Spotify WILL end the era of illegal music downloading
As the new free music on demand program, Spotify, gains momentum amongst music lovers everywhere including the support of U2 whom released their new album with spotify free to all, a week before general release, can Spotify capitalise on the slow demise of Pirate bay and help stop illegal music downloading altogether?
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Free on demand music
Free music promising high quality with a simple user interface similar to itune and saved play list on the program. Spotify is offering the public a legal, safe and simple way to enjoy free music.
The quality of the music is so much better then the other alternatives, especially you tube, more choice is available. The interface works better then most of the competition.
Relying on the internet could be seen as a down side but with it existing in nearly every home and also the mass growth of wifi and other mobile internet options this seem like a redundant negative. As for being able to play it on your mp3 player.... well if you like the music enough to want to own it then perhaps buying it for a small fee off of places like itunes and amazon should be considered its an excelent place to see if you like something this could improve the quality of successful bands and also champion music which would normally not get a look in. Its an awsome place to be able to listen to the music of a band you about to see live with out having to spend any more cash.
Also the more exciting element of Spotify being used as a DJ application, no more "have you got this tune mate?" dj: "Oh I don't have that one sorry" I know people are going to say that it will be tough using as a DJ tool considering you need the net but like I said before mobile connection is becoming more and more affordable and usable.
This is more attractive to artists and record labels. Spotify should include a rent option for connection with ipods and mp3 players in order to generate funds for artists this will help reduce a lot of illegal problems.
Free on demand music already exists on youtube and as a application on myspace and bebo. Further, on google playlist, users can already save their youtube favorites post registration. None of them seem to have prevented illegal downloading. The reason why people download or buy music be it legal or illegal is so that they can have access to it anywhere on their mp3 players. Spotify requires the user to be next to a computer and have access to the internet before the streaming begins.
Quality without the hassle of long searches
Although it isn't a new concept, Spotify is in collaboration with the four major record labels and independent digital music distributors which distinguishes it from similar services like google jukebox and napster, as it offers a specific result at a high playing quality.
Many of the best free, non-aligned peer-to-peer services do not entail long searches, nor is the quality vastly inferior to that of Spotify. Furthermore, there are no advertisements to get frustrated about on the likes of Limewire.
Frees up your hard drive
Having a 'cloud' access to your private collection of music will release your computer hard drive memory. In addition it allows a more remote access to your collection on any computer you go to, as long as it has the spotify program. Picture the process you go through when you get a new laptop, there is no longer a need to spend time transferring your torrent of music across. Done!
Spotify does not permit downloads
Whilst users can gain access to a vast catalogue of music when they are sitting in front on their computers, there is no way of taking it with them when they leave the house. For this they will need a way to export music to their Ipods/Mp3 players - with illegal downloading sure to remain a popular choice for many.
Works without internet with a monthly fee, and allows downloads for iTunes style one-track purchases
Well, it's true - the adverts every twenty minutes make clear as much.
Does not work without the internet
As web based program, it relies on streaming rather than downloading. People will inevitably want to have the actual file of the tract to access to whenever they wish, and since we are not yet able to access wireless internet where ever we are, illegal downloading will still exist.
Illegal downloads carries a risk of poor quality, legal action and viruses. Spotify eliminates that risk altogether. The lack of portability is a problem being fixed as news of a iphone app allowing temporary saved playlists for users.
The advertisement every twenty minutes will ruin the enjoyment of music
Its all well and good being free, but at what cost? Listeners will be subjected to a thirty second advert spot every twenty minutes. We download music so that we won't be interrupted by outside influences beyond our control. There is a reason why BBC radio stations remain popular amongst the public.
Most tracks don't last 20 minutes, so you aren't interrupting the middle of a track, and if they happen regularly you can plan your playlist around them. It is impossible to say that music won't be interrupted anyway - for instance, your mp3 player might run out of batteries - and if the adverts are relevant to your needs, you might want to hear them.
Tracks people want can't always be obtained on spotify, or even at all legally.
For example, a theme from a game of which no soundtrack CD has been made.
People will search a wide variety of sites to find an obscure track and if they can't find it legally, they will look on illegal sites.
What do you think?