Spotify the ubiquitous Swedish music App puts the Silicon Valley ethos to shame.
It just friggin’ works on EVERYTHING.
From smart TVs, to Alexa, to, yes, Linux Mint, to more basic stuff like through a web browser, through full applications on Windows and Mac, and in mobile apps for all the standard players.
It is revolutionary in not keeping us hostage to single platforms, but works seamlessly across these platforms and is aware of all of them that you use.
For example, if you are playing a Spotify song on your smart TV and open up the Spotify application on your Linux desktop, on the desktop you will see the song playing on the smart TV, and you have the options of switching the sound then to the desktop. In fact, as many of us now have multiple devices, this convenience is astounding as they are all recognised by Spotify and you can switch the sound between them easily.
Cost To Us, Cost for Artists
You can use Spotify for free but it is seriously hobbled that way. For a cost of around 100$ — boom — you have unlimited access to basically every song you ever knew and much more. It is surely money well spent.
The only real question I have speaking of cost, is how much artists truly get in return for all their effort. I once had a lot of singers as friends and saw how they struggled to make a living, and took a real hit in the Napster and BitTorrent days. I cannot pass judgement though, I really don’t know, but I hope they get a fair shake from Spotify.
In these continuing days of COVID-19 and extreme economic volatility, I think it could be some good medicine to get your fill of music.
Mine is more than satiated on all devices and platforms because of Spotify. Top recommendations for the Premium version.
Sweden gave us Spotify. Sweden gave us Greta Thunberg.
I think that’s plenty for a while, the EU’s plan at thwarting Silicon Valley dominance notwithstanding.