Hype over Spotify is just marketing – huge gaps in its playlists

28 Mar

Keep seeing people mentioning Spotify as if it is something really new and really good. It’s a new site but an old concept. It’s not close to being good yet.

out-of-the-dark_170pxFor example, Spotify does not have the Twilight soundtrack, even though it has been available for a while and does well in the charts. In contrast, Spotify does have Watchmen soundtrack, arguably of less importance in terms of music.

Spotify also lacks Lacuna Coil, Metallica, Kittie, Oceanlab, Bif Naked, Xandria, and has just one old Arch Enemy album.

The main reason we use music sites is for the music. Not for marketing messages. Not for repackaged promo hype. And not to listen to dumb adverts about car insurance or from ambulance chasers.

For an interesting review of current sites, check Top 10 Online Music Sites.


6 Responses to “Hype over Spotify is just marketing – huge gaps in its playlists

  1. joebuck March 28, 2009 at 11:19 am #

    They add 10.000 tracks per day so chances are high that some of your missing artists will be added soon. As for Metallica, the problem is that they don’t wanna be on Spotify at all.

    • nugoth March 28, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

      hi Joe :: the problem with Spotify is it lacks anything unique :: if there are 10 music stores on the High Street the only one(s) that will survive need something special.

      iTunes will survive because of its huge range, high quality and special features (Podcasts, etc) and so it’s like the web equivalent of Rolling Stone :: Pandora will survive because it has outstanding editorial content and recommendations (like Wired) :: Last.FM will survive because of its unique (so far) social network approach (like special interest fanzines) :: Spotify is like an old fashioned music megastore – which have all closed down

  2. Hans March 29, 2009 at 12:34 am #

    Spotify will easily outperform both Pandora and Last.fm in the long run. They have just started and their vision is awesome. Itunes is good, but ownership is dead. Who wants to buy songs anymore?

    • nugoth March 29, 2009 at 6:41 am #

      hi Hans and I’m not sure if it will be easy for Spotify to “outperform” the others :: their model is different and the lack of a good system for defining similar music is a real disadvantage :: also, the lack of social networking is a serious flaw.

      As to ownership, the arithmetic is interesting :: first, the cost of ownership is greatly reduced, down to about a quarter of previous :: second, the number of customers is enormously increased with many millions more each month joining the web :: and third, there are many more channels for ownership (phones, iPods, games, websites, etc etc)

  3. webber March 29, 2009 at 10:42 am #

    Another huge problem with Spotify – just like recent Facebook – is the ads are totally stupid – mortgage adverts that are identical to radio and tv and other websites. They are probably irrelevant to 90% of the audience. So they are just spam and will soon drive people away.

    Why would anyone in their right mind go to Spotify for financial advice? Or for adverts about financial advice? Severe Spotify weakness.

  4. Emma May 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    How is the Twilight soundtrack of ‘more importance’ than the Watchmen soundtrack…?! That baffled me a bit.

    I agree that Spotify does have huge gaps in its playlists (for example, I wanted to listen to Lacuna Coil just a few moments ago but they have one song by them, which is what led me to your blog via google) but to be honest I’m willing to put up with this (and the annoying adverts) as it is free and does have a *lot* of music that otherwise I wouldnt have access to, and don’t want to pay for. They’re pretty fast with putting up new albums and like someone has said, it’s a new thing, it will probably fill the gaps in its playlists eventually… and also, most of the time its the record labels that are holding Spotify back in terms of how many albums it has, thanks to them relentlessly holding on to their outdated business model and refusing to keep up with new ways that people are consuming music… Spotify is good right now, but it has the potential to be really great.

    I like your blog btw :D

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