It’s been awhile since I’ve used iTunes heavily on my Mac. Â It takes some time to download music, figuring out what songs you want, especially when it’s not free. Â Then once it’s on my machine, my iPod is broken so I really have to be at my Mac to listen to the music. Â Sure, I could set up streaming from my iTunes library to other iTunes players on the network, but still it’s a limited selection, based on what I have in my library. Â What if I just wanted to listen to a song, any song, whenever I had the whim, from my primary (PC) machine.
Enter Spotify. Â Spotify is a UK-based website that delivers an iTunes-like application. Â Except with Spotify, the songs are not downloaded to your machine (per se). Â They are streamed from Spotify, and they are completely free. Â It beats Pandora because you can listen to whatever you want, when you want. Â You can create your own playlists, as well as share them with others. Â Spotify has arranged agreements with many major labels and has tons of songs available. Â Some songs aren’t but they continue to work with those companies. Â Spotify (if you’ve already clicked on the link) is also not available in the US yet, but they are working on it. Â They have only launched in a few European countries, including the UK and Sweden. Â You can use Spotify for free with ads, or for a few Euros a month, you can get it free of ads.
Well, if it’s not available in the US, then how did I try it? Â Well there are some methods, using proxies and such, documented in the comments section of the original Lifehacker article where I read about Spotify. Â But my friend also recently reminded me about Spotify via this link – which is actually a pretty informative blog in general too. Â Try it out and let me know how you like it!