Spotify in Taiwan


#1

Does anyone use the Premium version? I currently subscribe to Apple Music through my US iTunes account for $9.99/month. I actually find the playlists quite decent for finding new/long-forgotten music. I noticed some promos for Spotify where there’s a few months free and then I can pay 149NT/month for a subscription. Is there some reason I shouldn’t go for that, like the Taiwanese Spotify has a crippled selection or something?


#2

if you just have to have Taylor Swift songs in your list, then you won’t find any on Spotify. Don’t know if they are available in iTunes though.


#3

I’m subscribed and pay the 149NT a month.

The one gripe I may have is that I have noticed is that there’s some lesser known Mandarin songs are not on premium. Other than that, I really really like the Discover Weekly playlist I get and getting songs by just a quick search. Adding to playlists has never been easier too.

The price is what really got me sucked in. 149NT for unlimited plays, downloads and I also bought a Google home, so I can play Spotify music through that.


#4

Haha I think she is back on there now though… since like 1 week ago.


#5

Much better than Apple Music. I love how it runs on everything, syncs across everything and you can control playback from multiple devices seamlessly.


#6

Spotify is awesome and dirt cheap. It has everything I ever searched for.


#7

Ditto on Discover Weekly playlists and the fact that it’s just 149 NTD a month. Also, it’s more cross-platform, I believe, than Apple Music. For that amount, not only do you get unlimited subscription, but you also get to enjoy premium listening on a Mac OS, an Android device, an IOS device, or a Windows-powered laptop. I also love it’s kinda-like Handoff feature that lets you quickly switch listening from one device to another. It’s really good.

I also noticed that Spotify compresses its music files in a way that enhances it. So never mind if your speakers sound like a can, Spotify will tweak songs to make it sound more…bearable.


#8

i love spotify., it got me into music again!


#9

Just signed up for Spotify for the first time (Premium). Any suggestions about using it? Any features that you discovered months later and thought “Oh damn, I wish I’d known that ages ago”?

My main goal with it is just for it to know what kind of music I like, and then play for hours and hours based on my tastes - but with a genre mix in that playlist, so that reggae will be followed by musicals will be followed by punk and so on, and a mix of stuff I know and stuff I don’t know. But the problem that I always encounter with these sorts of services is that I don’t want to tell them I like heavy metal (for example), but rather that I like good heavy metal - and I suppose it’s not surprising the services can’t handle that.

Oh, and do regions matter? I’ve signed up with the Taiwan service, which is cheaper than the Canada service - what happens when I go to Canada for a month in the summer?


#10

They don’t have many Mando songs because a lot of artists signed exclusivity deals with KKBox. That’s basically KKBox’s only advantage in the market


#11

Is there some music that you get by signing up that you don’t get for free?


#12

It looks like some newly released music may be limited to premium (i.e. paid) for a couple of weeks. Plus I guess playback is different? From what I’ve read, if you’re on mobile with a free account, you’ve got a few limits: you can only play albums the way Spotify wants you to, for example.

But I just signed up for Premium without trying Free at all, so I don’t have direct experience of the differences.

I have no idea what sorts of differences there are across countries, apart from price. EDIT: And catalogue. The catalogue’s going to be different too.


#13

Chinese songs are crap anyway.


#14

Spotify is so cheap here and the service is so good. Just pay the 149


#15

I paid for the full year in advance a few weeks ago.

It came out to something like 125NT/month, which is an epic steal.

Sucks about the shortage of Asian pop not being on there, but there’s so much to choose from I kind of forget some songs and artists aren’t on there.


#16

KKBox streaming is the goto in Taiwan for Asian music.


#17

I’ve never used it, but does it have any intl artists/English songs on it?


#18

Mostly asian by far, but some channels will have only the current top Intl/English. Not much variety really. And some Intl club music. A lot of local clubs, bars, coffee shops have KKBox playing in the background music. Even if you’re hearing Intl or maybe some jazz or blues or feel-good music, it might be KKBox streaming.

It was free or partially free for a long time, but it’s so popular now that I think they quit giving free.