Can You Play Spotify at Your Business

Understanding Spotify

Spotify is a music, podcast and video streaming service. The service was launched back in October 7 2006 and while the designers may have intended it solely for people with a keen interest in entertainment, businesses have also managed to reap their fair share of benefits from this service.

The developer of this service is Spotify AB based in Stockholm, Sweden. The main aim of the service is the provision of digital rights management-protected content from media companies as well as record labels.

Why Do Businesses Prefer Spotify?

One major reason as to why businesses prefer the service is due to the fact that it is a freemium service which basically implies that its fundamental features are free with advertisements.

However, you can opt for additional services such as more streaming quality, offline music downloads among many more upon upgrading to the paid subscription.

How Businesses Use The Service

Businesses can benefit from Spotify Business, a special service created for business owners. The service comes with a commercial license, just so you are cushioned from running afoul of the laws governing intellectual property and rights of these digital productions.

Can You Play Spotify At Your Business?

Spotify has made it possible, for the first time ever, for businesses to legally stream and download music from the service. This means your business is protected from any possible infringement on intellectual property laws and that you can now stream and play music and download any video content you want…but there’s a catch as we shall see much later.

Aside from the mere fact of downloading and streaming, “Spotify Business’’, which is made possible by “Soundtrack Your Brand’’, also comes with additional features, the most notable of which is the “Music Schedule’’ feature that makes it possible for you to have a weekly schedule of your music playlists.

How Do You Go About It?

It is important to note that the law is still against using Spotify in public places such as stores, schools, pubs and restaurants as this is seen as commercializing the content with a view of gaining some undue advantages from it at the expense of the producers. However, as already pointed out, you can stream and play music at a more personal level and non-commercialized level.

All you have to do is sign up for a personal account and sign an agreement that binds you to using the content only for personal, entertainment needs. You have an option for free or premium subscriptions depending on the scope of content you would like to play at you business.

Lastly, the service offers no provisions for upgrading your personal account to a business one and in the event you need to do so, you may be forced to sign u a new one altogether.

Music at Work Improves Productivity

Everyone one has their own view about music and how it helps them when they work. Teen-agers claim it helps them study, even though their parents do not understand how. Some companies agree with the teens and have lifted their bans on music in the work place. The lifting f the bans come from reading different studies that say that music can help motivate workers to doing better at their jobs.

To these companies, music is no longer seen as a distraction but an aid to business if good guidelines are established.  Here is some science backing up how music can help productivity.

Set a Music Policy

To regulate what kind of music can be played and how loud it can be played a good music policy must be established by the company’s management. This policy can be made in several ways, one, and the easiest one to establish is to ban all music from the work area. Two, strict rules of playing can be established regulating the loudness of the music played by each employee. A third option is to make sure that all offensive music lyrics and style be prohibited.

Not everyone will agree with the rules set up by the company but then not everyone likes the same type of music.

Music vs. Normal Noise Distraction

Some people claim that their music is no less distracting than the noise of someone humming or clicking their nails in the next office space. Neighbor noise can affect productivity because it comes at a tone that breaks through the concentration of another worker whereby they are distracted from doing their job.

A person who whistles while they work may find it relaxing and helps them to concentrate but to others it is nerve grating and ruins concentration. Music may help drown out those annoying sounds and if kept at the right tone, lower than the whistle tone, may help workers concentrate on their duties.

For most people music would be the better alternative.

Your Own World

This is another problem when workers are allowed to use headphones or ear buds to listen to their own brand of music. The possibility of being lost in their own world is overwhelmed by the fact that other workers cannot get their attention. An employee may work harder but it’s not a trade off if they are ignoring customers. .

The Solution

This issue must be decided by each individual company as scientists are not unanimous on this issue. This seems to be an ‘it all depends’ issue. It all depends upon the worker, the type of job, environment and if the employee is content with both their home life and employment.