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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.

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Restrictions on YouTube for UK after licence row

9 Mar

Following its previous restriction of Pandora, the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) in the UK has now, in effect, started to block YouTube for UK residents.

youtube_blog_logoThe UK music industry will continue to wither and collapse as the licensing body remains obsessed about money and, it must be said, greed. UK singers and musicians will suffer badly, and will continue to depart the UK for better equality – and better earnings.

This may be the final straw for the UK music industry. There has been an inflated price on CD s for years in the UK compared to the rest of the world. Now digital music is going to suffer as well as the PRS is demanding huge increases in fees. But also, the PRS is refusing to reveal which music is covered by its massive fees.

Full details on the YouTube Blog (click their logo).