If you haven’t heard of Spotify (where have you been?), it’s an iTunes-esque streaming music program which allows you to instantly listen to any track or album you want, for free (legally too!).
Music can be browsed by artists, albums or created playlists as well as by direct searches. So what’s the catch? Well it’s ad-funded so expect the odd advert in-between songs (but much less than on ocmmerical radio). You can pay a premium for the ad free version – I just paid for the 99p day pass for my house party. Bargain! Record Labels get the cash and everyone’s happy :)
Music is social, and so achingly cool Spotify allows you to share songs and playlists with friends. I’ve already begun to see unofficial playlist sharing sites pop up – Spotify Playlists, Spotifylist, and Spotify Friends to name a few. And in the spirit of sharing, here is one of mine – Soul. Enjoy.
Today, Spotify announced a deal with 7Digital to allow consumers to click-to-buy more than 6 million tracks from the site. Move over Apple. This is starting to get really interesting.
Spotify is fast catching up with the social networking site Twitter (yawn) as the most talked-about new site on the Internet. Since discovering Spotify, I haven’t been able to stop raving about it to friends – and not just the geeky ones.
So what’s next for Spotify? Well Spotify have hired a director of ‘portable solutions’, so we can expect Spotify on our mobiles in the future. All I can say is…WHEN?!? This is Spotify’s in-development iPhone application. It’ll let you listen to Spotify from your iPhone. Amazing (I hope Apple approves it).
Get the free version here now. It will change your life. It has mine :)
Brilliant music video from Israeli singer songwriter Oren Lavie – watch it before T-Mobile or some other unimaginative brand rips it off. ‘Her Morning Elegance’ depicts a magical dreamscape that constantly moves until the restless woman sleepwalks her way to a morning elegance.
Go here for everything you could possibly know about this gorgeous video.
I have been following French electronic band Justice‘s 80’s retro happy music videos at this post here. But their new video ‘Stress‘ replaces all this happiness with a deep, brooding, violent, and highly controversial video. The so-called “pop video” sees an extremely tough-looking gang of youths smash their way through the streets of Paris. Knocking down anyone and anything that gets in their path – they even turn on the filmmakers themselves, that’s if you can watch till the end.
Members are identified by hoodies adorned with Justice’s cross logo. It sparks controversy about the glorification of violence and racism.
I can’t quite realise whether I actually like it or not, but it definitely makes for compelling viewing and I’m not going to forget it. And it certainly makes me feel somewhat stressed! I guarantee it won’t be on TV, so check it out here (if you dare). Some people will be offended, you have been warned.
Director: Romain Gavras
Electronic band: Justice
Record Label: Ed Banger Records
This is a pretty cool mash up. Enter your band, and moments later you’re watching your own music channel. Sweet! Stop by here and give it a go.
People who applied for tickets for Radio 1’s Big Weekend but didn’t get one were given a URL link to a secret page where they could download some augmented reality software. What’s that?! Essentially it allowed people to have The Fratellis playing live in their hand. Pretty cool demo.