Spotify is an Audio streaming platform developed by a Swedish company. It makes use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies which try to control access to copyrighted materials. DRM prevents modification and distribution of copyrighted work. Spotify is a “freemium” service. It contains basic features which users can access freely such as advertisements, or automatic music videos and paid services. The premium features available at a subscription fee include improved streaming quality and the saving of audio to listen to later.
Since its launch in 2008, Spotify has provided access to more than forty million audio tracks. It enables users to search for audio tracks, artists, albums, and genres. They can also edit, share, and delete their playlists. Spotify is a cross-platform application as it runs on a variety of devices. It is available for Windows OS, Linux OS, MacOS, IOS, and Android.
Spotify pays artists depending on the number of streaming users, unlike other sites that pay an artist per download of a particular song. With revenue as the central source of income for this platform, Spotify tries to encourage people to pay for music.