What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that to use the Spotify digital music service, users have to log in with a username and password (or sign in with Facebook, where their listening activity can be published if users opt for that). Once on, kids can access just about any song you can imagine, so it is not difficult to be exposed to iffy content, both in lyrics and on album covers. The service requires users to download an application onto their computer and listen from it. They can also listen via the app.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- multiple forms of expression
- evaluating media messages
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
Free cloud-based music service can be a great way to connect and find out about new music. A lot of fun for music fans.
Kids can discover new musicians by creating radio stations based on their favorite bands. Adding more content about the musical techniques, instruments, and other elements used to produce songs would increase the learning factor.
Artist listings include a brief bio with career highlights and some music genre information.
What's it about?
New users are required to download an application and log in to the Spotify music service with an email and password (or Facebook info). Once logged in, kids can access millions of songs -- and could be exposed to iffy content. Kids can follow friends, too, seeing playlists and activity and sharing their own. The paid subscription is ad-free and includes higher sound quality. Kids can stream unlimited music with the free version, interrupted by ads.
Is it any good?
SPOTIFY offers users free access to more than 20 million songs -- you can find and listen to full-length versions of everything from torch songs to 2 Live Crew and drag and drop your favorites into a personal playlist. The application also automatically syncs with your iTunes or Windows Music Library to let you access songs you've already saved or downloaded. You can build playlists, share them with friends, and enjoy playlists and song suggestions from friends as well. Although there are two paid subscription options, you don't need to pay a dime to find and listen to the music you like (although you'll have to sit through ads with their free version).
So what's the catch? Well, you have to download the application to use Spotify, and if kids are logged in through Facebook, they can share what they are listening to, though the default is set to off. And parents concerned about lyrical content should know that teens using Spotify can easily search for and find songs with iffy content.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how your family feels about handling music: What kind of music do you parents say is OK to listen to? Are there any types or songs they don't think you're quite ready to rock out to yet?
This site encourages you to connect with your Facebook friends to share musical suggestions. Are there any risks or concerns from letting other people access your music playlists?
Music is a form of self-expression. How do you express yourself? What kinds of songs do you like, and what do you think the singer is trying to say?