Spotify is a digital streaming service accessible through a website, a downloadable computer program and a mobile app. With just a few clicks, you can use Spotify to listen to music and other types of media without having to purchase CDs or buy individual song files, as long as you’re connected to the internet through Wi-Fi or your cellular service. If you opt for a premium account (which we’ll discuss in a bit), you can also download songs to listen to when you’re offline.
Spotify is home to 100 million songs. Its library includes everything from classical music to jazz, from country to easy listening and from modern pop and rock to rap and alternative. Songs from nearly all major artists of the last 100+ years are accessible on the site.
While Spotify is most well-known for music, the site also allows you to stream podcasts, audio programs dedicated to a specific topic. There are more than 5 million podcasts available through the streaming service, so you’re almost guaranteed to find ones that reflect your interest, whether you’re a history buff, a sports fan, an art lover or a foodie.
When you sign up for Spotify, you get access to all the songs and podcasts currently available through the service. You can listen to whatever you want, as often as you want.
Spotify has also recently introduced audiobooks and has a library of more than 350,000 titles. The audiobook features work a little differently than the rest of the service. To access a particular audiobook, you pay a fee. Then, you can listen to it at your leisure.
Spotify lets you do more than simply listen to music and podcasts. Some of its unique features include:
The Spotify app is available on most:
To get Spotify, visit the official website or download the app. On a tablet or phone, you can download the app through Google Play or the Apple App Store. You’ll need to choose a username and password to sign up. Choose a unique password you haven’t used before to keep your account secure.
There are two versions of Spotify: Spotify Free and Spotify Premium. With Spotify Free, you get access to all the music and podcasts to listen to anywhere in the United States and for up to 14 days when traveling internationally. You can also download podcasts with the free account.
Spotify Premium gives you unlimited access to the same music and podcast library plus unlimited international access. It also unlocks additional features, including:
As of June 2023, there were three versions of Spotify Premium available for seniors:
Spotify often has promotions that let you try Spotify Premium for free for a certain number of days.
Spotify is simple to use, even if you’re not tech-savvy. However, the service does have customer support available if you run into any trouble. Just visit the Spotify Support Center to search for answers. If you can’t resolve the issue through the information provided, the support center will direct you to contact customer service.
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