Final note: I’ve really been digging some of the listening room ideas that have developed. Mumu/the Listening Room/turntable.fm seem to be the most popular right now, each with their own pros/cons. Personally, I sort of prefer the Listening Room (no limit to the number of listeners in a room, everyone’s picks come up evenly in the queue, some moderation from the room’s “owner” but it’s not heavy-handed). I haven’t used turntable.fm yet but have mixed feelings about the whole voting thing…
Okay, off to play with Spotify. 3 months ago
Turd Ferguson Thanks MM. There is an app that will upload all of your LastFM listens to you spotify library. I thought that was pretty cool. 3 months ago
Matt Marine I’m curious about the so called social aspect too. Here’s mine – spotify:user:mmgolf
@turd – I was able to see similar(related) artists when I’m on the artist page. One other thing that’s seems to be nice, is that people are actually building other sites to work with spotify. Tried out a couple of the playlist makers, and you can just drag those playlists right into spotify. http://www.spotify.com/us/about/spotify-on-the-web/ 3 months ago
Turd Ferguson spotify:user:mr_turdferguson
You have to make sure that you use all lower case letters when searching for someone or it will not work. There should not be any spaces either. It might me a good idea when you find someone to drop a song in their inbox so that they can follow you back. 3 months ago
Biker Chick I second the sound comments and I only have the free version but it was immediately noticeable. I was quite surprised. 3 months ago
Turd Ferguson @JF – I saw that remote. Have you ever used your Apple remote for your itunes? I use my iPad to control the iTunes DJ on my PC all of the time. Especially handy when I am listening to the speakers outside. With that any visitor that comes to my house that has Apple Remote can scroll through my digital collection and make requests. Works great when we have people over. 3 months ago
Turd Ferguson My biggest gripe about Spotify so far is that there is no review info…or even album description…or similar artists…sigh
Sounds good through the speakers though. 3 months ago
Nohbdy Ok, so I am having no luck finding any of you guys on spotify (unless K rom started listening to Gansta Rap and Nu-Metal). I know about the user search, but never seem to get any results. Its kinda hard to compare one service with the other without having some people to experiment with, So I’m just gonna post my URI here and y’all can feel free to come find me: spotify:user:nohbdy http://open.spotify.com/user/nohbdy 3 months ago
K Rom Did some more putzing around on Spotify, impressions so far:
Rdio’s a lot stronger in American Indie, Spotify is a lot stronger in electronic dance music. Neither is surprising since rdio’s based in San Fran and Spotify’s based in Sweden. What WAS surprising is that rdio is stronger in classical. I mean, by a lot. I’d be curious to hear what jazz experts think about the respective collections.
As Tod says, Spotify Premium’s sound quality is noticeably better than rdio’s. That didn’t surprise me, but what did is that Premium sound is also better than Mog’s, even though they’re both streaming 320. I think that’s because Spotify uses the Vorbis codec through a dedicated player app whereas Mog (and rdio) use unpublicized codecs through the Flash browser plugin (Flash isn’t really optimized for high-quality audio playback). Spotify also doesn’t have the insanely long buffering times that Mog does, making for a less frustrating listening experience.
So my current streaming menu is as follows, in order of most valuable to least: Rdio Unlimited (rdio4lyf) Spotify Premium (damn you Swedes) downgraded Mog to Basic already got rid of Napster some time ago 3 months ago
dau . wow, this list has now evolved into the deepest ongoing conversation thread i’ve seen to date on rdio. many good points. wish there was some way we could shoot this thread over to the rdio folks for their enjoyment and edification…whether they will listen or not though is another matter.