My Views on Spotify

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So the news that Spotify is available here in the United States is old, however I still thought I would share what my views on the service is.  About 1.5 months ago I was invited to join Spotify prior to it being available to everyone.  I really like the fact that it is very similar to iTunes in the page layout and functionality.  It is also good because you can find just about any artist on there and you can listen to an artist’s entire album for free!  There are obviously ads associated with the free service and it does limit you to 10 hours per month.  If you wish to listen to it more than that you’ll need to pay for a monthly subscription.

For me, I will never purchase a monthly subscription to Spotify.  While I am a huge music fan I honestly do not purchase enough music to justify the monthly subscription price. For me it is easiest to just preview all the songs using Spotify, GrooveShark, or YouTube, and then if I really like them I buy them on iTunes.  Call me thrifty….  🙂

On the other hand, a Spotify subscription is great for those who purchase a lot of music on a monthly basis.  For these types you just have a monthly fee and can access your music from anywhere.  One thing I am skeptical of though is after you have paid your monthly subscription, for let’s say a year, and you then cancel your membership, I am pretty sure you will have nothing to show for it.  While you will still have your playlists, you will not have any downloaded music with which you can do as you wish.  If someone knows more about this, please leave a comment!

Overall, I think Spotify is the music version of Netflix, a premium subscription is great if you listen to a ton of music and can justify the monthly cost; not that it is very expensive, but still.

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Who Will Be the Next MySpace?

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This last week I found myself consumed with Google+; “Google’s answer to Facebook.”  With all of the hype about this new platform, the first question that came to mind was, ‘who will be the next MySpace ?”

As many of us know, MySpace actually used to be cool.  After all, Tila Tequila actually became a celebrity after becoming the first person to have one-million friends.  And what ever happened to hi5 and all those other competing platforms?  Yep, they died.  With the advent of Facebook, it became clear that when there are multiple platforms that do the same thing, people prefer only one.

Today we have Facebook and a brand new competitor, Google+.  So far, my Google+ experience has been really good.  I don’t feel that I am being constantly bombarded by ads and it’s a network with, seriously, only my friends.  The Circles feature is amazing as well.  It allows you to easily place your friends into different categories which you can then utilize to target your status updates or filter your news feed.  (Much easier than Facebook’s “Lists” feature)

Now let’s go back to 2004 when only a select  few of us on certain college campuses were introduced to Facebook.  Facebook was Da Bomb!  The main appeal being that you could connect with (or stalk) those attractive people from your classes that you had secretly being watching… the whole time.  OK, so it was cool that you got to keep up with what your friends were doing as well.  Facebook was exclusive and downright entertaining.  Before we knew it, more colleges across the country and around the world were connected and it was so easy to stay in touch with all our college friends.  That is, until they made it open to everyone, including business.

Don’t get me wrong.  I consider myself a social media pro and really do think it is a powerful tool for business.  The biggest issue here is that many businesses have been doing it all wrong.  People did not join Facebook to be advertised to.  It is very important for businesses to remember this.  I personally think Google is aware of this as well.  After all, more people than ever before are in protective mode, with their privacy settings in hand, now that we have invasive games and apps that harvest and sell personal information.  When a consumer is in doubt, opportunity for competition thrives.  It just so happens that Google+ is there.

So who will win?  While many features of Google+ are still being rolled out, it will be interesting to see if they provide a way for businesses to engage with their audience in an un-intrusive, nonchalant manner.  If they can do this, and keep consumers feeling safe, Google+ will have a shot.  After all, we all know that since these platforms are so similar nobody wants to maintain both.  One will ultimately die.  (Keeping my fingers crossed it will be Facebook)

Building a Website…Whoa!

Hello World! (Sorry, I had to….)

For my first blog post I decided to write about something that I just finished working on; my own website.  Let’s just say I went from very basic knowledge of HTML to constructing my own fully functioning website.

Just so we are all on the same page.  When I decided I was going to make my own site the only HTML I knew were paragraph and heading tags.  Seriously.  Let’s just say the majority of the past 2.5 weeks have been filled with many hours of reading information about all the things possible with HTML and CSS.  Wait, CSS?  Yes, I had heard of this before but apparently that too is important.  Turns out, I am now in LOVE with CSS as it makes designing a website really easy.  Here is a big shout-out to W3 schools; you made my life so much easier!

I am proud to have my first blog post about an accomplishment because I am damn proud!  To all you tech and IT people reading this, don’t laugh.  This was seriously a big step for me.

While I am sure there are a few more things that I will be tweaking on my website in the near future, I have a great start.  What’s next you ask?  Well, I hear JavaScript is pretty nifty.  Can’t wait!