How to Get Spotify for Free On Your iPod, iPhone or Android Device
It's said that the best things in life are free and that nothing in life is free. These contradictory sayings perfectly describe the service that allows you to have Spotify for free on a mobile device like an iPod or iPhone or on the various Android devices. First, for the best things in life are free part.
For a long time Spotify was only available on mobile devices for $9.99 a month. You could, however, stream unlimited music on a PC. But this is very limiting for most people. That's not how most of us consume music. Many of us like to listen on handy little devices we can carry around with us. And if you use a laptop, the built-in speakers aren't very good. So, unlimited free music is a great idea but maybe not for everyone.
Spotify has to pay record labels and artists per stream. So, they have to make money somehow. Advertisers support the free users of Spotify and other free streaming services. Spotify knows that millions of people will be willing the pay $9.99 for it's Premium service, which is less than the cost of most albums, to get almost any album or song for free on iPods, iPhones and Android devices.
So, how will Spotify get people to pay for streamed music on mobile devices when they can get it for free? This brings us to the nothing in life is free part.
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Introduction to the new Spotify mobile app
Spotify With Limitations Is Free
First of all, you will have to listen to ads to use this free service. You can listen to albums of your choice but they're put on shuffle. You can't choose the specific songs you want to listen to. But if you love most of the songs on an album, this shouldn't be a problem. If you only like half of the songs, this could be very annoying. And like with the free streaming radio service Pandora, you have a limited number of skips. You can create your own playlists but you can't download them and make them available offline like you can with Spotify Premium. One really nice feature with Spotify Premium is the ability to download and listen to music offline. The playlists also will be shuffled, so you can't listen to the songs in the order you want.
Which One Should You Choose?
Like I said, a monthly subscription to Spotify Premium costs less than the price of an album. So, it's a very affordable way to get access to MOST albums you would want to listen to. I emphasize most because some artists like The Beatles do opt out often because the publishers can't reach a deal with Spotify. However, some artists who originally chose not to be on Spotify were later added with Pink Floyd thankfully being one of them. You can also download albums and playlists and listen offline. So, I think it's worth the $9.99 a month.
But if you're on a tight budget and you really don't want to pay, the free mobile option is a very good alternative. You will hear lots of ads and you will have to deal with skipping restrictions and shuffling. But it is a great way to get a free method of streaming on your mobile music player.
Spotify provides this overview of what you get with it's various options.