Free Legal Music?

I downloaded Spotify years ago – being a computer geek I install hundreds of programs on my computer all the time, and like a ticking time bomb of coolness, I wait for it to explode. Now, it seems about the right time to kick start the program again and spread the word.

In our decade profile of the Noughties (Issue 200), we talked about Spotify being the potential future of music distribution among downloaders, legal and illegal. As it lets you stream music you don’t technically download it onto your computer (it’s like the radio in that respect) but you can replay it over and over again with adverts in between. Advertising is Spotify’s main income, which they then pass onto the record companies who allow them access to all the music.

So jargon aside, what do you get? Well, a lot of music; reportedly 6 million songs are available. You can search via artist and album, you can even make playlists (and as many as you want to). A search not only brings up albums but singles (because some of those b-sides are quite good), collectors editions and even appearances on remixed albums; there is a full range of music that you would not normally hear by just buying the album. If you have a account you can scrobble the music you listen to in Spotify, so it won’t look like you have fallen off the face of the earth. There is also a phone application, but is only available to paying premium members.

Sadly some things are still missing: you cannot search by record label, which would be very useful in finding the next great band from a particular label that you like. Bands can opt out of having their music on the website; for example, Oasis, The Beatles, AC/DC and Metallica are unavailable. The country in which you live will also affect the amount of music available.

Regardless, Spotify is an exciting new medium through which to find up-and-coming bands, and it is driving the spirit of great quality music and accessibility. Impact’s top albums of the decade all appear on Spotify, where we have linked  you to the artist, so there is much to rejoice about.

To join Spotify you will need an invitation as of September 2009, due to high demand. Impact have some, and we have created a Facebook Group, so just comment and people will be able to help you out. Otherwise just ask around, and there will probably be someone you know who can help you out.

In future additions to the music section we will be posting links to artists on Spotify and creating Spotify playlists to ensure your musical needs are met!

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Chris Jones

5 Comments on this post.
  • Andres
    30 November 2009 at 15:20
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  • Chris
    30 November 2009 at 16:06
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    As far as i know you can of course search by labels if you want, and its even websites that gives you links to each label in spotify like this one, and btw, Spotify just had it’s one year birthday, so couldnt have downloaded the software years ago.. So, next time..check your facts befor writing a review

  • Chris Jones
    30 November 2009 at 18:55
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    When I tested it such as Slumberland, nothing came up, wasn’t aware that you had to put a code in, and I think a lot of other people will be too.

    Which is why I think an advanced search option would be nice so you can really refine your results. And when the results do come back its only album, and artist you can select at the top. If there could be country, genre, and label at the top as well for example that would really flesh out the best of spotify.

    I remember using a beta version a year or so back, it certainly feels like more than a year.

  • Mark
    6 February 2010 at 03:36
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    Is nobody else bothered by the absolutely shit grammar and general construction of this article (and others)? It’s like the author has just sat down, started writing without reading what he’s doing at any stage, and clicked ‘publish’. Come on Impact, you can do better.

  • Lucy Hayes
    6 February 2010 at 14:31
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    Apologies – corrections have been made. Thanks for pointing this out, feel free to let us know about any other mistakes we’ve missed.

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