When I first heard about Spotify, I was skeptical.
But then I downloaded the free version. And it's actually rather badass.
It's got some obvious cons, but there are enough pros for me to keep using it.
Here are my main thoughts on Spotify:
- It's quick. If you're searching for an obscure song, and it's available on Spotify, you can type into the search bar and be listening to it within seconds. This is great for short-attention-span people. You know, those kids who can't finish listening to the previous song before finding and starting a new song (which seems to be a hallmark of this new ADD Generation). It's even quicker than trying to find a song on youtube and then sorting through the results, loading and streaming it. It's fucking fast.
- It looks and feels like iTunes, and it integrates with iTunes. The interface is instantly familiar and user-friendly. Apple is the best in the business. Spotify recognized this fact and hopped on the bandwagon.
- You can find some pretty obscure music on there. Even local music. Even my own music, though I have no idea how it got there. This is pretty exciting.
- Some of the biggest acts of all time are not included in the library. If you search for Dylan, you'll only get results for a shitty Bob Dylan tribute band covering his songs. I can't tell you how disappointing this is when you've got a craving for some Blonde on Blonde. Same goes for The Beatles. And sorry, if you're a music service and you can't provide Dylan or the Beatles, then you are incomplete and always will be incomplete until you fix these glaring omissions. You are no longer a one-stop shop.
- This free version can't last forever. Well, maybe it can, as long as they keep showing ads while you use it (I mean, Facebook is still free somehow)... but you get the feeling they are just letting us get used to having it, and then at some point, when it becomes indispensable, they'll tighten the reigns and charge us out the ass. If you're like me, and you're on a tight budget, this is scary. We finally live in an age where you can stream just about any song in the universe for free, on demand, and I don't want that freedom to slip away. I don't want record companies to regain the control they used to have, but have lost. This seems like a way they could potentially do just that.
- The ads in the free version are annoying as all hell. I do not care for David Guetta now, and I never will. Fuck David Guetta. Yet every couple of songs I listen to, I've got to see his smug mug plastered across my desktop. I mean, at least run ads related to the genres I'm listening to, guys. It kinda ruins the vibe mid-album every time, and you know the commercials are only going to get even more distracting and abundant over time (see Hulu). This is probably how we will eventually all be driven to pay for the service, despite an awful economy. We'll be homeless and without food, but at least we'll have subscriptions to a handful of services that used to be free that we now can't live without.
What are your experiences with Spotify?