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    Spotify

    Thinking of taking the plunge and moving into the 21st century by joining up to Spotify or some similar service. I figure it might mean I end up listening to music more than I do currently, where it's basically just in the car if I'm going on a long drive.

    Anyway, any advice, thoughts or discussion about the service or any competitor - particularly if it's any help in my decision to join up or not - welcome here!

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    Spotify is the nuts. Pretty much make any sort of playlist with damn near any song you want. Cool thing is, though, thereís some algorithm that takes what you put into your playlists, then it creates a new weekly playlist for you which helps to discover new artists based on whatever genres you have in your original playlists. For instance, Iíve got just one mega playlist with everything from hip hop to current pop to punk rock. Each week, it creates a hip hop playlist, a punk rock playlist, etc.

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    Yeah, I'm all about Spotify. Great service.

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    Pay for the premium, though. Commercials get annoying. Plus, if youíre just not feeling certain songs on certain days... unlimited skips.

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    I have gone for it.... there's a promotion on at the moment of a few months of premium for a low price so I figure I might as well give it a go, and can cancel it if I don't end up using it much.

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    I donít know what the price is like over there, but for $10-12/month over here, you canít go wrong.

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    £9.99, which is probably about the same.

    0.99p until March as a trial though...

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    By god, that's cheap! I just tolerate the ads at the moment, trying to save a bit of cash (too many wrestling streaming services!), but it's really not that much to get rid of them.

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    I'm kinda into it already. Found a few new bits I like, and dug up some whole albums were I just knew a song.

    I don't know if I'm using it the way it was really designed because I don't do much with playlists or anything like that yet, but it's already working for me.

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    I just dump bands I like into a giant playlist, then weed out anything I'm not feeling. Whatever works for you!

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    I love Spotify, I got it a couple of years ago when I realised that I would buy an album roughly every month and instead of paying $10ish for one album a month I could just pay $10 for every single album ever each month. The maths made sense in my brain.

    Did anyone else get their yearly wrap reports?

    My top singer was Frank Turner but my top song was a relaxation track my wife listens to when she goes to bed. lol

    The way I organise my playlists is by release year. I have folders for each decade and then within those folders each release year. Kind of anal and took a while to get everything I like in but it works well as you can play either by entire decade folders or each year.
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    Ha, I literally search for an artist, find an album and play it.

    I'm trying to be as much of a luddite with it as I can be.

    The similar artists thing is useful to find new things though. Good for me, I get bored with hearing the same things over and over.

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    Are they any notable songs not on spotify? Not really a music head but would be interested in trying it.

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    I wouldn't want to say 'no' categorically, but I've not searched for anything and not found it yet....

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    I think it has to with not only the artist not allowing their stuff on there (Taylor Swift refused to have her stuff on there for years; I'm thinking either JayZ or Kanye also refuse), but I believe certain record labels can refuse, as well. Like, one of my favorite bands as their first three albums on Spotify, but their fourth album that was released by a different label isn't on there. In general, though, you should be able to find most anything you want.

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    I looked into the question after i posted and i guess that Jay-z has his own streaming service in Tidel... but sounds like most of music taste would be available.

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    No Beatles I believe?


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    The Beatles are on there.

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    Looks like they added a lot of their albums in 2015.... weren't on there for a long time then.

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    So the plan was to go through the recommended for you playlist quite quickly, like everything that sounded interesting, and go back and play the whole album when I get chance.

    This thing is pretty accurate though, so after liking 2/3 of the list so far I might have to come up with a different approach, or I'll just have headphones on the rest of my life.

    This is like trying to get to grips with the WWE vault all over again!

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    Itís ridiculous how accurate those playlists can be. I thought Pandoraís algorithm was impressive 10 years, but the Spotify algorithm is just completely insane.

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    Ughhhh, haven't been able to listen at work for the past few days. Not sure if they intentionally blocked it (even though company policy says we can listen it, local management may have different ideas) or if it's just some weird setting but it's ANNOYING. Funny that I hardly used it two years ago but now I've come to rely on it to get me through the day.

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    That sucks. I can see how you'd get used to it. I've even found there's just ambient noises which you can put on if you need to concentrate but want some ignorable noise to block out sounds around you in the really real world, so to suddenly be without it seems like it could be a pain once you are used to it.

    I'm easily distracted when working though. I have a joke with some of my colleagues that I don't work like a truck that you can drive through muddy fields and it'll just keep running - more of a high-performance sportscar, because I can turn out material very quickly but it doesn't take a lot to go wrong, i.e. distract me, before I'm broken down completely and I'm useless then. So yeah, anything that blocks out the world and keeps me focused on what I'm doing is good.

    And on that note, should probably click off LoP while I have work to do....

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    I read in the paper that the music business had it's best year since 2007, mainly on the back of services like Spotify and their rivals.


    Still nowhere near where they were in the 1990s but there's a sense now that they've turned the corner after four consecutive years of growth.

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    That's good at least! I've switched back over to Pandora, as Spotify is still being stupid with my work internet.

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    Be great when they work out how to divide it between service, artist, label, per play.

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    That is fantastic news!

    Who knew that making music simple and easy to access would help more people access it?



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    Hereís the great thing about Spotify/Pandora/digital music in general... artists can take a week and bang out a single song and go ahead and release it that way instead of the old method of spending 3-6 months in the studio, another few months for final production/re-dubs/etc, final mixing on a dozen songs and then finally releasing a full album 2-4 years after the last. Now they stay even more relevant. Back in the day... it was spend a year in the studio to make an album, then tour for two years in support of said album, then take six months and relax before finally getting back in the studio for the next album. There have been countless artists Iíve forgotten about during that cycle. But being able to put out a single new song every six months during breaks on the touring process helps keep people interested for when the full album comes out.

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