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Spotify is a popular service for downloading music online. Spotify has been serving up Digital Rights Management-protected content from a variety of record labels since 2008. Over 20 million user enjoy the service, but since Spotify is not available in all countries, many people need a VPN for access to their favorite content.
Download VPN for Spotify
Spotify expanded their services starting in 2010 to include users in several European countries, a few Asian countries, and a few countries in the Americas including the United States. In some of these countries, like Estonia, Greece and Romania, however, the free service was not always available. Some content is restricted even in areas where the service is available due to record label licensing restrictions. Spotify continues to open access to a few additional regions each year, but many users are still unable to benefit from the service for various reasons. If you are not in United States or in one of the following countries, you need to download VPN services to gain access:
Users with almost any operating system can download VPN and Spotify apps to use in accessing and enjoying the service. It is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It can also be used on Android, iOS, BlackBerry, WindowsMobile, Windows Phone, and with Samsung Smart TV, S60 (Symbian), webOS, TiVo, Roku, Boxee, Sonos, Squeezebox, WD TV, MeeGo, and Telia Digital-tv.
Free Spotify accounts are supported by ads and impose time limits on listening. An “Unlimited” Spotify subscription removes all the ads and time limits. “Premium” accounts have special features like faster streaming, and mobile and offline music access. There is a 48-hour trial for Spotify Mobile, and a 30-day trial as well. If you download VPN apps for your devices, you can get access to all the content available on Spotify worldwide, simultaneously. You can create multiple free Spoitfy accounts for each location and access all the location restricted music selections. Just connect to the VPN server for the country that offers the music you want, log in to your account for that country, and you are in.
Access Spotify Content
Spotify offers a variety of content from popular record labels like Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal, and other independent labels as well. The Spotify library is always up-to-date and maintains a collection of over 20 million songs. Users love Spotify because of the convenience with which they can search for music. Songs can be searched directly or browsed by artist, album, record label, or genre. The Spotify software links to partner retailers and allows users to conveniently buy music. This desktop client can also sync with mobile devices and import music from iTunes. Users in certain locations like Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK can buy most available tracks from 7digital, one of Spotify’s download partners. With a VPN, users can connect to a server in one of these locations to use the download service. A reliable VPN will give users anonymity and fast speeds to allow them to purchase and download the songs without any hassles.
Spotify users can also create playlists and search within them for stored titles. This and the Spotify playlist sharing feature are a big part of what makes Spotify a much sought after service. Users can drag their playlist links into an email or instant messaging window to share playlists and allow other users to collaborate on playlist editing with auto-update features. These links can also be dropped in applications and websites. Many websites support Spotify playlist and song sharing for rating and discussion. This is another well-liked feature of Spotify. In addition, Spotify allows registered users to integrate their Spotify accounts with their existing Facebook and Twitter accounts to access the favorite music and playlists of their social media contacts, and share their music through the inbox. Spotify shares through Facebook will be displayed on Facebook feeds and can be played there directly.
When users sign up, they are allowed a six-month free trial period during which they can listen to an unlimited amount of music. After this, most users are limited to 10 hours per month. Only users in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the US can enjoy unlimited streaming after 14 months. Again, when you download VPN service and connect to a VPN server in any of these locations, you can get the same unlimited listening advantage.
Many countries block some or all of the messaging applications, websites, and social media services that make Spotify such a great service. If you download VPN services, this problem will be automatically solved. Proxy services can be used to access the Spotify website, but they will not open access to Internet based applications, are too slow for convenient streaming and downloading, unable to open some websites with functions intact, and unsafe for monitored connections.
Some users do not necessarily want to purchase and share content on Spotify, but enjoy the Radio feature that comes with free accounts. This online radio distinguishes Spotify from Pandora, another online music streaming service that can be accessed if you download VPN apps. The Radio creates a random playlist of songs that are chosen based on user specified genres and decades, or from songs by selected artists and related music. These Spotify Artist Radio channels also give users background information on the selected artists.