Spotify - The Latest Future Of Music
As the music industry scratches its head and continues to search for a way of monetising the tunes that most people are freely nicking, a newish way of getting your melodic kicks has appeared.
Imagine having the world’s biggest iTunes playlist at your disposal – that’s what you get with Spotify. The choice of millions of tracks streamed straight to your computer with no worrying about your hard drive bursting with an overload of mp3s.
There’s a subscription option as well as a free version with ads (every 20-25 minutes they reckon.) Membership is normally by invitation only, but there’s a limited number of non-invite sign-ups here at the moment. We set up an account earlier and within seconds we had the chance to listen to U2’s new single. But it’s not all bad news.
We flitted from the Happy Mondays’ execrable cover of Stayin’ Alive to Peter Sellers’ unique take on She Loves You. Then it was Roxy Music’s Virginia Plain, the DFA remix of M.I.A’s Paper Planes and the French language version of Can’t Speak French by Girls Aloud (unfeasibly sexy if you've never heard it.)
There’s a few major holes in the catalogue – no Beatles or Pink Floyd and the focus seems to be more on back-catalogue stuff over newer releases, but at the end of the day it’s your own speech-free radio station where you control the playlist and you have to listen to one ad every 25 minutes or so. That, people, is A Good Thing.