How Spotify has changed over the year in Russia. Pros, cons of the service

In July 2020, Spotify officially went live in Russia. I signed up immediately and still use this service.

In one year, Spotify has changed dramatically, with many new and, importantly, useful features. The disadvantages also remain, I will definitely tell you about them.

Looking ahead, I can say that Spotify leaves more positive experiences today than it did a year ago.

1. Applications have become much more convenient

Previously, Spotify’s main problem was the section My media library… The fact is that all the saved tracks, albums, artists and playlists were poorly organized, so it took a long time to search for a song.

The updated Spotify has fixed this issue. Now all saved items are shown on one screen.

At the top there are buttons for quickly navigating to artists, playlists, and albums. Nearby is a search that only searches for saved music.

In playlists, tracks can be sorted by date added, title, artist or album. Each playlist has a search bar.

In addition, the listening history has emerged. Some users have been waiting for this feature for a long time.

Just like a year ago, the Spotify app on iOS works great. Thanks to its fast animations, it sometimes outperforms Apple Music in performance.


I would also like to tell you about the Spotify application for Mac. It supports almost all the features found on iOS. But the main thing is that Spotify on Mac is much faster than Apple Music.

Basically, Spotify has the fastest desktop app of any music streaming service. Apple Music and Deezer are lagging behind in performance, while Yandex.Music and YouTube Music for Mac does not exist.

2. Recommendations have not deteriorated

During the launch of Spotify in Russia, many users worried that the recommendations would work worse. But Spotify has smart algorithms that learn on their own and take listening history first, and then location.

If we compare recommendations with other services:

▪️ Apple Music picks up music worse than Spotify. Individual playlists often contain genres and artists that I’m not interested in

▪️ Yandex.Music has excellent algorithms. It’s hard for me to single out a winner here. Both services do a good job with recommendations

Spotify has a lot more playlists with Russian music. This is not good and not bad. Those who do not like Russian music will be able to find interesting foreign playlists. Spotify has a lot of them.

In addition, after the launch of Spotify in Russia, the problem with the lack and delay of releases from domestic artists was resolved.

3. Prices remained at the same level

Spotify’s pricing hasn’t changed over the year. The company offers several subscription options:

▪️ Individual: 169 rubles per month
▪️ For two: 219 rubles per month
▪️ Family (up to 6 accounts): 269 ​​rubles per month
▪️ Student: 85 rubles per month

It will likely be harder for Spotify to compete with Apple Music and Yandex.Music in the future. Prices for an individual subscription are the same for all services, but Apple and Yandex have advanced subscriptions (Apple One and Yandex.Plus) for their services, which are much more profitable than one subscription to a music application.

4. Free subscription is sometimes useful

The key advantage of Spotify is its free subscription. You may not have to pay for Spotify, but listen to music legally on a good app. This is exactly what the majority of Spotify users, of which there are already 345 million, do.

This subscription has several limitations:

▪️ Advertisements appear periodically
▪️ Tracks can only be listened to mixed
▪️ Only 6 songs can be skipped per hour
▪️ No offline mode
▪️ No high quality sound

I used a free subscription for about six months and listened to music no more than an hour a day through the Amazon Echo Dot.

If you rarely listen to music or don’t care what song is playing, then a free subscription is a great choice.

5. Many flaws remain

Despite all the advantages of Spotify, it still has several disadvantages related to regional restrictions:

▪️ No video covers. In the USA and other countries, video covers of tracks are available (a similar function is available in Yandex.Music), which look much more interesting than ordinary images

▪️ No lyrics. Again, the feature for Spotify is not new, but in Russia it is not.

▪️ About podcasts have been forgotten and it is not known when they will appear in Russia

All these shortcomings were voiced by me when Spotify was launched in Russia. The situation has not changed over the year.

Spotify is Apple Music’s biggest competitor

For me, Apple Music remains the best streaming service despite its recommendation and app issues on the Mac. Spotify is the best alternative to Apple Music today.

Yes, it has drawbacks, but the quality of the applications, recommendations and features outweigh all the drawbacks.

Yandex.Music is lagging behind in these three indicators. I won’t even talk about YouTube Music and Boom.

Source: — Новости высоких технологий, обзоры смартфонов, презентации Apple by

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