First, it was the WOW effect of Pandora, 6-7 years ago, when me and my friends laughed our pants off with the stations we were creating based on one artist or song (e.g “Barbie Girl” radio station). But then the effect didn’t last long enough, neither Pandora which limited its broadcasting to the U.S only.
Then it was and still is LastFm, scrobbling songs I listen to my itunes and ipod. The time I’m writing this post, my LastFm has scrobbled so far 33912 songs and still counts… Monitoring my music taste and how it changes with time, having my own Charts, listening to my brother’s radio, and finding people with similar music taste has been an awesome experience! But then LastFm Radio became a paid service, which for a month I tried, but the transition from something that was a commodity to a “premium” service with the same advantages, disappointed me and made me stop my subscription.
In the meanwhile, Web radio and podcasts monopolized my interest. Following new releases in 3voor12 (a dutch webradio station) or following KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, and listening to favorite artists playing live their music! Could I ask for more?
Oh, yes…Spotify, which just came to the Netherlands. I became a member, and with all the excitement I started using it. I have to say I feel overwhelmed by the whole experience, handicapped to type what music would i like to listen to next. My listening experience has broken into two pieces now, my unlimited music library (Spotify) and my music taste data (LastFm). If I want to look for recommendations I check LastFm first, if I look for new releases I check 3voor12 or Popmatters, and then I have to go back to Spotify.
I’m afraid having all the music of the world in your pocket is not enough, when you don’t know what you want to pick out of your pocket…and Spotify so far is not helping out…Instead of fighting all the legal matters they’re into, they should start looking a bit more into the user experience, making it richer but also simpler. Making more use of the playlists, and the exchange of music between Spotify users, letting music tastes and recommendations flow…Lets wait and see…Spotify is too young after all ;)