Hi guys, Spotify sent out an offer I could not refuse! Via Android/mobile application, they offered members a special deal, 3 months for $0.99! Hmmm, could this be in direct response to Apple’s new streaming service, which will offer 3 months free at the end of this month? Well I got to tell you, after playing with Spotify for the first 15 minutes, I still don’t like it (I’m sorry to say). Not enough to be willing to drop Rhapsody. I know a lot of users love Spotify because of it offers free accounts; but “free” should not be your only criteria for declaring a company to be “the best streaming service.” Second, you should know that you’re not getting it free because the Spotify guys are nice people; you’re getting free service because the subscribers and ad revenue is offsetting your leeching/freeloading!!!! So everything has a cost, be it seen or unseen! By the way, If Apple has anything to do with it, the free accounts could possibly go away inevitably (tonight’s article).
Spotify’s mobile application still needs a lot of work. I figured, what the hell, I’ll try Spotify for the last time and see if I can come up with more good things to say about it (other than it’s free accounts). Unfortunately, I could not find many. It is unfortunate that Spotify has 15 million PAID subscribers (and about 40 million active users) to Rhapsody’s only 4 million (not sure if this is only U.S. numbers). Free users of Spotify should be thanking paid subscribers, cause they carry most of the royalty costs. However, Spotify’s application is still shit in my opinion. Goes to show you what good marketing team, and a good contract between labels can do. But I also think that Rhapsody is focusing their marketing efforts overseas (at least for a while); in countries where mobile technology is booming.
I’ll be honest, the only reason I’ve used Spotify, is because I couldn’t ignore that a significant more people use the service over Rhapsody. However, I also know that’s due to the fact that more than half are free account freeloaders/users. At the time, it didn’t make much sense to tweet/blog with Rhapsody, if Spotify is way more popular 🙁 . Before I ever consider changing over from Rhapsody to Spotify, some significant changes need to happen. The biggest change that needs to take place is that, I need an option to save to SD. You can’t give users the option to download 320k files and only save on a phone with limited storage capacity (even a 32GB tablet is too small). Second, they must bump up the “save” limit to no greater than 10,000 songs, and 3,333 downloads! Believe it or not, this limit includes paying customers! With my Rhapsody account I have unlimited saves, playlists and downloads. Anybody who can’t see that as an issue, is not a real die hard music lover. I’m sorry, but real music lovers are always looking for space and download ability to satisfy their constant hunger for more music and diversity! Period. My musical tastes are way to eclectic and diverse to be limited to only 10,000; my iTunes alone is over 25,000 (and mind you, I deleted a lot of albums too). Unfortunately, I am 99% sure that this has to do with licensing; because as far as I can see, thousands of members had complained about it for quite a while. This does make sense, as it’s free users are triple it’s actual paid subscribers.
They also need to clean up their queue feature, it’s very sloppy, and it automatically deletes after a song is played. If I want to hear it again, I have to go back and add it (especially with a large queue. You’re better off creating a play list instead. I don’t like the fact that it automatically saves a radio station once you create one; assuming I’d like every station I create? When I subscribed and switched to pay, Spotify kept that stupid annoying “Shuffle Play” button in the middle of my search results. It felt like I was still in the free version. And the worst problem of all, when songs had expired from my old saved list, there was nothing to tell me that the license expired for that song. I had to keep trying to play the song before I figured it out, before I was just forced to delete it. I don’t have that issue with Rhapsody. Rhapsody removes expired songs from the mobile/web application. For the desk top, Rhapsody grays the song out, so that I know that the license expired. Lastly you have no idea whether a song is downloaded or not, there is no real indication, unless you have no signal and your off-line. Rhapsody changes the file’s color to easily let me know when a song is downloaded or not. So, sorry guys, Spotify still sucks ass in my opinion. In the end, I didn’t feel that Spotify was particularly intuitive either. Sorry.
I’m not saying that I would stick with Rhapsody forever, but for right now, it is the best for me, and far exceeds my expectations, and ease of use. To be honest, my only reason I wanted to try Spotify again, was because it made blogging incredibly easier for me. I was able to save some steps when Tweeting and Facebooking. However, after my second (paid) time around with Spotify, the extra steps doesn’t seem so bad after all. I’ll be cancelling it after my three months is up. I’ll continue to blog using the free version, just for you guys…. For my tweeted Rhapsody and Shazam links, it will not kill you to manually type the name of the artist in your Spotify to search for my tweeted songs. Sorry, but I get so much more the same price with Rhapsody.