To our new Dutch readers and the rest of you new music fans, welcome to the Pansentient League, a blog that’s (mostly) about music-streaming service Spotify. You’ll find all sorts of Spotify-related articles and links on this site, as well as some reviews and news about my favourite music genres and the occasional post on science-fiction books and gadgets.
If you’re new to Spotify, here’s a primer with some of the best links and resources to help you get the most out of Europe’s most awesome music service.
Some essential Spotify links:
- The SPOTIFY RESOURCES page at the top of the blog lists all the very latest Spotify-related site, blog, application, and resource. Every couple of months or so, the list is moved across to the Spotify Resources Page on Spotify’s own website.
- We recently ran the first Spotify Community Site Awards – The Spotties! – where thousands of Spotify fans voted for their favourite sites and apps across several categories such as Best Playlist Sharing Site and Best Remote Control. Here are the winners!
- Spotify used to publish lists of all the new music released on their service. They don’t do this anymore, so instead check out the NEW ON SPOTIFY page for a list of new-release albums and singles added to Spotify over the last 7 days.
- Your favourite band not on Spotify? An album you love that was there last week has disappeared from Spotify? Although the library of songs is growing at a phenomenal rate, the record labels and artists sometimes decide to remove their music. SPOTIFY REMOVALS lists what’s Missing In Action.
- Spotify Twitter List – Real-time list of Spotify news and views as tweeted by the most influential Spotify users on Twitter.
Here are some of the most popular Spotify-themed posts on this site from the past year:
- The Spotify Money Flow – a simple graphic to show how artists get paid by Spotify.
- Why I Subscribed to Spotify Premium – I used the free service few months then went premium. Here’s why.
- How Spotify Replaces Piracy for Music Discovery – Another simple graphic to highlight the shift from illegal bittorrents.
- Spotify: An Independent Artist’s View – Guest-post from the synth band Northern Kind which provoked a fascinating comments thread about the pros and cons of indie artists releasing their music on Spotify.
- How to Support Your Favourite Bands – Some ideas on how to say thank you for the music.
Here are a few tips and tricks:
- Managing Your Spotify Music Collection – One way to manage all your music in Spotify.
- Replacing your mp3 Collection with Spotify Shortcuts – How to clear up some disk space.
- Who to Follow on Twitter for Spotify Users – Some of the regular Spotify tweeters.
- 5 Tips for Making a Better Spotify Playlist– A few suggestions to take or leave.
And here are some content-related posts:
- Labels on Spotify – A clickable list of some of my favourite record labels on Spotify.
- Science Fiction TV Soundtracks on Spotify – Two of my favourite things: Sci-Fi and music!
- Stand-Up Comedy on Spotify – Spotlighting some of the wealth of stand-up comedy in Spotify.
- Videogame Soundtracks on Spotify – A look at computer game music in Spotify.
Finally check out my Spotify Predictions for 2010 – looks like a few have come true already…
Is there a feature you’d like to see about Spotify? Let us know in the comments!