Spotify App: How To Use it in Ministry

The Spotify App: Music for your Ministry

This is my review for the popular Spotify music service and app and its usefulness for ministry. First, let’s take a moment and think back to the days before Spotify. The first thing most people think of: either  iTunes, Pandora, CD’s, or cassettes (eight-track, anyone?). What is the advantage of Spotify, especially over the modern things like mp3 players and Pandora?

1. The first advantage of Spotify is this: for a flat monthly fee, you can listen to any and as much music you want, without commercials! This is extremely helpful for those of us who like to buy music and listen to it frequently. For the price of a couple songs, you can listen to a whole month’s worth of music.

2. Another advantage of Spotify is that you can build your own playlists, then stream them from the internet or download them to your computer. The download playlist feature makes taking your music somewhere (without WI-FI access) easy. If you have access to the internet, you can change a playlist by adding or deleting songs from the playlist while it is playing!

3. You can use Spotify on your computer, tablet and smartphone. Having the ability to play your playlists from both devices will give you the opportunity to be flexible, especially when you are in a hurry and the only thing you have with you is your phone.

4. Spotify can help you when you are choosing music for your children’s ministry, whether that is background music, worship music,  game music, etc. By giving you the option to choose from vast libraries of music, you can use whatever music you need for your ministry, and only pay the monthly price for as much music as you want!

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I am writing this additional section to provide you with more feedback on the disadvantages of the Spotify app. As noted in the comment section, Spotify does not give you the ability to own any music. When you end your Spotify membership, you lose all of the music and playlists that you had stored up on your devices (although you may be able to keep a free version of your playlists on your computer app).

Would I recommend the Spotify app? Depending on your needs, yes and no. If you are looking for a smaller number of songs that you would like to keep, then Spotify is not for you. If you would like to get a large number of songs, and only need to use them for a short time, then I would highly recommend Spotify as the best solution for you. Either way, a paid membership with Spotify will give you the ability to choose the songs you would like to listen to, without any ads. Is this app helpful in ministry? I think so, and I believe that it can be used frequently, whether you would like it for children’s music on Sundays or for personal use while working in the office. Either way, make sure you check it out!

Have questions or would like to make a comment on this review? Feel free to do so below, and I will respond as quickly as possible. Please continue to enjoy these weekly app reviews, and drop a comment if you like them!

  • I look forward to your review. I tried it and quickly canceled as I found it frustrating and it kept bugging me to share and invite others and I found it intrusive. Also, if you ever cancel, you lose ALL the music you have downloaded, lists you have built etc. in the long run, it would have been better to have bought the music, in the long run, so you owned it. You can’t use music you are leasing in viseos, etc.

    I don’t like any service I am locked into to keep the stuff I have invested time in building inventory and lists etc. i want to be able to walk away and still have what I paid for. It is a great business model for them, but bad for the user long term.

    Better to buy what you need and own it. That is why I use FREE Pandora and then buy the songs I want to own so I have more control on my content and permanent songlists for life. When you’ve been around for decades and have seen companies come and go, you learn the value of owning the stuff you pay for, instead of leasing. Its like buying buying a car vs leasing – you have to give the car back. (or renting an apartment) Buying is always better in the long run. If you dont want to buy, free is best = Pandora.

  • Great points, Karl! I definitely agree with you about owning stuff vs. renting. For the rest of the review, this week I will be adding to this post to also include disadvantages to the app, like I did with my Bible App review (which included advantages & disadvantages).

    Regarding the registration of Spotify, once you get past the initial stages of signup, it ceases to ask you to share it with others.

    Pandora is a great music service and app as well, but not having the ability to choose your music would probably negate any usefulness that it might have for ministry (unless you pay for the service and find a great station to use as background music!)

    Thanks for your comment, and feel free to share any more thoughts you might have! Comments like yours provide more insight and a different perspective, which make posts like this much more valuable to everyone.

  • Thanks for the review. My wife told me she heard that with a paid Spotify account you could download music and burn CDs. That did not sound right to me, but it does make sense like Karl said, to be able to download only to lose it all if you stop your service. I have a free Spotify account that I listen to and look for music. I love Pandora and use it much more than Spotify. Thanks for the clarification on what the paid account includes. I will stick to my free accounts and purchase the music that I want.

    • Hey Ron, thanks for your comment. I agree, and I am actually doing the same thing myself right now (free Spotify account, plus use Pandora also). I would recommend the paid membership for people who like to listen to a lot of specific music, but cannot afford to buy all of the music. With mp3’s being $1.29 now, Spotify has its own advantages over iTunes and other music stores. Thanks for the feedback!

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