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PostSubject: Spotify   Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:03 pm

Didn't really know where to post this but anyway, does anyone use this? Recently launched in the US. It's a free streaming program, pretty much works like iTunes (play tracks, create playlists etc.). You can pay £4.99 ($4.99 in the US) per month for unlimited streaming and no advertisements, which I have recently done. It's an absolute bargain considering the wide range of music they actually have.

If you haven't checked it out, then you can here:

http://www.spotify.com/us/

I've been using it for a couple of years and it's amazing. Great for checking out bands you haven't heard before and very good if you can't afford to buy CDs at the moment for whatever reason. The best thing is that it is perfectly legal and supports the artists and labels.
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:15 pm

Yup, just signed up. Will probably upgrade later on and do the whole fancy phone app and stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:30 pm

LOVE IT.

Don't care about the mobile version but as long the PC version stays like this, this is amazing. Listening to albums I've always wanted but haven't gotten around to buying yet plus I'm playing stuff I already own but I'm too lazy to look for them. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:35 pm

Metal Misfit wrote:
LOVE IT.

Don't care about the mobile version but as long the PC version stays like this, this is amazing. Listening to albums I've always wanted but haven't gotten around to buying yet plus I'm playing stuff I already own but I'm too lazy to look for them. Razz

I'm digging it. In time, they'll upload a whole lot of other albums as artists and record companies see that this will help their cause, and $5 a month is really nothing if you want the premium access. Listened to a few Death albums I've never owned, so I can't complain.


Just the Muddy Waters/Bob Marley catalog alone is good enough for me. This site is incredible so far.
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:43 pm

i've subscribed to them for a while now. not much in the way of extreme stuff, but it's still growing. it's a great tool if you like to have a listen to something before you purchase.

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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:07 pm

GrandNational wrote:

I'm digging it. In time, they'll upload a whole lot of other albums as artists and record companies see that this will help their cause, and $5 a month is really nothing if you want the premium access. Listened to a few Death albums I've never owned, so I can't complain.


Just the Muddy Waters/Bob Marley catalog alone is good enough for me. This site is incredible so far.

What does the premium service get you? Anything besides zero ads & mobile access?
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:11 pm

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What does the premium service get you?

Unlimited music - listen to any track instantly
Spotify on your cell phone - music wherever you are, online or offline
No advertising
Enhanced sound quality
Offline mode
Share your tracks and playlists with friends
Play and organise your own music files
Unlimited travel access

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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:12 pm

Metal Misfit wrote:
GrandNational wrote:

I'm digging it. In time, they'll upload a whole lot of other albums as artists and record companies see that this will help their cause, and $5 a month is really nothing if you want the premium access. Listened to a few Death albums I've never owned, so I can't complain.


Just the Muddy Waters/Bob Marley catalog alone is good enough for me. This site is incredible so far.

What does the premium service get you? Anything besides zero ads & mobile access?

Here's a checklist, and it's $10, haven't done it yet: https://www.spotify.com/us/get-spotify/overview/
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:39 pm

FYI many labels such as Century Media, Massacre, and some Metal Blade are opting out of this service. I would check before I signed up for it!
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:03 pm

325ad wrote:
FYI many labels such as Century Media, Massacre, and some Metal Blade are opting out of this service. I would check before I signed up for it!

A wise move or a dumb move? I have a feeling it's the wave of the future. Opting out is probably a bad move.

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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:18 pm

If it's the future then those record labels have no future, so the point is moot.
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:27 pm

ultmetal wrote:
325ad wrote:
FYI many labels such as Century Media, Massacre, and some Metal Blade are opting out of this service. I would check before I signed up for it!

A wise move or a dumb move? I have a feeling it's the wave of the future. Opting out is probably a bad move.

I agree Scott. These labels might cave in in a few years when they realize this.
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:54 am

Actually it's rather annoying when labels opt out as you can have tracks saved to playlists that suddenly disappear. Recently the whole Firewind discography (apart from one album) was taken off and I noticed that the Liege Lord album Master Control was removed too.

What I also find annoying is the fact that they always seem to get artist names wrong. Take W.A.S.P. for example. Half of their albums are under W.A.S.P. and the rest are under WASP. A little bit annoying. Also i've been listening to that great glam metal band Vinnie Invasions Vincent. Wait, what? I would've thought they would use some kind of music database for this kind of stuff so it's suprising that they get so much wrong. Another one I can remember is when they put Joe Lynn Turner's solo stuff under Malmsteen. Overall though it's pretty good but they need to sort out these little annoying issues and also get more labels signed up!
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:15 pm

I don't understand the attraction to spotify. It is just a streaming service.

It doesn't replace buying a physical copy of an album with artwork, liner notes etc. which you can then rip in any format you want and play over and over for as long as your heart desires.

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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:37 am

Alex Dee Rokket wrote:
I don't understand the attraction to spotify. It is just a streaming service.

It doesn't replace buying a physical copy of an album with artwork, liner notes etc. which you can then rip in any format you want and play over and over for as long as your heart desires.


The attraction is that you can listen to music for a tiny amount of money each month. It's very easy to use and works most of the time. I don't think anyone here uses it to replace buying CDs (myself included) but rather just to try out artists and albums they we've never heard before, before deciding whether to buy the CD or not.
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:49 am

That's a good point but you could use youtube for that without having to pay anything.
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:19 am

Alex Dee Rokket wrote:
That's a good point but you could use youtube for that without having to pay anything.
yeah you could also illegally download cds without having to pay anything if that's your goal. with Spotify at least you're supporting the artist in some way. no, it's not perfect yet, but it's still relatively new. it'll get better as soon as the industry adapts to it. which they will i'm sure.

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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:40 am

mc666 wrote:
Alex Dee Rokket wrote:
That's a good point but you could use youtube for that without having to pay anything.
yeah you could also illegally download cds without having to pay anything if that's your goal. with Spotify at least you're supporting the artist in some way. no, it's not perfect yet, but it's still relatively new. it'll get better as soon as the industry adapts to it. which they will i'm sure.

All I am suggesting is that if you want to preview an album or a song there is youtube for that.

Most bands already have their own youtube channels anyways.

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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:42 am

Alex Dee Rokket wrote:
mc666 wrote:
Alex Dee Rokket wrote:
That's a good point but you could use youtube for that without having to pay anything.
yeah you could also illegally download cds without having to pay anything if that's your goal. with Spotify at least you're supporting the artist in some way. no, it's not perfect yet, but it's still relatively new. it'll get better as soon as the industry adapts to it. which they will i'm sure.

All I am suggesting is that if you want to preview an album or a song there is youtube for that.

Most bands already have their own youtube channels anyways.


This is true. I checked out Mastodon - Crack The Skye album last night. Sounds good!
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:04 am

Alex Dee Rokket wrote:
mc666 wrote:
Alex Dee Rokket wrote:
That's a good point but you could use youtube for that without having to pay anything.
yeah you could also illegally download cds without having to pay anything if that's your goal. with Spotify at least you're supporting the artist in some way. no, it's not perfect yet, but it's still relatively new. it'll get better as soon as the industry adapts to it. which they will i'm sure.
All I am suggesting is that if you want to preview an album or a song there is youtube for that.
and now there is Spotify as well.

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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:08 am

Also, you don't have to pay but it makes it much easier to use if you do. It only costs maybe half the price of a new CD for a whole month, so hardly anything really.
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:56 am

"Spotify" sounds like a disease.

"We're sorry, Mr. Jones, but your testicles are completely Spotified. We'll have to remove your entire nut sack."

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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:01 am

Fat Freddy wrote:
"Spotify" sounds like a disease.

"We're sorry, Mr. Jones, but your testicles are completely Spotified. We'll have to remove your entire nut sack."

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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:28 pm

Isnt there also a similar site like this called qtrax? And IIRC that one's free.
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PostSubject: Re: Spotify   Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:49 pm

thejokeriv wrote:
Fat Freddy wrote:
"Spotify" sounds like a disease.

"We're sorry, Mr. Jones, but your testicles are completely Spotified. We'll have to remove your entire nut sack."

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+1....!!




I signed up for the basic service and I've used it a little bit.... pretty cool.... I'm still not totally sold out for it, but you can hear a bunch a stuff that you might not otherwise...
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