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May 26, 2009

The Glories of Spotify With Worked Example

Spotify Logo I'm pretty excited by Spotify, though with so many of these things I do not understand its business model. Or rather, I understand Spotify's business model, but I am not sure why labels are happy with Spotify but not with other free all you can eat music services. The free version of Spotify is ad-supported (I am listening to some ads now). You can get rid of the ads for 99p for a single day, or £9.99 for a month.

The lovely thing about Spotify is that it finally delivers a workable modern form of mixtapes. I can tell you how wonderful a band I'm listening to is, and link to a Spotify playlist that includes their music. You can listen to all the tracks I've chosen in full, and then use Spotify to explore further. I am not sure what its reach is yet (in particular, I'm not sure it reaches the US). Even better, there are collaborative playlists that several people can edit.

As an example of this, I've complied a short list of tunes and songs in five time -- A Bunch of Fives. You'll need to have Spotify to play it of course. Do add the tracks I've missed (though not 'other weird time signatures' please, just fives). For the benefit of people who can't get Spotify, this currently includes Dave Brubeck's "Take Five", Mawkin Causley's "Ye Mariners All", the second movement of Tchaikovsky's 6th symphony ("Pathetique"), Shirley and Dolly Collins' "Searching for Lambs", "When Your Mind's Made Up" from the film Once, Jethro Tull's "Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow", "Everything's Alright" from Jesus Christ Superstar, the Mission:Impossible theme (Lalo Schrfrin), "River Man" by Nick Drake, and "Mars: the Bringer of War" from Holst's Planet Suite.

Here's a second collaborative playlist -- at present with no tracks in it. Recommend music for me here.

Posted by Alison Scott at May 26, 2009 10:30 AM


You are not the only one baffled by their business model:

The article does make it clear that they are 30% owned by the music companies though. Who are presumably terrified enough to go for this approach now.

Posted by: Andrew Ducker [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 26, 2009 02:01 PM

No service to the USA at the moment.

Posted by: Bill Burns at May 28, 2009 09:19 PM

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