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!
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!
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