Spotify Review

I was an early Spotify listener as I simply paid the full boat $9.99 package. I’ve been using it about 50% of the time vs. my usual listening to last.fm on the Sonos.

The good:

– I love being able to hear an entire album of new music start to finish without buying the album. Then typically I find myself buying the tracks I want. I travel too much to not have music loaded on my ipad for those flights where you are stuck in a middle seat for 2 hours on the ramp at o’hare. Plus, it is important to support the artists I like.

– The ability to send music like email is fantastic. I need to use it more. I see a lot of possibilities with this over time.

– Browsing others playlists on facebook is nice but can also be scary to see what your co-workers are listen to.

The bad:

– Hard to manage music. It loads your playlists from iTunes but it does not really work. You need the ability to buy a track and add to iTunes playlist/library directly. Ie set one master library rather than having two.

– They don’t have all the music you want to hear.

– Their new music area can be shallow with the same set of albums coming up. I’m sure they will improve the music discovery. It needs to learn like Last.fm or itunes what you listen to and like. If they merged with turntable.fm and 8tracks I’d be in heaven.

In the end I would recommend Spotify. It remains to be seen if I’ll be paying for it in six months with Apple’s cloud service coming out or drop down to the free level and lose the ability to play Spotify on the Sonos.

Kindle Review

I’ve had my kindle about three weeks now and if you are on the fence about getting one…go get it. I was unconvinced until a friend who reads a lot unexpectedly raved about his. It pushed me over the edge to buy one.

The Good:

  • The wireless works everywhere so far
  • It worked well at the beach in direct sun light
  • I read more of both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal
  • Ordering new books is quick and easy. For example as we sat on the ground at the airport in DC
  • I take it everywhere because it is small and light
  • Good battery life with the wireless off

The Bad:

  • Images from the NYT and WSJ look horrible
  • The navigation through the papers is so so. I would like to customize how I read through the paper not the way they have it programed.
  • The back cover comes off from time to time when it is in the leather case

If I had to chose between my backberry and the kindle. The kindle would win.