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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:20 pm 
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spotify has come to the united states.

downloaded the free version today. it's pretty kool.

you have to sign up for an invite for the free version. it took a week before they replied back.

but, after exploring it today (at work), I can understand why it's been so successful in europe (where it's been around for a couple of years).

the interface is a lot like itunes* (a library, playlists and so on). very user-friendly and you figure out how it works in about five minutes.

great search-engine. fast and with interesting 'related-artists' results.

the free version comes with ads (of course...). both visual and audio, but they're not as annoying or as frequent as I thought they would be.

I haven't decided yet, but if I go with one of their paid services, I may never have to buy a cd again...**

*and spotify scans your itunes library when you open it for the first time...
haven't figured out what's up with that yet...


**except for music by artists who are not on there, of course...
the beatles, zappa, etc...


spotify might just be the final nail in the cd industry's coffin...
I don't know yet if I want it to be, though, I still like to buy cd's...
I guess they will become harder to find, though... just like what happened to vinyl.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:51 pm 
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Thanks LG. I'm checking it out........

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:03 am 
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currently streaming on my spotify. for free...

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:29 am 
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Here in the UK we are limited to 5listens of any one track vi less you cough up for the paid for version


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:34 am 
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I haven't tried it out yet, but I'm still tying to figure out how it's much different from Rhapsody.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:49 am 
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another old goodie:
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:52 am 
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Quilt wrote:
Here in the UK we are limited to 5listens of any one track vi less you cough up for the paid for version
no limits in the us with the free version.
but, it wouldn't surprise me if that comes later...

EDIT: did some research, and apparently, spotify (the free version) will put limits on how many times you can listen to any given track after you've been a member for six months.

no details yet, though. oh well.

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old krautrock favorites I haven't heard in years. 8)

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great voice … good songs … amazing talent

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http://open.spotify.com/user/miracle69

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the u.s. version of spotify had a glitch the last two weeks.
the music stopped playing, and you got an error saying "can't play the current track."
you had to quit the application, and start over. time and time again...
really annoying.
but, the last 4-5 days it has been working fine again.

I use spotify mostly at work. at home, I like to listen to my own cd's (through iTunes).
but, sure, I use spotify at home too.
but, at work, spotify is great. I'm still using the free version (with the ads).
will probably upgrade when the restrictions come.
you will be limited to only listen to one and the same song for 5 or 10 times.
(restrictions they applied in europe some time ago).

restrictions or not, spotify is great. 8)

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yes … fly from here

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http://open.spotify.com/album/0qI8x0jKGKjFlds0LYwbwp

http://igloomag.com/reviews/solipsism-r ... ct-me-herb

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Solipsism is the nom de guerre of Glasgow’s Herb Recordings label head Craig Murphy. The Herb catalogue has gotten long-term play around Igloo and D:N including the excellent KINGBASTARD mix back in 2009 on Digital:Nimbus Show 351. Their output tends to exactly the strains of experimental electronic that gets our motors moving and this latest excursion from Murphy is no exception.

“All Your Wishes Won’t Come True” brings a shifting dub techno thump with a distant melody line like a saxophone played in a subway station. Slapback echoes keep it interesting through a couple of tear it down / bring it back sections. After it recedes, “Get Out of your Prisms” bleeps and bloops its way into existence — the computer chatter continues as an ominous bassline builds into a menacing beat, bringing to mind the Königsfost era of Wolfgang Voight’s Gas project.

The title of “My Antenna is Faulty, Can You Fix it?” suggests the track’s sonic atmosphere: filterswept synths, shortwave squiggles and squelches, snatches of half-heard vocal samples. However, it didn’t prepare me for the straight-up-and-down microhouse percussion track that got my head nodding. Following that uptempo workout, the ambient washes of “Stargazer” provide welcome respite. Chord swells gently mix with layers of delayed and backwards melodies for a pleasant interlude before “The Builders of Matter” brings the beats back for a nice hip-hop inflected track.

“Refract Me, Don’t Subtract Me” lays down a granular clicks-n-cuts rhythm and gradually fills in the instrumentation with guitar tracks ranging from the nearly clean to the barely recognizable. The album’s second musical question, “Is there A Light At The End of Your Tunnel?” builds from a quiet, sustained minor-chord drone to a dense, swirling cacophony of overlapping synths and then, after peaking somewhere around the five-minute mark, fades back out. The light was perhaps an oncoming train but fortunately it seems to have left us unharmed.

Moving into the closing phase of the album, “Transmuter” brings us a Köln-style ‘schaffel’ techno beat; “Deconstruct this Reality” is mainly a 4/4 kick-driven affair until Murphy’s shimmering guitar comes in two-thirds of the way through and takes the track into shoegaze territory; and “As Far As The Eye Can See, We’ll Be There” is a brief, beatless Frippertronics-style tone poem. As closers go, “Dissolving Boundaries” is a doozy: more deep Gas thumping lays the groundwork for the most up-front guitarwork on the album. A distorted lead and post-rock tremolo picking stay just shy of wall-of-sound noisy, fighting against the constraints of the techno beat and ultimately exhausting themselves, leaving the song to trail off into memory.

The presser for the release states that “all the ambience in this album was created by Murphy on his heavily-effected then processed Electric Guitar” and I found myself revisiting tracks to try to pick out the wizardry on display. The album as a whole strikes a difficult balance — the tracks vary from the beatless to the beat-rich yet Solipsism’s sound is recognizable throughout. Plus, quite aside from the technical merits, the tracks sound great when turned up really, really loud.

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ah. nice. solipsism on spotify. 8)

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ah. nice. solipsism on spotify. 8)


Thanks Lumpy!

from clash magazine, this compilation is also on.

http://open.spotify.com/album/5UjI6Q4nfi982OR1LSs7eI

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I've discovered that you can find almost any song on Youtube, and in good to great sound.

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I've discovered that you can find almost any song on Youtube, and in good to great sound.
good for you, calvin.

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Lumpy Gravy wrote:
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I've discovered that you can find almost any song on Youtube, and in good to great sound.
good for you, calvin.


Yep.

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Lumpy Gravy wrote:
I use spotify mostly at work. at home, I like to listen to my own cd's (through iTunes).
but, sure, I use spotify at home too.
but, at work, spotify is great. I'm still using the free version (with the ads).
will probably upgrade when the restrictions come.
you will be limited to only listen to one and the same song for 5 or 10 times.
(restrictions they applied in europe some time ago).

restrictions or not, spotify is great. 8)
I'm surprised that there isn't more interest in spotify in the us (from what I can tell, anyway...).
it's free (well, so far... and the ads are really not that annoying, anyway).
I have discovered, and re-discovered a whole bunch of music, I didn't even know, or had forgotten about.

curious to know why there's so little response... positive or negative.

not that I really care what you motherfuckers listen to, anyway...

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the people who care .. don't get it
well, I don't really get that comment, stride.

anyway, the other day when I opened up spotify at work (where I use it much more than at home), a window popped up with the new spotify restrictions (and this is for the u.s.).
when you've had the free account for six months, you're only going to be able to listen to anything for 10 hours a month, and only 5 times to any unique track.
I expected restrictions, but not that they're were going to be this bad.

so, it's definitely goodbye to spotify (in a couple of months...).

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