which is cost around 9.99 per month.
If you are planning to come to this music app as a premium user then first you need to know the differences between Spotify Free and Premium. So follow this till the end then you will confirm that you need a premium one or not. In my opinion, Spotify Premium is worth to buy. Let’s see why I am saying this.
Whats the Differences between Spotify Free Vs Premium?
When you made the decision to explore Spotify than its great to know that on the first time signing up you get a free trial for 30 days. After that, you will buy the premium version but first, you should know whether you need that or not. Just follow the difference in different terms so you have a better idea that you should purchase a premium version or not.
We have divided this comparison into its core components so we will get a better idea.
1. Music Library
Spotify says that if you have a premium subscription or not, you still have access to our 35+ million music tracks, podcasts, & audiobooks. But the main thing in Spotify is the latest music tracks which are the best thing in this music streaming service. If you have Spotify free version then you have to wait for at least 2 weeks for the latest music tracks which are quite not so good for music lovers. In the premium version of this app, whenever the latest track is launched it will be streamed online in the database of this app.
If the audio of track is not good that it means you are wasting your precious time. The annoying feature in the free Spotify version has low bit rate which is 96 kbps on mobile and 160 on desktop. This is very bad quality, but if you have low-quality internet then it is good for you because a high bit rate consumes more data to stream the music tracks.
Spotify premium version has a high-quality bit rate which is 320 kbps on all your devices. It will consume more internet and if you have limited connection then you might need to look at it. But if you streamed once it will save into your library so you will listen again. But sometimes it will not perform well you need the internet again to streamed that track again.
Spotify free has limited access to control the app or to chose their desired genre. You will get algorithm mixed tunes, playlists and radio stations. But all of them are pre shuffled so you can not select your own or even you can skip up to 6 tracks in an hour of the free version of this app.
Spotify premium has a lot of features. You have the same access to songs as you have in the free version but in this, you can easily listen to unlimited songs. Unlimited skips are available in an hour to mean you don’t have any restrictions for that. You can create your own playlists or even select your genre. Also, you don’t need to shuffle play the but if you need that algorithm makes your playlist then you can use that too.
Advertisement is the main source of any company especially working online. For that Spotify played it very well., they have a lot of ads in the free version of the app after almost every music track. It will destroy your user experience so you will get frustrated after some time with those ads.
You will get ad-free use experience in Spotify premium that’s why it is paid. So you can utilize full screen while using this app. So they cover up the expense from this side.
Both Spotify free and premium shared the vast library of music tracks. If you travel a lot then the free version of Spotify is not for you. Because in the free version they don’t have you to save or download any music in your playlist. Whenever you want to listen to music you have internet access in the free version.
On the other hand, Spotify premium allow s you to download or save music up to 10000 music tracks, podcasts, albums, & audiobooks. This limit collectively applied all across your 5 devices. So you can enjoy those on your travel journey even without having internet access.
6. Cross-Platform Device Experience
Spotify’s music streaming service can be accessed across different devices like a smartphone (iOS and Android), desktops, Smart TVs, Microsoft Xbox, Sony Playstation, Apple Car Play, and Android Auto. All these platforms can be used to listen to Spotify. Then what’s the difference between free and premium versions in this type?
Here comes the Spotify Connect feature in the premium version of Spotify which is not available in the free version.
Spotify Connect allows users to control Spotify on one device from other devices that you are listening to it from. For instance, you have connected your headphones to your PC and you want to change the track & you don’t want to get disturb your comfort zone at that time. Then you can use your smartphone to control the volume or change the music track. It will be done only on a premium Spotify version.
As we discussed above the main differences between the free and premium versions of Spotify. So you will get better user experiences in the form of ad-free, more features like save or download option in the premium version. So if you are music geek then the premium version is for you otherwise if you are normal music listeners then free version also enough for you. Which allows you 6 tracks in an hour which is enough for normal listeners.