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The Joy of Sharing

I’ve neglected to mention Spotify before, but when a friend mentioned it to me earlier this year I decided to check it out… and BOY was I blown away.  You know how when you’re talking to someone online and you mention a piece of music to them and they say they’ve never heard of it? 

Usually you turn to Youtube, search down a link to the song you want and pass it along.  And 9 times out of 10 you get a poor-quality video or soundtrack, or horror of horrors, a video someone’s made themselves.  And it’s disappointing.  You say to them “Don’t watch the video, just listen to the music”, but you know they’re watching and not listening to the majesty of the tune and the lyrics.  Or it’s MONO.   That’s if you can find the song you want.  Or perhaps you find the song, but ohhh it’s a very poor alternative version to the one you like.  That’s presuming they don’t have a low bitrate and they have to wait for the whole video to load up first. 

Well Spotify is the future.  You search for a song, or artist or album track and click on whatever you get in the search options.  And it plays instantly.  In very good qualityThis is what the internet is for.  This is what we were promised back in the 90s.  The range of artists is HUGE, but not complete, yet…  The Beatles aren’t there, I can’t find my favourite band, Salad, but it’s only a matter of time before the record companies hammer out a deal with Spotify and all these are available.  Have patience, the choices already there are vast.  But Spotify doesn’t stop there, oh no. 

You can make playlists and link people to your playlists.  Excellent, you can spend hours making a virtual “mix tape” like we did back in our youth.  But instead of picking songs that’ll fit on a C90 you can have as many as you like.  Below I’ll link you to a 60-track 4hr playlist I made of the biggest hits of my childhood.  But that’s not all… 

Spotify have made shared playlists.  You can add tracks to a playlist and the person you’re sharing it with can add tracks too.  You can both add and delete to your heart’s content.  Anyone else you link it to can do the same.  You could have a gang of ten of you making a superamazing playlist.  At Christmas someone I know on Twitter made a Christmas playlist and asked us all to chip in with our songs!  But that’s not all… 

You can get it on your iPhone too.  Also Android and Symbian networks.  At present not all countries can use it, but this statement

I’m going to travel outside my profile country, can I use Spotify there?
If you are a free user you can log in abroad for up to 14 days. If you are traveling for a longer period, you might consider a Premium subscription. Premium users are licensed for unlimited travel. You would be able to enjoy Spotify, without ads, in any country…

means you probably can.  If not, you can bet it’s only a matter of time. 

a typical Spotify screen

But that’s not all.  It scrobbles to LastFM.  You can link people to a particular track, or an album or an artist.  Each album has a description and a review.  You could never look at McCartney II and not know it’s from 1980.  It’s simply a masterful resource. 

Oh, and it’s FREE.  you do get minimal advertising every now and then, but if you purchase the Premium version these go away. 

Here’s a link to one of my playlists.  Try it and let me know what you think.

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3 responses to “The Joy of Sharing

  1. Tom Robinson Sunday 10th January, 2010 at 1.14 pm

    I reckon we’ll REALLY have achieved what we were promised back in the 90s when you don’t have to download a specific app to hear the music, but can listen to it in high quality right then and there online without quitting your browser. Like you can with http://we7.com or http://grooveshark.com – but then neither of those (yet) has the range of Spotify. http://songza.com is quite good too but it often sources the audio from youtube Just for me personally though, I tend not to use Spotify even now cos I just can’t be arsed to boot up the app specially.

    • rumpio Monday 25th January, 2010 at 8.35 pm

      Yeah true, but for the time being Spotify is a great starting point. Hopefully in 2020 we’ll be where you want us to be. If the music industry doesn’t stamp all over us. (Sorry for the late approval, your reply went to Junk filter – I only just found it!)

  2. lisa Thursday 25th March, 2010 at 12.49 am

    Thank you, I’ll have to check this out. I like that it scrobbles, too.

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