Spotify has few Premium plans to choose from. If you pay for one of them, you need to make sure you get the most out of your monthly subscription fee. We will help you get your money’s worth.
While it’s entirely possible to use Spotify for free, there are several limitations, including ads. If you’ve weighed the differences and decided to give Spotify Premium a try, you’ll want to make sure you reap the benefits.
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Download music to listen offline
Arguably the best feature of Spotify Premium, aside from being ad-free, is the ability to download music for offline listening. This is great for saving data and making sure you still have music to listen to when you don’t have an internet connection.
You can download almost anything on Spotify for offline listening. That includes full albums, playlists, and podcasts. It’s not technically possible to download a specific song, but you can download your “Songs You Like” playlist. Just “Like” any song you want to download and it will be available offline.
It is very easy to download music for offline listening. Just look for the little download icon on playlists, albums, and podcasts. It is available on mobile and desktop apps.
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Listen to Music in High Quality
If sound quality is important to you, streaming services may not be your cup of tea. The quality of the stream is generally not as good as other methods. However, if you have Spotify Premium, you can upgrade it.
Spotify limits music quality to a maximum of 160kbit/s with a free account. That’s pretty solid, but can be better. Spotify Premium has an additional “Very High” option that streams at 320kbit/s, double the free option.
Streaming quality can be adjusted in all Spotify mobile and desktop apps. The web player limits the quality to 256 kbit/s for Spotify Premium and cannot be adjusted. Make sure you have good headphones to appreciate the highest quality.
Use third party services
Lastly, let’s look outside of Spotify. Due to the popularity of Spotify, there are many third-party apps and services that are related to it. Many of these services require a Premium subscription.
Basically, if an app or service needs to be able to play a specific song on demand, you’ll need a Spotify Premium account to use. One such service is JQBX, which is a virtual “room” that you and your friends can join. One person is the “DJ” and everyone can suggest songs.
If you are an Android user, Google Clock is compatible with Spotify. It allows you to choose any song from Spotify and use it as an alarm. To do this on an iPhone, you can download a third-party app, such as Morning Music Alarm Clock Up.
As briefly mentioned, one of the best things about Spotify Premium isn’t a functional “feature,” it’s not listening to ads. That, plus all these other features, makes it worth the price for people who listen to a lot of music. If you ever feel like you’re not using these features enough, it’s easy to cancel them at any time.