Like every penny-pinching internet user, I was naive and considered all the music #streaming services to be the same. I was pleased with myself that I am being smart by using the #AmazonMusic service that comes bundled with the Prime subscription and the ‘free’ #YouTube with an ad-blocker (Enhancer for YouTube).

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Over the years, though I had tried #Spotify a few times I never used it enough to spot anything different. Two weeks ago, a friend shared his carefully curated playlist of #WorldMusic on Spotify. To hear this, I re-installed #Spotify and gave it a try – after a few days, I felt it was somehow better, not sure how. But, after every other song, there were the same inhouse advertisements in Hindi (Not the best for me, a Tamilian) and that irritated me. Add to it, my son who is a fan of Spotify and their podcasts for years kept pestering me for the paid upgrade.

I gave by upgrading to the family plan – Rs 199 per month for 6 users in the same house. The automatic playlist and recommendations are lovely, which I am sure will get magical as I use it more. I like the easy sign-up and the feature to login into various devices seamless. I am thrilled with the option to see and control songs playing on any of my other devices is super cool. That is if I am playing on the PC and I can pick my phone to view/pause/play/change the songs.

Now I understand that there are OTT services and then Netflix. Similarly, there are streaming services and then Spotify!

Do you use Spotify, free or paid; If not, how do you listen to music online?

P.S.: I am a paid subscriber for a lot of video streaming services including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar, Apple iTunes+, Sony Liv, Zee5 & Aha. At times it feels like I work just for paying these companies!

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