To this day, Spotify still polarizes opinion; whether it’s amongst music industry hacks or even just the casual listener. The Swedish-based company has grown its operations exponentially since its inception in 2006 and although it is revolutionizing the way people listen to music, it isn’t without its critics.
Spotify now offers its customer base a host of services including music streaming and premium accounts. Spotify showcases “digital rights management-restricted” content from the world’s biggest record labels including EMI, Warner, Sony and Universal.
As the service has evolved, so has its money making potential. Late last year, Forbes reported that Spotify had over 40 million users across the world. Of that figure, 6 million were reported to be premium users, thus were paying a monthly subscription fee to use the service.
With the continued trend in mobile Internet being utilized by a reported 17% according to the gaming development company that brought PocketFruity online, Spotify has seen growth in their revenues because they tapped into the mobile market early. Now Spotify’s mobile app is one of the most integral parts of their business with their customer base using their app on the go to stream music more than the PC-installed customer base.
With their app becoming so popular as a go-to platform to listen to Spotify accounts, many app developers have come up with some ingenious apps to help make Spotify even easier to use. Here are just three of the most useful apps that can be synched with Spotify.
An ingenious invention to help people that want their tracks accompanied by lyrics, TuneWiki is the equivalent of a digital songbook. It has a huge database and can locate 99% of all songs, apart from instrumental tracks.
If you have been an avid fan of the publication Rolling Stone since you can remember then this is probably the essential Spotify app for you. The lists and artists on this app are recommended from Rolling Stone writers and editors. Also, they get musicians to regularly curate their favorite music playlists, which users can locate and listen to.
Emerge monitors algorithms and turns their findings into playlists, which include the most talked about bands and artists on the planet. It doesn’t matter whether the artists in question are post-Millennial or from the 60s, it will include the most relevant and newsworthy music out there today.
So tell me, are you using Spotify for your music or sticking with iTunes? I’ve considered Pandora One, but it seems like the worst of the three options.
This is guest post and was not written by Ryan Kantor.