Spotify is the largest streaming music service in the world. As of 2023, Spotify has a market share of 31% in the global music streaming market, while Apple Music has 15% and takes the 2nd place, Amazon Music has 13% and takes the 3rd place. Why is Spotify so successful? There are many reasons and here are a few of the most important factors.
According to public data, more than half of the active Spotify users are using Spotify Free. The ratio of free users to paying users is about 55:45. Many users know that there are some differences between Spotify free users and paid users, but they may not be clear about the specific differences. In fact, there are mainly six points of difference in the figure below.
If you are a Spotify Free user and want to upgrade to Spotify Premium, you can measure whether these Premium-specific features are what you want and whether you think they are worthwhile. If you're a Spotify Premium user and want to cancel your subscription, then you need to consider whether you can live with the limitations of Spotify Free.
Sometimes, Spotify will also provide free short-term Spotify Premium, you can try it before deciding whether you need to use Spotify Premium for a long time.
When using Spotify app on a mobile phone, Spotify Free users can only listen to songs in shuffle mode. Shuffle mode helps to keep the service free and helps to ensure that users are exposed to a wider variety of music. When using Spotify web player or using Spotify app on a tablet, shuffle play is the default mode, but rewind and repeat playback are also available to Spotify Free users.
With Spotify Premium, you can full playback controls and you can use shuffle play, rewind and repeat playback as you like on any device.
Whether there are ads may be the biggest difference between Spotify Free and Spotify Premium. When using Spotify Free, Spotify plays ads every 2 - 4 songs. The length of the ad varies, but it's typically around 30 seconds.
When using Spotify Premium, you can play music smoothly without any ads.
Everyone has his own music taste. Sometimes, you may hear some songs you don't like and you simply want to skip them. With Spotify Free, you can only skip 6 songs per hour, however, there are also exceptions. You can skip as many times as you want when playing some Spotify-curated playlists which are accessible from Spotify homepage. With Spotify Premium, you can skip any songs you don't like.
With Spotify Free, you need to connect to a stable Wi-Fi network or use your mobile data to play the songs. You should be aware of that mobile data also costs some money. If you use it a lot to play the songs, it may cost more than the subscription fee of Spotify Premium. Spotify Free users can't download the songs to their device for offline playback.
With Spotify Premium, you can download songs to your PC, Mac, iOS, Android or other supported devices in advance under a Wi-Fi connection and listen to them offline whenever you don't have a network connection. Spotify Premium users can also use mobile data to play and download the songs.
Under most conditions, Spotify Free users can access to almost all songs and podcast titles in Spotify library.
In recent years, Spotify has also allowed artists to make their new releases exclusive to Premium subscribers for a 2-week period. However, this is optional and it's up to artists' decisions. If an artist decides to use this function, Spotify Premium subscribers will be able to play the new songs as soon as they're released, while Spotify Free subscribers will have to wait two weeks.
On desktop, default streaming audio quality for Spotify Free users is Ogg Vorbis 160kbps while Premium subscribers can choose to switch on High quality streaming, which uses 320kbps. On iPhone, iPad or Android, Spotify Free users can choose either 96kbps or 160kbps while Premium subscribers have one more option which is 320kbps. As to playing Spotify songs on Chromecast or Spotify web player, it's AAC 128kbps for Spotify Free, and 256kbps for Spotify Premium.
TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter can easily convert Spotify songs, albums and playlists to MP3, M4A, WAV, etc. regardless of your Spotify plan. After conversion, you can play the songs offline on any Spotify supported devices as well as MP3 players where Spotify app can't be installed, and there won't any ads. TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter is a wonderful tool which can help you to break most limitations between Spotify Free and Spotify Premium.
If you want to play your favorite Spotify songs on MP3 player, or want to use it in a video project as background music, TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter is definitely a great helper. It can do what Spotify Premium can't even do. It helps you enjoy Spotify songs offline without ads. It's recommended to download the free trial version to have a try. The free trial version can convert 3 minutes for each song and convert 3 files at one time, and you can choose a license plan to enjoy all wonderful features.
With the help of TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter, converting Spotify to MP3/M4A/WAV is just a piece of cake. The program is extremely easy-to-use and you can get the conversion done in only a few clicks.
Launch TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter and you will see a built-in Spotify web player. Click "Log in" button at the upper right corner to log in your Spotify account with email address and password. If necessary, you can check "Remember me" option so that you don't need to log in the converter again next time.
TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter provides MP3, AAC (M4A), WAV, AIFF, FLAC and Auto (256kbps) as output formats and uses Auto (256kbps) as default. If you need to change output format, or you want to change the file name and sort them into folders, you can click Settings icon at the upper right corner to open Settings and adjust the options as you like.
Now go back to built-in Spotify web player and browse your favorite albums and playlist. Open the detailed page of an album or a playlist you want to convert.
In the detailed page of an album or a playlist, you will see a button in the middle right. Move your mouse to the button and it will be changed to "Add to List". Click this button to add the album or the playlist to conversion playlist.
The converter will show you all the songs in a list with checked status. If necessary, you can uncheck any songs you don't want to convert.
Now simply click the Convert button and selected Spotify songs will be converted to specific format. With 20X faster conversion speed, you will get the output files soon.
If you are using Spotify Free, you can check what limitations you can get rid of after conversion.
As to audio quality, though you can choose 320kbps MP3 or 256kbps M4A, the output quality will be same as the input. As to exclussive songs for Premium subcribers, you will have to wait two weeks.
If you are using Spotify Premium, you can play the songs without having to verify the membership every 30 days. And now you can enjoy the songs on MP3 players, iPod Nano/Shuffle, Sony Walkman, etc. that originally you can't play Spotify songs on. You can also use the songs as background music for various video editing programs and apps.
We know that there are 6 major differences between Spotify Free and Spotify Premium, or 6 major limitations of the Free version, and with TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter, you can easily solve or skip 4 of them. No matter which tier or plan you use, TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter brings more benefits, allowing you to play and use these output files more conveniently.
Do not hesitate to download the free trial version of TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter and have a try, you will surely love it.
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