So let me say, that I am a bit late to the game on this. I first heard about Spotify over a year ago, on Apartment Therapy. I have to confess, that at first, I didn’t get it. Spotify sounded like a weird mash of Pandora and Facebook. Where I could stream music, but I also had to show what I was listening to to the world. It was British technology, and had some problems as an app I heard. Well, I finally got around to trying it out, and I am now a full-fledged fan!
Let’s start with the fact that I hate Pandora. Pandora is just too high maintenance for me. I hate having to react to my playlist constantly – providing affirmation or disapproval at every song or run the risk of their computer program taking my playlist in the wrong direction, and becoming a mutant station that I eventually have to scrap. I like the general idea of stations that are based on moods, etc. But dealing with a Pandora station always feels like something between a needy boyfriend and a babysitter.
I far prefer ITunes for that reason. It lets me create the playlists I want, and listen to them, without having to worry about technology run amok. The two biggest problem with Itunes are money and space. I have spent a fortune over the years purchasing songs and albums. And I have maxed out the capacity in several Ipods, creating Sophie’s choice-style dilemmas when I want to add new music, and have to delete other stuff to do so.
Spotify is a free streaming service, if you can stand a few commercials. Or it is $9.99 a month if you want to go commercial free.
The beauty of Spotify is that you can create your own playlists, or choose from a list of pre-organized stations that are based on everything from moods to venues to tasks. Some of the best I have found so far: “Dorm Room Party,” “Bored at Work,” “Wake me Up.” It’s great!
The genius of Spotify;s connection to Facebook, is that you can also see what your friends are listening to. If you have friends who have great music taste, you can follow them. With your own playlists, you can choose to make them public or private.
So far, it is completely great. If you haven’t already, you should try it out.