The end of the year is approaching and Internet companies are beginning to take stock. As is usual at this time, Spotify announces which are the most demanded artists in its streaming music service . It has more than 75 million active registered users , of which 20 million (26.7 percent) are paying customers. This summer the company announced that it had paid 3,000 million dollars to the artists since the beginning of their activities, of which 300 million dollars correspond to royalties paid during the first quarter of this year 2015. The company of Swedish origin opens on the Internet almost a decade ago.
The list of the top 5 worldwide is headed by the song " Hotline Bling " performed by Drake occupies the first position of the year. Second is Ed Sheeran with "Photograph." Third place goes to The Weeknd and the song “Can” ™ t Feel my Face ”. Then there is the group Maroon 5 with "Sugar". And the fifth place is for Kanye West and the song "Gold Digger." However, in Spain tastes change, and the most listened to artist in Melendi , specifically, his song "La promesa". Enrique Iglesias follows with the Spanish version of “Bailando”. Third isJuan Magán with “Vuelve”, followed by Pitbull with “Fun”. In our country, the song “Travesuras” by Nicky Jam closes the table in fifth place .
As a celebration of the end of the year, Spotify offers the possibility of creating a personalized playlist made up of the songs that each subscriber has listened to the most throughout 2015. Registered users can also check the first song they chose this year, and its own list of favorite songs, artists and genres. Other custom statistics are the total minutes of music listened to and the number of artists and songs played.
Spotify offers a basic access mode that is free. The fee for the Premium mode , which is paid, costs almost 10 euros per month. Anyway, there is now a promotion for 0.99 euros for three months for the premium subscription. The paid option is free of ads and allows listening without being connected to the Internet and playing any cut. Also, the audio quality is better and it supports unlimited previews. It also offers student discounts with half-price rates, and families with up to four members enjoy other discounts. Spotify musicThey can be heard from computers and mobile devices, but also from the PS4 game console through PlayStation Music .
Some artists complain about how little they get for free reproductions of their music . For that reason Taylor Swift and Thom Yorke , for example, have decided to remove their songs from Spotify . For their part, record companies such as Universal are not satisfied with the business model of free subscriptions on that platform.