Spotify – something
In recent years, we’ve all become familiar with music streaming apps. We can create playlists, share music, watch videos, listen to the radio, or podcasts, and enjoy tens of millions of songs.
Spotify is our current favourite and we’re not alone. It’s the most well-known music streaming app with 96 million subscribers and 170 million users overall. It’s also available anywhere and you can access it using the specific apps for Windows, Mac, and your iPhone or Android device, along with the Spotify web app which is available across all platforms.
What makes Spotify so good is that the basic functions are free and it’s easy to sign up, just give your email address and set up a password and you’re away. The free version will give you access to a collection of 50 million songs, which streams at 320kbps, but your number of skips is limited and there are some irritating ads too.
When we're feeling creative and in full design mode, we love the fun and background noise that it provides. However, when we’re really concentrating on planning or writing, we must have peace. Anyone else like that in their office?
Background to creativity
At Pixooma we use Spotify to give us access to great music and entertaining podcasts as it helps us to relax, whilst remaining motivated and creative. Our musical taste is varied, so we prefer singles to albums. In particular we relish dramatic movie theme music, discovering exciting new genres, artists and songs via the ‘Discover Weekly’ option and old favourites that make us smile or sing along!
We also love a bit of comedy and silliness, so Adam Buxton, Off Menu with James Acaster and Ed Gamble and The Taskmaster podcasts are firm favourites, but once again the choice is vast. Something for every mood and every situation. And when we are feeling creative and in full design mode, we love the fun and background noise that it provides. However, when we’re really concentrating on planning or writing, we must have peace, so Spotify is dutifully paused. Anyone else like that in their office?
Free is good!
The free version lets you choose any artist, album, playlist, or song that you'd like to listen to. If you're into social features, you'll have full access to song sharing and checking out what your friends are listening to. The only downside might be ads every few songs. But let’s face it with an ad supported app what you can expect? Although a free account doesn't let you download any music, you can download any podcast you choose, which is great news.
However, if you want more - the ability to download songs, listen offline, unlimited skips and premium audio quality, and no adverts messing with your music then sign up to Premium. It starts from just £9.99 per month for an individual, prices then rise slowly to £12.99 for a duo (two people in the same household) or £14.99 for a family (up to five people in the same household).
But it’s not all about fun on Spotify, we have clients and suppliers who have made it work for them business-wise. In a later article we'll be sharing stories from those that created their own podcasts, and how it helped them pick up work from around the world!
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