Did you know…about Spotify.com

26 07 2010

Chris van der Hoven wrote:

Here’s another simple and helpful idea. Sign up at Spotify.com for “free” streaming music. You can search a very large database by artist, album, song title etc. and then save the results so that you can create a customised playlist.

In exchange you need to tolerate… banner ads (which you can’t see if you are working on another application on your laptop) and brief voice ads every few songs (which I hardly hear anymore). If you want to become a ‘power user’ and download songs, you can pay a monthly subscription.

I know you can’t register for Spotify in certain countries, but I loaded it in the UK and have accessed it all over the world.

This is a simple way to access and organise your music particulalry if you have issues with space and memory. Congrats to the guys at Spotify on a great idea – I hope the monetisation works out.

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26 07 2010
Mark Fisher

There are a lot more downsides that those listed by Chris. You become part of a peer-to-peer network (i.e. others can consume your bandwidth, and a lot of it) and your PC will store LOTS of tracks (GB’s) you haven’t even listened to in order to guess what you want to hear (and serve the ‘network’).

Try disconnecting from the internet and use your playlists… they all work; because they are streamed from your PC, not the internet. This may be good, or an indication of what your PC is being used for.

26 07 2010
cranovation

Mark – do you think this is deliberate / that there is some alteria motive from the Spotify people?

29 07 2010
Mark Fisher

Playing music directly from your own hard drive does have the advantage that your not troubled by any Internet streaming performance issues… the music plays instantaneously, no hiccups or stalls. People like this.

This architecture basically distributes significant parts of the storage and bandwidth costs amongst the users (it’s not free!). The costs to Spotify are lower as a result. It’s this redistribution of costs that is not common knowledge. You have to go deep into the Spotify T&C’s to see any hint that they are using your PC and ISP bandwidth (and that you consent to this use).

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