Spotify has gone social! The recent update has answered all my secret Spotify dreams. It has made categorising my music collection easier and now connects my library to Facebook. This means that I can see what my friends are listening to, and discover music through their play-lists.

In case you hadn’t guessed – I love Spotify. As a music fan who listens to more music than I would ever be able to afford, Spotify has saved my computer from all the horrible little viruses contracted from illegally downloading music.

I really don’t mind the adverts and I have, on several occasions, spent a tenner to get rid of them. After all, in my opinion the service deserves my £10 – and I’m someone not easily parted with my cash!

Ok – so you don’t “own” the music. And I can hear all the apple fan-boys arguing how owning music through the I-Store is better and a more sophisticated way of owning music.  But personally, I think that the internet has helped move away from this obsession with material ownership. Music ownership only profits the bureaucratic industry behind music production that the internet is working to dismantle (but that’s not a topic for a Sunday afternoon).

But anyway. What this new social Spotify allows is the re-emergence of the mix-tape. When nostalgic critics of digital music look back to the glorious days of CD’s and tapes they often long for the time when you would eagerly make a tape of all your favourite songs. “Kids these days aren’t valuing the music they consume – it’s all disposable now” they might say.

But what the new social Spotify encourages is the creation of playlists. Well thought out, lovingly ordered and socially distributed digital mix tapes. I have already sampled my friends efforts and I am trying to get more people to get involved.

So, I’m off to make a Jeffrey Lewis inspired history of Punk Rock. But to finish – that quote from High Fidelity:

The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don’t wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules. Anyway… I’ve started to make a tape… in my head… for Laura. Full of stuff she likes. Full of stuff that make her happy. For the first time I can sort of see how that is done.

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