Spotify – free ad-funded music

Spotify is a Swedish ad-funded social music platform, or, you can listen to music online for free with it. You download and install the program which you have to sign up for as at the moment, Spotify is in private beta.

Once you’ve installed the program, you find yourself looking at a browser that’s a combination of Safari and iTunes. You are then free to search for as much music as you can lay your ears on and start building playlists. All of the music is hosted with Spotify so you don’t have to download any pesky MP3 files. What this means is that you are essentially building your own private Internet radio station. Or not. You can share your playlists with other Spotify users, and this is where the social element comes in.

Here’s a list of places to put your playlists…

Specifyspot.com
Spotylist.com
Spotyshare.com
Topsify.com
Listiply.com
Spotifyfriends.com
Spotifylists.com
Yourspotify.com
Spotifylist.com

Andrew Mason has posted a playlist of his ‘Top Motivational Songs’, on his blog for example.

In that spirit, here’s a playlist of songs to party to on a Saturday night…. well maybe not party, but certainly listen to.

Spotify offers three different revenue models, and this is where Spotify gets really interesting. Anyone can sign up for free and start listening to music, but every now and then there will be an advert slipped in for about 30 seconds inbetween two songs in your playlist. Now, these adverts so far cover Lady Gaga’s latest single, something or other from a health and safety executive, and a warning about nothing in particular from the government. As you can tell, they really made an impact on me. Which is great, because it means that I must be going on standby mode when the ads come on, just as I normally would when watching TV or listening to the radio.

These adverts of course, are paying for the likes of me to be able to use the service. Level 2, at 99p, gives you unlimited access to the service, without ads, for 24 hours. This is a great way to get consumers on the free service to upgrade to level 3, the Premium service which costs just under a tenner and gives you completely ad-free listening for a month at a time, plus the opportunity to invite your friends.

Spotify has a pretty good catalogue, there’s not been any artist or song that I am yet to not find – always a good sign – and the tracks that are streamed come through as high quality MP3s, bonus. the upload times are non existent as tracks change and so far (fingers crossed) it’s not crashed on me – it’s not a clunky service – and takes seconds to load up.

Definitely a 9/10 here, good to see I agree with Hypebot about something! I’m watching with baited breath to see their next move.

10 thoughts on “Spotify – free ad-funded music

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  2. No worries Craig, please let me know if you find others and i’ll add them to the list!

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  4. Hi,
    I’ve just launched http://www.spotilinks.co.uk

    In this “musical social network for UK spotify users”, each member can use his personal board to :
    – receive the recent playlists related to the items he has “spoted” (within categories, moods, artists and members)
    – centralize, sort and launch all the playlists and albums he has published or selected

    Please use the feedback form to share your problems, questions or ideas :-)

  5. Hi Mike, thanks for dropping by!

    Cool site, I look forward to using it :-)

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