I’m sure most of you are aware that Spotify has recently opened up its platform for developers to build apps on. The social music service will open an app store in March, helping app developers earn money for their work. Last week, I read an interesting article in the Guardian entitled “Spotify: We must become the OS of music.”
I love what Spotify is doing for social music, but I believe it will not succeed in becoming the OS of music because of a few major issues.
First, there are several reasons
The first is its relationship with Facebook which requires users to login with their Facebook accounts for online shopping While almost everyone on earth has a Facebook account, people are still apprehensive about sharing their listening habits and having to log into one system in order to use another. While some may argue it is easy to switch to private listening mode, it is still going to turn many people away. Because of VEVO’s new deal with Facebook, I will not be using VEVO as much as I did previously.
The second reason
Spotify pk and the recording industry must find a way to fairly compensate artists for streaming music play. Despite people arguing that streaming music increases physical album sales, I’ve been using Spotify since its launch in the U.S. and have yet to purchase an album because I heard it on Spotify.
Spotify versus Apple Music
It has been such an amazing app for me for years now. It used to be that I had to download each song individually, before I downloaded Spotify. This was several years ago, when iTunes was still relevant to me. I love having all of my high-quality tunes in one cloud area that I can download to any device I want! When I’m in the kitchen I play it on my TV using PlayStation, where my loudspeakers can boost my ‘pump up’ playlist & I can focus on the job at hand.
I play my iPad playlists on my bathroom speakers, as well as on my phone when I’m on the go. Because Spotify is on the cloud, I can always pick up where I left off. Furthermore, I appreciate that the app keeps track of listeners and that artists can gain popularity through this, so I know my listen count.
Recently, I have been receiving notifications from Spotify telling me that I have exceeded my download limit. It has been quite frustrating. To free up space in my cloud, I deleted many of my photos, but then I realised even Spotify has a download limit. The number of songs I can download seems to be limited. I am considering switching to Apple Music because it appears to include unlimited song downloads. It is very difficult for me to delete any of my songs! You can play millions of songs, even offline, on Apple’s playlists and albums – and it’s exactly the same price as Spotify! This is a no-brainer!
My great passion is music. For the past couple of years, I have edited my playlists at least once a week, and would love to share my findings with those searching for new music outside of the mainstream. Take a look at my Spotify playlists – I have one for pretty much any mood you might be in. You can find something for everyone in each of these albums; even your parents will enjoy them! Each album has around 400 songs, so there is something for everyone! I have found that when I am stressed or upset in any way, music lifts my spirits right back up. I have noticed that some songs completely change my mood. Some might say that music itself is a drug.
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