Oh hi Becky who refused to kiss me during spin the bottle in 6th grade & now wants to play FarmVille, looks like tables have fucking turned— Chris Scott (@iamchrisscott) May 15, 2014
He only asked for ten bucks. Instead of saying my dream can’t come true without your help, Zack is saying I can do this without you, but it’s so much more fun with your involvement.
That’s a good way to look at it.
“Well, there’s a lot of misconceptions and rumours about Spotify,” I started. “And most folk like us, who grew up with vinyl, don’t seem to ‘get’ it. It’s a harder sell if you’re used to owning music instead of renting it.”
Rusty looked at me quizzically.
“But what do you write about?” he asked. “Why do you think Spotify is so great?”
So this is what I told him:
The writing for the music download market is on the wall. Articles like this by Jer White make me think of jumping in head first to Spotify and getting started now.
In the past few months Spotify added the collection model, which helps if you’re like me and are against the idea of having a playlist for everything. Where Spotify falls short for me is in the organization of a collection. I like having smart playlists and viewing things by genre. Spotify would rather you give that all up and just let them take care of it through their radio and playlist/mixtape curation.
Sometimes I wonder maybe that is a better model so I can stop maintaining tags and playlists and start listening to music.
The other rub is that if you have music from independent services, like Bandcamp and Soundcloud, how does that fit into the streaming model? It can’t, not unless you’re allowed to add it to your own collection and treat it as if it’s part of the music service. The closest anybody has gotten to that is iTunes Match and Google Music (but, imo, if your desktop app is a web app, you blew it).
Until that’s resolved my use of Spotify will be a free account I use for first listens.
It’s not lost on me that a lot of what keeps me using iTunes is that I have a lot of care and energy into my current library. However, if I were 11 years old and didn’t have the baggage of a collection I’ve built for over 20 years, I’d probably be ok with streaming music.
“HELLO BUSINESS MAN! THIS IS BUSINESS MAN! JUST ABOUT TO BOARD MY BUSINESS FLIGHT AND WANTED TO FEEL MORE BUSINESS. BUSINESS TO YOU TOO!”— Shaun Inman (@shauninman) June 30, 2014
Also as soon as the plane lands.
Spotted this ad in the July/August 2014 issue of The Atlantic.
Thanks to advances in traditional breeding, Monsanto has developed new seedless varieties of watermelon that still deliver the classic, sweet watermelon flavor. It’s just one way we’re creating better food choices for a growing planet. Innovation has never tasted so delicious.
To learn more visit Discover.Monsanto.com.
Come on guys, they don’t sound so bad. It’s a growing planet and we’re gonna need to engineer food so we don’t have to eat any soylent green.
At the risk of sounding like an apologist, are people’s problems with Monsanto – the ones I read about from naturalist-type friends on Facebook, because Monsanto is EVIL or because Monsanto does everything they can to protect themselves within a broken system of patent law? If it wasn’t them, it would be somebody else.