As you may or may not know, Spotify launched this week in the US, and I of course jumped on board. I’m going to give Rdio and Spotify a fair shake before I decide which to use full time (I reviewed Rdio a while back, and have been an avid user since the service launched), but the early lead is with Spotify even though it’s lacking the excellent discovery tools that Rdio has. Until the full review, my initial thoughts in list form:
- Awesome app on the desktop and mobile
- Amazing support & website
- Huge community
- iPhone app is easy to use, and much better than the Rdio one
- Easy to add multiple songs to a playlist or to your library
- Ability to share a particular song / album to friends just by dragging the song to your contact is amazing
- Spotify caches the music you listen to so it loads faster the next time you play it
- Dead simple playlist creation & album navigation
- Non-blue icons!
- Ability to sync Spotify songs to an iPod
- Library is global b/c it’s a website – this makes it a lot easier to keep things in sync between my home and work Rdio account.
- Album driven, as opposed to playlist driven.
- Great community
- Great discovery tools (the landing page with the ‘heavy rotation’ is the most valuable feature of the site, along with ‘ recommendations’ and ‘new releases’)
- You can tailor the library to things you want, which is viewable in the iPhone app
- Faster development
- Queue is lost between launches?
- Queue is hard to understand in general – if you go to ‘play’ an album it tends to play the first track then revert back to the queue.
- Very playlist driven, so unless you keep your music organized into many playlists, you’re forced to star almost everything you’re listening to.
- Each instance of Spotify (multiple desktop apps, iPhone app) is it’s own instance so it can feel disjointed as if you need to manage each copy on it’s own.
- No real ‘metrics’ on what you’ve been listening to a lot. Last.fm helps with this, but Rdio shines in this area of tracking what you have been listening to a lot
- The ‘application’ is really just an optimized version of the website. It’s not terrible, but there is a lag, and all of the buttons & interactions remind you that you’re on a webpage.
- The UI of the iPhone app is lacking
- iPhone app doesn’t allow you to play through/mark played your queue, only one album in queue
- iPhone app doesn’t allow you to add songs/albums to the queue * only to collections/playlists
- Adding multiple songs to a playlist at once isn’t possible.