After hearing of Spotify for years I have finally installed it on my laptop this morning. It only recently became available in Australia and I am delighted with it so far. Those who know me will not be surprised to know that I was slightly annoyed to find the attempt to socialise my listening by funneling my Spotify registration through Facebook. Fortunately, there is also the possibility of registering via an email account. Phew, narrow one. I can tell you there have been times when I’ve been put off installing an application because of this mistaken perception by developers that networking is the only way to monetise their applications/platforms. I am perfectly happy to have a advertising banner on the interface and listen to an advertisement every now and then if that will help Spotify pay their way and continue providing the service they do. And that is exactly what happened after I’d run through about 10 songs, a Macca’s radio ad was inserted.
It’s fabulous having the ability to create a playlist of music for different moods and being able to access them so long as I am online. It complements the music stored on my ipod touch, which is basically the digitised version of some of the CDs I have accumulated over the years. How is this different to iTunes? I’m not sure exactly but as a music lover of years I’ve long had the habit of picking up on music and/or artists that interested me on the radio, making the trip to the music shop to browse through records, cassettes tapes and CDs, trying them out at the retailer’s players and then making decisions as to whether I like the sound of what I hear enough to take a punt and bring it home to discover bit by bit, listening again and again. It was always such a pleasurable experience to rip the cellophane, slip the record/tape/CD in and then slowly make my way through the tracks still unknown.
I know I could also look for the artists online via YouTube and I have and still do but if you like the music, the sound quality is usually not quite sufficient to satisfy. So, Spotify me, I thiink this will prove to be an interesting month.