I’m sure most of you already know, Spotify has pretty much overtaken iTunes and a lot of its avid customers. As for those of you who don’t know what Spotify is or have heard of it but never used it, GO DOWNLOAD IT NOW! Spotify is basically a virus free music program that you download onto your computer. Once downloaded, you can search pretty much any kind of music from anywhere in the world and Spotify will find it for you. You then can listen to your favorite music, create and compile playlists that are specific to you, and listen to your music all day long. Best of all, the basic version of Spotify is FREE! The basic version really isn’t all that basic though. You can still search and listen to any music as well as create as many playlists as your heart desires, however, you can only listen to music when you’re connected to the internet, there are brief commercials every now and then between songs, and I believe you can only listen to Spotify for 48 consecutive hours (that’s never a problem for me personally, though). Unlike iTunes, this website gives you FREE access to millions of songs that you can listen to, and also unlike Pandora, you an skip as many songs as you want! The version of Spotify that you pay for is $10 a month and it gives you access to Spotify on your computer, cell phone, and iPod. You also can don’t have to be online to listen to music that are in your playlists. So rather than paying a dollar or two to download one song, why not pay $10 to listen to unlimited music whenever you want?
I found out about Spotify from seeing it on one of my friend’s Facebook page at the start of this semester and instantly became hooked. You sign up for Spotify by linking it to your Facebook account, which allows Spotify to post the latest music you’ve listened to on your Facebook page. Spotify is attempting to create a connection between music and social media and they’re quite successful at it thus far. The majority of my friends have Spotify and it’s really nice to be able to share our music with one another because it allows us all to discover new music that we otherwise may have not known about. I think it’s really interesting that everything is getting merged onto Facebook. First it was Twitter, Instagram, and StumbleUpon; but now even the music we listen to can be directly linked with our Facebooks and we can post the music we are currently listening to with a click of a button.
It’s safe to say that I have ditched iTunes and moved onto the Spotfiy. Although Spotify does not allow you to actually download music, it doesn’t really matter. As long as you have a smart phone with an internet connection, you can pretty much listen to anything you want. iTunes is falling behind…do you think they’ll ever catch up?