Can you spot a new digital music phenomenon? Well, maybe you can and maybe you can't. With this quiz, we'll see just how much you know about Spotify and the digital music revolution.
Forget waiting for individual songs on an Internet radio player. With Spotify, you can instantly play the exact song you want to hear.
The number shoots up by thousands every day, but as of this writing, there were around 15 million tracks in Spotify's library.
In a bit of smart programming, Spotify actually stores many songs on your hard drive, meaning there's no waiting for playback to begin.
The peer-to-peer system is actually similar to the torrent schemes that let people share copyrighted material. Spotify just gives you a legit way to do it.
The mobile version of Spotify streams songs individually, so if you hit the road with Spotify, you're relying solely on your ability to find a fast and dependable signal.
It's a lot more than the capacity of many portable music devices. You can change the 10GB setting to something lower (or higher) if you like.
Because MP3s are, you know, so outdated, man. Vorbis is a compressed file format that retains good sound quality through the Internet.
It's not quite CD quality, but most people won't notice. The 192kbps bit rate won't reveal much in the way of quality loss in most listening situations.
It was all about the money. Major labels wouldn't let anyone use their music without hefty revenue guarantees.
And it's not even rent-to-own! You don't own the music you play from Spotify, you just get to borrow it.
Not even enough for one really wild party. You can only stream 10 hours of music.
And no Oasis (but only if you live in the United Kingdom). Neither The Beatles nor Pink Floyd (among many other big names in music) are found in Spotify.
And there's no way to fast-forward these commercials. We tried.
Did. You. Hear. That. Pause? Spotify often inserts a short delay between tracks, which is annoying for types of music that flow seamlessly.
Sweden. Coincidentally, the same country that give birth to infamous (and illegal) file-sharing site Pirate Bay.
If you really, really like that new song, you'll have to find it elsewhere. Spotify Free lets you play a song just five times.
Spotify doesn't do it, but Last.fm does. Of course, to use this feature, you'll need a free Last.fm account, too.
It's a powerful feature missing from free accounts. You can stream Spotify right through your mobile device, such as an iPhone.
In that sense, it really is a lot like iTunes. Spotify finds all of your local music and lets you play it, too.
We already tried crying, in vain. But the catalog changes constantly. Bands and specific songs often disappear and reappear.