You don’t need to have a Spotify app to stream music, you can do it straight from your web browser.
The Spotify Web Player functions in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera. The exception there is the Safari. To use it on any of the browsers mentioned above;
- Go to play.spotify.com and sign up, but if you already have an account, you can just sign in.
If you use Web Player on a free plan, you will enjoy all a full free Spotify service. This means you hear a few minutes of ads every hour so Spotify can pay the artists. If you are one that uses Spotify a lot, we recommend you opt for the paid service.
The Web Player is the same as the desktop app. you can access everything the app offers; create playlists, browse featured recommendations, search for certain artists and music, and also switch to Radio mode.
- Click on the song you want to listen to, and then click the Play button.
Although the Web Player is comfortable, it has a few shortcomings.
Audio files are streamed at lower bitrates than in the desktop app. Free subscribers get 128kbps from the Web Player while on the desktop app they get 160kbps. For Premium subscribers, it’s 256kbps from Web Player and 320kbps from the desktop app. Furthermore, media playback controllers and headphones don’t work on Web Player. Also, Premium subscribers can’t access Spotify if they’re offline and can’t download songs to listen offline. Premium subscribers can’t access Spotify offline and can’t download songs to listen offline.
If you have a computer of your own, you will be better off downloading the desktop app, but if the computer is not yours, we recommend Spotify Web Player.