Friday, July 17, 2015

2015 Week 28: Reasonable Doubts

spotify v google
Stream of Justice!
Everyone knows how much I love my Spotify Premium. So it may come as a surprise to hear that I'm considering a breakup.  One feature I always liked was the ability to load songs that Spotify didn't already have into a local playlist on your phone and then be able to listen to a mix that would include such obscure little bands like The Beatles, for example. This was even one of the main reasons I had for switching from iPhone to a Galaxy, so I could put in an SD card and load tons of music without worry. Well, Spotify's latest desktop apps have made this impossible because they aren't reading local files properly and when they do, they did away with the ability to search them. At this point I'm not even sure how much music I have on my local hard drive because it won't even count it properly.

So I'm looking at Google Music as my next option. I have to stream because I listen to too many odd things and I need to be able to explore at will. I can't be held back by preset stations or any sort of limitation. Google lets you upload up to 50, 000 songs into the cloud to stream from anywhere, using the Google Play app. I'll be giving this a try very soon to see how it works. I don't know. Spotify does seem to have better social and discovery features, but it may just be a matter of getting used to it. We'll see. 

In the meantime, here's this week's Spotify playlist. Once again, I was listening to Serial all week, which I finished so this is an ode to that podcast. It's about murder, guilt, innocence, suspicion, lies and general complexity. I think all humans want to be heard and understood and not getting that can be frustrating. I still don't know what side I come down on in the case, but I'll go into that over at the other blog this weekend maybe, so stay tuned. For now, listen to Reasonable Doubts.

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