Now it has to be said that a quick flick through my iPhone music tracks would reveal that I have a pretty eclectic taste in music. Take, for instance, the artists beginning with D. We start off quite respectably with D.A. the until-recently-anonymously-performed track “Glowing”. Then we keep up the air of musical culture with a spot of the great David Bowie – all the hits from the Ziggy Stardust days all the way up to his latest stuff. Now then, who’s this charmer? Why, it’s Dean Martin of course! Smooth. Followed by… Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Ahem, I don’t know how that ended up in there, honest!
Maybe E will be better. Let’s see; Eagle-Eye Cherry, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Elton John, Elvis Presley, Eminem, Evanescence. Not a playlist you will see feature in many clubs or bars up and down the land, but acceptable and inoffensive enough for a local BBC radio station perhaps.
The thing is, I like what I like. If I heard something and I liked it, I used to hop onto iTunes, and for the princely sum of 79p it could be mine to listen to forever more. And then, I discovered Spotify!
For those who don’t know, Spotify is a music streaming app. You can listen to it for free on your computer, but you’ll need to subscribe for around £10 a month in order to take it mobile on your phone or tablet.
I can’t recommend it enough. It has virtually every song you can think of on there, and lots of tracks you’ve never heard of too. You can follow your friends on there and see what they’re listening to, and find playlists of music to suit whatever you’re doing – from running to a romantic night in. It suits me down to the ground, I can be listening to Ole’ Blue Eyes himself one moment, and Metallica the next!
I’m in the process of creating a playlist of songs to pump me up on the way to a wedding. So if you’re on Spotify, look me up and see what I’m listening to now!