Spotify: let the music begin

Much of what gets blogged here at ZDNet.co.uk is primarily of relevance to the business community.

Much of what gets blogged here at ZDNet.co.uk is primarily of relevance to the business community. But I make no apology for the fact that this post is primarily about entertainment.

If you’ve not tried Spotify yet, then please, please do. Give yourself at least half an hour and at best an hour for your first visit.

Spotify is a streaming music service. There are oodles of artist and oodles of songs available. OK, at the current count the number is a shade over 90,000 tracks. If your musical tastes are as eclectic as mine, if you love discovering new artists, then you’ll love Spotify.

Classical music fans will enjoy the fact that Spotify cut a deal with Naxos earlier this year to put more than 100,000 of its tracks onto the service. Other labels on the service include Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, EMI Music, Warner Music Group, Merlin, The Orchard and CD Baby.

I like to listen track by track, mooching about as my taste dictates. Alternatively you can make playlists. And you can drag a track or playlist into an email message where it becomes a live link. Send it to someone else with Spotify and they can share what you’ve found.

There are two versions of the service. I use the free one, and every now and again a few spoken word ads interrupt my listening pleasure. I can live with them, but if you can’t there’s a £9.99 a month subscription that wipes the ads.

That’s all I need to say, really. Try it for yourself.

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