The newest music site is catching the world by storm, with demand so high there is a waiting list to get an invitation to join the site. Spotify is what happens when you combine the revolutionary idea of Napster (but make it legal), mix in a little Netflix-type action and give users more control than Pandora affords.

The site offers its members thousands of songs and CDs to listen to at any moment in any order. Pandora, on the other hand, allows users to pick a song or artist and the site creates a music station based on that interest. The problem with that method is that sometimes you don’t want to hear all the other music the site thinks you’ll like. You want to hear the artist you picked. With Spotify there is no random song order. You create the order. You create your playlists. Listen to a whole CD, listen to a mix of your favorite current hits or old-time favorites… it’s up to you.

Still, Spotify is not perfect. The site is free to those invited. But that free ticket means there are ads that interrupt your playlist from time to time. (Although it is not the same ad over and over like on Pandora.) Also, unless you pay for an upgrade and become a premium member you don’t have the option of using Spotify on your iPhone or Android device.

The other draw back is that many artists are not yet listed on Spotify – and who knows if they will ever be. For instance, you can’t listen to any Led Zeppelin or Garth Brooks on Spotify. You can, however, get most current top 40 artists.


Katie Hinderer

Katie Hinderer is a freelance writer and social media enthusiast. She holds a degree in Journalism from Marquette University. Over the years she has transitioned from traditional publishing...