Spotify vs Napster

As the great Jim Croce once wrote, “Guess that it was bound to happen, was just a matter of time…” and so I clicked the link that the once wonderful Spotify had provided to read the news that they had succumbed to hard finance and decided to charge a monthly fee for their services now.

Ah well, ’twas a good concept while it lasted, legal access to a library of streaming music, not as extensive a library as Napster from whom I migrated those couple of years ago, but a decent enough portfolio none the less, and free, note that bit, it was free.

Paid for by advertising they boasted for that was the business plan, play a short advertisement every three or four tracks and all will be fine, its not too much an imposition on your customer and your business will have the income it requires, in theory it was a good plan, in practice the advertisements tended to be exclusively advertisements for Spotify, which probably isn’t what the founders had planned, they had probably told their bank managers that other companies would advertise with them too but they proved to be few and far between.

So £5.99 a month it is then, except that the Napster £5.99 a month looks like a much better offer now, they having a much greater library of tracks and they now offering five free downloads a month in addition to your unlimited streaming of tracks – hello Napster, I’m back…


2 thoughts on “Spotify vs Napster

  1. I’ve been meaning to comment on this for ages.

    I’m in a quandary. I like the fact spotify is it’s own program on my computer, but you are right in that Napster is better value (it’s £5 not %.99 by the way). It’s also owned by a massive corporation mind you.

    what to do, what to do.

  2. I’ve decided – stick with the free Spotify and its five free plays of each track, which may or may not accidentally become recorded although of course I would have no idea how such a thing could have happened, oh no sir, none at all.

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