I was always struggling with copying files onto iPhones since I had my first one. Apples concept of limiting the access to your own phone was never a favorite view of mine. With every mp3 player or “smarter” phones I had before, like the Nokia N-Gage (which probably not many of you know but I had really fun with both version of it), you could usually just copy the files you wanted especially music with drag and drop onto the device.
iTunes.. was and still is sometimes a curse for me as a Windows user. It seems like every time I start it, there is another update. Oh and don’t forget the crashes and freezes. Yes, it got better since then, but I’m still not a big fan.
If I wanted to listen to some music on my iPhone, I had the music already on my computer and didn’t buy it through the iTunes Store, you had to undergo quite the challenge. Letting iTunes detect the folder, renaming the albums and music files properly so they were detected right and an album cover would show up, connect your iPhone with your computer and choose which songs you want then finally copy it. Sometimes the covers wouldn’t appear on the iPod App or they were all of a sudden duplicated. But enough of this, I wasn’t the only one who had those problems.
Around a year ago, Lukas showed me Spotify on his Phone. And I was really blown away, that was what I was looking for! I tried out Grooveshark, Internet Radios and other streaming solutions before but there was always the platform limitation which I didn’t really like. One major thing that I didn’t like from the beginning about Spotify was the Facebook only login ut I had to see past that, I’m really not a big friend of Facebook but that’s another story.
What is Spotify?
Spotify is a cloud based streaming services with a huge library containing millions of songs, I couldn’t find only a few songs. If you like a song you can star (favorite) and/or add it to your own playlist. You can share every song or playlist with your friends or even subscribe to playlists from complete strangers. You only need your login and you can access your music from everywhere. I’m currently using Spotify on my iPhone, Computer, MacBook and my BoxeeBox. If you buy their premium you can use some more features like making your playlist available offline or streaming on your phone.
Spotify comes also with own Apps which you can use at the moment on the Windows and Mac Client. For example the interactive music station Sounddrop App, where you can join a channel of the music genre you like and vote for the next songs and chat with people that have the same taste like you. This is something I particularly like.
Let me sum up my personal pros and cons for Spotify:
- No need to copy any files
- Access on any platform you like
- Access to milions of titels everywhere
- Sharings songs and playlists
- Spotify Radio based on genre, playlists or songs
- Spotify Apps like Sounddrop
- Standalone Client required on PC and Mac
- Album management not that good
- A lot of ads with the free version
As you can see I’m quite the fan of Spotify and I got myself Spotify Premium. I’m okay to pay 13 CHF.- per month if I can access my music everywhere I want to. You can try out 30 days of Spotify Premium.