If you choose #4GMusic as part of your Vodafone 4G plan, you're in for a world of audio goodness. Here's everything you need to get the most out of Spotify.
Sign up for Vodafone 4G and choose the #4GMusic option, and we’ll duly stuff over 20 million songs into your pocket by way of a free Spotify Premium subscription for up to two years. That’s ace, but what does it really let you do? And how do you get started? Worry no more: here’s a handy guide to the world of Spotify and #4G music; let’s walk through everything you need to know…
Once you’ve chosen your Red 4G-ready plan and it’s all set up, we’ll fire you a text with a link to the mobile Vodafone portal. Here you’ll be given the choice of either Sky Sports Mobile TV or Spotify Premium. Choose Spotify, and you’ll be taken through the steps to activate your free subscription, all done through your phone.
It doesn’t matter if you’re new to Spotify or already have a Premium account – the steps will guide you through the process to link your #4GMusic deal to your account. Check out the below for a quick guide to getting started, and what the app can do once you’re away:
Spotify’s library is enormous, and it’s yours to listen to in any way you like – create playlists, Star your favourite tracks or start a radio session based on an artist or song.
Our Red 4G-ready plans all come with double our standard data allowance, meaning you’ll have 2, 4 or 8GB each month to muck about with – and that’s after you factor in the fact that we’ll give you unlimited data the first three months of your plan, and our current offer to add an extra 4GB if you sign up before 31 October!
“You’d be able to listen to ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk a staggering 853 times with a 2GB allowance.”
Ok, ok… So lots of data, but what does it mean when it comes to Spotify? Most songs tend to use a little over 2Mb to stream, and there’s 1024Mb to a Gigabyte. We’ll spare you the napkin maths, though… Simply put, that means that you’d be able to listen to, say, ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk a staggering 853 times with a 2GB allowance, 1,705 times with a 4GB allowance and a whopping 3,410 times on repeat with an 8GB allowance!
And remember, with Spotify mobile you can always stream music over WiFi, or save your playlists for offline use, which means you can listen to them without any kind of data connection.
One of the best things about Spotify is that it’s not just confined to your phone. When you’re at your desk or in your living room, you can access and play your Spotify playlists on PC or Mac through a desktop app or in your browser, or on a host of tablets, set top boxes and media streamers.
On your computer, Spotify adds a few neat tricks, one of which being dedicated apps. Apps within Spotify cover a heap of different music-related areas. Some provide lyrics for those hard-to-decipher songs, some focus on reviews for all the latest albums and singles and some bring you the chance to buy gig tickets as you listen.
Some, like the newly integrated Twitter Music, act as an extra way to discover new stuff based on what the world is listening to. Twitter Music has curated charts put together by experts, as well as lists of tracks and artists being talked about on Twitter itself. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, it’s a one-stop shop.
Another new arrival is the BBC Playlister app, which brings together playlists from all of the BBC’s music radio stations and DJs. From here you can add songs to your own playlists, or create a whole new one for each station.
One last thing… Have you ever heard a great song on the radio, TV or when out and about and been desperate to know what it is? You need Shazam in your life. Shazam is a free app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone that acts like your own personal music guru.
Open Shazam on your phone and point it in the direction of your mystery song, and it’ll figure out what’s playing, with terrifying accuracy and in only a few seconds. From there you can discover the artist’s entire discography or listen to it on Spotify with one click.