They say everything good in life is free, which must be why Spotify is now letting me access premium features without paying for a premium subscription. If youâ€™re unfamiliar, you donâ€™t actually need to pay to use Spotify. Like most other major streaming services the company has a free tier option available that lets users get the feel for the service without paying a dime. Of course, there are some caveats.
For one, you wonâ€™t be able to search for and select specific songs unless youâ€™re on a paid plan. Or at least you shouldnâ€™t be able to according to the company website. Free users can only select songs to listen to from certain playlists but for some reason Iâ€™ve had no problem searching for songs all day from any album I want (like my current jam Motion by Emotional Oranges). This is not something I should be able to do without paying a monthly subscription fee. As a free user I should also be served an annoying number of ads in between songs, which also hasnâ€™t happened in the last few hours that Iâ€™ve been jamming.
I have no limit to how many songs I can skip.
On top of that, I have no limit to how many songs I can skip. A typical free user should be limited to six skips per hour on mobile, but my colleagues (Lily Katz and Sara Carbone) and I have all been able to skip songs without any warning popping up on our phones. We havenâ€™t been able to download songs for offline listening, which is a bummer; and weâ€™ve been prompted by sporadic pop-ups to upgrade to Spotify Premium. As long as you close them out, though, you can keep using the Spotify app almost as if youâ€™re a Premium subscriber.
Iâ€™m not sure if something is broken at Spotify or if this is a weird promotion the company is running without telling anyone, but if youâ€™ve been thinking of trying out Spotify now is a great time to check it out.