For those who haven’t noticed yet Facebook released their updated news feed, which at first glance, has been hated by many and praised by a select few. With the updated news feed users can see all their friend’s activities. Users can select to opt-out of receiving the real-time updates of their friends, by going to their friend’s page and clicking on the “Subscribed” button and uncheck the comments option. It’s a bit of a pain to individually going through all your friends and deselect their likes and comments option, actually so much so I’ve given up and I think that’s what Facebook wants.
With the new real-time updates from friends, I am now inundated with what everyone is listening to on Spotify. Yes, you can turn that off too by going to your friend’s update and click on the tab at the top right of the update and clicking “hide all Spotify.” Part of me finds it interesting to see what everyone is listening too. It’s also funny to see what the ‘influencers’ are listening to and then to see other people follow their lead. Monkey see monkey do! I had an invite to Spotify when they started here in the US but I hadn’t logged in and used it until now. I just can’t get into streaming music services, especially when I have to pay. I have a pretty extensive music collection where all I need to do is hit shuffle on my music player and I am good to go. –that’s just my personal bias towards the services.
I have a feeling this is just the beginning of social sharing of different music services. New music services that have popped into my stream this week are from Touch Tunes Digital Jukebox and Radio.
Touch Tunes Digital (http://touchtunes.com)
Touch Tunes Digital Jukebox is a nifty idea for those who frequent bars and hit up the jukeboxes. Touch Tunes Digital lets you create and online account with a playlist of songs you listen to. When you are at a bar with the Touch Tunes Jukebox you can login and all your songs are right there for you to choose from to play. This is great if you need to set-up a playlist ahead of time. Granted you still have to pay to play your playlist of songs, but if you are logged into the Jukebox and play your songs you receive bonus credits for songs. It’s nice to have a perk like that. The downside to the online listening aspect of Touch Tunes is it doesn’t let you listen to the entire song, just fragments. Touch Tunes really need to cut a deal with the labels to enable full streaming.
RDIO is another online streaming service. There is a free account to try the service out for 7 days, otherwise streaming music starts at $4.99 a month. The $4.99 a month package is for web streaming only, if you want to stream on your phone or even your Roku device you need to upgrade to the Unlimited $9.99 a month plan. The RDIO service is very social friendly enabling you to sharing the music you are listening to with your friends on Facebook, if you choose or just share with your friends you connect with on Rdio.
Spotify has a free streaming account that doesn’t expire. It does limit how you can listen to the music on your account. You can play, organize, share, and have access to artist radio –a Spotify generate playlist, but you are unable to stream the music on a mobile device, have access to higher bit rate music, or listen to music when you are not online. The biggest perk about Spotify is the desktop software. If anyone out there is like me, you may have a couple different browsers open with multiple tabs and close them as fast as you open them. This is what I call being efficient, but I also close tabs that I really didn’t mean to close. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve closed my streaming music tabs.
I am just waiting for Google Music to let me share what I am listening too. Granted Google Music lets users stream their own music collection online. Which means Google doesn’t supply it; therefore the only information that could be shared is the text of what the user is listening to and not the link to the music stream. This is an area Google music needs to work on. Also I just wonder when Pandora will jump on the social sharing bandwagon.