Written on: 08/09/2009 by dhayes22 (54 reviews written)
This is the kind of music website/application that record companies are supposed to hate but maybe the time is right because they love it and so do I!
Spotify is music service which is a bit like a subscription-based version of iTunes. They have about 6 million tracks in their database and they are adding more every day thanks to agreements with all of the major record labels and most of the indie labels. It's seems like the only thing slowing them down is how many people they can employ to add the music.
You have to register to join Spotify and you download a small application to your computer, again a bit like iTunes. The difference between the two is once you are registered with Spotify you can listen to all the music in their database for free. As much as you want, when you want. For free! All you have to do is listen to a couple of adverts an hour. Much less than a radio station. It does take a bit of getting used to because you don't normally listen to adverts in the middle of an album but its worth it.
You do have the option to become a premium member of the site which gets you access to higher quality audio tracks, no adverts and the ability to use their iPhone application which is going to huge I predict! Monthly membership costs £9.99 or you can buy a day pass for 99p to try it out - which is about the same as buying a single song on iTunes.
The user interface is really easy to use but it took me a little while to understand the search results properly. You can create playlists, see other peoples' playlists and create radiostations which is a bit like super playlists based on your musical tastes.
Spotify is already getting loads of good press bit I imagine it will get even more in future if Apple don't introduce an iTunes version in the next year or so.