It’s not really up for debate anymore. By far, Spotify is the most reliable and feature complete music service available anywhere.
The different versions of Spotify allow users to do mostly the same thing: play music. They each have social networking features built into the experience so that users can find out what songs are popular with their friends. Spotify also includes an absolute mountain load of custom-made playlists that are themed for different topics and totally available for free.
Finally, Spotify for iPhone allows Spotify premium users to store music from the service on their device. This way users can have one or two playlists guaranteed to work whereever they are, even in places where there isn’t a decent internet connection.
Here’s how to add music from Spotify to the iPhone or iPad. Before attempting, be sure that you’re in a place where you have access to a Wi-Fi network. Make sure you’re connecting to that Wi-Fi network by looking for the Wi-Fi icon at the top of your iPhone’s screen. Downloading entire Spotify playlists can eat away your mobile device’s bandwidth very quickly. The Spotify app won’t download tracks over a mobile connection by default, but still, there’s nothing wrong with being safe. It wouldn’t hurt to make sure you’re device isn’t low on storage by checking the settings area either.
You’ll need to have already created an account and signed up for Spotify’s premium $9.99 membership service. That service is the only way the app will allow you to store music for playback later. Users who sign up for a trial through their iPhone are eligible for a seven day trial. Users who sign up through the company’s website are treated to a 30 day free trial, as long as they provide their credit card credentials for billing once the trial expires.
Unlock your device by entering your PIN code or by placing your fingerprint on the Touch ID home button if you have Apple’s iPhone 5s.
You should have already downloaded the Spotify app from the iTunes App Store and logged in once with the account you created. If you haven’t, download the app now and login to the app with your Facebook account. You can create your own login for the service, but it’s much easier to find friends and family in the social media aspects of Spotify if it has access to your Facebook account. We’ve already downloaded the app and created an account. Spotify is represented by the black icon with a green circle inside of it.
Open Spotify and you’re immediately taken to the service’s list of playlist. For the sake of this example you’ll be downloading one of those, though albums and individual songs work exactly the same.
Choose any playlist and tap on it. In this example we’re storing a Party playlist for offline playback.
Choose a sub-playlists and tap on it. In this case we’re going with the Dance Mega Mix created by Spotify.
Tap on the Follow button below the cover of the playlist to add it you’re your collection. After you’ve added it to your collection, you’ll now find that there’s a switch labeled, Available Offline. It’s flipping this switch on individual songs, albums and playlists that stores content on your device playback later.
Any music you add to your collection or follow, will show up in a list of songs and other media in a fly out menu. Tap the back button on the top-right of your display twice to go back to the Browse screen. Then tap the icon with three buttons in the top-left corner of your screen to reveal the app menu. This can also be done anywhere in the app by placing your finger on the left side of your screen and slide it to the right.
Tap Your Music.
Inside Your Music tap Local Files to see what songs have been added offline.
And there you have it. As long as that premium subscription is paid every month those songs will be available for you to listen to when you’re ready. Users can tweak the Spotify app to make the offline experience a bit better. For example, users can have Spotify hide their streaming collection when they’re offline, saving them from choosing playlists that they won’t be able to listen to anyway. Access these from the Settings area in the same menu where Your Music lives. Users who prefer to hide their streaming music habits from their Facebook friends can also head to the Settings app to start a Private Session and hide that Britney Spears album they’d rather someone not tease them about.
If you don’t choose to keep a Spotify Premium subscription, then all of the music stored locally on your device will stop working until you renew your subscription. In addition to adding offline playback, having a subscription to Spotify also allows users to listen to songs when they’d like and skip between tracks more than just 5 times. Having a subscription to Spotify also kills the audio advertisements that dominate the service for free users.