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April Russo
DO ANYBODY NO? To anyone with a Spotify account: Could you please explain why I would want to use it rather than my default player, last.fm, or Pandora? I don't get it, I don't understand the appeal. How does one use it to discover new music? Does it depend on your friends having similar tastes as you?
I tend to not rush to such judgment just because the technorati are going all in on a new toy. Everyone was all up on Quora and it never took for me personally. I have Spotify, but haven't much used it, and am not sure if I will. YMMV. - Derrick
I just use the free versions of that sort of thing. Last.fm doesn't always have the song I want available to hear. So far Spotify has had more choices. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
At the moment, I don't know why. I've heard people rave about Spotify repeatedly so I figure there's got to be a reason and I just haven't discovered it yet. - Spidra Webster
Having used it a couple days, the only real use I've found is to listen to music I didn't have when I wanted to. I was streaming Pandora Classic Hip-Hop earlier today and it was giving all good stuff even though I couldn't control what came next. And Last.fm? Well, I'm still figuring that out but the scrobbling thing is awesome when I'm using iTunes or Google Music Beta. <shrug> How you like your music provided? That's how you decide and more than one can survive because of it. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
@m9m: you could use Last.fm Free Music Player in Chrome https://chrome.google.com/webstor... - April Russo
The years of press before the US release had me excited. But I have to admit I haven't quite figured it out. The Facebook requirement for discovering friends has turned me off from upgrading to a paid account. - jbrotherlove
I am more interested in music discovery...music I would actually like, rather than being bombed with the tastes of my friends. I am way off the mainstream path, so what the masses or my friends are listening to is of little interest to me. - April Russo
For me it's the free (ad-supported) on-demand. I like to listen to full albums rather than radio-style shuffle. I don't think Spotify is going to be nearly as good for discovery or radio-style listening as Pandora or Slacker, but if you're like "gee, I wonder what that new Red Hot Chili Peppers album sounds like all the way through" then Spotify is better. I haven't delved too much into the friend stuff yet, but I do have a bunch of friends whose taste I rely on, so I imagine that will work for me, too, but wouldn't for everyone. - Jandy
I can understand that April. my "music friends" are such because we aren't incredibly mainstream. the music that is often suggested for me by algorithm tends to be music I already know and/or don't like. - jbrotherlove
I have found quite a few obscure full albums, many of which are old and from my hometowns former music scene. It's easy to use and the search function works great, no waiting to download etc. - Key West
@caj When last.fm gets it's issues sorted out and you have more music scrobbled, pop this URL in a podcast downloader and enjoy all the freebies. The more music you play and scrobble, the more free tunes you'll get, based on what you have already listened to. http://ws.audioscrobbler.com/2... - April Russo