This is a guest post from Kathryn. Kathryn writes for discounts.ca , a website that deals with all kinds of products on discount, including computers. I have to admit, I am not much of a techie. I don’t usually get excited about the trendiest gadgets, the latest buzz-worthy phones, or the newest apps. On the other hand, I do love music, and that is why I find myself quite intrigued by the hot new music streaming system called Spotify, and the handy apps for the hip musical heart that are starting to pop up all around it.
Spotify was born and bred in Sweden, and though it’s been buzzed about for quite some time, it’s only recently become available in the States. It is a legal alternative to pirating and indirectly competing with iTunes; an all-you-can-listen service where the tunes are beamed from the cloud to computers, phones, and other mobile gadgets. You can try it for 6 months for free –with ads – but it has a monthly limit of 10 hours and 5 listens per song. Pay $4.99 for the basic, ad-free service, or $9.99 to get some extra treats thrown in, like a mobile app. With 15 million tracks and counting, the selection should satisfy even the choosiest music snob.
According to an article on fortune.com, company CEO Daniel Ekconclusively verified that Spotify has officially embraced the app, and the app will, in turn (I’m sure), embrace Spotify. Experts say the inclusion of useful apps will endear Spotify to a much larger audience and hopefully help earn the venture money, needed to placate the record labels. From what I have read, it will also make Spotify a really freaking cool and useful service!
The company, who boast 10 million users (2.5 million who are paying customers) across 12 countries, have handy new apps that make my musical mouth water. Now, there are apps that find you the top music picks from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork; Rolling Stone provides playlists from artists, celebrities, music critics and editors. The Last.fm app uses your taste in music (based on previous selections) to inspire and create new playlists with artists you might be interested in. An app with TuneWiki lets you read the song lyrics as the music plays, and Songkick informs of current tours of your favorite bands!
These new apps will create an exciting and stimulating experience for everyone – from teenagers who are just discovering what they like, to adults who might be exposed to new artists they would never find otherwise. Spotify is evolving the landscape of musical enjoyment and I, for one, am sold.
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