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Spotify is about to shake things up by making the desktop and web app experiences more similar. So, it’s about time many of us asked ourselves, Why not just use the web app instead?

Since early 2013, Spotify has had a web player available for use at Play.Spotify.com. However, many people still seem to be invested in their desktop apps. This seems a little surprising given how useful the web app is.

Spotify Web

Now that the desktop versions of the Spotify apps A First Look At The Spotify Web Player A First Look At The Spotify Web Player Spotify has changed the way many of us consume music, myself included. I used to buy albums on a regular basis, but once the time came when I'd rip the CD to my computer's hard... Read More have been pared down to the essentials, the differences between the web version and the desktop versions have become minimal. In fact, there is rumored to be a new web interface in testing that is exactly the same as the desktop, so functionality may soon be identical whatever you use.

In the end, most of the things you would ever want to do with Spotify can be done on the Web. Check out our full guide on using Spotify Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify. Start it up, tell it what song or artist you want to listen to, and you start listening. You can access your playlists anywhere you have an Internet connection. Read More if you have never the popular music streaming service before.

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Have you watched that video and yet still aren’t quite convinced yet? Then read on, as we have lovingly compiled a list of the best reasons to start using the Spotify Web Player today.

1. You’ll Own Fewer Apps

If you’re keen to have fewer apps on your computer, get rid of the desktop client for Spotify and just use the web app. Honestly, once you’ve made (or imported) your playlists, there’s not a lot most people need from the desktop client that they can’t get from the web. In fact, if you use the “Your Music” section effectively Spotify Your Music Collection: The End Of iTunes Spotify Your Music Collection: The End Of iTunes Spotify is no longer content to just compete with radio, now they're competing with the idea of even owning music. Read More to save songs and albums you want to listen to, you may not even need to create any playlists at all.

And with the Web redesign coming up, these known differences between apps might get thrown out of the window. Don’t hold back! There’s no download, so why not just get started.

2. You’ll Gain Portability

Listen to your favourite music at work or at a friend’s house without needing your computer. Just log in. You’ll be playing your favourite tunes through the local speakers in no time — it really is as simple as that.

Spotify Browse

3. You Can Use Hotkeys

If you love using Spotify hotkeys to navigate your music collection, then browser-based Spotify has you covered. Install the Chrome Spotify Web Player Hotkey extension or the Spotify Hotkeys Firefox addon. The default navigation for both of these extensions is simple to use, or you can change it to whatever you prefer.

Chrome:
Play/Pause: Alt + Shift + P
Next Track: Alt + Shift + .
Previous Track: Alt + Shift + ,

Firefox:
Play/Pause: Ctrl + Alt + P
Next Track: Ctrl + Alt + .
Previous Track: Ctrl + Alt + ,

4. You Can Play Music Via Widgets & Tools

Spotify fans often create widgets of their favourite playlists for their website visitors to listen to. There are also dozens of useful playlist-making sites that connect with Spotify Streaming Music Secrets: How To Get More Out Of Spotify Streaming Music Secrets: How To Get More Out Of Spotify As brilliant as the standard Spotify experience is, it can be improved via the use of websites and apps, transforming an already excellent service into an unmissable one. Read More .

If you’re clicking on one of these widgets or playlists online, using the Spotify Web Player makes it a seamless experience. There’s no need to wait for the desktop app to open — it all just works.

5. You Can Use Playlist Links

When you’re using the Spotify Web Player, you’ll notice that the URL in the address bar is the one you can use to directly access the playlist or artist. So, you can really easily copy/paste that into an email to a friend, a Facebook update, a tweet, or whatever in order to share what you’re listening to with friends and have them be able to experience it for themselves immediately.

Spotify Playlist Link

More importantly, you can bookmark your favorite playlists for easy access later on — an essential move if your playlists are a mess 4 Ways You're Using Spotify Wrong Without Even Knowing It 4 Ways You're Using Spotify Wrong Without Even Knowing It Lots of people use Spotify. But are you using it efficiently? Find out 4 common errors Spotify users make. Read More . Then all it takes is typing the name of the playlist into your address bar and it will pop up ready to play. This trick is a real time-saver if you have lots of playlists saved, but only a few favorites you listen to all the time, and it’s especially good if you’ve given up on owning a music collection The End of Ownership: Netflix, Spotify, and The Streaming Generation The End of Ownership: Netflix, Spotify, and The Streaming Generation Read More altogether.

6. You Can Sing Along With Lyrics

Half the fun of listening to music is singing along, so having lyrics automatically pop up is just perfect. If you’re using the Spotify Web Player you can install the Chrome Lyrics Here by Rob W extension or the Firefox Lyrics Here by Rob W addon.

Spotify Playlists

Just remember to head into the extension’s settings to enable the extension to work on Spotify and any other music web apps you use. Also set up your preferred font size and theme, plus choose whether it will automatically show the lyrics or be activated manually. You can also decide which lyrics sites to use, so you’re getting the quality you want.

There are plenty of other extensions for lyrics available, but I haven’t felt the need to use any of them after finding this one. Because it’s essentially perfect.

7. Because Chromebooks

On a Chromebook, you are able to install a Chrome app for Spotify, however this really just opens up the web app for you. However, you’ll have the option to add Spotify to your app shelf and to always open it up as a pinned tab or a new window if that suits you.

Chromebook

Chromebooks were specifically made to use web apps like Spotify, so it is an ideal way to play music on your laptop. This goes for other Chrome devices like the Chromebit and Chromebox too, of course.

Why Would You Use a Desktop App?

Spotify video is coming soon Everything You Need to Know About the New Spotify Everything You Need to Know About the New Spotify Spotify is no longer just a music streaming service. At an event in New York, Spotify launched a bunch of new features, including video streaming, in a bid to become an entertainment hub for users. Read More , along with a huge revamp of the desktop and web apps to bring them in line with each other. There are also a plethora of apps and tools to make Spotify more interesting 5 Spotify Tools To Get You Rocking & Rolling 5 Spotify Tools To Get You Rocking & Rolling Spotify rules the music streaming throne at present, and with the tens of millions of Spotify users using the service on a daily basis, third-party tools are as much in demand. Read More . Which all adds up to make it a great time to be using Spotify!

Now, besides the initial playlist setup, which is currently far easier on the Spotify desktop apps, why would you ever use them over the web app? Do you agree with my reasons for using the Spotify Web Player or not? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

  1. Life Hacker
    August 22, 2016 at 2:26 am

    Well I say you need to use it because if you dont have money, and want no ads, spotify web lets you use ad blocker <3

  2. Bridgett
    April 20, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Here's the number 1 reason NOT to use the Web Player. IT SUCKS!!!!!!! I started using it because something weird was going on with the desktop player at work (at home it's just fine). It's spotty and if I'm doing something else on the computer that needs to think, it freezes for a second and it keeps crashing for no apparent reason.

  3. Carlos Govea
    March 12, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    I had the Premium version. My subscription expired so i can´t play any song that i want in desktop version (and mobile) and a lot of ads. Also the desktop version in free mode goes rare. So i moved to webapp and to my surprise it works without ads and every track that i want so i dont understand why i can use the premium version online if i have free. ??

    • Jyri
      March 15, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      You have Adblock software, it blocks well also YouTube ads, and Spotify. And everything else from sites. I have it too, changed to Google Play Music Unlimited (like Premium). And releases not available here I simple listen on Spotify Web App without ads. Still on Free. And it is awesome, since I don't like ads, and Desktop App is full of ads. Also on Google Chrome Premium is a bit useless as Web Player streams only at 160 kbps quality. Free uses it.

  4. Andrea K Piermarteri
    October 10, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I do not agree AT ALL. I must say it, before people think it's "the same" to have an app or a webapp.

    I'm currently under ChromeOS, and many (hey, listen to me: MANY) software developers, like the spotify one's, think "we have a webapp, why should we develop a chrome app?"; well, because of the internet, you criminals.

    Facebook, Spotify, GMaps, ChromeOS is full of this shit, and it could have been a VERY good OS. Telegram has an app, a REAL app: it is very good. If anyone is reading me, you SHOULD do apps for ChromeOS, because IT IS NOT the same.

    I'm using youtube instead of spotify because of this, and you know? I'm not happy of that, not at all.

    • Jyri
      March 15, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      The Chromebook is based on Google Chrome - it's not like Windows. It is simple Web Browser as Operating system with some modifications to add simple stuff as basic OS - for example Log in view, Taskbar etc. It is not possible to install normal apps, only Internet apps, from Chrome Store. If you want to install Spotify, Steam or Photoshop - Chromebook is not right for you.

  5. Spencer Hardy
    August 24, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I deleted the desktop Spotify when I discovered an 8.5GB Spotify folder in my Windows profile after only using it for about 2 weeks! My son discovered his was nearer 20GB, unfortunately this was just after he bought a larger HDD so he could increase the size of his Windows partition!
    As a free user with no offline privileges I have no idea why the app needed to do that so I binned the space hog in favour of the web player. It was a no-brainer for me as I'm an album-from-start-to-finish kind of guy so never touch playlists.

    • Jyri
      March 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      It is because it uses cache for music, so recently played stuff will not use cache again, until it reaches selected time of no play and then the track will be removed from cache. To stream all the time Online, you need to use Web Player.

  6. Ki M
    August 14, 2015 at 4:35 am

    I have 0 ads on webplayer so I usually use it.

  7. Jeff Li
    June 7, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Desktop version of Spotify:
    - I use it to play local music files in addition to streaming (replaced iTunes)
    - I feel like it is a lot faster and uses up less RAM, but the web player will definitely slow down Chrome
    - I don't think I've ever heard buffering on Spotify desktop, but a lousy WiFi connection will really mess up your web player experience
    - You can use your keyboard's play/pause/next buttons to control Spotify desktop

    Basically, I use the desktop player whenever possible. My last resort is to use the web player. Personally, I didn't find any of your "top reasons" to be good things lol.

  8. Gustavo Anaya
    June 6, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    if you want to see the song lyrics by using Musixmatch you also need to use the desktop app of spotify......As far as I know it is not possibly in the web player....

  9. Gustavo Anaya
    June 6, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    You need the desktop app if you want to listen your songs in high qulity mode. The settings section in the web play is very limited.

  10. Eric Heirman
    June 6, 2015 at 8:39 am

    I'm using the desktop app when I'm on the same WIFI network. I can use the official Spotify app on Android to control what I listen to on the computer and have a couple of scripts running on the phone that automatically mute Spotify on incoming or outgoing calls.

  11. Danny Peck
    June 5, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    You can't select multiple files and add them to a playlist. rdio, play music, pretty much every web-based music service lets you do this. Being able to do that is *core* to the entire premise behind spotify.. Curating playlists. So until they fix this giant gap in the experience, I'll be on the desktop app.

    • djsoffar
      June 16, 2016 at 6:00 am

      Danny Peck: how do you select multiple files and add them to playlist?

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