Spotify Comes to Roku

I have been a Spotify user and a Roku owner for quite a while but now the two have paired with the Spotify Roku channel.  This allows me to listen to my Spotify playlists in the living room or when I am in CA without having to bring and plugin my iPod into a dock.  Granted this is probably more ideal for those of you who have nice speaker systems rather than using your built in TV speakers.

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If you are a Roku user and a Spotify user go and add your Spotify channel now and start listening to your music through your living room sound system.

Spotify Needs Resume for Playlists Feature

As I realized that I now have a mix of audio book playlists and music playlists, one peeve about Spotify is that it has no ability for me to switch from an Audiobook playlist to a music playlist and back resuming where I left off on my audio book.  It has only pause/resume for the one playlist you are on and is overwritten by any other playlist you visit.

I also think Spotify can be more audio book friendly and am hoping it will increase it’s library of audiobooks as Audible.com and buying audio books is just way too expensive, I would even pay $14.99 per month for Spotify (up from $9.99) if it actually added audiobooks into it’s library that readers can listen to or download in "offline" mode to their portable devices.

Despite this I love Spotify and it is my only music app I use on my iPod touch and my PC anymore.  I used to use Winamp, as my PC music client and iTunes on iOS.

I still have an occasional issue where some of my local songs won’t sync to my iPod touch (maybe format issue or DRM?) one iTunes song I purchased and then converted to an MP3 will play on Spotify on the PC, but I can’t sync it to my iPod Touch for Offline mode, the song looks like it syncs but never plays.  I haven’t been able to figure this one out.

-Justin Germino

Spotify only iPod Touch

Was funny when my wife asked me why there were no songs on my iPod Touch and I told her I use Spotify exclusively for all my music now.  I pretty much don’t load iTunes at all to transfer music anymore to my iPod and only use the iTunes for apps, news, games that I occasionally play (I use my iPad for apps more than my iPod touch).

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Spotify is pretty fantastic and though it doesn’t have everything I find new stuff is being added all the time.  Just a few months ago I didn’t find the Greenback Boogie song which came out a few months later and just was instantly available.

I have been a paying Spotify member for a long time now and have no regrets, they still need to add more Tangerine Dream albums but I already have listened to so many I haven’t heard before thanks to Spotify.

I really think that for people who think it is worth paying for Sirius or XM Satellite radio, Spotify is worth the $9.99 per month to get unlimited music streaming and even be able to store a hundred songs offline at any one time to listen while you are in offline mode.

Spotify now has apps too that provide extra detail like song lyrics, billboard charts and even more options for building radio features and your own stations.

I just wish Spotify app existed for the Kindle Fire so I can more easily build kids custom playlists and sync their devices.  I also would like to see Spotify contract with publishers and maybe allow audio books as well.  I would pay an extra $5 per month to have audio book access on top of my $10 per month subscription.

-Justin Germino

Spotify Best with iPod Touch Android or iPad

So I have been a member of the Spotify Premium service for a few weeks now and really like instantly finding virtually any music I want online and building custom playlists of both my local content and online content.  I even can save my playlists as “offline” to where they will work when not connected to the Internet from my iPad.

However, I still have an iPod Nano and Spotify doesn’t allow syncing of playlists for online content to anything but an iPod, iPad, Windows PC, Mac OS though they have an experimental Android OS client that you can preview if you have an Android device.

This means I am probably going to have to look at adding an iPod Touch to my wish list soon as I really want to have custom offline playlists that I can listen to when working out at the gym (If I ever start going back, been on a hiatus).

So far Spotify doesn’t have everything that I have been looking for, I found some Tangerine Dream albums that I can’t get on Spotify, as well as they are pretty sparse on movie soundtracks and such.  However hopefully the service will keep adding indie and older content so that it becomes even more beneficial.  I still think they should have more options for finding random music in similar genre or category or list top charts from years past so you can easily play a top 50 or top 100 from a decade ago.

Meanwhile, the iPod Touch 8GB is going on my wish list.  I don’t actually need more than 8GB because I have an iPad 2 which I use for all video media, I would only use it for audio and I don’t need that much audio stored at once.

-Justin Germino

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