Posts Tagged ‘Spotify’

Today, as I searched for a way to avoid any semblance of real work, I turned to my trusted friend Spotify to see what was up. After browsing through my starred selections and feeling utterly drained by the fact that I haven’t listened to anything new in over a month, I opted for a random selection from the “What’s New” category. Lo and behold, I found Jenny O and the exclusive sneak peak to her forthcoming album, Automechanic. The four tracks proved to be just what I needed, as I didn’t go into the listening expecting anything more than to hear something new. The voice that greeted me was shocking, to say the least, as her sound is this hybrid of reminiscent rock with folk and blues influences. The stand out track is “Good Love.” With the juxtaposition of this soft, sweet voice, and a guitar/bass heavy backing band, the song creates a striking balance that’s hard to ignore.

Considering the fact that I’m pretty impressed by the sampler alone, I’m sure that I’m going to be as excited for this album as I am when I find out that attendance is an optional component to a course. I don’t really know what to expect from the entire album, but I know that I’m looking forward to it more than that paper I have due on the 11th.

If for some reason you have yet to join Spotify, do yourself a favor and check out more of her music here: jennyo.bandcamp.com

– Tenaysia Fox

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For most of you it probably seems that I talk way too excessively about Spotify, but this is a huge breakthrough in the music industry.  For once, complete, organized and easy streaming of music is free.  It is also extremely fast to add new music.  Albums are added to Spotify if not the day of, the day after they are released.

For a premium subscriber like me, I get access to these songs with no ads, commercials and on my mobile phone.  I take Spotify to the gym with me, on the walk to classes, everywhere.  I haven’t bought more than three songs on iTunes since the program came to the U.S. in July.  One of those three songs was “Someone Like You” by Adele.

Adele is one of the few artists who has been boycotting Spotify and not releasing their new albums on the program. Coldplay is also on that list. Their new album “Mylo Xyloto” will not be streamed on Spotify, at least not anytime soon. The reason for this? No one will come out and say it straight, but it defiantly seems like a financial issue. When millions of listeners can stream new albums on the day of the release on Spotify that eliminates millions of purchasers that would be buying the album that day. It’s apparent that albums not being released on Spotify are selling better than those on the program. Adele’s album “21” recently broke worldwide record sales and Coldplay’s latest album is on it’s way up there.

It’ll be interesting to see if other bands start to catch on to this trend.  Indeed, Spotify is a free service to basic members, but these users have to face the burden of only accessing their music on their computer and with commercial interruptions.  By paying the $10 premium fee and paying your dues to the artists and their work, you get unlimited streaming anywhere from your mobile phone, the ability to take your playlists with you, no commercial interruptions and more.

-Hayley Isaacson

Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, and now SoundCloud.  It’s evident that, nowadays, playing music on iTunes is people’s last resort when looking for new jams.  I have recently found a new love for SoundCloud.  I’ve known about the website for some time (as you can tell from previous posts), but had never really used it up until recently.  One thing I’ve found is that SoundCloud is the haven of techno and house remixes.  So, obviously, I love it.

SoundCloud allows users to digitally stream tracks they upload and then share them with the online community.  These tracks can simply be copies of already released tracks, or in most cases, have the user’s original spin on the track.  This can mean the song is either remixed or covered.  SoundCloud is basically YouTube minus the videos.  But, there are so many more exciting features to the website.

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In 2008, a new music computer software called Spotify was released in Stockholm, Sweden.  As it spread to other countries in Europe, the company received high compliments from both the press as well as celebrities.  According to Spotify’s website, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is quoted as saying, “Spotify is so good,” and the Los Angeles Times claimed, “It blows the doors off anything on the market.”  Finally, after years of battling with US record labels, Spotify has come to America.

So what exactly is Spotify?  Spotify, like iTunes, is a computer software that distributes and plays music.  However, unlike iTunes, Spotify has three subscription options.  These options are Spotify Free (price implied), Spotify Unlimited ($5/month) and Spoitfy Premium, the ultimate Spotify experience ($10/month).  Normally, I would be inclined to say that Spotify is just another subscription music service, but it really isn’t.