A few months ago, my (laptop-based) music library was wiped again. This is probably about the third time this has happened. The first and second times involved a bath and a can of tomatoes respectively, but that is a story for another time. The point is, this loss is really annoying and it actually made me think there must be an easier way of remedying this than performing the rigmarole of loading each individual CD back onto my iTunes library and spending hours making sure everything was correctly ordered.
My girlfriend had for ages had Spotify and ran rings around me choosing the music playlists for any particular event – e.g. a house-party, a dinner, etc. And, for when you were out and about, away from wifi access, she could download playlists, songs or albums and save them to listen to on the journey. I was impressed. So next time my music library was broken, I decided enough was enough and signed up for a free trial.
As you can guess what comes next, I won’t bore you with the “it changed my life” stuff (although it actually has), but basically I cannot think of anything more cutting edge and Mod than Spotify. I don’t now need to actively manage a whole shedload of songs on my iTunes (paying £10 or so to download or, buy in-shop, an album). I have access to almost everything, from Quincy Jones to Steve Cradock. From Madness to Joe Meek, at the touch of a button for £10 a month or so. If I read something online or someone mentions some niche band or tune, I can be there in an instant, listening to their whole album.
As a music lover I can tell you I understand the attraction of vinyl so I’m not saying throw it all away. CDs I can leave to be honest, but vinyl has a mystery about it, especially since the album artwork also ends up being nice and big. Plus some of those bits of plastic might be valuable someday. But it’s not like you take a vinyl player with you on your daily commute and it certainly isn’t the case that you own everything by everyone such that you can just whack it on while you cook the steak.
So I say give it a try. I meanwhile, will rejoice in the collapse of the giant record cartel and music for the millions.