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Spotify rolls out free music service to mobile devices

Discussion in 'Audio Visual and Digital Home' started by MyDigitalpoint, 11 Dec 2013.

  1. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Active Geek

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    Since several days ago I was wonder the future of Spotify recalling the early days of Napster, but now that the are rolling out free music service to mobile devices I'm wondering the future of iTunes Store, as in example.

    What do you think of this?

    Read full article here, http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/11/spotify-mobile-idUSL1N0JQ18F20131211
     
  2. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    Seems a logical step, have to get people using it to get the revenues from big advertisers and get people to sign up.

    The real thing that would make all these services really work would be for all the artists to make their stuff accessible so you can find any song. It's still the big advantage to radio. You can put any music on the radio as long as you pay the royalties.
     
  3. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Active Geek

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    Yes, sometimes failure to pay the royalties is what prevents people to accessing certain contents, not just music, but I think Spotify is bringing a business model that will work and benefit both artists and fans.
     
  4. BoforsGun

    BoforsGun Über Geek

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    I love spotify BUT i have this little niggle that i am paying for a service where if i stop paying i can't keep my music.

    Discuss...
     
  5. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    I think you pay for control and no adverts. If you don't mind a odd advert and the occasional promoted track in your playlist then the free service is fine.

    If you prefer no adverts and to control which song comes up next. Then it's worth paying for.
     
  6. BoforsGun

    BoforsGun Über Geek

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    Of course in the past you couldn't use the free service on your phone, so actually the above now makes Spotify sound really good. Don't mind adverts when content is good.
     
  7. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Active Geek

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    My sister thinks the same, she doesn't care about the ads, but what she really hates is not being able to keep the music, at least she hasn't found the way yet.

    You see, it's supposed that one cannot keep YouTube videos, but there are many ways to download them :wink:
     
  8. rusky

    rusky Staff Member

    I used spotify free for ages until they imposed the limits. I may try it again now they have relaxed them slightly.
     
  9. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Active Geek

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    See? This is what makes me believe that eventually Spotify my follow the same pathway of Napster in the early 2000s.

    Of course, Napster was mostly blamed for copyright breach, but the service was restored later under a pay-model with many limitations then.
     
  10. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    If you don't have the choice to listen to what you want when you want... You might as well find some good podcast or radio stations and just listen to them.
     
  11. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Active Geek

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    Your comment recalls me Last.FM which was supposedly to be the best source to find music online, but it has not all the music I expected, at least not free, but I had forgotten that real radio stations still exist :D
     
  12. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    I used to listen to Last.FM quite a bit. The problem with using something like that on mobile is all that streaming really eats the battery and you really need an unlimited data plan.

    So I mainly listen to podcasts these days on the go. A 5min download on wifi and I'm set with the days audio without having to connect to the web again. At home I'm more likely to stream Radio or one of the band sites like soundcloud or reverbnation.
     
  13. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Active Geek

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    This brought to my mind an issue I had listening to Last.FM, mostly over the computer, but there was a 6-month season when I had to go to work to the extreme side of the city, so to avoid get bored I used to listen Last.FM from my then new Excalibur HTC smartphone and yes, the site used to ate up the battery in no time, but that wasn't all.

    Through the following weeks the battery began to show physical alterations until it blew up due to overheat!
     
  14. OhioTom76

    OhioTom76 Active Geek

    I hadn't thought about this with regards to mobile devices, but I wonder if Spotify uses up your bandwidth in the background on them like it does on desktop devices. It basically acts like a file sharing service in the background if you leave it minimized to your system tray on Windows. That would really suck if it was doing this on people's phones too though, since the data caps are much lower and it would be wasting battery power.

    I used to subscribe to it, and generally enjoyed the service. I still consider it a much better deal than buying CDs. For about the cost of 12 CD's per years, you instead get access to thousands of albums. Plus you don't have to deal with carrying around physical copies with you everywhere, which will get damaged or lost and need to be replaced. I quit worrying about saving all my MP3's to hard drives when I lost my drives a couple of times and lost everything. I was wasting more money on backup drives just to hang on to all that stuff.
     
  15. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    I remember once helping a friend clean up their computer when they ran out of space. Found there was a few GB's of data in the spotify cache!

    I think for me to use a service like this I would like a lot more control on how it works, how much data it stores and how often it connects to the net. Especially on mobile. Though I'm not sure what sort of controls you have on the mobile app.

    Battery drain and going over my 1GB mobile data plan would be my two worries. The battery don't last a day anyway and I think services like this will only really get popular with near unlimited mobile data like home connections.

    Saying that.... If it can download a random playlist over wifi which you can listen to without a data connection then I may be tempted.