Spotify – What Radio Is Missing

Why People Move to The Music Platform

Radio has been going for a long time uninterrupted by competition. Sure you could argue that Television became its immediate rival as proclaimed clearly by the Buggles song on MTV, but even though TV is equally as omnipresent; radio continues its streak reaching millions of ears every day. People tune in for different reasons, fun chats, to hear the latest chart toppers or simply out of habit on a drive. Though there were once many radio plays that took the place of television, today radio’s primary function is to provide you with music. Music and generally the new and most popular variety are broadcast over radio waves constantly but nowadays people have several alternatives, one of which is the increasingly popular Spotify. Spotify came from one of the minds behind Napster and consequently has forged a legal route in providing listeners with free access to millions of songs. But what is it that Spotify does that radio doesn’t? This question begs more than a single answer.

Why People Move to The Music Platform
Why People Move to The Music Platform

Millions of Tracks

If you’ve ever listened to daytime radio for a long time it won’t take long for you to realise that the same handful of popular songs are played over and over again. This is partly how songs become popular, through repletion, yet with Spotify you have control over what your ears are exposed to. Though free members only get a shuffle option for their artists, premium members can listen to any of the 50 million tracks in the Spotify library. This means that you can listen to something different everyday for a very long time without hearing the same thing twice.

Recommendations

If you like what you hear on the radio, there is no follow up, you can’t ask the DJ to play the same artists back catalogue or request more things that sound like the track you heard. Spotify however does this exactly, with many artists having their full discography on the service you can hear more of the songs from musicians you love without having to wait. Equally there is a handy related artists section which shows you a selection of artists who sound like the one you have selected. These are people of a similar genre, style or bands who have toured together making for a smart and helpful link to even more new music.

Recommendations
Recommendations

Playlists

The radio seems to have a very short one of these running on repeat forever but in Spotify you can choose songs yourself and line them up into a playlist of your own. Pick songs for different moods or occasions and build a giant compilation of your favourites. If you don’t have thee time or the compulsion to do this, you can pick from on of the many already made ones provided by Spotify or other users themselves.

Chatting Is Optional

If you hate hearing someone talking when you tune into the radio you aren’t alone, talk shows and DJ’s can be overly chatty and can really disrupt the flow of good music. Spotify premium members get uninterrupted music all the time while free members get the odd advert every so often. If you do like a good discussion however podcasts are also available on Spotify which means you can delve deeper into whichever rabbit hole you like but this time you are in charge.