Gini Dietrich

Spotify Is Not Your Dad’s Radio Station

By: Gini Dietrich | July 19, 2011 | 
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Let’s talk about something a little less polarizing today, shall we?

Something like, say, how freaking cool Spotify is and that everyone should get (at the minimum) a free account?!

OK. Yes, let’s do that.

First things first. If you don’t have an account, go get yourself one. Click here and it should let you in. It’s my invite code, but I don’t think it gets me anything. But you should try anyway…in case they’re giving away unicorns with the free accounts.

Thanks to my friend Rusty Speidel, I have become a Bob Lefsetz fan and, because Spotify is the coolest thing to hit the U.S. music scene since, well, The Beatles (Margie Clayman will love that I just said that), he is all over telling us just what to expect from the new service.

A quick history…from the past five days.

U.S. accounts were opened up to this cool new streaming + social + instant access music service through Klout last Thursday (first good thing I’ve gotten through them since, well, ever). I’d heard a little bit about it; mostly because Mr. D recited the Wired article about it to me a few months ago.

It was hard for me to make the switch from Pandora. I love Pandora. It streams music I’ve never heard; not even on the super cool radio stations.

But then Spotify opened my eyes to an entirely new world. And it will yours too.

By Thursday afternoon, my Facebook account had been connected to my Spotify account and I could see the music my friends were subscribed to or streaming on their accounts. It’s like iTunes in your home or office on steroids.

On Friday afternoon, Beth Harte, Shonali Burke, and I were sharing playlists instantly. Playlists I subscribed to and then downloaded to the mobile app so I could listen while I ride without having to use my 3G connection.

You see, the problem with Pandora in Chicago is AT&T sucks here. If there is a ball game, you can’t use your phone because they haven’t figured out yet that people gather for games…with their phones. So if I’m riding during a game, no streaming music. I have to resort to my iPod and how boring is that?

How is this legal?

According to Bloomberg:

Without Spotify, labels know only when an album is sold. If a CD is ripped for a friend or borrowed for a party, they know nothing. Spotify gives them a record, by location, age and gender, of every single time a track is played. Jay-Z used to think he was big in London, based on U.K. album sales; it turns out he’s big in Manchester.

Whoa. As a marketer, how much would you LOVE to have that kind of information about your customers?

They make money through advertising and because they’re pretty sure you’re going to upgrade to a premium account (I did). And then there is revenue sharing with the artists and the music labels.

How much do you spend a month in new music? I’m willing to bet anywhere between $0.99 on up. I probably spend $10-$20, not including my iPhone apps. So what’s $10 a month in having access to ANY music, anytime, anywhere? You don’t have to buy the album; you can just stream it on your premium account…and listen to it anytime you like. I’m actually saving money with the premium account.

HOW COOL IS THAT?!?

Some final thoughts (get it already)

I love what Lefsetz has to say, when he compares the new service to its competitors.

Comparing Spotify to Pandora is like comparing your music collection to radio. You listened to radio for discovery. Once upon a time, radio was a club, you felt a member, now it’s just jive deejays and the hits of the day. You can get this information online, what the station is playing, and check it out yourself, instantly, on Spotify.

So what are you waiting for?! Get over there and get yourself an account!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

  • dabblehq

    RT @ginidietrich Spotify Is Not Your Dad’s Radio Station via @spinsucks http://t.co/tMPha6w

  • CLGraphics

    @ginidietrich You’re Correct. My Dad’s radio station is WLAMe – Loud A$$ Music for old men who don’t trim the hair from their ears.

  • I’m in the same boat as you Gini, I love(d) using Pandora for the fact that it’s effortless music streaming. I probably won’t ever pay for the Spotify account, but then again I’ve only been “using” it for about a week or so. Thanks for the breakdown!

  • I’m loving Spotify as well, and I haven’t upgraded, nor have I even scratched the surface of the capabilities. I’m curious as to what this means for iTunes.

  • ginidietrich

    @mcmullen_greg I’ll report back on the premium account and whether or not it’s worth it. I think they’re going to move all accounts (even the free ones) to a paid model so I’m thinking the premium will be worth it just so I can listen all day, every day.

  • ginidietrich

    @KenMueller They said iTunes is still the #1 seller in Europe, where Spotify is HUGE, so it likely doesn’t mean a whole lot.

  • Give up Pandora? Next thing you know you are going to want me to give up my old cassette tapes! I think I need to sit down. I feel woozy…

  • M_Koehler

    Yep. Keeping it short and sweet as I’m busy devising more playlists

  • debdobson62

    I love, love, love spotify! @clarinette02 told me about it a while back and I’ve been eagerly waiting for it since.

  • timjahn

    I’m still confused as to why there’s so much hoopla around Spotify when Rdio has been in the US for awhile and is the same thing for the same price. Old news?

  • mjkoehler

    @ginidietrich I really do enjoy it. Just wish I could do it here from work. Than again, maybe that’s a good thing I don’t have it here.

  • Gini,

    At least you HAVE AT&T.

    I can’t stand them as a company, but I’d like to have the choice of using their high-speed nets.

    You see, the guy across the street from me can get his High-Speed net through AT&T.

    But, for some bizzaro reason, I can’t.

    Spoitfy? Sounds like something my wife would carry around for emergency stain removal.

    The Franchise King®

  • ginidietrich

    @NancyD68 And your 8 tracks, too. Are you going to be OK?

  • M_Koehler

    @ginidietrich @KenMueller I plan to use this as a tool to listen to new stuff I hear about before committing to bying. I get a ton of rec from friends I have in England and sadly many are not available here so I have to fork of some $$ for imports if it’s not available through a DL source. This will be a great tool for that.

  • ginidietrich

    @M_Koehler I think it’s funny that Kelly Facebooked you to say you’d love it. I was like, “Dude. I already told him!”

  • ginidietrich

    @debdobson62@clarinette02 Isn’t it awesome?!?

  • ginidietrich

    @timjahn What the heck is Rdio?!?

  • ginidietrich

    @FranchiseKing I was telling the guy who cuts my hair about it and he said, “Is that a skin condition?” Oy.

  • M_Koehler

    @ginidietrich That’s because your 2 great minds think alike…and are correct.

  • ginidietrich

    @CLGraphics HAHAHAHA! LOL

  • ginidietrich

    @McMullen_Greg Love me some Spotify!

  • ginidietrich

    @mjkoehler You can’t listen at work? That would make me nuts

  • bradmarley

    Spotify is like the best of Pandora & Groovershark rolled into one service. (And, yes, I’m probably going to be one of those people who upgrade to Premium. Having every single song in the world available at a moment’s notice is enticing.)

  • McMullen_Greg

    @ginidietrich I don’t love it or hate it mainly b/c I don’t use it that much. The reason I like Pandora more is b/c I don’t have to think!

  • bradmarley

    I by Groovershark, I mean Grooveshark.

  • bradmarley

    I can’t type today. *sigh*

  • McMullen_Greg

    @ginidietrich However, Spotify WILL help me make playlist for next year’s swim meets since I can find specific songs edited…#sweetidea

  • ginidietrich

    @bradmarley LOL!! I had a day like that last week. Hilarious! And right?! Having every song in the entire universe at your fingertips?! YES PLEASE!

  • I heart Spotify and think I might fight someone if they try to take it away. Really. Don’t push me. It keeps me working steadily and mightily throughout my day and I just have the free account. I was contemplating an upgrade and do believe it might be in order!

    Great, non-polarizing article, Gini! 🙂

  • cision

    Thanks Gini! Your link worked 🙂 And so try about AT&T and Chicago…I had to get the M-Cell just so I could make a phone call in my apartment! Can’t wait to start using Spotify…like you said, having every song in the entire universe at your fingertips? Yes please!!

  • cision

    Um, true, not try…I can’t type today 🙁 It’s like my wondering Wednesday incident!

  • HowieSPM

    I do like the ability to connect and share playlists but I am pretty sure the people I want to connect with and share aren’t on Spotify yet. But whil I have not signed up for premium yet the ability to stream from my computer through my android is impressive. And while I love ITunes it really hasn’t evolved over the last 4 years.

    Anyone know if Spotify will also play the .wav files. Because soon we can kick MP3’s out the door since the sound quality sucks compared to CD .wav files. I would need 1000 GB’s of storage to have my current music collection in .wav file so we aren’t there yet but soon!

  • I’ve been using Spotify since you first posted the invite (btw – thanks!). I love Pandora – mostly for the artists it suggests that I had never heard of before. But you’re right – Spotify is so much more awesomer.

    I just wish Pandora would provide a list of artists it has recommended that I have liked. Then I could go to Spotify and hear the rest of each artist’s catalog.

    Takeaway: Awesomer seems like it should be a real word and catalog just seems weird when you spell it out.

  • @ginidietrich @mcmullen_greg Yikes. An all-pay model? Sounds like a fail to me.

    Dear Music Industry,

    You did a great job killing off FM radio, tapes, vinyl, CDs and the entire industry as a whole. Please don’t kill Spotify.

    Thanks,

    Me.

  • rustyspeidel

    I want the discovery engine and channel configuration from Pandora COMBINED with the social and sharing capabilities of Spotify. Somebody needs to buy somebody!!

  • rustyspeidel

    @HowieSPM They added that Genius and Ping, but it really wasn’t well managed and kind of fell flat. If they added Facebook Connect to Ping they might have something.

  • rustyspeidel

    @ginidietrich @timjahn and there you have it. no one has heard of it.

  • @ginidietrich No. I need smelling salts. I also need cake. What happened to my cake? Did someone eat the cake when I was not looking?

  • Agreed, Agreed, Agreed! Spotify rocks my socks off!

  • Steve Birkett

    @rustyspeidel @ginidietrich @timjahn It’s because Rdio (and other similar services) only allowed a few days free access before requiring sign up to a plan. Spotify has started smartly, offering 6 months unlimited free usage for the US launch. After that there will be restrictions to the free version, but so many users will have explored the service (and blogged about it 😉 that they’ll have jumped outside the small niches that have been occupied by services like Rdio, Grooveshark, and Lala, over the years.

    Beyond that, the social connections of Spotify are far superior to Rdio, even if there’s still work to be done to put them front and center. The thing is, we’ve had the ability to supply services like this for 5+ years, yet the mainstream catalog owners dragged their heels on progress & delayed adoption. Not that they’re playing ball, we’re seeing the rapid developments, for which many of us have waited so long.

  • rustyspeidel

    @fitzternet @ginidietrich @mcmullen_greg I think the internet and digital recording did that, not the industry. What they messed up was that they didn’t adapt quickly enough to ensure their survival. They held to tightly to old ways, got greedy and grumpy, and we as consumers passed them by through streaming, pirating, downloading, sharing, creating without them. They’re out. The things you mention are just distribution media, that’s it. They evolve as something better comes along. What’s new this time is that those media had control points in the form of cost of manufacture and access that the internet has destroyed forever. Now anyone can make and distribute their own music any way they want, and consumers can get to it without Columbia or RCA or Warner getting a piece. It’s very disruptive, and i love it.

  • Steve Birkett

    @rustyspeidel I can see Spotify having that potential itself, based on what it currently offers. Just needs more people signing up to it and connecting Facebook, then a clever discovery engine built on top of the massive catalog it has. When there’s a button you can press from the home page that simply says “Discover New Music”, we’re in business!

  • I’m in. Ready for godless rock and roll.

  • @NancyD68 @ginidietrich The cake was left out in the rain…

  • Not available in Canada…sigh.

  • Steve Birkett

    I could write for weeks (and will do so 🙂 on how relieved I am that progress is finally being made in the cloud music field, after years of stalling. Instead, I’ll simply echo your excitement, Gini, and feel heartened that so many others outside the music geek circles in which I run are covering the launch of Spotify and seem willing to give it a go.

    The more that it permeates into the mainstream news coverage and crosses over to new listeners that have never heard of Rdio and Grooveshark, the better chance it has of convincing the major labels that this is their major future revenue stream. Pretty sure it will never reach the giddy heights of selling physical products to listeners, but those days are gone and nothing has been so promising in the last decade or so.

  • JoyFull_deb

    I love Spotify….posted some songson FB last night…..it’s definitely NOT Pandora….and music is a lot less polarizing, as is cooking!! :=)

    (((HUGS)))

  • ginidietrich

    @rustyspeidel @fitzternet @mcmullen_greg I actually love it, too. We don’t expect to read a magazine for free. Why would we get music for free? If I can pay $10 a month for unlimited access to ANY music I want (except for Garth Brooks and Prince), what’s the big deal? I spend that for ONE album.

  • ginidietrich

    @NancyD68 Dear Nancy, the cake is to come from thesaleslion . I will make you cake IF you come visit me. Love, Gini

  • @rustyspeidel @ginidietrich @mcmullen_greg Eh, disagree. I enjoyed radio. I enjoy CDs. Vinyl trumps them all from a sound standpoint. The record industry killed them all by not adapting (so I do agree with you there).

  • ginidietrich

    @EricaAllison LOL! I kind of want to take it away from you just to see what you’ll do.

  • ginidietrich

    @cision It’s OK… @bradmarley can’t type either. It must be something going around.

  • @ginidietrich @rustyspeidel @mcmullen_greg – Radio did pretty well with an advertising model for a long time. Still does, but it’s heavily watered down.

    I’m loving the ad-supported version Spotify, but if they move to an all-pay model it won’t last. I would assume Spotify allows for much more user data and ad-targeting than radio could ever hope for… so why the need to scrap an ad-supported option?

  • ginidietrich

    @Steve Birkett @rustyspeidel I think we just created a new business idea.

  • ginidietrich

    @barryrsilver You will LOVE it.

  • ginidietrich

    @LauraPetrolino I hate to say this, but your socks are easily knocked off

  • ginidietrich

    @KDillabough I know! I’m so sorry. We were talking about you in a webinar yesterday…how you got Netflix late and now this. It makes no sense. We may as well be the same country.

  • ginidietrich

    @Steve Birkett The future is instant and on-the-go. It makes me laugh to think the music industry refuses to budge, as if the rest of us are going to adapt to their ways. It’s so indicative of what’s happening in all parts of business life now.

  • ginidietrich

    @JoyFull_deb Mmmm…cooking.

  • spofcher

    Pandora is like a great FM station that you can program yourself with types of music and artists. Spotify is like a great jukbox where you install your favorite songs. My preference is for Pandora since I like to be surprised and be introduced to new music.

    BTW – I am a big Bob Lefsetz fan. Though sometimes he goes on repetitive rants and is somewhat jaded. But he is smart and is a good writer. He promoted Adele WAY before she launched her #1 song and became a household name.

  • ginidietrich

    @spofcher Somewhat jaded?! HAHAH! He’s very jaded, but I love how he thinks.

  • @ginidietrich BAHAHAHAHA! I guess I can’t argue with that! 🙂

  • Steve Birkett

    @bradmarley They’re still missing some music, most notably The Beatles (again!), and various smaller labels that release only in other territories. But I’ve found 90% of what I want to listen to on there and that’s certainly nothing to be sniffed at.

  • ginidietrich

    @McMullen_Greg Oh you’ll change your mind. I guarantee it

  • Steve Birkett

    @spofcher Hey, don’t I know you….?? 😉 Agreed, Lefsetz is usually the man on this stuff. Repetitive ranting is pretty much the only way to deal with an industry that sues its own customers. That and, y’know, destroying their traditional biz model.

  • ryancox

    I sometimes hate that you’re so good at what you do .. writing (amongst other things). #hateralert #teamspotify #hesdatingChristinaAguileraandImjealous

  • I got to playing around with Spotify yesterday, and I am initially impressed. Moreover, I’ve considered anteing up the $10 for a premium account, but here’s my one concern: I signed up for Netflix early on paying $7.99 for 1 DVD and unlimited streaming. Now they are telling me that starting in September, in order to maintain the same service, I’ll need to fork over roughly $18/month. Is there anything (I haven’t read the Spotify contract) that keeps them from upping the contract fee? Yes, even if they do, it’s still a great bargain to stream every song every recorded digitally, but by subscribing, I’m missing out on downloading ~10 songs on iTunes per month. And I have been wanting to check out that new Britney album…. only kidding, or am I?

    Just putting that thought out there. Also, to those that have linked to Facebook, does it inundate your feed with posts or does it simply connect your spotfiy with that of your friends’?

  • John_Trader1

    Great, yet another application to love. My application love life is getting so crowded these days that pretty soon, I may have to clone myself to keep up with all of the awesomeness. One other thing, the premium version doesn’t include commercials, right? I was a bit aghast when I heard one commercial song play and use the words mother f%*#@r — probably not a good way to gain the affection of responsible parents out there.

  • McMullen_Greg

    @ginidietrich We’ll see about that o.O (You’re probably right)

  • @ginidietrich Don’t think I won’t get on a plane Ms. Gini! Love, Nancy

  • rustyspeidel

    @fitzternet @ginidietrich @mcmullen_greg Why don’t you think it will last? People just used to free? Theyt’d be wise to keep a radio-like free version, I agree.

  • spofcher

    @Steve Birkett Never hearda ya! :)) Interesting that the recorded music biz could not do the paradigm shift dance to keep up with the times and change its go-to-business model.

  • PattiRoseKnight

    AND THEY HAVE ELVIS PRESLEY – look out now Gini!

  • ginidietrich

    @PattiRoseKnight LMAO!!! I just laughed so hard it scared Jack Bauer!

  • ginidietrich

    @John_Trader1 No commercials! I am a big, big fan!

  • ginidietrich

    @JamesDBurrell2 The fee one I can’t answer, but the Facebook one is easy: It doesn’t touch your stream. All it does it let you look at the playlists your friends have created. The only time you’ll see it in a friend’s stream is if they’ve created a playlist they want to share.

  • ginidietrich

    @ryancox Yeah, well…you should have said that on yesterday’s blog post.

  • ginidietrich

    @Steve Birkett @bradmarley And Garth Brooks and Prince.

  • ginidietrich

    @NancyD68 WOO HOO!

  • ginidietrich

    @fitzternet So much more awesomer. LOL! I do believe you just made up a word. Let’s alert Webster!

  • jeffespo

    @ginidietrich I like thorn in the side Gini better

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM So what? You don’t like my choice in music?

  • danieleagee

    @jeffespo Yeah, that @ginidietrich is way more fun.

  • CatherineHilker

    @ginidietrich Thank you, I now have a Spotify account using your link!

  • Steve Birkett

    @JamesDBurrell2 You can pay $4.99 for an ad free Spotify, or $9.99 for the all singing/dancing version with mobile support. and offline streaming. As with anything else, there’s nothing to stop them changing their pricing eventually but, for the foreseeable future, they need to build a reputation and gain market share, so I don’t see them hiking prices. There will also be competitor services that spring up at these price levels, so hypothetically it would be shooting themselves in the foot.

    The freemium model with affordable pricing plans has been what Spotify has built its reputation on, so it would be a significant about face to play the Netflix price hike game IMO.

  • @ginidietrich @KDillabough I got a Spotify account from Klout Perks, by using the 90210 zip code, and promptly gave it to allen mireles . Gotta love false zip codes. 😉

  • kmtirpitz

    @ginidietrich I haven’t listened to music in a coon’s age

  • hazelwoodmkting

    @ginidietrich interesting piece. I have subscribed to Spotify for over a year and I have bought very little music since.

  • timjahn

    @Steve Birkett @rustyspeidel @ginidietrich Hm. I don’t give a shit about the social aspects of these services really. I know what music I want to listen to generally. It’s just a question of do they have it?

    For me, right now, the single most important factor in which service I choose is the size of their library. The more music you have that I listen to, the more chance I’m going with you.So far, Spotify has 1 artist of mine Rdio doesn’t, and I’m sure there are probably more. After library size comes interface for me. Spotify NEEDS a web app like Rdio badly. And I’m a huge mobile listener, so I haven’t had a chance to check out the Spotify iPhone app yet. The Rdio one is pretty good but could use some work.

  • timjahn

    @ginidietrich Really? Where have you been? It’s EXACTLY the same service as Spotify, expect been in the US for much longer (in fact, I think it was born here). heh.

  • I have fallen hard for Spotify. It is a torrid love affair and the new mistress of my heart. Ok, that is an exaggeration but it is pretty damn cool.

  • And just for the heck of it, here is a quick playlist that I threw together:

    http://open.spotify.com/user/thejackb/playlist/6vQznSacTKxIRoXUj2SKPA Friday Afternoon

  • rickyleepotts

    @Coxymoney @ginidietrich It’s an absolute game changer, that’s what it is. I LOVE it.

  • Coxymoney

    @rickyleepotts @ginidietrich as told by* lol

  • Umm so funny that this is your post today because I just signed up yesterday. Woo! And as someone who absolutely LOVES music, this is a dream come true!

  • ginidietrich

    @rachaelseda Yay! I’ll look for you on there.

  • ginidietrich

    @TheJackB I see nothing wrong with the torrid love affair. I asked it to marry me. Thanks for the playlist! Adding now.

  • KisDaSkye

    @AndyCrash #Spotify is actually really cool. I really like it because I can listen to songs I love. when I want.

  • @ginidietrich Well lucky for you I should now be in your “people” list since we are FB amigas!

  • ginidietrich

    @John_Trader1 Ha!

  • ginidietrich

    @CatherineHilker Yay! Let me know how you like it!

  • ginidietrich

    @hazelwoodmkting You guys are lucky in that you got it waaaaay before us

  • jasonkonopinski

    It’s refreshing to see a conversation from a communications professional about Spotify that doesn’t try to position it within the larger context of digital marketing/PR (well, except for the Klout Perks connection!). It’s clear that the RIAA’s grip is loosening significantly when it comes to digital distribution and is being forced to innovate or spiral into insignificance.

  • Klout is “Sorry, but…

    You’re not eligible for this perk. Keep creating great content and we’ll find a perk for you soon.

    But it looks like some of your friends may qualify. Let them know!”

    Really? Google+ has reached maximum capacity for its test and doesn’t want me (I don’t really want it, so that’s okay) and now I’m not influential enough for the cool new music service, but some of my friends are so forward the invite? I don’t think I’ve experienced this much rejection since high school dances! It sounds like fun, you cool kids enjoy.

  • ginidietrich

    @MimiMeredith Did the invite link I included work? That should work…you KNOW the cool kids!

  • ginidietrich

    @jasonkonopinski I just think it’s a super cool thing and I LOVE how they’re innovating an entire industry. If I were to put it in our context, I would say something about how the PR industry needs to do the same, but I’ll leave it at that. 🙂

  • ginidietrich

    @DannyBrown Did you learn that zip code from watching TV?

  • @ginidietrich I did use your link….the “click here” link. I’ll try again in a bit.

  • ginidietrich

    @MimiMeredith Boooo!

  • jasonkonopinski

    @ginidietrich I’ve often mused how cool it would be if Pandora was able to incorporate social sharing into their mobile app (which is how I most often use Pandora anyhow), but that point has pretty much been rendered moot by Spotify entering the playing field.

  • @ginidietrich Tried again. Still no luck.

  • ginidietrich

    @jasonkonopinski And now we think Spotify should buy Pandora and we’re all good!

  • jasonkonopinski

    @ginidietrich Great minds and all that. 😉

  • ginidietrich
  • I’m still on the fence about Spotify. It seems pretty cool, but I don’t know. Then again, I’m not sharing any playlists… that may be the main attraction there.

  • roblehk

    @ginidietrich well spotufy not available in my country … yet 🙁

  • @ginidietrich Never mind…I signed in using my Twitter account instead of facebook and voila! I qualified without an invite. I’m cooler than I let myself think ;)!

  • ginidietrich

    @Shad Boots You listen to me, young man. DO IT!

  • ginidietrich

    @MimiMeredith LOL! Dork.

  • ginidietrich

    @ryanmathre Are you in love?!

  • ginidietrich

    @fearafear Ha!

  • ginidietrich

    @MatthewBreddan You’re welcome!

  • ginidietrich

    @KDMisevich I asked Spotify to marry me

  • ginidietrich

    @roblehk We’ll have to get Spotify there!

  • ryanmathre

    @ginidietrich yes, it’s fantastic!

  • KDMisevich

    @ginidietrich I had that same thought this morning while listening to Spotify. $10 a month is a bargain!

  • ginidietrich

    @KDMisevich I think so, too!

  • @ginidietrich Yes, ma’am. Let me set up a few playlists first. That way you have some new stuff to listen to. ha.

  • ginidietrich

    @Shad Boots Thank you!

  • roblehk

    @ginidietrich We sure dooo!

  • ginidietrich

    @roblehk LOL

  • I like to discover new music, do so via YouTube once in a while so I’ll check it out. BTW I don’t have Pandora. I don’t stream (dumbphone) and when I’m working on my computer I have my boring old iTunes and iPod nano. 😉

  • LenaOnTheBeach

    @ginidietrich I do feel a little bit better that you have same game-based service issues there. The Cubs-Red Sox game here, fuhgeddaboudit.

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  • spofcher

    @3HatsComm You should check out Pandora. You can program it with your favorite types of music and artists. There is a free version or an ad-free premium version.

  • LinkedInExpert

    @mqtodd @ginidietrich I just downloaded today 🙂

  • RyanCritchett

    @audioswhite Totally man. Have heard great things about it. Trying it definitely. CC: @ginidietrich – Gini, your post seals the deal.

  • Sold. This seals the deal for me. It’s impossible for me to not try this out, very very soon.

  • Steve Birkett

    @timjahn @rustyspeidel @ginidietrich Right-o, I can see in that scenario that catalog is king and so the differences between the two would be greatly reduced. In my case, Rdio didn’t give me enough free time to explore their offering and judge the size of the library, so I didn’t hang around.

  • Here in the UK we have had Spotify for a while. I have subscribed for about a year and have barely bought any music since. I’ve discovered a lot of new music which I’d be interested in seeing live, and it’s useful being able to download it onto my iPhone which means I don’t need iTunes. Also, as a subscriber I have built up a number of invitations for the free version which I can share should anyone be without a Klout invite.

  • @TheJackB OMG, Jack. I think we must have been separated at birth! Love the playlist!

  • @ginidietrich Go on. I dare ya.

  • dgulbran

    I like Spotify… it is easy to use. But I’m not super impressed with the catalog so far. It seems to be really wide–but not very deep. I’m finding that for many of my favorite bands, they only have one or two albums, and usually only the most popular. That’s fine, but it doesn’t make me want to pay for a premium subscription. I’m still waiting to see what Apple does with their iCloud service in the fall.

  • @EricaAllison That is cool. Would be very curious to see/hear one of your playlists. As I write this I am composing a few more.

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  • ginidietrich

    @spofcher @3HatsComm Until Spotify, I used Pandora and LOVED it. You totally should try it, Davina!

  • ginidietrich

    @RyanCritchett Glad you agree! But you can’t marry it. I already asked.

  • ginidietrich

    @NickWDeane Is there anything you don’t like about it? And is the premium model paying for?

  • ginidietrich

    @dgulbran Interesting feedback. I wonder if that’ll change with its popularity?

  • KevinVandever

    I, like you, love Pandora, but I went over to spotify and have requested an invitation so I will check it out. Be fun to share music with folks, but does ANYONE out here listen to jazz?

  • ginidietrich

    @KevinVandever What is this jazz you speak of? Did my link not get you an account?

  • KevinVandever

    @ginidietrich This jazz i speak of is only the best thing ever.

    I requested the spotify invitation a few days ago. I will try your link, though.

  • dgulbran

    @ginidietrich I don’t know, but it’s a downfall of all the services I’ve tried so far.

  • @ginidietrich Grrr.. and ahhhh! Ok, I’ll be the best man.

  • danperezfilms

    @Milaspage You usually can’t go wrong with @ginidietrich 🙂

  • @ginidietrich I only really use it on my mobile which is why I pay for it (you can’t download it with the free version) so I find it very frustrating when occasionally with updates I have to download all my playlists again, and it sometimes throws me out so I have to log back in. If I have to download again play lists will no longer include my pre-owned music not on Spotify so I have to log back onto the main site and sync – all of which is annoying. Despite that it has a good ever increasing range of music, I can integrate my existing music they don’t have, and I love the portability of it.

  • ginidietrich

    @NickWDeane SUPER useful information. Thanks for providing it so we know what to expect.

  • jsetlak

    @augieray @shellykramer @ginidietrich That’s a lot of hype. Spotify catalog is smaller than iTunes, Amazon. Not *any* music by a longshot.

  • ViperGeek

    I’m on the fence between Spotify and MOG. I love how Pandora enlightens me to new music based on my old favorites and wish Spotify had better “radio” support in it’s Android app. MOG’s radio stations are VERY Pandora-like and is almost the best of all worlds for me … if only their Android app was more stable.

    Have you tried, contrasted and/or compared Spotify to MOG?

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