Consumers who are blind or visually impaired have many options for streaming music on their smartphones and devices. Pandora one of the earliest streaming music programs and iTunes Radio for iOS, both good choices, were discussed in previous AccessWorld articles. When Spotify first came to the US several years ago after debuting in Europe, the app was extremely popular. At the time, Spotify provided access to a huge collection of legal, free music. Ads played periodically, but they were brief. The original PC desktop application was mostly accessible, but the same could not be said for the Mac desktop application. Unfortunately, PC accessibility has decreased and sighted assistance is now needed to read results and play songs on the computer. Right now, Spotify is inaccessible on both the PC and Mac.
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The streaming music giant announced Tuesday that it will be releasing several new capabilities for its free music tier that will be launching for iOS and Android over the coming weeks. In an effort to offer better music suggestions for non-paying listeners, Spotify also says it will ask users about which artists they like upon signing up for an account, and will then deliver playlists that match those choices. A new Data Saver mode will optimize the app to use less data while streaming, a move that could make its service more appealing in areas with limited connectivity. The update is also likely an attempt by Spotify to retain its lead in the streaming music space as Apple slowly encroaches. Taken together, the features included in the update will ease up on the restrictions Spotify has imposed thus far in its free tier. Contact us at letters time. Thomas Trutschel—Photothek via Getty Images. By Lisa Eadicicco.
Spotify's global headquarters are in Stockholm , Sweden. Spotify offers digital copyright restricted recorded music and podcasts , including more than 60 million songs, from record labels and media companies. Users can search for music based on artist, album, or genre, and can create, edit, and share playlists. Unlike physical or download sales, which pay artists a fixed price per song or album sold, Spotify pays royalties based on the number of artist streams as a proportion of total songs streamed. In , as part of its efforts to renegotiate license deals for an interest in going public , Spotify announced that artists would be able to make albums temporarily exclusive to paid subscribers if the albums are part of Universal Music Group or the Merlin Network. Later they thought out an etymology of a combination of "spot" and "identify. In February , Spotify opened public registration for the free service tier in the United Kingdom.