Pop-culture consumption has changed a lot in the last years, mainly due to streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. One can even read multiple books using a monthly paid signature with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited.
In the music and audio field, the absolute champion is the Swedish app Spotify. Launched in 2008, the platform was the first streaming service in the music niche. And continues to be the industry’s leader in market share.
Spotify was the most downloaded music app from the Google Play Store in September 2021. Coming way ahead of Android’s second place, YouTube Music. For each download the latter got, Spotify got two.
Providing fantastic usability, web and desktop versions, the app gained a lot of subscribers to its premium account. Spotify users can listen to music and podcasts straight from their mobile devices.
More than 130 million people already have the Spotify Premium subscription.
Spotify Premium: from Stockholm to the World
Spotify has been around since 2006 when it was founded by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon in Stockholm. Its major competitors (Apple Music and YouTube Music) started to provide streaming services in 2015, four years after Spotify was released in the US.
Spotify’s founders declared their missions were to come up with a way to avoid piracy in the cultural industry and still compensate the artists and producers. The royalties are paid by the number of times the tracks are streamed.
Although there is some controversy around Spotify and small artists about this royalty system, this service indeed reduced a lot of the public’s interest in shared downloads. It really brought back money for the industrial culture.
Indeed, Spotify (and its Premium feature) reduced a lot of online piracy. We can assess it, for instance, by looking at the Trend’s interest over time data on queries like lime wire, LimeWire, or LimeWire LLC. Immediately, we will notice the curve reached its summit at the end of 2006, starting a free fall at the end of 2010.
In 2011, the interest for LimeWire became none, while the interest for Spotify continued to increase. Well, this may not be a coincidence, because 2011 was the year Spotify was released in the US.
The largest Streaming Platform in 2020
Spotify, whose main revenue is made by the Premium account service, is known as a very successful case of a startup business. It grew very rapidly in the last decade by converting regular users into Premium account users.
Nowadays, for instance, Spotify has more active users than Netflix. They sum up to 286 million (130 million being Premium users and the others being ad-supported) while Netflix has around 195 million active users around the world.
This makes Spotify the largest streaming platform in the world by active users.
However, Spotify does not hold a place on the podium when it concerns its library size. Apple Music and Amazon’s Prime Music dispute the first and the second place by having around 70 million songs. The third-place goes to Deezer, which offers over 60 million songs.
Spotify comes only in fourth place, with over 50 million songs available and over 700,000 podcast titles. It is still an impressive library size. This page shows every recent data you can want to know about Spotify if you are interested.
The first song uploaded to Spotify was the oldest in the world
The first song ever uploaded to Spotify was a very modern version of the Hymn of Ugarit, performed by Al-Pha-X, known as the oldest song in the world. You probably never heard of it, but if you are curious, go check it out. It is worth it if you enjoy electronic music.
If you are even curious about what this song is about, read the page about the Hurrian songs.
Can anyone upload Content on Spotify?
If you are in the music business, you can actually profit from Spotify. Starting from 2018, the app started to test the beta version of Spotify for Artists. Check Spotify for artists to know more.
It was supposed to be a solution for artists to upload music directly to the platform. Nevertheless, it does not follows strictly the indie industry philosophy. The licensing and uploading (as well as the royalties repassing) is done by a third-party distributor.
If you want to offer your podcast on Spotify, it is a different process. Check the Spotify for podcasters page to know more.
Since podcasts do not need licensing to stream, they are simpler to submit to Spotify. You can actually do it without any third-party agent.
Spotify for podcasters also allows you to analyze your audience preferences, music taste, and response to each episode. It is a great tool to grow your audience and to build an online community.
Does Spotify Premium worth it?
The Spotify free ad-supported account already enables you to listen to its entire library, among songs and podcasts. However, in this case, you must comply to be an ad-interrupted user.
Your experience will be constantly disturbed by advertisements. This is not ideal since we tend to prefer to listen to music straight from the beginning to the end.
Also, if you are an exigent listener, Spotify Premium apk will benefit you with high-quality audio streaming for songs and podcasts.
Spotify Premium Main Features
High-quality audio: a great reason for exigent audio consumers to pay for Spotify Premium! Upgrading from an ad-supported account, you get access to better quality audio. You can set the streaming and downloading quality in the settings.
Listen to Music Ad-Free. No more disturbances, just enjoy your favorite songs without worries!
Download music on your mobile device. As a premium subscriber, you can store music on your device (but only to listen in the app) to listen to it offline. You can easily set the quality (and size) of the files you store and stream in the app’s settings. With this feature, you can listen to high-quality music anywhere!
Get access to Curated Playlists uniquely made for you, based on your music taste. You will also receive daily custom playlists generated by the app algorithm. It will mix songs you already love with unknown related songs. This is an excellent feature principally because the old songs will get you in the right mood to enjoy new ones.
Paying members also have the possibility to enjoy exclusive content in certain circumstances. It is not a normal policy of Spotify to do it, but in 2017, for instance, the streaming app signed a contract with Universal to only enable their content for Premium users.
As Spotify Premium users, we must say it is really worth it at least to try. The main reason is the app’s usability, which is legendary. You have many more features available as a Premium subscriber.
The second reason is about all the new artists and podcasts you can discover using the curated playlists. There is a lot of small artists on Spotify that you would not get to know anywhere else.
Spotify’s algorithm still has some improvements to make, but it can be very satisfying to try different music.
How much does Spotify Premium Plans cost?
Spotify Premium offers four types of plans: Single, Duo, Family, and Student. All of them, you can cancel anytime.
The Single plan costs $9.99 per month, while the Duo costs $12.99. The Family Plan is the best in terms of cost and benefit: it charges you $14.99 per month and allows up to 6 premium accounts. The Student plan is available for 4.99 per month (it is the cheaper), and also offers Hulu and Showtime subscriptions.
The Duo plan is most popular for the Duo Mix feature. Since this plan is meant to be shared by two users, the duo mix provides them with a playlist based on both users’ preferences.
In the premium Family plan, the user gets access to up to 6 Premium accounts for the family members. That applies to people living at the same address.
It only requires everyone to confirm the address, so even if you have a brother or sister that lives in another State, you can share the premium Spotify account with them.
Similar to the duo mix, the Spotify Premium Family mix can be a nice way for people to share their preferences and getting to know what they like listening to.
A popular feature for families is the Spotify Kids features, which exclusively distribute kids-friendly content.
Summarizing, the Family plan includes the following main features:
6 premium accounts
- Family Mix: a playlist for your family, regularly updated with music you all enjoy. To use it, each user has to enable the app to use their preferences to generate a mixed playlist, mixing each one’s favorite songs.
- Block explicit music, useful if you want to prevent children from listening to explicit music.
- Ad-free music listening, as the other Premium accounts.
- Play offline, meaning you can download music from Spotify Premium and store it on your device to access any time.
- On-demand playback.
- Spotify Kids: a separate app made just for kids, allowing for the adult users to better control the content children will be able to access.
The student plan is also very interesting because it comes with an ad-supported Hulu subscription and a full Showtime subscription (ad-free). It has a reason to be called a student plan: you must be enrolled at an accredited college or university.
Breaking down the plan
- Hulu (ad-supported) plan
- Showtime full plan
- Listen to music ad-free
- Play high-quality audio anywhere, meaning the download feature is available for students.
- On-demand playback.
Spotify Premium Free Trial
Normally, the Spotify free trial lasts 1 month. However, currently, you can get Spotify Premium for 3 months for free. That puts the app among the most generous freemium version providers in the world.
After the trial expires, the price resumes to the regular 9.99 per month. Of course, the free months are not available for users who have already tried Premium.
You have to provide a credit card to set the automatic payment. So, remember you can cancel anytime on your Spotify Account page.
Last year, Spotify was available for only $0.99 per month in the US and in the UK. This offer is not available anymore.
How to Get Spotify Premium APK for Free
You may want an alternative way to enjoy the subscription on Spotify Premium without having to pay for it. You can get that by downloading the Apk Mod of the app.
Spotify Free account has a lot of inconvenient limitations that often make it impossible to really enjoy the app. We can not skip tracks, loop songs, and we have to endure ads.
The Mod Apk version of Spotify Premium permits the user to jump over those limitations, accessing premium-only features.
Sadly, it is impossible to have the download feature in the Apk Mod version. The only way to listen to music offline is by using a paid account. Note that the Apk does not crack the Premium subscription. It only waives free account restrictions.
Some steps you need to take before installing the Apk of Spotify
- Delete every late version of Spotify. If there is any version of the app installed on your mobile device, the download will not work.
- To download an Apk from sources beyond the official app stores (such as Google Play Store or Apple Store), you have to give your browser of File explorer app permission to install unknown apps. Go to Settings, Biometrics, and security, and Install unknown apps. Look for the app from which you will install the Apk (probably your browser) and change the Allow from this source button. You are all set!
Beyond those actions, the download goes as normal. Open the apk file and wait for the installation to be fulfilled. Once it is done, you can listen to music ad-free!
We hope you enjoyed our post! Leave a comment if you have anything to say about the download or the Premium account.
Until next time!