Make the most of Spotify Free with these 5 features

Spotify offers over 3 billion playlists for every mood and moment, including a range of locally curated playlists, all available on the free tier.
Updated 27 March 2019

Make the most of Spotify Free with these 5 features

Spotify launched across MENA in November with a fully Arabic user experience and over 3 billion playlists for every mood and moment, including a range of locally curated playlists, all available on the free tier.

Here are five “must-use” features on Spotify Free, as listed by the audio streaming platform:

1. Taste Onboarding 

After you first download and sign in to the free Spotify app, you will be prompted to choose five or more artists you like. This allows Spotify to learn about your favorite artists, songs and genres so it can recommend songs based on your music preferences. 

2. On-Demand Playlists 

Data from your streaming activity along with insights from your initial Taste Onboarding are used to offer access to 15 personalized and curated playlists particular to your music taste. On-Demand Playlists offer a broad mix of genres from “Today’s Top Arabic Hits” to “RapCaviar,” and allows the user to play songs in any order and skip as much as they like.

3. Assisted playlisting 

Making your own playlist? Just start with a title, and then choose a few tracks. Spotify will then start recommending songs for you to add to the playlist with the tap of a button. 

4. Data Saver

Some music fans may be concerned about mobile data costs or data availability in their country. Spotify’s Data Saver mode means that music streams at a lower bit rate so you can listen to more music with less worry. 

5. Like and hide

By using the “like” and “hide” buttons, you will get recommendations tailored just for you. All the songs, artists, albums and playlists that you “like” by tapping the heart icon will appear in a new playlist called “Your Favorites.” On the other hand, tapping the “hide” icon will ensure you do not have to hear that song or others similar to it.


Saudi International Motor Show 2019 begins today

Updated 09 December 2019

Saudi International Motor Show 2019 begins today

The 41st Saudi International Motor Show (SIMS) 2019 begins today at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events, giving showgoers access to more than 100 new models for 2020 from the US, Japan, Korea and China.

Automobiles from 14 of the world’s leading auto brands including MG, Hyundai, Ford, KIA, Cherry, GAC Motors, Suzuki, Haval, Toyota, Chevrolet, Changan, GMC, Great Wall and FAW will be on display.

The event, held under the patronage of Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz, will run until Dec. 14.

The Saudi International Motor Show is being organized by Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE). It will be attended by executives from top international automotive manufacturers and will be preceded by the launch of a number of new models, which will take place before the official inauguration.

Hadi Al-Harith, chairman of ACE, said the exhibition will have new features for visitors and a range of activities for youth, such as drifting, 4x4 test drive circuit and display of modified cars and SUVs.

“The five-day event offers visitors the chance to discover the latest technology in car manufacturing and design and provides a platform for trade professionals to come together,” he said.

For the new segment of women drivers, the motor show will provide an opportunity to choose their vehicles from a wide array of models on display, while simultaneously giving the car companies a new channel for sales.

The exhibition will also witness the provision of affordable financing solutions offered by the National Commercial Bank, the diamond sponsor of the motor show, and Al-Yusr Finance Company. Malath Insurance Company and the General Gulf Cooperative Insurance Company will provide advanced and affordable vehicle insurance services.

This year’s annual event covers a total area of 31,500 square meter of the venue and runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Saturday.