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I have returned from the 20th century!

I have returned from the 20th century with estimates for windows! Four thousand quid basically, to which I laugh in a hollow fashion and say, "You wish, sunshine."

I went up north for three days to see my parents and then spent the evening catching up on LJ to the –200 point. I am now down to one shelf full of books and only the music I have on my iPod and laptop. All my CDs are packed and stored up north. I feel strangely bereft without books and CDs and DVDs.

I have to point you towards something completely brilliant. I've seen links to Spotify twice this week, once in the new OMM, and once in this month's Word. It switched from invitation-only beta to full service only seven days ago. It uses streaming and P2P to create a sort of iTunes of stuff you haven't actually bought (or stuff you have bought if you want), caching the songs to create a seamless playback. The libraries are huge and if you want the free service, you have to sit through a short ad every 10 songs, which isn't too painful.

I think this might change the way I consume music, simply because I can listen to full albums painlessly and buy them if I want or else only buy the tracks I really love.

Additionally, once you get a bunch of people on there you can swap playlists or make collaborative playlists. NOT THAT I AM HINTING.

I did a bit of spelunking to check how good the libraries are -- there's no Led Zep, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Metallica and other usual suspect refuseniks -- but otherwise it seems fairly decent. I checked my own personal criteria for obscurity, which is Ulrich Schnauss, Boards of Canada, Howling Bells, Rokia Traore, and it only really fell down on the middle two. There are lots of soundtrack albums and things you wouldn't usually find easily.

They need a better recommendations system but otherwise I'm having a great time with it. It already suckered me into spending money on iTunes for something I want to put on the iPod. (One caveat: I think it's northern European at the moment. )

This week, I think I am going to talk about one thing per day that I think other people should have a look at or listen to. Anyone else care to join a week of pimping?

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ropo
Feb. 18th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
I'm so lame I haven't listened to any new music in years, so I'll leagve the pimping to you, 'cause you're pimptastic.
vonniek
Feb. 18th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Spotify seems interesting and something I'd be keen on. It's not available in North America yet, it seems like, but I've bookmarked and shall keep and eye out. Thanks for the tip!

A week of pimping! I'm IN.
omphalos
Feb. 18th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Well, I joined... but so far I'm not seeing much effective difference between this service and various others such as Pandora and LastFM. What am I missing? I thought from the blurb that I'd be able to friend other users, but if I can, I can't work out how. I am, admittedly, having a stupidhead day today.
infinitemonkeys
Feb. 18th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
I read that you could share playlists and such but I cannot find the means by which to do this, which dampens the joy a bit. So yesterday's joy is a bit more confined.

Anyway, new Howling Bells album this month, I read.
coffeeandink
Feb. 18th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
I like your Week of Pimping idea. I like it for other people, because I am still doggedly trying to get caught up on book logging, but I like it.
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