Music has always been a huge focus in my life. I remember saving my pennies and buying my very first record. Actually, it was TWO records: Boy George and The Culture Club’s Colour By Numbers (in color nonetheless!) and Olivia Newton John’s Let’s Get Physical. Then there were the cassettes. The best of which included Micheal Jackson Thriller and Cindi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual. The cassette was my era. We swapped tracks filled with inuendos in the form of mixed tapes, lovingly crafted with the push of FF, Pause, and Play/Record buttons. Next came and went CDs and along with them brick and mortar CD stores. Today everything is digital and starts with an i. itunes, ipods, and iphones. Still a music junkie, I now get my fill with virtual radio stations like Pandora and Spotify only to be wooed by the newest audio kid on the block, Songza. This local New York company fufills my nostalgia for a good ‘ole mixed tape, making good on their promise for Good Music making Good Times. Their playlists are curated by music experts to give you specific recommendations based on time of the day you’re listening, mood, and/or activity you’re engaged in. There’s a playlist for everything from commuting to concentrating. I think the folks at Songza know that everyone’s life should have a soundtrack. They helped me find mine. What would be yours?
I will admit I have been a die hard Pandora user since it’s inception. So, when my instructor Nicola Yvette asked me if I used Spotify, I was clueless. At first glance I couldn’t be bothered learning a new interface and letting go of my current playlists on ol’ Pandora- but the buzz about this newcomer was getting louder. I realized I had to try it out and dipped my toe in with the free version. Much like my old friend, you can listen to millions of songs on your computer sprinkled with irritating commercials- big deal. On further exploration though, you can see where Spotify really shines. They took social media and infused it with music sharing. Make a playlist, search for your buds on the FaceBook and subscribe to theirs. Don’t fret, you’ll still have the ability to listen to a radio station based on that new Carly Rae Jepsen song. Pay $5 a mo to get rid of those pesky Rite Aid spots, or twice that to have the luxury of listening to all your playlists and tunes on your iphone while underground, no WiFi required. Just upload an actual application for your computer which works without internets, and the annoying “are you still listening?” stoppage from ahem…the other guys. Upload your iTunes to Spotify for a one stop music shop if you desire, but the biggest draw for Spotifiers is the social media interaction. Even if the thought of sharing your music choices on Twitter gives you hives, this is worth trying. Get the premium for gratis for 30 days. See if you even miss…what’s their name again?