How To Listen To Spotify From Your Web Browser
Can you use Spotify in your web browser? Yeah. Here’s everything you need to know to listen to Spotify with ONLY your web browser …
Spotify is one of the most successful startups of all time. The business started around the time I left college and started working in tech journalism, so I personally saw how much it has grown.
As an avid Spotify user, I have been using the platform to consume ALL of my music since around 2010 – over 11 years ago now. Over the past decade, Spotify has grown tremendously, overtaking both iTunes and other digital music platforms as the world’s preferred way to listen to music.
Most people access Spotify via an app on their phone.
Spotify is available for free or with a subscription. You can get it on iPhone and Android as well as all major computing platforms including macOS, Linux, ChromeOS, and Windows.
Run Spotify from your web browser
For a few years now, Spotify has had a web version of its music platform. Much like Facebook, you can access Spotify – and all of its benefits – through your web browser rather than using a native app.
All you need is a compatible web browser. Currently, Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera will all be running Spotify, but for some reason – hello, Apple Music – you cannot do this on Safari.
Apple has never explained why, but it’s almost certainly due to the fact that it wants you to use Apple Music, and not Spotify, to listen to music on its products which also include its software like Safari – both for iOS and macOS.
How to Access Spotify from a Web Browser
Accessing and running Spotify in your web browser is easy, as long as you have a supported web browser. As stated above, Spotify will work in the following web browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera.
To open and run Spotify in any of the browsers mentioned above, you just need go to play.Spotify.com and sign in with your current membership information or follow the registration protocol to create an account.
Types of Spotify accounts
- Free Spotify – This is the free and ad-supported version of Spotify. With this version, you can listen to as much music as you want, but ads are shown from time to time. This is how Spotify recovers its costs and pays its artists.
- Unlimited Spotify – Spotify Unlimited costs $ 4.99 / Â£ 4.99 / â¬ 4.99 per month and gives you ad-free access to the entire Spotify catalog. This includes podcasts, music, and new releases. However, this does NOT include the mobile app, so you are limited to your desktop with Unlimited.
- Spotify Premium – With Spotify Premium, ($ 9.99 / Â£ 9.99 / â¬ 9.99), you get all the benefits of Spotify Unlimited as well as the ability to download and use Spotify on your phone through the app Android or iOS from Spotify. You also get offline listening and the ability to sync music between devices.
What is the best Spotify account? The one you can afford, basically. If you can’t hit $ 9.99 per month for one account, or even $ 4.99, just use the free version – it works fine but there are ads.
Me? I use Spotify all day, so I went with Spotify Unlimited and have had it for years. I love having all of my music with me wherever I go and before COVID when I was traveling a lot I had music offline and all my devices in sync.
You can see all the different accounts available here.
Spotify Web Version vs Spotify App – What’s the Difference?
At first glance, you might not think that there would be much difference between Spotify running in your browser and Spotify running as an app. But there are quite a few differences and the most relevant is that Spotify running in your browser is not as good quality as in the app version.
How poorer is Spotify in the browser? If you have a free Spotify account, you will get 128kbps from the Web Player and 160kbps from the desktop / mobile app, while Premium members get 256 kbps from the Web Player and 320 kbps from the desktop app.
Which one should you use?
If you want the best sound quality possible with Spotify, you’ll need to go with Spotify Unlimited or Spotify Premium and make sure you download the app for your phone or desktop.
You can use Spotify through a web browser when you’re in a rush or using a friend’s computer, but you’re definitely better off with the native app.
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Richard Goodwin has worked as a technical journalist for over 10 years. He is the publisher and owner of KnowYourMobile.