One of the most popular music streaming service worldwide, Spotify, is now available in 79 countries and boasts of a 207 million-strong active user base, including 96 million subscribers.
The service was recently launched in India for INR 119 per month after a 30-day trial. It’s also available on prepaid plans starting from INR 13 for a day to INR 1189 for a year.
With Spotify Premium, users can stream over 40 million songs without any ads and play music offline without an internet connection, among other things.
What is the download limit on Spotify?
Spotify Premium subscribers can download up to 10,000 songs per device on a maximum of five devices at a time. If you see an error message saying that you’ve reached your limit, then you’ll need to delete some of the previous downloads.
The company recommends keeping at least 1GB of free space on your device to download content and ensure that it’s not in the ‘sleep mode’.
Users will also need to go online at least once in 30 days to keep their downloaded content. Failing to do so can result in them losing access to the downloaded music and podcasts. This 30-day rule has been made so that Spotify can count the number of times a track has been played offline (to compensate the artists accordingly) and check if your subscription is still active.
By default the Spotify app downloads music on a WiFi connection. To download content using your 3G/4G connection, tap on Home > Settings > Music Quality > Find Download using cellular under Downloads and toggle it on.
Note: Podcasts and albums can’t be downloaded on a desktop. Also, it’s only possible to listen to music on a single device at a time. If you want to use it on multiple devices at once, check out Spotify Premium for Family.
How to play music/podcasts on Spotify offline?
To play music or podcasts offline on Spotify, you’ll need to download them first. Go to Your Library; Select Playlists, Songs, Albums, Artists, or Podcasts; switch the Download toggle button to on.
Once downloaded, you’ll be able to play your songs offline without internet connection for 30 days. The downloaded music and podcasts will be available in Your Library.
You can enable ‘Offline Mode’ from within the app too to play the downloaded content. Keep in mind that any content that hasn’t been downloaded won’t be available for playback in this mode. To enable Offline Mode, tap on Home > Settings > Playback > Toggle Offline on.
How to add a 6th device to the Offline Devices List?
Spotify supports five devices for offline use at once on a subscription. If you wish to download music on a sixth device, you’ll need to remove a device that’s already on the offline list. Removing the device will make the downloaded tracks on that device unavailable.
If you do not remove a device by yourself before adding the sixth device, Spotify will automatically remove the earliest device with downloads from the offline devices list.
Has downloaded music gone missing?
If your downloaded content is missing from the library, it could be because of the following factors:
- You haven’t been online in more than 30 days
- You’ve downloaded content to the sixth device without removing one from the Offline devices list first
- If you store music on an SD card, it is corrupted, dislodged or otherwise compromised
- The music or podcast is no longer available on Spotify
- The playlist has been updated, and a track has been removed
- The Spotify app needs to be updated
Which countries have Spotify?
Spotify is available in the following 79 countries globally.
South America and the Caribbean
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
- Hong Kong
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
Spotify also offers Premium subscription at a 50% discount for Students for up to 36 months in total, if you’re eligible. In India, the Student plan is available at INR 59 per month for a subscription plan and INR 66 for a 30-day prepaid plan.