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Spotify for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.4.3
  • Total Downloads:
    89,327
  • Date Added:
    May 02, 2010
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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The bottom line: It's the best free music option since stealing.

Review:

Installation
As a first-time user, you install the free Spotify Mac/PC application, open it up, and watch as it automatically imports your music collection and playlists from iTunes and other music software and presents you with a landing page filled with new releases, top lists, and music shared by your friends. Setup is swift.

Interface
Spotify's polished, iTunes-like interface is as inviting to music fans as a well-stocked record bin. Each portion of the bento-boxlike layout can be resized, and playback, volume, and track scrubber controls are placed neatly across the bottom. Browser-style back and forward buttons located to the left of the search box allow you to dig your way back out out of the rabbit hole of music discovery.

Features and support
Spotify's big trick is a little search box at the top of the screen that lets you search for any reasonably popular artist, song, or album in existence and stream it immediately. You can't get The Beatles, but we had no problem finding greats like The Rolling Stones and David Bowie, as well as obscure indies such as The Ghastly Ones or Four Tet.

Put simply, you tell your computer what you want to hear, and it plays it for you...for free, and without limitations for up to six months. It doesn't play something similar to the song you want (like Pandora), or a 30- to 60-second clip of the song you want (like iTunes)--it plays you the whole song or album, just as if it were in your personal music collection.

Of course, there are a few other bells and whistles that make Spotify its own special thing. Facebook and Twitter integration enables you to easily share music discoveries with friends. Artist pages encourage discovery with bio pages and links out to similar artists and top hits of the decade to add context. Without any friction preventing you from jumping from one great song to the next, Spotify also provides a play queue off to the side, allowing you to stash your discoveries without interrupting the currently playing song.

Spotify's music service is uniquely generous, but it's not without limitations. Using the free version of the service, full songs can be streamed on demand in unlimited numbers for up to six months (with the occasional audio ad popping into rotation, similar to Pandora). After that time, free users can only play a given track a maximum of five times per month and are also subject to a cap of 10 hours of streaming per month. If you can cough up $5 per month, those restrictions (and ads) disappear, but you're still limited to listening only from your computer. At $10 per month, you can use Spotify on mobile devices (including iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7), and even cache your favorite music and playlists for offline listening.

Performance
We are happy to report that Spotify's song streams have a near-instant response upon start-up. For the most part, the experience feels just like listening to your locally stored music collection. The illusion is broken when you go to jump to the middle of a song or hit the skip button, which introduces a minor lag.

We had no issue with Spotify's default sound quality (96-160Kbps Ogg Vorbis), but fickle users have the option of digging into the software's Preferences and enabling high-quality streaming (320Kbps Ogg Vorbis).

Conclusion
Should you try it? Absolutely. Any and all music fans are encouraged to give it a whirl. The smart people at Spotify have made the free service incredibly attractive to new users, and there's really nothing to lose. Whether you find it important enough to upgrade to Spotify's premium options is entirely up to you, but they seem like a great value for any music fan with an insatiable appetite.

 
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User Reviews
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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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1 stars

"Sounds good!"

July 27, 2011  |  By ford_cb

 |  Version: Spotify 0.4.3

Pros

sounds good !

Cons

not available in my counrty!!!!!!!!

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5 stars

"Amazing in many ways!"

July 26, 2011  |  By winmanjack

 |  Version: Spotify 0.4.3

Pros

ANY song you want to hear can be played instantly.
Importation of iTunes playlists and local music files.
Premium enables usage on iOS and Android.

Cons

Non-premium users will have to sit through the occasional audio ads.
Non-premium users have limited streaming.

Summary

If you like listening to music, and can't find a certain artist, there's a good chance it's available on Spotify. The monthly fee for premium is at a great price point and should be affordable to anyone with a bit of extra cash.

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1 stars

"poor selection of music, really poor"

July 23, 2011  |  By nostarfish

 |  Version: Spotify 0.4.3

Pros

easy to navigate

Cons

****** music, over and over

Summary

P. UUUUUU!

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Spotify
Publisher web site http://www.spotify.com/en/
Release Date May 02, 2010
Date Added May 02, 2010
Version 0.4.3
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6
  • Download Information
    File Size 127.68KB
    File Name SpotifyInstaller.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 89,327
    Downloads Last Week 322
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    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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