Yup, Spotify, Europe’s worst kept secret finally made its way across the Puddle. I just requested and received an invite through Coca-Cola. So, in a nutshell, Spotify excels where Pandora and similar tools fail. While Pandora only allows you to enter songs and it will generate music similar to those songs, Spotify allows you to create playlists of all the exact music you want. I actually have my 80s playlist going now. I create it by browsing all the 80s mix cds. Added a bunch of 80s songs…pretty cool!
So, the question you are probably asking by now–did the RIAA roll over in their grave to allow such things? Well, Spotify does contain some adds, but only within the player, a separate app you download to a CPU. They also offer an unlimited plan for $4.99 a month and a premium for $9.99 a month. Each offers more features, including the mobile phone app, only available on the premium plan. I can see many people going forth with that, but for $9.99 a month, I just don’t see it in my price point. I bet many folks do spring for it. I also am subjected to some brief ads during play, and since I got my invite through Coke, all so far are Coke related, so no worries.
It does come with some social networking tie in, sharing/viewing playlists through Facebook and some other things. I will check them out in due time. But a nice little tool that I see as pretty useful. Even in the classroom, again when studying various music genres, regions of the country/world, or culture.
Can’t get an invite yet? My favorite band, the Smashing Pumpkins, have a live one (as on time of writing) here: https://www.spotify.com/us/smashingpumpkin/