The music industry has taken years, in fact decades to catch up to the age of online services and one company has taken advantage of the fact that it is now easier to legally obtain music rights over the Internet. That company is Spotify.
With Spotify, it is now completely legal to obtain music and listen to streams of your favourite artists online. With the free version, you're able to access a very large database of free online music which you can listen to for up to 10 hours, however you want. The Windows version offered here is great, but you can also take the music with you to other devices such as iPads and Android phones and tablets.
The sound quality of music streamed by Spotify is actually amazing and with it, you can create you very own playlists containing free music from your favourite artists, genres or singles.
Finding music with this program is pretty easy with Spotify's built-in search engine which provides you the opportunity to search for artists, songs, bands and related music. Unlike other services like Last.fm, you are given full customization options of your own playlists. Your current playback choices can also be broadcast to your Facebook or Twitter stream, though we're not that sure this wouldn't qualify as 'spammy'.
In the end, Spotify features over 13 million different songs from a huge array of artists and if you really become a fan of the free version and require access to more playback, then there is also a premium version available.
By the way, Spotify is fully supported by the music recording industry and has no relation to downloading services or peer-to-peer networks which allow 'free' access to content which is unauthorized.
From Spotify Ltd:Think of Spotify download as your new collection of mp3s. Your library. Only this time your collection is vast: millions of tracks and counting. Spotify comes in all shapes and sizes, available for your PC, Mac, home audio system and mobile phone. Wherever you go, your music follows you.Spotify 0.9.8.217
is licensed as Freeware
for the Windows operating system / platform without restrictions. Spotify is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
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