Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My New Favorite Thing: Spotify - Tia

I swore I wasn't signing up for anything else after Google+. I can barely keep up with the social media tools I'm already using. Facebook, two Twitter accounts (@TiaBGLU), Blogger. Google+. I still have a Myspace. It's too much. So after getting invited to Google+, I decided that I was more than connected and wouldn't sign up for anything else.

Okay this time for real...after Spotify I'm not singing up for anything else.

Spotify is everything that I love. I'm a music junkie. My dream job is to write for Rolling Stone. So (almost) limitless songs choices is on the cusp of being more than I can handle. I read about Spotify a few months back in Time/NewsWeek/Whatever that magazine was that someone left in the seat pocket on the plane. The premise is simple enough. Think of a song. Type it in. Listen to it. Yeah. That's pretty much it. After reading the article, I was genuinely excited about music again.

So far I haven't run into too many songs that I can't find. There have been the obscure searches that have returned no results. And apparently there are some albums that Spotify does not have licensing clearance for so they can't be played. But overall, if you can think up the song, you can play it on Spotify.

The last few days have been a smorgasbord of the most random songs that I can think of. I think of a song which makes me think of another song which...well you get the picture. You can also build playlists that can be saved and shared via your various social network accounts like Twitter and Facebook. I'm sure everyone I know is sick of me posting songs to my Facebook page. But I get giddy and feel like everyone wants to hear about Amos Lee's new album. (Which is a must listen.)

Toya asked me how Spotify compares to Rhapsody. I really don't know. I haven't used Rhapsody for some time and don't know much about it save for the fact that if memory serves the songs you purchase from there can no longer be played once you stop paying for your subscription. So you're basically renting the songs...Is that right? Someone correct me if I have erroneous information.

Anyway, until now I've been an iTunes girl. And as far as I've been able to tell you can't purchase songs from Spotify. So while it has already become my primary mode for listening to music, iTunes will still get my money for songs in the long run.

There are time limits for the free accounts but so far I haven't been able to figure out what they are. There are paid options that allow limitless, ad-free streaming. As quickly as I'm becoming addicted to this, I fear that I will have to switch to a subscription soon.

At the moment the only way to get a Spotify account is through an invite directly from them or getting a paid subscription. Earlier in the week there were a couple of sites that were offering Spotify codes, but as of this posting they're no longer being offered. Though I'm sure the ever intrepid reader can find a hack or code somewhere.

I'm not sure of the timeline for receiving an invite once you've submitted your email address. But since Spotify has been trending for days now, I'm sure it won't be too much longer. So if you're one of the many who is waiting, hang in there. I promise it will be worth the wait.

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