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Spotify has been around for a good year and hasn't changed much; it's still one of our favorite applications for music on demand and music library management. Taking cues from iTunes, Spotify integrates your existing music libraries with its own giant catalog of songs from artists all over the world. Where it trumps iTunes is that all the music is pretty much available to stream for free, with offline functionality for an addition 10 bucks a month. In the in-app advertisements, claims like "Piracy is overrated" are quite justified; Spotify is seriously one of the most easiest ways to grab just about any song you can think of, and stellar for discovering new music.

And while we've already covered the highlights of the layout and the general functions of the service, Spotify has since then been pushing users to take advantage of its own app catalog to further enhance the playlist creation experience.

Apps are available from bigger names and sites like Billboard charts and well-known musicians, as well as discovery brands like Hype Machine help users discover new music from just about any genre. And while users can already explore curated lists from their synced friends via Facebook, Spotify apps are in some sense the company's response to address the need for more curated lists.

It's not surprising that the actual number of apps in the catalog is rather small, but then again there's really only so much you can do with music playlists. From our experience, most of the apps are centered around music discovery and suggestion, or syncing with well-known discovery sites like Hype Machine. They are interesting for a bit but few apps really add any new legitimate features or functions to the music listening experience, except just visual reorientations of artist spotlights. My personal favorite was simply the TuneWiki lyrics plugin; it basically turned my Spotify app into a makeshift karaoke so I can secretly sing and rap to myself at work. Other apps that were also interesting included Fuse, an app that highlights music of artists who make headlines or appear on the news.

Your favorited apps will follow you whenever you log onto Spotify, no matter what machine you're on.

If you're looking for a free, legal way to get all your favorite songs on your computer, stop living under a rock and download this now.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Lousy algorithm."

    January 25, 2014  |   By swanjame

    Version: Spotify 0.9.7.16

    Pros

    Nice selection, Good quality audio. Easy to create a station.

    Cons

    The algorithm that decides whst will be mixed in on your station really is bad. It looks for any excuse at all to throw rap music at you.

    I could not figure out a way to cancel or correct corrupted stations. It is a if the algorythm is trying to force you to listen to things you do not like.

    Summary

    Not for me.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Difficult to navigate"

    January 5, 2014  |   By reneeinspired

    Version: Spotify 0.9.1.57

    Pros

    All music that I want.
    Sound is clear.
    It is now free.

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate.
    Not user friendly on my phone.

    Summary

    I am almost to the point where I am willing to pay for Google Music on my phone because I find the user interface so frustrating. I do all that I can to avoid a subscription fee and right now I am wishing that I still had my iPhone. If I had the iPhone I would be listening to Apple Radio for sure.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Would not recommend"

    December 1, 2013  |   By msgogeke

    Version: Spotify 0.9.1.57

    Pros

    It was easy to set up and marketing was so good in that I decided to try the pro

    Cons

    Cumbersome interface, music goes missing from synched devices. After the 30 day trial is up make sure you cancel or you start getting charged subscription fees. Impossible to contact.

    Summary

    I needed something to compile some music playlists to an IPAD from my primary Windows laptop. The synchronization worked great until the day of the wedding where we found that most of the dance tracks had simply unsynched from the IPAD so much for any use out of this program. I am paying for a month of the service which I will never use again. I somehow fumbled through the cancel process which was intentionally difficult.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Complicated"

    October 31, 2013  |   By hforsgren

    Version: Spotify 0.9.1.57

    Pros

    If you have the time to learn the weird system, more power to you.

    Cons

    Hard to find what you need to find, QUICKLY.

    Summary

    Go with Itunes.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great music"

    September 22, 2013  |   By rogersgloopen

    Version: Spotify 0.9.1.57

    Pros

    everything

    Cons

    nothinggggg

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Music is great"

    September 18, 2013  |   By kolassao

    Version: Spotify 0.9.1.57

    Pros

    Music is great, they have a lot of artists....

    Cons

    registration, you cannot travel with the basic accounts because its not available in a lot of countries

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Complete lack of usable customer service"

    July 22, 2013  |   By troy122

    Version: Spotify 0.9.1.57

    Pros

    Great when it works but when something goes wrong don't expect to be able to talk to a human being.

    Cons

    One of my email providers recently stopped their service without warning. That email address was the one used for my Spotify account. I hadn't used Spotify for a while and when I logged in recently it said incorrect password. There is a 'Forgotten Password' link on the log in page but that sends an email to the registration email address which in my case no longer exists. The help link suggests speaking to Customer Service and you do this by logging in. I cannot do this! After much searching I found an email address that appears to go to Spotify Customer Service. I have used it twice now and you do get a reply albeit an automated reply. It says the best way of dealing with issues is to use the Customer Service link in Spotify (obviously after you've logged on).
    There don't appear to be any real people at Spotify and there is a fundamental flaw in their support process.

    Summary

    1. The email address I used at Registration no longer exists.
    2. I cannot log in to Spotify as my password isn't working.
    3. I cannot reset my Spotify password using the 'Forgotten Password' link as it sends the email to an address that does not exists.
    4. To speak to Customer Service you have to log in.
    5. There is no Customer Service telephone number.
    6. I wonder if there are any real people at Spotify and if they read CNET reviews.

    MOST IMPORTANT: Beyond the inability to use the service that I pay for monthly I would love to ask them why they took £119 from my PayPal account back in June. Please can some one from Spotify contact me?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love spotify! Powerful music provider service."

    May 26, 2013  |   By rcpmac

    Version: Spotify 0.9.0.133

    Pros

    Modeled on iTunes. easy and intuitive organization. Large catalog of songs. Album organization is excellent. Integration with users own music collection be it windows media or iTunes.
    Social media component, (something i'm not usually drawn to,) appears on the side as suggested user's playlists and can bring interesting new titles.

    Cons

    For all the pluses, it still feels expensive as a subscription commitment.
    Some artists are not covered i.e Beatles Led Zep, ACDC, some Radiohead,Pink Floyd, Metalica
    Again, integration with users own music collection be it windows media or iTunes should fill the few gaps

    Summary

    Overall I'm smitten with Spotify. I worry about rumblings of a buy out from Google or Apple.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's ok for casual users."

    May 14, 2013  |   By waynes470

    Version: Spotify 0.9.0.133

    Pros

    Good selection of music.

    Cons

    Linked to Facebook,so all your friends know what you're listening!I like my privacy especially my music choice.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Charged for a service that doesn't work"

    April 30, 2013  |   By pr0spect

    Version: Spotify 0.9.0.117

    Pros

    I have no way of knowing the pros of this service. I have created an account, but I have no music.

    Cons

    Any contact with Spotify has to be done via email. No phone. The support is consistent but not helpful. Meanwhile, I am being charged for the service each month. My banker says the information that Spotify provides is not enough...and the only way to get rid of the monthly charges is to cancel the credit card entirely.

    Summary

    Buyer beware: Spotify is quite satisfied to take my money without providing the service. They offer nothing in the way to resolve the issue. Take away: Don't give your credit card information to a company you can't talk to.

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