I thought this day would never come, but the licensing got sorted out and Spotify made it to New Zealand. Quick, let's complain about it.
So generally, the service is pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the LastFM integration works and just how fast I could go from "hmm this band sounds all right" to listening to an entire album. That is nice. I also didn't realise you could still listen to all your local iTunes music, which it imported with no fuss, along with playlists. The "radio" feature is also nifty, especially when it bases a station on a whole playlist rather than a song. This is much more useful than iTunes genius, especially since it has such a huge library to pick from. The apps in general are just excellent: reading a review of an album and being able to hear it instantly is how things should be done. Anyway, I'm off track, as nice as all this stuff is, I had to download Spotify. Like, download and install a program.
Why can't I just access it all through a website?
I was at a friend's on Saturday and we were putting on music for a whole load of people from a laptop hooked up with speakers. Someone immediately suggested Spotify, but I wasn't exactly going to download and install it on someone else's computer. Installing software on someone else's machine is most definitely a bridge too far for me. So we went to Grooveshark and made an ad-hoc playlist without having to download anything. Kind of illegal, but a whole lot politer.
Now, this kind of makes sense. Accessing my iTunes library wouldn't really work from a web app, and the user experience might suffer. The p2p (think uTorrent tech) backend of Spotify also requires something on the client (your machine) side. The general unbuggy responsiveness of the program might suffer in a complete web app. But. The whole point of the cloud, for me anyway, is the freedom from device/location constraints. I could be typing this blog on Google docs anywhere within a few seconds; the same can't be said for a Spotify track. A whole lot of people use computers where they can basically only control the browser. I'm not about to install Spotify at work - I can't, actually - but that is probably the number one place where I want to stream music, since I don't have my full library at hand. Sure, I can install the app on my phone (if I pay) but a browser-based experience would be much fuller than a native mobile app.
I'm not asking for the full program as a webpage - I think they need the control of the native client and the p2p backend it provides, but a basic player of my library that looks like Grooveshark - that would be excellent. Yes, I'm looking a gift horse in the mouth, but that's kind of what the internet is for.
Are you guys hungering after a Spotify web app or am I spoilt brat?
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