Got myself a premium subscription and I think it’s well worth the money. I’ve created several playlists of hundreds of songs and I stream them (laptop) as well as using them offline (iPhone, iPad). Like now for instance. I’m on a train to my parents and while I’m typing this I’m playing an offline playlist on my iPad. Very handy!
The coolest part about it though is the fact that when you do have an internet connection (like the 3G connection on my phone) you have literally got millions of songs in your hand. And all of that for €9,95 per month. for the sceptics who say that it will ruin the music industry: I buy more music now than I ever did! I listen to it first on Spotify and if I really like it I’ll buy it. I use Spotify mainly for when I’m commuting or otherwise travelling. It’s a great way to find new music, if you ask me!
Anyway, there is one thing I don’t like. As you can see on the photo I just took of my iPad Spotify looks very silly on it. So, here we go: Spotify, why isn’t there an iPad app yet??
YouTube, Spotify, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter… They have all made our life just a little bit easier. Or not?
When it comes to music, I think they have. But they’ve also taken away some of the excitement of discovering new music, getting bootlegs from your favourite artists or seeing the video for a new single for the first time. Let alone the joy of going to recordshops (even though I still experience that, but a lot of younger people probably don’t even know what a recordshop is these days…). Yes, I am one of those people who vividly remembers the time before the internet…
When MTV still played music and you taped (yes, on videotapes!) programmes like 120 Minutes (‘alternative’ music) and Headbangers Ball (rock and metal) on Sunday nights. Religiously. And when I was in my early teens, the village where I lived didn’t have MTV, so I would cycle to my grandmother, 7 kilometres away, to watch it there.
But what I remember also is eagerly waiting for the postman to get to my house. To deliver an envelope to your door from Italy or the UK or whatever place in Europe with cassette tapes (yes, really!) or a video tape with bootlegs on it. Or rare recordings. And you had a tradinglist that you sent to people by mail (you know, in an envelope, not by e-mail) so they could see what you already had and choose one in return that they didn’t have yet.
And discovering new bands was a bit more complicated than it was now. You actually had to read music magazines, watch MTV or… god forbid… talk to people about music! In a way I do miss that era a bit. Or am I just getting old?