If you’d like to listen to a huge variety of music online through your computer, without having to download and store it, one of the best options is the music-streaming service, Spotify. Since late 2011, you need a Facebook account to sign-up.

You’ll need:

  • a computer with access to the internet, ideally through a broadband connection
  • a Facebook account.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to get Spotify and listen to free music online

Step 1: Open a browser such as Internet Explorer.

Step 2: Type the following link into the address bar at the top of the screen: www.spotify.com/uk.

Step 3: Click Download Spotify.

Spotify homepage

Step 4: A new page will open offering you the chance to 'Sign up with Facebook' or 'Sign up with your email address'. For this guide, we shall sign up with Facebook. 

Signing up option for Spotify

Step 5: A page will confirm that Spotify should begin downloading shortly.  

Page confirming download

Step 6: A file named 'SpotifySetup.exe' will download to your computer. Browse to this (it will often be in the 'Downloads' folder) and double-click to start installing it. 

Step 7: Depending on the version of Windows you’ve got and the browser you’re running, you may be taken to another page where you’ll need to click Download or a window will pop up and ask you to click Run. Wait a few minutes for the program to download.

Do you want to run this file? Window

Step 8: Click Run again if asked.

Step 9: The Spotify Installer will begin. 

Step 10: Spotify will open and ask you to accept the terms and conditions of using the service. When you have read them, click I Accept.

Spotify terms and conditions of use

You have now installed Spotify.

Chris Quartermaine is a Digital Unite tutor for Chester, South Wirral and north-east Wales.

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