I love music so much. I listen to a variety of tunes. The sad thing is that I have used my CDs mainly up until about 2 1/2 years ago. For Christmas 2010 my husband bought me an MP3 player. I had heard about them and had gotten to listen to one, but I had no idea how to get the music onto the MP3 player. I am not real technologically advanced. In fact, my 12-year-old daughter is usually the one that keeps me up-to-date about current technology. What I do know about is cool websites and cool computer software. I am always near or in front of a computer. I can’t live without a computer just like my husband can’t live without his television.
The MP3 was neat. My daughter showed me how to put songs on it. I don’t know how many hours I spent doing that, but it did almost eliminated my need for a big stereo system that took up so much room. I said almost eliminated the need. I still have that stereo. It is only 7 years old. I am glad that I held onto it because not even 6 months after I got my MP3 player, it broke. I don’t know what happened to it, but even my 12-year-old couldn’t get it to work. So, I knew it was toast.
It was back to the stereo and playing music in Windows Media Player. The good thing was that all of the songs that I had uploaded to the Mp3 player were still in my Media Player library. Plus I still had and still do have my CD collection. Some of my CDs are over 14 years-old and still play like a top, and I just can’t bring myself to getting rid of them.
Moving on up…
I discovered a music station connected with Yahoo! I don’t know if any of you remember, but it was a music service included with your Yahoo! account that could be played anywhere at anytime. The service was advanced for its time, but Yahoo! soon realized that they were losing money and got rid of the free music service and started charging for it.
Advancing down the road much further…
Many years after I discovered the Yahoo! music service, a friend of mine told me about this site that was an internet radio station. It was free and you could like or dislike a song. If you disliked the song, then it wouldn’t play again. If you liked the song, then future music would be based on your thumbs-up. Of course I got tired of it when I wanted to hear a specific song and couldn’t listen to it. Pandora was great, but I only got so many free hours, and it would only play a select song. Sometimes I would forget to turn my station off and walk away from the computer. Before I knew it, my 14 hours had expired and I had to wait a couple of weeks to listen again.
I was reading in one of my favorite magazines about programs on the computer that you could use in place of expensive software. One of the websites was Spotify. I went to the website and read about it a little bit. I signed up for an account and behold! I had music.
I am sure a lot of you are already turned onto Spotify, but this post is for those whom haven’t found a music source that can be listened to anywhere. The great thing about Spotify is that you can create your own playlists thereby eliminating the use of CDs, big bulky stereos, and substituting Pandora, Windows Media Player, and Yahoo! Music. I decided that Spotify was just right for me. One of my playlists has over 800 songs by the same artist. I like that I can listen to what I want to listen to, by who I want to listen to, and when I want to listen. The neat thing is that you can search for a song or an artist and some users have already made playlists that you can subscribe to so you don’t have to make your own playlist. In return, people can subscribe to you, too.
Another neat feature about Spotify that I found helpful was the fact that sometimes I couldn’t remember the names of songs, but I could remember what the front cover of the CD looked like. I knew the artist, so I would put the artist name in the search bar. A list of songs, artists, and suggestions are listed in a column underneath the search bar. So, I found an artist. I clicked on the artist, and then I held down the Ctrl + G buttons and they gave me a visual picture of the CD covers next to the songs. I thought that was great! The other great thing is that if you singularly click on the artist, then all of the albums that Spotify has in its library from the artist will be displayed with the year that the CD was sold. Another good idea! At least it was for me because I could try to associate the song with a time in my life that I had heard the song. Recently I started listening to the Radio option. Another nice thing about Spotify is that now (before you had to pay $9.99 per month) you can get Spotify on your Android device for free.
I have loved music since I discovered it. I have tried different music instruments, but I lost interest. For me, first it was an 8 track player, then a cassette player, then a CD, then Yahoo! Music, then Windows Media Player, and then internet radio. If you have not tried Spotify, and you love listening to music and would rather listen to music over watching television, then give Spotify a try. If you have a computer at work and your work allows you, you can pull up your Spotify account from your desktop computer and listen all day without a time restriction, without wires, and without paying for a subscription. If you have an Android device and it does not have a music application, then try Spotify for Android. Carry your music wherever you go! Music makes my world go ’round!
Does anybody else love music as much as I do? Has anybody tried Spotify? What do you think about music wherever you go?