Spotify

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Easy way to stream vast music collection; no content filter.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 42 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids can create playlists, share tracks with friends who use Spotify, or receive suggestions based on song picks which can be a great way to connect and find out about new music. This isn't a deep music site, but aspiring musicians can find friends' picks and artists' career bios. The Kids section also offers kid-friendly music curated around daily activities and including prompts to encourage conversations between parents and kids.

Positive Messages

Aside from encouraging arts through music, not much of a social message. With millions of songs available, messages in music will vary.

Violence

Site offers basically every genre of music, including some songs that reference gun violence, other violent acts.

Sex

Site features full gamut of music, so kids can access songs with sexual themes, references.

Language

If song titles, lyrics have swear words in them, kids can search for, find, listen to them.

Consumerism

Contains ads unless you're using a paid subscription.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Songs with references to marijuana, other drugs can be accessed.

What 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). The service requires users to download an application onto their computer and listen from it. They can also listen via the app; our review references key points relevant to both. The terms of service specify that users should be at least 13 and have parental consent. Song selections can't be filtered for language or content, and album covers, which may also include violent or sexual images, show when the songs play. Kids can follow friends and share playlists and favorite songs but will be subjected to ads unless they have access to a paid subscription. Parents can also access several playlists within Spotify's Kids channel, available in Spanish and English, designed to help kids learn new words and concepts with embedded prompts to encourage parent/kid interaction.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byyaof May 2, 2015

Reviews

I think this app just be fine, because this app is most useful for the people who want to purchase this app. If you don't want to purchase this app, I don... Continue reading
Parent Written bycathgus August 27, 2013

correcting error about Facebook and Spotify.

There is an error in the review above (as of 8/27/13). You do not need to link your Spotify account to a Facebook account. You can log in via Spotify. I just... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 31, 2020

Oof, its just music, calm down

y'all, its a music app, what did you expect, not having swearing, suggestiveness, and all the other things that are common in all modern music, and of cour... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 12, 2014

Know what you're doing.

Spotify is an amazing music service. I love it and I listen to it all the time! Be careful though. Some music is explicit and it doesn't have the symbol th... Continue reading

What's it about?

With SPOTIFY, kids can find and stream music by song or album title, artist, top chart ranking, or category. They can create themed radio stations, share their listening activity with Facebook or Spotify's community, or keep it private. Spotify’s Kids category features kid-friendly playlists featuring language-development-based activities. The application also syncs with iTunes or Windows Music libraries so users can access songs they've saved or downloaded. To avoid ads, users need to subscribe and can then download songs to play offline.

Is it any good?

With more than 20 million songs to choose from, the music selection -- which includes current hits and somewhat obscure titles from years past -- is unbeatable. Browsing and searching is really efficient, and users can customize their experience by creating stations or dragging and dropping their favorite tunes into a personal playlist. With the wide selection of stations and albums, there's something for (almost) everyone, whether a user likes gospel, heavy metal, or a completely different type of music. Podcasts and video episodes are available, as well.

Although there are two paid subscription options, you don't need to shell out a dime to find and listen to the music you like. Users who don't sign up for a paid subscription will have to listen to periodic ads -- but they're generally shorter and less annoying than traditional radio commercials. So what's the catch? You have to download an application to use Spotify, and if kids are logged in through Facebook, they can share what they're listening to, though the default is set to off. Parents who are concerned about lyrical content should also know that teens using Spotify can easily search for and find songs with iffy subject matter, so they may want to supervise their kids' listening selections. One good place to start: Spotify-created playlists for kids, launched in 2016. Using music, dancing, singing, and prompts from singing groups and celebrities like Tyler Perry and Frankie J, the playlists can help kids learn new words and concepts. Activities, designed for age 0–3 and 3–5, also encourage kids (and parents) to clap, match beats, and perform movements, such as sitting up and standing down.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how your family feels about handling music. Kids: What kind of music do you parents say is OK to listen to? Are there any types of 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 with 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 your favorite singers are trying to say?

Website details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, vocabulary
    Arts: music, rhythm, singing
  • Skills: Communication: listening, multiple forms of expression
    Tech Skills: evaluating media messages, social media
  • Genre: Music
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid, Free
  • Last updated: December 11, 2018

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