I've been using Spotify for about a week now - here are some thoughts


#1

I’ve been using my girlfriend’s Spotify for about a week now (having never used it before) and I have some thoughts:

  1. Although it doesn’t have ‘everything’, it has a far more comprehensive database than I had expected. I Was pleasantly surprised.

  2. Ironically, I find this counter-intuitive. With access to so much stuff I can never think of what I want to listen to. There is too much choice.

  3. I think it is reasonably priced.

  4. Personal preference, but I hate using my phone to listen to music. I have always carried a separate ipod with me. Partly for battery reasons, but mainly just because I like to have my music stored in a self contained unit. Also, I deliberately use an older generation of ipod with a clickwheel so I can skip tracks without having to get my ipod out of my pocket (as you can just push the buttons through your pocket). When using the touch screen on a phone this isn’t possible and is an inconvenience.

  5. For listening on a laptop with earphones (when at work for example) it works well.

  6. I still like to own a physical product, even if I mainly listen to an album digitally. This is something which I don’t think will ever change (though this isn’t Spotify’s problem I guess).

  7. It’s interesting, and rather nice, to see even relatively obscure bands racking up thousands of listens.

Conclusions:

  1. I can’t get over the feeling that i’m just ‘sampling’ the music - kind of like Spotify is no more than a try before you buy service. It can be used like this I suppose, but I just don’t feel emotionally connected to Spotify and it subsequently has an impact on my enjoyment of, and personal connection to, the music i’m listening to as a result of not owning it (I can’t think of a better way of describing this, but maybe that makes sense?!).

  2. I will continue to use it and would consider getting my own account, particularly as i’m going to working from home a lot more in the future with much more time to listen to music.

  3. If there is a way to download tracks to ipod this would be the ideal situation for me, but I don’t think there is?

Thanks for reading.


#2

WHAT YEAR IS IT


#3

No, thank YOU for sharing x


#4

You ARE the gentrification!


#5

Congratulations on having a girlfriend!


#6

I like to have a dedicated MP3 player too. And I know what you mean about “sampling” music. It’s odd.


#7

Re point 3 part 2. Get headphones with an in line remote for volume and skipping tracks.


#8

Another option - most Android phones let you skip tracks using the volume buttons - check if your phone lets you do that, as that would avoid you taking the phone out of your pocket.


#9

And if you’re going to be getting your own account, look at Spotify Family - you get 4 accounts for £15/month, it says you need to be at the same address, but there’s nothing that actually checks.


#10

Thanks, just tried this on iphone 6. The volume buttons on the phone only adjust the volume - doesn’t seem to be a way of skipping tracks without getting the phone out and pressing the screen.


#11

I think that’s because you’re a cunt. :disappointed:


#12

way to number, shit-numberer


#13

No bullying, please.


#14

get a blog mate, no-one cares


#15

did you know you and 6 of your family and friends can now use the service for the exciting price of just £14.99 per month, meaning you can listen to obnoxious music in one room, while up to 5 of your family and friends can also listen to different obnoxious music in other rooms. Of course this still allows you to all come together and put on a more public friendly playlist using only one of the sign in’s should you wish!


#16

dannydyertaxi.mp4


#17

I have a good idea for a blog. I will post a thread about it later on today.


#18

please don’t


#19

i used to be vehemently anti spotify to the point where it made me angry. then i got it and stopped being such a fuddy duddy. now i’m a fuddy duddy about other stuff.

the only thing i hate about it can be found in a thread in music


#20

I suppose I did have a conversation with a colleague about using Spotify for the first time a few weeks ago. He’s turning 50 this year.