Why I’m Already In Love With Spotify
We had quite the run, didn’t we? Ever since you came into my life back in 2002, I’ve loved spending time with you.
When it came to music, you did everything for me. You organized it. You downloaded it. You helped me find new tunes that I might be interested in. You kept my iPod clean. You kept me entertained for hours while I worked, checked out my Facebook page and Twitter feed, and surfed the Internet. You were there for me when I needed you most—to shuffle my music and land on just the right song. You did it all!
Which is why it hurts to say what I’m about to say. But I have to do it. Like ripping off a Band-Aid, I know this will hurt, but it’d hurt even more to drag this out and leave the elephant in the room unattended. So, here goes: iTunes, I don’t want to see you anymore. I don’t want to be with you anymore. I don’t want to have anything to do with you anymore.
Whew, that feels so much bett…Oh, I’m sorry, iTunes. It’s not you, it’s me. Actually, that’s not true. It’s you. You’re just not doing it for me anymore. And before you ask, there is someone else. It’s a new program called Spotify that has made its way to the United States after enjoying a ton of success overseas. And although I’ve had it for less than 48 hours now, I can already say that I am, without a shadow of a doubt, in love with Spotify.
Why, you ask? Well, for starters, Spotify offers everything that iTunes does—and more. Basically, it gives you everything that’s on iTunes—more than 15 million songs!—and allows you to stream them instantly to your computer or smart phone. Not snippets. Not samples. But entire songs and albums. It doesn’t have every song ever recorded, and I’m sure you’ll find a few that you’d like to hear missing, but for the most part, you’re getting everything you’d ever want to listen to when you jump on Spotify. And the library is growing everyday.
Here’s where I need to warn you about how addictive Spotify is. I jumped on it on Monday night for the first time—for the record, I’ve got Spotify Premium, which will run you $9.99/month but there is also a $4.99/month plan, as well as a free version that’ll be available for everyone who wants it in the near future—and I stayed on it for about three hours. Yes, three hours. Remember the feeling you got the first time you jumped on YouTube, where you just typed in whatever came to your mind and then watched the corresponding video? Yeah, that’s about how it feels to get on Spotify for the first time. It’s that addictive.
It’s really easy to use, too. From the quick setup (it took me less than two minutes to download it, sign up for it, and search for my first song) to the simple interface, Spotify takes almost no time to learn, which means you can start listening to music immediately. You can use that extra time to jump right into the diesel song list (we mentioned they’ve got 15 million songs, right?) and put together playlists that you can share with your Spotify friends. And I’d advise you not to sleep on that feature. It doesn’t just sound cool, it actually is cool. I spent an hour on Tuesday listening to a playlist put together by a colleague and it completely changes the listening experience. No exaggeration.
So, I’m really, really, really (!) sorry, iTunes, but this is the end for us. I still instinctively click on your icon when I want to pause whatever’s playing on Spotify, but once I stop doing that, I don’t expect to use you much anymore. It’s not that I don’t think you’re not great anymore. It’s just that I think that Spotify is way greater than you right now. The way I used to feel about you back in 2002? That’s the way I feel about Spotify. I literally feel like it’s going to change the way we all listen to music moving forward.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know so that you wouldn’t feel abandoned, iTunes. Even though that’s basically what I’m doing here. It’s been real. But Spotify officially has my heart now.
A hip-hop fan who just found the best new way to listen to music