Spotify for Mac

Spotify for Mac


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 20 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
0.9.12.10.g89b2a4fc
File Size:
112.93KB
Date Added:
August 25, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
78,324
Downloads Last Week:
416
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • 2 stars

    "Excellent audio, crazy algorithm."

    January 09, 2014   |   By swanjame

    Version: Spotify 0.9.6.81.gd359a796

    Pros

    The audio is strong and excellent quality. Plenty of bandwidth. Good variety.

    Cons

    No way to undo likes or dislikes. No way to delete "radio" stations. The algorithm is nuts; for instance, I created a Les Paul station and got about 50% rap music and a lot of hard blues. I gave the rap a hard down but kept getting more; the blues was not bad but when I gave it a thumbs up or two I rarely h

    Summary

    A work in progress.

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  • 4 stars

    "Excellent music player"

    August 18, 2013   |   By pnodine

    Version: Spotify 0.9.0.117.g93e0429c

    Pros

    Integrates with iTunes. Easy to add apps for music discovery. Loads fast and the adds arent too intrusive.

    Cons

    Wish the search was better. If you dont know exactly what you are looking for the search is not very good.

    Summary

    A very good music player overall and not crippled in anyway if you choose not to upgrade.

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  • 1 stars

    "Spotify phones home to Google Analytics"

    June 03, 2013   |   By zunipus

    Version: Spotify 0.9.0.117.g93e0429c

    Pros

    skip skip skip

    Cons

    Spotify phones home to Google Analytics

    Summary

    Spotify phones home to Google Analytics.

    The only reason to do so to my knowledge is to allow Google surveillance of my computer behavior. If your app is going to surveil my computer use, then ASK MY PERMISSION FIRST, DAMMIT. I have used my reverse firewall Little Snitch to deny Spotify access to Google Analytics forever. I suggest other folks with reverse firewalls consider doing the same.

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  • 3 stars

    "Great software"

    March 04, 2012   |   By applecross

    Version: Spotify 0.4.3

    Pros

    Great software

    Cons

    Great software

    Summary

    Great software

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  • 1 stars

    "Poor Install"

    January 21, 2012   |   By robertmulligan100

    Version: Spotify 0.4.3

    Pros

    None as it would not install

    Cons

    Would not install because it can not find my user info and I was opening for the first time. I unstalled and reinstalled the software 3 times ....it never worked and their website was usless to find a clear answer. Be careful with this one.

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  • 5 stars

    "I use the free version and it's great"

    January 05, 2012   |   By Micka_B

    Version: Spotify 0.4.3

    Pros

    It's free and the choice of music is fantastic.

    Cons

    You have to put up with ads.

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  • 5 stars

    "The best hands down"

    October 24, 2011   |   By sjmslik

    Version: Spotify 0.4.3

    Pros

    Everything, radio, fast, seamless

    Cons

    android app needs the radio option

    Summary

    Well worth the subscription

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  • 1 stars

    "This comes close to qualifying as a scam!"

    August 24, 2011   |   By rsaul--2008

    Version: Spotify 0.4.3

    Pros

    It was supposed to be free

    Cons

    Biggest con is this is a Con Job. In order to get the Free version you have to enter an Invitation Code. And since there isn't one, you click on a button to go on a waiting list. But of course you can get it immediately if you sign up for $5

    Summary

    Shame on cnet for listing this as Free download. It's not and you have either knowingly promoted this mini-scam or you were duped by Spotify. Regardless, I'll never use this software out of principle. What a bizarre marketing technique. How could anyone ever trust your credit card number to a company that does this?

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  • 4 stars

    "Great Application."

    July 30, 2011   |   By tapperhanz

    Version: Spotify 0.4.3

    Pros

    The Online streaming is great & it finds music in your computer easily. Also you can reveal where a song is stored on your computer.

    Cons

    You can't change/add album artwork. Get stuck syncing your iPod at times. Ads.

    Summary

    Spotify is a terrific application. I think in the future they'll work out all the flaws & cons in the app. But otherwise, it is better than iTunes. Has a cool appealing green logo :P

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  • 4 stars

    "Great alternative or addition to iTunes"

    July 28, 2011   |   By divendave

    Version: Spotify 0.4.3

    Pros

    fast and super easy set up. Easy to navigate and use. For some reason the sound quality of my iTunes play list is better when played through Spotify. Starts faster than iTunes on my system.

    Cons

    Ads and having to pay top tier pricing tp get high quality play back.

    Summary

    I have A LOT of music I digitized from cassett and other sources. Because my cut or song time is diierent from recognized digital versions is probably why some of my music wasn't uploaded or was tagged incorrectly. But, I do use Spotify more than iTunes now especially if I need to start music fast.

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