Spotify was launched in 2008 and has totally transformed the way individuals listen to music.
By allowing users to play music directly from the cloud — as opposed to by downloading it first — Spotify turned out to be widely popular, and as a startup gave entrenched music industry players like Apple’s iTunes a run for its money.
How To Stream Tracks
Spotify is a service called “streaming music”. You start it up, tell it which song/artist you need to listen to, and you begin listening.
Each time when someone listens to a song on Spotify, the artist being referred to get paid by Spotify, Spotify also takes their cut, so they make something as well.
Listeners on Spotify with Free accounts can stream a song just five times without being prompted to pay for it (this restriction kicks in after six months of utilizing the service).
To urge individuals to buy tracks, Spotify introduced its own music store in May 2011 that gives you a chance to buy digital music and download it to your computer as MP3 music files.
In this way, after you find an artist or song you like by using Spotify, you can then buy the track (or upgrade to a Premium or Unlimited subscription for limitless play).
In which case you don’t generally need to stress over the Downloads pane unless you need to buy tracks to copy to a CD, iPod, or other MP3 player.
When you click the Downloads option in the left sidebar, all your downloaded tracks show up in the main pane.
Since the Downloads feature is incorporated with your Spotify account, you can easily access downloaded songs from this area, as long as you keep them in your specified Spotify folder and don’t move them around.
To buy tracks, click the Get button next to a track or collection to bring up a window that begins the purchasing process.
From this window, you can purchase bundles of credits, which lasts 30 days; the more credits, the cheaper the deal. Keep in mind to go through your credits in the 30-day time period — else, you lose them.
While you’re syncing your device, you can also purchase any tracks from your Spotify playlists that you don’t claim as MP3s.
Simply tap the Get Missing button next to a playlist during the syncing procedure to bring up a window showing the tracks you can buy.
The downloads listed in Spotify’s Downloads pane allude just to tracks you’ve purchased from Spotify’s own particular store, not ones that you purchased from other advanced music retailers, for example, iTunes or 7Digital.