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Spotify: Streaming 2.0

January 6, 2009

Spotify is a new Major Label approved music service that allows users to stream music in a more web 2.0 fashion. Because it has Major Label approval, Spotify has an extensive catalog that allows users to create and share playlists. It has a very iTunes like layout and according to CNET, Spotify has received relatively positive reviews.

Yet the problem I still see with this style of digital music service, is that it’s a one trick pony.

Yes you can use it on your Mac or PC, yes it’s faster and has less dropouts then older streaming sites, but the reason that compact discs and iPods work so well is the portability factor. Burn a disc and give it to your sweetheart. Make a playlist on your iPod then plug it into the car adapter.

There is a freedom to those technologies. They work because they enhance the experience. Streaming technology still hasn’t permeated the general public. It’s still for the geeks.

When streaming audio becomes as simple and as accessible as FM Radio, meaning that it’s built into nearly every audio device you can buy, then the music industry will have solved the piracy problem via streaming.

Until that point, Spotify will be a better step then slotMusic but people will still take the music they want.

Take Control of Your Music,

Voyno

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2009 5:39 am

    I agree totally. The future will be streamed music, no doubt about it. That’s clearly the way Google sees things (what more are google docs, calendar, etc but ‘streamed’ apps?) and they tend to know what they’re doing. The concept of ‘ownership’ (from the users perspective mind you, not so for the labels or artists) becomes obsolete when tunes can be accessed easily across hardware, space, and time. What’s the difference whether there is a file somewhere on my computer that is ‘mine.’ It never existed in the conventional sense in the first place. In fact, all the better that there’s not a file – less space taken up and less crap to sort through and organize.

    But Spotify, and those like it, are a step in the right direction and should be commended. Slick layout, plenty of bands, and ease of use seem to be in place. I’d say this pony has a few tricks. Patience, young grass-smoker – the connectivity and ubiquity across devices will come. The unknown, I suppose, is what it will cost.

  2. January 6, 2009 4:16 pm

    So that disc you burnt me…did that mean something???

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