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  • me 8:49 am on November 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Spotify, subscription services   

    Kryptonite for Subscription Services 

    Even with the recent launch of products like Google Music, subscription-based services like Netflix or Spotify will be tough to beat.

    Here’s what can beat them: disappearing content. Months ago, I cancelled my Netflix service not just because of cost increases, but because they lost their Starz deal.

    And now lately with Spotify, I’ve noticed more and more that songs have just plain gone missing from playlists that I had set up.

    Here’s what they have to say about it:

    As all content is licensed from a number of rights holders there are cases where a rights holder asks for content to be withdrawn. This can happen in some cases where the rights are sold to another rights holder, perhaps one we don’t have an agreement with yet, or if a rights holder has decided to not license music to ad-funded streaming services any longer. This can create a gap where Spotify doesn’t have the music for a while. We promise that we’ll try to get the music back!

    Imagine working for three or four hours getting the perfect Christmas Eve dinner music playlist together and then showing up that night to learn that some of your songs are no longer available. This gap has me considering Google Music.

     
  • me 2:42 pm on September 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Entourage, Spotify   

    Intro to Spotify 

    If you’re new to the service, figuring out how it works and how to best use Spotify requires a learning curve of about a month. At least that’s what it took me on my own to realize what I was dealing with. After those first 30 days, I signed up for Premium Service and haven’t looked back. iTunes is barely touched now.

    The best way to understand Spotify is to see it in use at its best.

    So give this user a follow:
    http://open.spotify.com/user/brokemogul

    His name is Scott Vener (also @brokemogul) and he was the Music Supervisor for HBO’s Entourage.

    And he uses playlists like few others do or can.
    He’s like the Andy Carvin (@acarvin) of Spotify.

     
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