Spotify is a music streaming website with 100 million members.

Launched in Sweden 11 years ago, the service gives members access to more than 30 million songs.

Its free membership is “freemium”, a platform offering basic features.

However, 50 million Spotify members have rather opted for paid subscriptions.

This offers additional features such as better quality streaming and offline music downloads.

Access is only available after signing up as a member, whether free or paid.

How to sign in

  • Copy and paste this link into your browser:

https://www.spotify.com/

  • You will now be on the Spotify homepage.

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  • Tap the “Log in” key as illustrated with the arrow.
  • You will now be on the next page.

PS: If Spotify is currently unavailable in your country, you can still sign up via Facebook or directly to the platform.

You will be notified immediately when Spotify launches in your country.

Spotify Login

  • Enter your Username or Email address.
  • On the next line, enter your password.
  • Tap the “Log In” key.

How to retrieve your log in details

If you have forgotten your username or password, press the key “Forgot your username or password?” as indicated with the red circle.

Spotify will email you with directions for resetting your username and/or password so that you can re-access your account.

Please note that you can also access Spotify by logging in via Facebook.

How to sign up for Spotify

  • Copy and paste this link into your browser:

https://www.spotify.com/int/signup/

  • You will now be taken to the page seen below.

  • Enter your email address.
  • On the next line, confirm your email address.
  • Now create and enter a username.
  • Tick your gender, male/female etc.
  • Tick “Share my registration data with Spotify’s content providers for marketing purposes”.
  • Tap the “I’m not a robot” key.
  • By clicking on “Sign up”, you agree to Spotify’s terms and conditions and privacy policy.
  • Tap the “Sign Up” key that appears on the bottom of the page.

Why you have to sign up for Spotify

Apart from PC’s and laptops, Spotify can be accessed on most devices.

It is available for Windows, Linux and macOS computers, as well as on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

Users can call up their choice of music via genre, artist, album, record label or playlist.

They can also create, share and edit playlists, as well as share tracks on social media platforms such as Facebook.

With more than 30 million songs from which to choose, members of Spotify are guaranteed hours of fun.

Privacy

Like most platforms, Spotify collects personal information shared on sign up.

This includes details such as your username and password, email address and date of birth, your gender and your country.

Spotify may also collect information that you voluntarily supply.

This can include your mobile service provider and mobile phone number.

Users logging in via Facebook, also share those credentials with the Spotify platform.

What you get

Since June 2016, Spotify has offered three types of subscriptions.

The arrow depicts the “freemium” platform that offers limited shuffle-only mode.

Unlike the Premium and Family subscription platforms, the free mode does not offer enhanced sound quality or offline facilities.

It is also not free of advertisements.

Countries

At present, Spotify is available throughout the United States and most of South America, as well as in Europe, parts of Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Mobile, Android, iPhones and Smartphones

  • Copy and paste the following link into your browser:

https://www.spotify.com/int/download/other/

  • The following screen will appear.

Simply select the download option of your choice and follow the simple instructions to access Spotify on your mobile device.

Security and privacy issues

  • Copy and paste the following link into your browser:

https://www.spotify.com/int/bounty/

Spotify is committed to keeping the internet as safe as possible.

It offers its users two options for reporting security issues.

  • Users can “Visit Support”, illustrated on the left-hand side of the page, to report password and login problems, or other account issues.
  • Users can “Visit Bugcrowd”, illustrated on the right-hand side of the page, to report serious security issues.

Cool stuff to do on Spotify

A cool feature is “Spotify Connect”.

This feature allows members to listen to music via a wide range of options.

These include TVs, cars, smartwatches, speakers and receivers.

For members who cannot, or choose not to download any app, Spotify also features a web player.

You cannot use this feature, however, to download music when offline.

A great bonus for university students in 33 countries is Spotify’s discounted Premium subscription tier.

How does Spotify make money?

Well, actually, making money is a two-edged sword with Spotify.

Established in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2006, Spotify is the brainchild of Daniel Ek (right) and Martin Lorentzon (seen below).

Spotify’s income source is derived from membership subscriptions and advertising revenue.

In September 2016, Spotify stated that it had paid the music industry more than $5 billion.

The company planned to enter the stock market in 2017 but has put that plan on ice until 2018.

In the meantime, the service yet to become profitable, despite its $2.18 billion revenue in 2016.

Takeaways about Spotify

The company employs 1 600 people and has offices in 20 countries.

In February 2017, Spotify announced that it was adding 1 000 new positions to its USA headquarters based in Lower Manhattan, New York.

This major expansion did not affect the 832 existing positions.

Spotify’s income source is derived from membership subscriptions and advertising revenue.

Keep your login details safe

To avoid privacy and security issues, keep your Spotify login details safe from prying eyes.

Never share your details with anyone else and, should you experience a problem, contact Spotify immediately.

Changing your password on a regular basis can go a long way to securing your details.