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Getting started with Spotify in India (Latest version)

Spotify eventually launched its music streaming service in India in February 2019, after numerous stops and starts and despite a legitimate battle with Warner Music Group, which is even furious today (more on this later). Indian audiences have definitely clung to the worldwide popular program, as Spotify in India has exceeded one million installations in less than a week. If you still have to make the jump, or consider if you even need to, here's all you need to know about Spotify in India!

Start with Spotify in India

Create an account

You can download the Android application from the Google Play Store. Spotify is also available on iOS Windows (also via the Microsoft Store), and on the web. You can sign up for free with & # 39; an email address or log in with Facebook. Using the Facebook option makes it much easier to share your Spotify playlists, which you listen to, and other recommendations with friends and family.

Of course, you can determine exactly how much and how much information you want to share, if any. However, if you really want to avoid it, it is better to register with an email address. By signing in the email address, you must verify the account. To provide your birth date, gender and & # 39; a profile name, complete the account creation process.

Add your music preferences

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Once your account is set up, you can select the languages ​​you prefer. These include English, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujurati, Kannada and Bengali. It may look like a lot, but competitors such as JioSaavn and Wynk Music add five more regional languages ​​to their portfolios, so Spotify India comes here.

You can now choose your favorite artists. There are a minimum of three, but the more you choose, the more rounded the daily mixlists will be right from the bat. By typing in the name of a singer, there are more options (such as music directors or female singers with whom they worked). It was actually a very fun thing to do, with old favorites I wouldn't have ticked off right away. You can also find artists based on genre.

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After selecting at least three artists, the Spotify home page is opened. Based on your previous choices, at least one Daily Mix will automatically be created for you. Scrolling further down will show more album recommendations, trending songs, editorials, new releases, and more. If you want to listen right away, Spotify has covered more than that.

The settings menu

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Tap the gear icon in the upper right corner of the home page to enter the settings list. You can disable or enable a data-saving mode, add a cross-fold, allow explicit content, normalize volume, set audio quality, update your language choices, set your social media preferences, and more. There are a lot of settings here that allow you to provide the app experience for exactly how you want it.

Curating your music and podcasts

Add songs, playlists and podcasts to your library

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Just as big as being random, but teaming up to date, you still want to create your own to use the most of the music service. To find specific songs, artists or podcasts, skip to the Search page at the bottom of the application page. Just start typing a name and what you are looking for must appear in the search results.

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If you're not specific, you can also use a variety of recommended playlists based on genre, language, era, mood and even the season. If you like from a specific playlist or even a few songs from one, you can add it to your library by tapping on the heart icon next to the name of the song or playlist.

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The same goes for podcasts as well. You can search for a specific podcast or browse the search podcast section. You will have many podcast recommendations based on a variety of categories, or you can only look through the top cards. Again, if there is one you want, you can store it in the library by tapping the heart icon in the upper right corner of the page.

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If you listen to a Spotify played playlist and as you go, you can also save the entire playlist or add specific songs to your favorites by tapping on the heart icon. On the other hand, if you don't like a specific song, you can tap the stop sign (next to the heart icon) to hide the song. By tapping on the three vertical point icon, you give even more options, including adding the song to a playlist, adding it to the queue, viewing artist info, and sharing the song.

Your library

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Your library is where you will find the playlists and albums of you and your favorite artists. Any songs you would like to have will be in the Liked Songs playlist. Switch to the Podcasts tab to find your favorite shows, recent episodes, and downloads. Yes, while you need the premium subscription to download and listen to music offline, there's no such thing as podcasts, it's great.

Of course, you don't have to leave everything for Spotify, and you can create your own playlists. First, give the playlist a name. Then tap the big "Add Songs" button to get started. Spotify also contributes with long lists of suggestions curated by your favorites and recent listening habits. You can also search for a specific song or go to the "Songs you like" to add it. Tap the plus / add icon. You will now find your newly created playlist in the library.

Listen to other devices

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You have your playlists ready and podcasts in the queue, but what if you don't want to listen to their phone? The good news is that Spotify is not limited to one device, and you can use the mobile application as a remote device to control music on another platform. If you listen to a song, you'll see a small screen and speaker icon at the bottom of the screen. It opens the page & # 39; Connects to & # 39; a device & # 39; which allows you to control any music playing on your computer or TV or by using a Wi-Fi speaker. Tap & # 39; an option and follow the instructions on the screen.

The Spotify India catalog

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Spotify is considered one of the best music streaming services around the world, partly due to the incredible catalog it offers. Unfortunately, Spotify's launch in India was far from smooth because of a continuous legal match with Warner Music Group. English music from a long list of global superstars is unfortunately not available on Spotify India and it will only end when the license agreement issue is resolved.

Want to listen to Charlie Puth, Ed Sheeran, Linkin Park, or Coldplay or the host other artists who signed with WMG? You're better off holding another music service.

Spotify's licensing transaction problems do not end with WMG. The company has also been forced to remove more than 120,000 Hindi and local language songs due to an agreement not being reached with SaReGaMa India Ltd, a major record company in India.

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It is not all the gloom and punishment. There are quite a few licenses that Spotify received with Indian and international record labels, so the catalog is far from a dry desert. One of Spotify's strongest suits was his recommendations, and it remains a great way to discover new artists and previously unheard-of songs. Of course, there are also many popular music available.

There is even music that I couldn't find on any other Spotify competing programs, such as a 2006 Karsh Kale album that I could only find on Spotify. YouTube Music.

The best part for me is the availability of podcasts on the app. Granted, I've never thought it was a big problem to switch between my music streaming and podcast apps. It's still nice to have everything in one place. Nor can I testify to the fullness of Spotify's podcast catalog here, but I found everything I listened to.

Spotify Free vs Spotify Premium

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The free version of Spotify in India is much less limited than in the US, UK and others. For example, while the mobile application only allows you to use Shuffle Play in other markets, that's not the case. You also don't have to worry about the tracks that are switching, can't play any tracks or create custom playlists. In fact, you have full access to the full catalog available in India on the free app mobile app.

Of course, there are ads to do, but playing every six songs and the occasional 30-second ad isn't intrusive or annoying.

It has been said that there is still an advantage to going premium or there won't be a point to have the option. For starters, ads are completely gone. Sound quality also gets a boost to 320kbps of the standard 160kbps (high quality) and 96kbps (normal quality). Higher quality audio requires more data, but it does is not so much of a data hog as you would think, and dataperse is no longer so much from a source.

Spotify Premium prizes are mostly in line with the subscription rates of competitive music flow services in India. It may look more expensive than some, but it's because services like JioSaavn have significantly reduced their prices as a response to Spotify and YouTube Music's arrival this year. Spotify also offers several prepaid plans that are eligible for long-term discounts, and you can also benefit from a 30-day free trial.

Spotify prices in India

  • 119 rupees (~ $ 1.70) per month subscription with a 30-day free trial.
  • Prepaid plans
    • 13 rupees (~ $ 0.20) for 1 day.
    • 39 rupees (~ $ 0.60) for 1 week.
    • 129 rupees (~ $ 1.85) for 1 month.
    • 389 rupees (~ $ 5.55) for 3 months.
    • 719 rupees (~ $ 10.25) for 6 months.
    • 1,189 rupees (~ $ 17) for 1 year.
  • Students will receive a 50% discount on all available plans.

The long-term discounts are definitely worth taking advantage of. The annual plan works up to 99 rupees (~ $ 1.40) per month and is cheaper than the monthly subscription. You will also need a valid credit card to opt for the monthly subscription, while using debit cards, Paytm and UPI to pay in advance.

Spotify in India – deliver it?

Spotify is unhappy at a shaky start in a market that is not short of competition and things didn't really get much better. It may have the download numbers, but it's probably due to the initial wave of excitement surrounding the launch. Of course, people are not blocked from using more than one music service.

Spotify enjoys a worldwide brand recognition that does very few products or companies. However, the competition is extremely tight in India and Spotify is rather late at the party. JioSaavn has cut its prizes by about 70%, the premium Wynkick music subscription is free to Airtel (one of India's largest networks) users, and Amazon Prime Music is included in a Prime subscription.

An equal comparison for Spotify is YouTube Music recently launched in India. The subscriptions were priced in the same way. However, the regular YouTube program has been the most popular "music stream" program in the country. Easier access to just music and more features will only help YouTube Music. All competitive programs also have better catalogs, at least for the moment.

I know I make things sound far more complete than they actually are. Licensing transactions will be done (hopefully). Spotify will respond to the price increase (probably). Some free subscription deals on network carriers can happen (perhaps). The apps are refined, the catalog will get better, and there is one thing that Spotify has that no other Indian music streaming service – podcasts.

Did you sign up for Spotify in India? Why? Why not?