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After months of prevarication I finally ditched the eMusic sub a few weeks ago and switched instead to Spotify.
I think ultimately the deciding factor was my frustration at eMusic – both at its range of music available but also the difficulty in finding the things that are there that I would like.
In doing so I have had to set aside my reservations about how little acts get paid by Spotify although in practice I’m not sure that I’m really putting any less money into artists than before.
Certainly I’m not moving away from physical purchases – instead I’m using Spotify as a way to “audition” potential future purchases (which eMusic did to a certain extent – spec purchases through eMusic that I really liked on 2 or 3 plays usually ended up as physical purchases).
But the big advantage of Spotify is the wider range of artists available. In the last month I’ve listened to albums by a good number of artists (most of whom aren’t on eMusic) and I’ve already bought the Nadine Shah and Jane Weaver albums as a consequence and will be getting the Spinning Coin record in due course too.
And when the forthcoming Kid Canaveral’s Baubles features almost no-one I’ve heard anything by, I’ve been able to give a thumbs up (and pennies) to Girl Ray and, particularly, the Surfing Magazines.
As a salve to my conscience, if I’m listening to music on the PC, I’m tending towards using Spotify rather than iTunes since there’s no continuing benefit to the artists from listening to music ripped from purchased CDs. OK, it’s only pennies but it’s more than nothing. So, as well as the aforementioned, ‘new’ acts, my recent plays include stuff I own from the Triffids, Wire, the Dream Syndicate, Mitchell Museum, De Rosa, Kid Canaveral, Sam Barber & the Outcast and more.
PS The entire Cancel The Astronauts catalogue (almost) is up on Spotify including the following track from which the title of the piece is taken: