Spotify enables to stream music on any device: smartphone, tablet, PC, Mac, Tuner or also on smart TVs.
History: Long time ago you wanted to buy music? You had to go to a record store and buy a single or even the whole LP. Later the compact cassette enabled to carry music around. Next step: CD: shiny, portable and robust – using didn’t harm the sound quality.
IPod: After ripping your CDs you could carry your whole collection in the pocket. Your music accompanied you everywhere: office, car, jogging … Easy creating playlist with iTunes provided the right music fitting for the present mood.
Downloads: Buying new music with iTunes was easy – just one click and another album was part of the collection. And the collection grew rapidly and needed a lot of hard disc space.
Streaming with Spotify: Music comes to our device (smartphone, tablet, PC, Mac, Smart TV …) using the web. Streaming allows to hear it immediately without saving it. Having a Spotify subscription allows to hear all available titles present on this platform.
Advantages: Legal Downloads, favorable price, huge selection and a lot of thematically arranged playlists supported by Spotify and all users. Your favorite songs can be stored on your device too.
Disadvantages: Spotify supported not every kind of music – not all titles are available on Spotify. Streaming generates a lot of data transfer which isn’t free. Without connection to the web there is no music. Abroad downloads: either not available (regional restriction) or very expensive (data roaming).
Note: In addition to the aforementioned devices or services (Spotify, iPod, iTunes, etc.), there are of course a variety of other vendors with different benefits and costs. Consulting the web may help to get the best fit and the right price …