How to Legally Play Spotify for Free Without Ads
All the Music, for Free
Spotify is maybe the most popular music streaming service in the world. You register for a new account and you have instant access to virtually all the music sold in the world (the biggest discographic companies are all sharing their content on Spotify, and so most of the commercial music released can be listened through this popular service without purchasing it). If you decide to use the free account, you will sometimes listen to ads and, in addition, you won't be able to download songs for offline use or to switch among them (the last limitation is made only for mobile phones, tablets and PCs are not affected by it). To enjoy the complete Spotify experience you have to sign up for a Premium membership: there you can freely enjoy your music anywhere, also without an internet connection.
If you love music a Premium membership would be the best choice, however if you are only interested in listening to Spotify songs at home without getting ads, there is a little legal trick you can use in order to get rid of them.
Spotify With a Chromecast
The trick is possible because Spotify, depending on what device are you using to listen to music, may decide not to show ads, or to show them very rarely. For example, if you use Spotify through a mobile app or the PC software, you will see a lot of ads (especially when you skip some songs or when you change playlist many times), while if you use the Web Player you will see less ads (in the past, there were zero ads). However there is another device you can play Spotify with, in which you won't see any ads (it's not sure if this will last forever, maybe ads will be added in the feature). In the meantime, as it remains ad-free, you can listen to songs by using a Chromecast (or a Chromecast Audio). The first is a device to connect to your TV, allowing you to cast music and movies from your smartphone/PC, while the second must be plugged to speakers and allow only music casting. Both solutions are sold by Google and they are a good solution in order to start receiving web content on your traditional media devices, like normal TVs (without internet connection) and stereos.
A Google's Spot about Chromecast Products
Do you use a Chromecast or a smart TV in order to watch your online content in your living room?
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Buying a Chromecast or a Chromecast Audio (I suggest the first one if you need also to cast movies and you want to listen to music on your TV) is surely a great investment, as you get a cheap device which will allow you to stream your content to your TV or to your speakers, by simply playing them on your PC or on your smartphone. And yes, these devices can also be used to cast Spotify music: it will be played without any ad, just like if you put a CD into your music player. The only unclear thing is: will this method remain ad-free forever? Personally, I don't think so, however, in the meantime, this is a good solution to enjoy a Spotify ad-free experience at home without paying for a subscription. I still reccomend to subscribe to Premium if you listen to music outside home and, in general, if you want to get the maximum experience with your playlists, by carrying them offline when you are out of home and by freely skipping songs on a mobile phone. Especially a Premium subscription is good for offline downloads, as you will be able to save data outside home, by avoiding streaming the songs.
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