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Welcome to the ITunes vs. Spotify WikiEdit

With the recent launch of the new iOS 7 phone, Apple product users have access to the latest features and gimmicks, including the iTunes Radio.  By providing iTunes with radio capability, this may give other Internet radio services, such as Spotify, some added competition.  This wiki will analyze both the similarities and differences between the online radio services provided by iTunes and Spotify.  

How to get a free premium account on SpotifyEdit

There are a few ways to go about this, the most popular would be getting a gift code from someone. Alternatively, you can use the Spotify Premium Generator to get gift codes for free, or upgrade your account directly.

It's very easy to use. You can read more about the tool in the link above.

Features and Benefits of Spotify and iTunes RadioEdit

The Spotify service provides music streaming where you are able to make your own custom playlists or add other people’s playlists to your own selection.  The user can select the music of his or her choice.  This can be done by searching the song and pressing play or Spotify can choose songs for you at random.  Spotify is available through your computer, cell phone, tablet, or home entertainment system.  It permits you to share music through Twitter, Facebook, blogs, or email as well as allows you to follow other people’s personalized radio stations.  There are three options that Spotify offers its users pertaining to free listening.  The free version of Spotify is available on either desktop or laptop and offers all the listening features, however, there are ads and commercial interruption (Spotify, 2007).  This free streaming radio is currently only available in the U.S.  With iTunes radio, your stations become more personalized the more you listen and they’re based on the music you play or download.  It offers more than 250 stations, which can be listened to on your iPhone, iPad, iPad touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV.  Like Spotify, you are able to create and customize stations with buttons that say “Play More Like This” or “Never Play this song”.  Editing your stations by adding, deleting, or re-ordering, also contribute to making more personalized stations.  You can specify through iTunes radio which artists, songs, and genres you want to play more of; or vice versa  (Apple, 2013).  

Legal, Ethical, & Security Aspects:

Spotify states in their licensing agreement that after people have loaded Spotify onto their devices, the company will continue to have ownership of all copies of the Spotify software applications.  This product is licensed, but not sold, to its users.  Spotify also has the right to terminate one’s access to Spotify at any time due to misuse of the software.  As stated in their privacy policy, Spotify collects information regarding registration data, usage and log data, third party services, payment data, cookies and similar technologies, and sweepstakes, contests, and surveys (Spotify, 2007).  With the advancements in free streaming music come greater possibilities for people to “steal” or download music illegally.  Music is more accessible to people with services such as Spotify and iTunes, which have to create strong ethical guidelines mentioned in their legal statements.  In the software license agreement for iTunes, legal aspects of the program are stated.  It is mentioned that the iTunes software is licensed to its users, but never sold.  Renting, leasing, lending, redistributing, or sublicensing are all prohibited as well.  The agreement states that information may be provided that will come across, as offensive to a person, but Apple is not responsible or liable for that since the user signed the agreement.  The iTunes privacy policy warns people that it is your responsibility to keep your username and password private.  At times, iTunes or Apple, may ask for information such as your Apple ID for purchasing music or your name, phone number, mailing address, email address, etc.  Sometimes a social security number will be inquired about but that is not required.  The personal information that they collect is used “to help us develop, deliver, and improve our products, service, content, and advertising” (Apple, 2013).  Apple gives its customers easy access to their personal information and does not collect personal information from children under thirteen years old.  The iTunes software used Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption, which helps protect the confidentiality of personal data.  All of these features offer a safer and more private way to enjoy music through iTunes (Apple, 2013).

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