Since moving back to Canada, I haven’t been able to get my music fix with Pandora (listeners located outside of the U.S. can’t use Pandora). I’ve never been a huge Last.fm fan – the catalog of streamable music doesn’t include a lot of my favorite bands. In general, I’m just not a huge fan of online music services. Until now. Spotify, a lightweight Windows and OS X client, connects you to a vast collection of music. And it works outside of the US. Keep reading for my brief overview.
- Like most Web 2.0 services, Spotify is in a “limited beta testing” phase. Submit your email address and when a spot opens up, they’ll let you know you can create an account and download the software. It took about 2 months from the time I signed up until I received the email saying I could create an account. But good things come to those who wait.
- The interface is painfully user friendly (and identical for Windows and OS X). Once you sign in, you’re presented with the “home” screen.
- Use the search box to find artists/songs. Your recent searches are saved in the sidebar for easy access at a later point.
- Just double-click a song to start playing.
- Right-click (ctrl-click for single mouse-button Mac folks) a track to queue it, add it to a playlist or copy the HTTP/URI link to send to a friend (who will need to have a Spotify account in order to listen to the song).
- OS X users will enjoy Growl notification support built into Spotify.
- If you want to listen to music without having to create a playlist, you can use the Radio feature. Radio allows you to specify the time-frame and genres of music you want to stream.