Well, the wonderus Spotify service is rolling out in the U.S. The U.K. has had it for a while now and has recieved a lot of hype from major news outlets and a heck of a lot of users. While I think the model is interesting (I’m for any supposed ” iTunes killers”) the service still has a ways to go. Just my quick thoughts on the service…
Spotify seems to have a really good library. I searched for a few of my favorite bands (Gomez, The Devil Wears Prada and Tool just to name a very few) and found most of their stuff on the service. Cool! Tool was missing, but I’ve never seen a more strict license than on all of Tools music. It would be disappointing, except that I own all their stuff anyway. Sound quality seems good while listening. I’m currently using the Free service and works pretty well. My first album checkout was the new Limp Bizkit album Gold Cobra, which absolutely sucked, but I can’t really blame Spotify for that now can I. The ads are pretty reasonable except when they play music at the begining of the ad and I start thinking to myself “Wow, this album just took a turn for the worst…. oh, it’s an ad!”
My main complaints are that the Spotify app looks an awful lot like iTunes, and I hate iTunes. Sorry, that’s just me.
Other than that it’s pretty sweet for free. I’m not entirely sure I’m sold enough to buy the service. I’m really not a fan of rental based music services. I buy my music from Amazon because it’s DRM free (first I might add) and I own it. Granted, ownership of music is a pretty touchy issue in the U.S., but you understand what I mean. I do like the idea of checking out an album before I go buy it from Amazon. I think I’ll get used to that.
I don’t have any invites to Spotify (yet) but head over to their site to queue up and check it out for yourself. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Spotify comes in Free, $4.99/mo and $9.99/mo.