Spotify is an online music streaming service developed in 2006 by two Swedes. The service enables users to stream a wide variety of music legally at no cost with an advertising-supported Spotify free account. Spotify has signed deals with major music distributors and has a large catalogue of music available to stream, including artists from labels such as Sony and Universal.
Users can purchase music for offline listening as they would with other music download services and save the tracks to CD or portable music players.
Visit the Spotify website and sign up for an account by clicking the "Get Spotify" button, then "Get Spotify Open (free version)."
Create your account by filling in the required fields.
Download and install the Spotify software by following the website prompts.
Open the Spotify software.
Search for an artist, album or track using the search feature in the top left-hand corner.
Click on the "Buy" icon next to a track or album you want.
Read and agree to the terms and conditions. Click "Agree."
Enter your credit card information and click "Pay With Card." Spotify will upload the selected track or album to your computer's hard drive.
Find your downloaded file either in your Spotify library (purchased tracks are stored on your hard drive) or on your computer by looking in the "My Music" folder in Windows or "Music" on a Mac. This location can be changed in the Spotify preferences menu.
Once you have paid for the track or album, you can burn it to CD or transfer it to an iPod or other digital music player.