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(Uproxx)   You will soon no longer have to pay to use Spotify on your phone. However, it'll still drain the hell out of your battery, so...baby steps   (uproxx.com) divider line 26
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2013-12-11 02:16:59 PM  
That is good news, thanks subby
 
2013-12-11 02:28:26 PM  
So, how does this impact paying subscribers?

Is the only difference ads vs. no ads, now?
 
2013-12-11 03:36:23 PM  
Never had to pay to use Slacker
 
2013-12-11 03:41:47 PM  
I always had trouble justifying a music subscription service that costs more than Netflix. I get that you can find literally anything on it, but I like Pandora, at least when you're listening to a station based on a lesser-known band.
 
2013-12-11 03:50:28 PM  
This is great.  I loved the hell out of Spotify for the one free month I had it, but no way I'm willing to pay that much when Pandora does something similar for free.
 
2013-12-11 03:51:50 PM  
So I can cancel my subscription now, I guess. I'm unclear on what this all means.
 
2013-12-11 03:57:14 PM  
What is Spotify?

/new to the internet
 
2013-12-11 03:58:31 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: What is Spotify?

/new to the internet


It's a service that spreads the Goodtimes virus.
 
2013-12-11 04:01:11 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: What is Spotify?

/new to the internet


Barring restrictions by country, it lets you listen to any song or album you want at any time and for however many times you want on your computer or phone, which also has radio and other Pandora-like features. Essentially it's a subscription-based music service that is easier than piracy, and that's coming from someone who hasn't bought an album since the late nineties. I'd rather pay monthly for Spotify than waste time hunting and converting albums, which says a lot about how convenient I find it.
 
2013-12-11 04:04:16 PM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Contrabulous Flabtraption: What is Spotify?

/new to the internet

Barring restrictions by country, it lets you listen to any song or album you want at any time and for however many times you want on your computer or phone, which also has radio and other Pandora-like features. Essentially it's a subscription-based music service that is easier than piracy, and that's coming from someone who hasn't bought an album since the late nineties. I'd rather pay monthly for Spotify than waste time hunting and converting albums, which says a lot about how convenient I find it.


Oh, so it's Grooveshark but costs money
 
2013-12-11 04:11:09 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Oh, so it's Grooveshark but costs money


It cost money to have the full functionality on your phone, but according to the article, I guess it doesn't anymore.
 
2013-12-11 04:15:27 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Oh, so it's Grooveshark but costs money it's legal


FIFY
 
2013-12-11 04:17:03 PM  
The question is can it survive with ad revenue only? Since they took that step, they must have done the calculation, but this seems kinda odd that if it was that easy, no one has tried it before.
 
2013-12-11 05:28:30 PM  

MrEricSir: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Oh, so it's Grooveshark but costs money it's legal

FIFY


Pretty sure Grooveshark wouldn't have so many reputable advertisers if it were provably illegal.

/kinda like Youtube, y'know
 
2013-12-11 05:29:36 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: I always had trouble justifying a music subscription service that costs more than Netflix. I get that you can find literally anything on it, but I like Pandora, at least when you're listening to a station based on a lesser-known band.


I LOVE my SIrius service... Here's how I justify it: On my 20-30 minute work commute, I will sometimes hear a solid 15-20 minutes worth of commercials, 2 or 3 minutes of DJs being morons, and maybe two songs. With satellite radio, I get a quick DJ drop every 4 or 5 songs, and that's it. I get probably 19-26 minutes of that 20-30 minute drive. 20 minutes a day of commercials x2 trips x5 days is 200 minutes of nothing but commercials. 3 hours of my time is spent every week or two being bombarded with annoying commercials. My time is worth the $16/month. Especially when we drive to Arizona, God, that's nice. Once I added the $3.50 for the internet service, I listen all day at work, and have a couple of old Droids set up in my house to listen when I'm home.
 
2013-12-11 06:04:26 PM  
So I can now listen to any artist I want (assuming their on spotify), picking specific albums or songs, anytime I want, free of charge?
 
2013-12-11 07:17:54 PM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Contrabulous Flabtraption: What is Spotify?

/new to the internet

Barring restrictions by country, it lets you listen to any song or album you want at any time and for however many times you want on your computer or phone, which also has radio and other Pandora-like features. Essentially it's a subscription-based music service that is easier than piracy, and that's coming from someone who hasn't bought an album since the late nineties. I'd rather pay monthly for Spotify than waste time hunting and converting albums, which says a lot about how convenient I find it.


This
 
2013-12-11 07:26:09 PM  

mayIFark: The question is can it survive with ad revenue only? Since they took that step, they must have done the calculation, but this seems kinda odd that if it was that easy, no one has tried it before.


I think it's to get in before the new Beats streaming service that is supposed to come online in early 2014.
 
2013-12-11 07:29:39 PM  
This isn't really free. It's on shuffle mode until you pay.. Might as well just plunk a few albums on my phone
 
2013-12-11 08:31:50 PM  
I didn't know what Spotify was and now I've signed up. It's pretty awesome!
 
2013-12-11 11:12:25 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: Pandora, at least when you're listening to a station based on a lesser-known band.


The true lesser known aren't on Pandora.  Pandora doesn't do deals with completely independent and self distributing bands.  Spotify and Bandcamp are your best bet for those.
 
2013-12-12 08:16:14 AM  
Interesting, but I have no need to drop my subscription, I'm quite happy with the service. Between spotify and netflix, I'm under $20 a month for my entertainment budget, so I'm good.
 
2013-12-12 02:44:12 PM  
yeah. 9.99 a month is nothing compared to the hourly wage I didn't pay myself to sit and convert albums, or torrent, or burn cds.
drtfa?This free version only gives you a "shuffle all from artist" style radio.  It is not the full version.  I don't think I'll be cancelling my subscription anytime soon.  $9.99 a month a a $50 android tablet completely dedicated to Spotify sitting on top of my stereo receiver.  Takes two seconds to show people how to search, queue, and play.  Everybody's happy.
 
2013-12-12 02:52:02 PM  

styckx: This isn't really free. It's on shuffle mode until you pay.. Might as well just plunk a few albums on my phone


This.
 
2013-12-12 02:56:13 PM  

10up: yeah. 9.99 a month is nothing compared to the hourly wage I didn't pay myself to sit and convert albums, or torrent, or burn cds.
drtfa?This free version only gives you a "shuffle all from artist" style radio.  It is not the full version.  I don't think I'll be cancelling my subscription anytime soon.  $9.99 a month a a $50 android tablet completely dedicated to Spotify sitting on top of my stereo receiver.  Takes two seconds to show people how to search, queue, and play.  Everybody's happy.


If it takes hours you're doing it wrong. For example, I downloaded a Swellers cd this morning and put it on my phone. Total time elapsed from opening my browser to unplugging my Droid: maybe 6 minutes, 3 of which were spent making a pot of coffee while the torrent downloaded.
 
2013-12-12 03:49:17 PM  
Google Music FTW.  For me anyway.
 
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