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8 Unexpected Things You Can Stream on Spotify

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Linsay ThomasGuest Blogger
August 06, 2016 · 2k Views

Spotify is a must-have service for music lovers. For no charge, you can listen to a wide variety of tunes and get a feel for what’s trending in the music world. For just $9.99 a month, you can upgrade your membership to platinum and play any song you want in high quality audio. You can also skip through tracks and listen without having to hear annoying ads.

What you probably didn’t know is that Spotify allows you to listen to much more than just music. Spotify offers a variety of non-musical offerings as well. So if you’re not so interested in music or just want to mix it up a bit, here are some interesting things you can stream on Spotify.

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1. Audiobooks

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You won’t find any current offerings, so if you only read the latest and greatest books, this might not suit your fancy. But if you enjoy classics such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby or Pride and Prejudice, they’re available on Spotify for your listening enjoyment. If you’re a Shakespeare fan, you’ll be able to enjoy virtually every one of his works, from Hamlet to Henry V to Taming of the Shrew. Note that you might not want to listen on your smartphone unless you have a premium account, since you’ll be subject to ads and shuffling. Not a good way to enjoy a book.

2. Language lessons

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Why pay for French lessons when you can get them off Spotify for free? These basic language lessons likely won’t help you become fluent, but you can still learn a solid amount of French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, German, Russian Portuguese and more.

3. Short stories

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If you’re looking to hear something different, Spotify has a wide array of fairy tales and short stories. Whether you’re in the mood for horror, fantasy or mythology, Spotify offers a variety of stories to suit your tastes. You can hear classics from Charles Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe. You can even hear celebrities narrating popular selections.

4. Poems

If you’re in the mood for a poetry reading, you can hear poets reading their own works. But you don’t have to travel to the nearest theater or bookstore to do so. Spotify gives you the full experience in the comfort of your own home. So grab some coffee, sit back and listen to the rhythmic sounds of favorites from poets such as Emily Dickinson, Jack Kerouac and Walt Whitman.

5. Radio dramas

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Before there was TV, shows were created specifically for radio. These shows were very intense, involving many sound effects. Many of these were created in the early 1900s, but you can relive them now in 21st century thanks to Spotify. You can listen to classics such as Dragnet, Twilight Zone and the radio version of George Orwell’s popular book 1984. Just close your eyes and imagine the action.

6. Famous speeches

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If you’re a history buff who enjoys listening to presidential speeches or just trying to gain inspiration for your next presentation or speech, you can emulate the best thanks to the selection on Spotify. You can hear popular speeches from speakers such as Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harry S. Truman and Neil Armstrong.

7. Self-help

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What aspect of your life are you looking to improve? Whether you want to learn how to train your dog, remodel your home, prepare for a speech or reduce anxiety, Spotify’s selection of self-help teachings have you covered. So don’t spend money on all those self-help books that end up on your coffee table gathering dust. Select a training module and you’ll learn something new in under an hour.

8. Meditation

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If you have high blood pressure or are prone to panic attacks, meditation is a great way to learn the art of relaxation. Spotify has guided meditation tracks to help you learn the stretches and breathing techniques. You’ll also learn mantras to keep you focused. These sessions are short and sweet, ideal for those with busy schedules but wanting to fit in some relaxation.

Revolutionize your listening experience with Spotify’s many features. Go outside your comfort zone and listen to an audio book or learn a new language. Spotify can be a fun way to learn something new without leaving your home.


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Linsay Thomas is a seasoned writer and editor who has written thousands of articles about topics such as saving money, healthcare, law, pets and education. She hails from California, where she lives with her husband, two children and a menagerie of pets. When she's not writing, she enjoys sports, breeding chocolate Labs and visiting the beach.

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