Of course, this leads to introspection: I've spent some time today trying to figure out exactly why I like Spotify. Here are some initial theories:
- It is instant. No, really, the thing is quick. Searching for stuff takes no time and playing tracks is pretty much instant. Of course, I do have a rather good internet connection, but this thing has exceptionally good response time.
- It isn't one of those shit web services. There's a real client. A real piece of software that runs on my workstation. Similar web services will always be second rate. At least with the browser paradigms we have today.
- It is sensibly hypertext'y. Do a search to get started then click around a bit and you'll quickly find something that fits your current mood.
- Needs minimal manual interference. Find something you like and let it just play while you do other things. Doesn't need constant attention.
- Reasonable sound quality.
I wonder if they are going to make a client that lets you buy tracks so I can have them on my iPod as well. A streaming client for the iPod would be nice as well. Not that I think Apple are going to allow that, but you never know.
Streaming content rather than downloading and archiving just became a bit more viable as a way to consume content.