How to Get Spotify

Recently made available to select US listeners under an invite-only private beta version, Spotify is an online music streaming service that offers DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected music from a number of independent and major record labels including Warner Music Group, Universal, The Orchard, EMI, and Sony. The service is accessible on several platforms including Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. This article will walk you through the process of getting Spotify on the platform of your choice.

Steps

 

Windows

  1. Go to Spotify’s Windows download page. It’s located at:http://www.spotify.com/int/download/windows/.
  2. Click the “Download now” button. Note: This version of Spotify requires Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 and a broadband internet connection.

 

Mac OS X

  1. Go to Spotify’s Mac download page. it’s at: http://www.spotify.com/int/download/mac/.
  2. Click the “Download now” button. Note: This version of Spotify requires Mac OS X 10.4.0 or later and a broadband internet connection.

 

Android

  1. Go to the Spotify Mobile Overview page. It’s at http://www.spotify.com/int/mobile/overview/. Scroll down the page to the interactive compatibility comparison chart.
    • Make sure Spotify is compatible with your device by selecting the platform from the left side pane and browsing for your device in the grid of compatible devices.
  2. Launch the Android Market on your device.
  3. Tap the small magnifying glass icon in the top right corner and search for “Spotify”.
  4. Select the Spotify app.
  5. Select the “Install” button.
  6. Click “OK” to agree to the terms and usage conditions of the app. The app will immediately begin downloading and installing.

 

iPhone

  1. Go to the Spotify Mobile Overview page. It’s at http://www.spotify.com/int/mobile/overview/. Scroll down the page to the interactive compatibility comparison chart.
    • Make sure Spotify is compatible with your device by selecting the platform from the left side pane and browsing for your device in the grid of compatible devices.
  2. Tap the “App Store” icon on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
  3. Tap the “Search” tab at the bottom of the screen and search for “Spotify” in the search bar at the top of the screen. Tap the “Spotify” search result.
  4. Tap the “Free” button followed by the green “Install” button.
  5. Enter your Apple ID and tap the “OK” button to install the Spotify app to your device.

 

Windows Phone

  1. Go to the Spotify Mobile Overview page. It’s at http://www.spotify.com/int/mobile/overview/. Scroll down the page to the interactive compatibility comparison chart.
    • Make sure Spotify is compatible with your device by selecting the platform from the left side pane and browsing for your device in the grid of compatible devices.
  2. Launch the Marketplace on your Windows Phone.
  3. Search for “Spotify”.
  4. Press “Install” to download the Spotify app to your phone.

Tips

  • For US listeners, go to http://www.spotify.com/us/hello-america/ to enter your email and request an invite to start using Spotify free of charge. If you don’t want to wait, this page also offers paid options.
  • Go to the Spotify contact support page at http://www.spotify.com/int/about-us/contact/contact-spotify-support/?contact to submit a question or report an error.

Warnings

  • Only the Mac OS X and Windows versions of the Spotify are currently downloadable. Versions for other platforms are still in development and currently in a preview phase.
  • Spotify is currently only available to users in the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, France, Spain, Norway, and Netherlands. Private users can use it by invitation in the USA.
  • The Spotify service requires a PayPal account or valid Visa or Mastercard credit card enabled for e-commerce transactions.

ThingsYou’llNeed

  • Computer or phone with relevant operating system

 

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