Spotify?

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  1. yougotthesilver

    yougotthesilver New Member

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    Hey guys,

    I was just wondering If any of you uses Spotify? I've been told it's the best invention of the century - well, kinda :lol: - and I'd love to check it out.
    However, I take it they changed their free account set-ups a bit, because now you need an invitation to get in, much like TfS. I've asked all my friends who use Spotify, but strangely, they can't send any invites.
    So, If there is anyone who uses Spotify and who can send invitations, would you mind sending me one?

    That would be so cool. Thank you so much!
     
  2. nothingless

    nothingless V.I.P.

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    I LOVE Spotify. I listen to it 99% of the time now, instead of iTunes lol! PM me your email address, and I'll send you an invite. :smile:

    http://www.spotify.com/
    Just can't wait for it to launch in the US and for some more record companies to come aboard!
     
  3. Cecilia15

    Cecilia15 New Member

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    Yeah, you need to get an invite from someone with a premium account and the best thing, you can use it on iPhones, Android phones and some Sony Ericssons.
     
  4. Salvatore

    Salvatore Wanderlust

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    I was just having a discussion with some followers of mine about Spotify . It's not available in Italie so I cannot offer my own opinion, but I've heard mixed reviews . Some say it's really great and that they don't use iTunes anymore . Others say it's really not that great and the ads on free accounts get annoying .

    A friend of mine said that Lady Gaga made only around $168 USD last year even with millions of streams . I believe the pay rate to the artists is around $0.002 USD per stream making it not best for if you're concerned with profits, but great for exposure . I don't know .
     
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    ^ The pay rate can't be that bad, otherwise why would record companies sign up with Spotify? And plenty have - if it was that bad a deal, I'm sure they'd ignore Spotify.

    I wouldn't call 'exposure' a convincing factor, not yet. Spotify is only available in a few countries, and even where it is available, it isn't exactly mainstream or anything yet! Someone like Lady GaGa doesn't need Spotify for exposure LOL!

    The ads aren't that bad...it's exactly like radio without DJs. I have a premium account though (got it solely so I could use the iPhone app and cache songs offline so I can listen to all my Spotify playlists without being connected to the internet), and it's totally worth it for only £9 a month. :smile:
     
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  6. Salvatore

    Salvatore Wanderlust

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    Well of course Lady Gaga does not need exposure . She's in fact over-exposed . :lol:

    It's more towards the artists that are just starting . If users can stream entire new albums, for a low price or free, it could attract listeners that may eventually buy a song and hopefully the entire album . That's my logic for this .

    Major labels were reluctant to do it at first I believe, but when the demand became hire, they had to sign on . The pay rate is in fact somewhere around this as I've seen in different contracts it's no more than $0.02 USD per stream to the label which then must be split between so many parties it's unreal . I'm a musician and I've the option to distribute to Spotify, but I'm not sure yet . Like I said, it's not even available in Italie so I cannot even enjoy my own music in it ! :lol:
     
  7. Salvatore

    Salvatore Wanderlust

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    This is an interesting read :

    The Guardian UK
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2009/aug/17/major-labels-spotify
     
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    Hmm, the above is interesting - did not know that! Thanks for sharing. :smile:

    I believe, however, that things will probably even out. Spotify is so new still! If musicians keep pulling their music, it will simply force them to pay people more fairly. Once Spotify launches in the US later this year, they're sure to get many new premium users, which will help with their revenue stream.

    I also notice this article is from August 2009, and I must say that here in the UK, I have actually noticed a big increase in advertising for Spotify as well as general awareness of the fact that it exists among my friends and work colleagues. I'm sure their user base has grown since then, and hopefully they are well underway to fixing these issues...after all, without the artists' support, there'd be no Spotify! :smile:
     
  9. Salvatore

    Salvatore Wanderlust

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    For sure !
    You're right it's new so it could take some time to work out the bugs of it . I've decided to place my music there so we'll see how it goes ! ^_^
     
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    harrietcamilla New Member

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    I love Spotify! it is such an easy way to listen to music and as a student it works out far cheaper for my housemates than itunes. Unfortunately I missed the sign up date so do not have a membership myself, the waiting list seems to be endless! (so if anyone has an invite I would love them :smile:)

    That article is really interesting Salvatore, it is a shame artists get such a small cut from having their music played. I hope they sort this out, particularly with it going to the US this year.
     
  11. Rebe

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    well i know people use it alot here in sweden, but i just never caught on....doesn't really appeal to me lol
     
  12. Salvatore

    Salvatore Wanderlust

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    So I just got the Spotify and it is indeed really good . Somehow I still want to buy the music because I want to 'own' it . And it lacks in some albums which is interesting . I'm not sure if it will replace iTunes yet though . Hopefully the artist royalty will work out to be fair . I will report how it goes for me on that .
     
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    yougotthesilver New Member

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    Hope it goes well for you, Salvatore. :wink:
    That's an interesting article you posted, gives some insight in how it works.
     
  14. Chaky

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    I've been using Spotify for about a year now. I think it's absolutely amazing! There are slight drawbacks in some labels not supporting it, so if you search for particular artists you'll find some major albums missing.

    Best thing for me is it easily allows a 'try before you buy' experience. And I've heard loads of albums, especially older stuff, that I would probably never have listened to without it.

    They made it more difficult to get the free version of Spotify in recent months in an attempt to get people to pay up. It is a little worrying to think the whole venture could fold if they find their business model will never turn a profit.
     
  15. Andromaque

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    Hi, I have a question about it, I hope someone could help me. Okay, so I understand that Spotify is suported only in a few countries but I don't understand one thing. Does people from other (not suported) countries can or can not register if they have an invite code? Oh and I would be grateful if someone knows where I can get a code since I don't know anyone who uses it. Thank you :smile:
     
  16. Chaky

    Chaky New Member

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    I'm pretty sure it only works in the supported countries (unless you are particularly techy and know a way around it).

    And you can try asking for an invite on twitter using a #spotify hashtag. Some kind stranger might reply.
     
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  17. Andromaque

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    Thank you Chaky, I might try that with twitter :smile: Although first I must find out for sure can I use it or not.
    but thanks for your responce :smile:
     
  18. Birgit

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    Does anybody have a Spotify invite? I need it so badly. :(
     
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    e-v-elina New Member

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    people say spotify is the greatest invention ever since the wheel. i tend to agree.
     
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