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    Default Spotify Changes Everything ?!

    Note: I'm reposting this from my blog because I'd be interested in hearing others' thoughts.

    This Spotify thing changes everything. I just started using it, and initially had problems finding what I liked. But I found good search instructions at spotifyclassical.com, apparently a fan blog. Also, it turns out you can share playlists (huh?) and these shared playlists are great. Tonight I imported a 2011 New Release playlist, and NPR Classical 50 playlist, and a Penguin Guide Rosette Winners playlist. If you view these playlists as "album lists" they are really quite handy. No doubt there are lots more useful playlists out there.

    Between improved search abilities and pre-packaged links to hundreds of great albums, it's clear to me that there is a LOT on Spotify.

    So now I'm browsing (or grazing?) and really enjoying what I'm finding. I listened to a Lou Harrison album (one I'd never buy without hearing first):


    I found a great Poulenc Violin Sonata:


    And now I'm getting blown away by Jeno Hubay (who?) violin concertos:


    Want to try some Reich without reaching for your wallet? It's there. Dinnerstein? Sure. Fancy some Ingrid Fliter? No prob. Andrew Manze? Ok. How about the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded under Helmuth Rilling - all 172 discs.

    It's like being given the keys to a very big classical music store and told you can listen to whatever you like. The more I look the more I find.

    One of my goals for 2011 is (was) to listen to my entire classical music collection (about 800 albums) all the way through at least once. I can see getting seriously side-tracked from that goal by Spotify.

    Moreover, why buy albums at all when you can just stream them whenever you want? I downloaded the Pollenc sonata, and am thinking about downloading the Hubay. But I feel a bit like a chump for buying music now.

    Spotify changes everything. What were the record labels thinking?
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    Welcome after. It's been like this in Europe for over three years now. It's rather brilliant.

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    Not available in Canada

    Why can't we ever get these things? I suppose we make up for it with our very relaxed anti-piracy legislation which makes p2p sharing effectively legal in Canada, ah well.

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    @BPS, I'm in the NYC area and am really happy to learn that you have been able to access spotify already. I was informed yesterday after I registered my e-mail address with their site that I would be sent an invite in the near future unless I opted for their premium service.{for which there is a monthly charge, apparently.} Did you decide to go premium right away and therefore receive the service ASAP, or maybe it works differently in your region than mine?
    At any rate, congratulations and continued good listening!
    Whatever floats your boat

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    @Samurai - I signed up for the $5 per month variant and was able to start immediately. The $10 per month variant supposedly offers higher audio quality (although there are some questions on this point - cf discussion at spotifyclassical.com) and also the ability to cache songs on your computer for offline listening as well as listening on your mobile or some such extras (which don't apply in my case).

    So I think for a fiver you can try it out for a month with no wait.

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    @BPS, Thanks for that update. Since you and so many others have beenspeaking so highly of it, I think I'll indeed give it a test drive!
    Whatever floats your boat

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    Yes, Spotify changes everything. I've had the $5 deal for more than a year and I'm extremely satisfied. And I was surprised by the amount of classical music available, and not only the big names, but some very obscure composers as well.

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    Another option to consider: I have had Rhapsody for about a year now. Like Spotify, a subscription service. $10 a month. One option that Rhapsody has that is very important to me is the ability to put the music on my mp3 player. I do not believe you can do this with Spotify (although you can play music over your mobile phone). Please correct me if I am wrong and then I will look into trying Spotify myself. However, I don't know if Rhapsody is available outside if the US.

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    I like mog which is $5/month or double that if you want it on your iphone/android/ipod, which also has 320k downloads which you can listen to offline.

    But for classical music there is only one great service... and that is naxos music library. Expensive, but worth it. The selection is AMAZING. And finding things is a snap. Nothing else competes at all.

    I did not know that spotify finally made it to the US, I'll try it today.

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    While Spotify is clearly targeted at younger users, it has a great deal of classical music available. However, some have criticized the usefulness of Spotify for listening to classical music, because playback is not gapless (there is a slight pause between tracks), which affects much classical music, and searching is very poor.

    I read this from wiki. This is the same problem I have with Naxos - there's a small gap between each track of an album, which is a real problem when trying to listen to continuous works like opera or sonatas without breaks between movements. I think I'll stick to iTunes.

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    Thanks BPS for linking to my blog. Yes Spotify is amazing. Since you are interested in Lou Harrison, maybe you will also like this:

    http://open.spotify.com/album/3OTFmUSt825hreTa6uSAzh

    It's not tagged by composer so a bit hard to find.

    @haydnfan

    IMO Spotify is much better than NML. Most stuff on NML are also on Spotify, but Spotify has so many recordings that NML don't. And NML's sound quality is 64/128 kbps, Spotify 160/320 kbps.

    @Ravellian

    the lack of gapless playback is indeed annoying. Technically Spotify should support this, because it pre-cache the next track before the current track is finished, I have no idea why they don't make use of this existing advantage. As a premium user, I can save Spotify music to offline playlists, and that will minimize the gaps(to about 0.3 second, but still noticeable).

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    the lack of gapless playback is indeed annoying. Technically Spotify should support this, because it pre-cache the next track before the current track is finished, I have no idea why they don't make use of this existing advantage. As a premium user, I can save Spotify music to offline playlists, and that will minimize the gaps(to about 0.3 second, but still noticeable).

    This is the biggest complaint I have with Spotify. Of course considering the focus on the much larger audience of younger listeners who just wish to save the single hit songs I'm not certain when they might get around to dealing with this issue. I have discovered any number of older opera recordings which become somewhat irritating when there is a sudden silence at some peak dramatic moment at the end of one track.

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    For some reason I don't like listening to free music very much. Because then if I ever get a CD with the piece on it, when I pop it into the computer to listen I'll be like "oh, I've already heard this." I don't know, I'm weird like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by violadude View Post
    For some reason I don't like listening to free music very much. Because then if I ever get a CD with the piece on it, when I pop it into the computer to listen I'll be like "oh, I've already heard this." I don't know, I'm weird like that.
    Ok.... now i really need to know how much $$$$$ you spend on CDs every month

    I think my mind is wired like yours, free things like library books or Music just doesn't seem as good as those that i paid out of my pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beethovenian View Post
    Ok.... now i really need to know how much $$$$$ you spend on CDs every month

    I think my mind is wired like yours, free things like library books or Music just doesn't seem as good as those that i paid out of my pocket.
    Well, I don't really have a monthly allowance for CDs. It's more like, my grandparents are filthy rich and spoil me to a disgusting extant every year for my birthday/christmas. So most of that money I get from them for special occasions I spend on CDs, unless I have something else I absolutely need to spend it on.

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