I have just come across Spotify. If you haven’t seen it yet then take a look at the website. I have to admit I am very impressed at how it works!
Firstly you sign up and then download the client. Installs into the quickest media player I have ever seen. It can search the entire collection of music instantly and then stream music to your desktop. Best of all it is free, supported by ads, although you can pay for it and get it ad free.
They are about to launch an iPod app that will stream music from the net straight to the player. This is great for when you are in a WiFi zone, there is no need for your own personal music collection. It looks like this app will only be available to Premium users, but I think it may actually be worth £10 a month. The best thing about this app is that you can download songs to the iPod so that you can listen to them when you are not in a WiFi area. This is what might make me pay for it, although if there is an ad supported version I would probably prefer that, like a radio station.
I have heard rumours that apple will not allow this on their device, but then they will have competition regulators on their back so they cant really. The interesting thing will be in the future. Spotify seem to be in talks with many other distributors, including the “3” network. Since iTunes is Apples “lost leader”, meaning they only run iTunes so that you buy an iPod, if a better music source comes along that will run on any device, Apple will loose out quite a lot as I think they will not be able to buffer competition that is open.
So we could be on the verge of a revolution that will see Apple fall behind other devices that run Spotify, especially as Google Android takes off and an App is developed for that possibly next year.
With this in mind I would like to make sure that Spotify remains number one. Therefore I would like to suggest some changes to make the program even better.
Recommendations: I would like it if Spotify looked at what I listened too and made recommendations like a personal radio. At the moment I finish listening to something then have to think of someone else to listen too, it would be nice to have related artists or a personal radio to move onto.
Review System: This would back up the recommendations to make sure that the music that played is something I like.
Social Integration: It would be nice to link it someway with facebook, like a facebook app that will record what you are listening too and you can recommend songs to people in your social network.
Media Players: I would like the ability to play my own songs and have my own music library.
Video Integration: I would like to see TV and possibly movie support.
Podcast Support: I would like to also have a podcast system in place like iTunes.
In simple terms I love Spotify and would like to see it expand into the realms like iTunes has but obviously much quicker and opened up to use on different devices.