Showing posts with label Spotify. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spotify. Show all posts

Saturday, 27 August 2011

8Tracks Playlists

Hello Readers!

It's been a bit of a while, and unfortunately I'm still not in a position where I can make videos or tutorials, but all of that will come soon.

In the mean time, I've been using 8tracks.com a lot lately. For those of you who don't know, it's basically a social network based around musical playlists. Users upload tracks to the site and create playlists based on a theme or genre of their choice. They have an iPhone app, and an Android app is coming soon (something I'm looking forward to, being a bit of an Android fan). It's not a replacement for Spotify exactly, but I do enjoy the social aspect of it.

So far I've been pretty eclectic in the music I've uploaded, and feedback has been generally good, and I've also found a fair bit of new music using the service.

Here are a few mixes I've done, the first is probably my favourite, hence the spiffy embedded player.


Tracks I love to listen to first thing on a morning.

I listen to these a lot when I'm feeling a little down, or when I'm reflecting on things. There's quite a lot of piano in these songs, so maybe that's why (I love playing the piano when I feel like this).

For those days when you're avoiding reality.

Sometimes all you want to do is slip out of consciousness.

Forget cheesy pop tunes and dad rock, there was some fantastic music in the 1980s. Here's a selection of my favourite tracks by some great artists.

No doubt there will be more to come soon, both playlists and musical content.
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Friday, 22 April 2011

The Music Business

Recently I wrote an open letter to Spotify, criticising them for their decision to heavily restrict their free service, and it generated a considerable amount of traffic. I had a number of people commenting expressing their agreement, but there were also those who criticised me for wanting something for nothing. What I intend to do here is clarify my position on music streaming, piracy and the music business in general.

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Saturday, 16 April 2011

An Open Letter to Spotify

Dear Spotify

I have been a frequent Spotify user since 2009; I was one of the lucky few who were able to sign up for a free account before the doors were closed. Spotify was one of the major factors in my decision to stop pirating music, because I could listen to the “good” tracks on albums legally without having to buy the full album. This is a huge bonus, because quite frankly the quality of a lot of today’s albums’ “filler” tracks is questionable. I use the service almost daily, and I have used it to discover some amazing music, some of which has gone on to become some of my favourite artists and bands. For this reason I was greatly saddened and annoyed at your recent announcement that you will be implementing several limitations on the free service.

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