When Spotify first rolled out the the US market a few weeks ago I wasn’t exactly impressed. I was lucky enough to get an invitation but after about ten minutes of using the software I found that it didn’t really offer anything for me. I didn’t want to pay for mobile access and I felt searching for songs and albums to make a playlist was a little much. That is why I like Pandora. I can just create a channel and let it play. I get plenty of music from various artists that all fit the theme of the station. I felt Spotify might be a nice iTunes replacement but otherwise I was sticking to Pandora. That was until I discovered there is more than just music on Spotify.
I had a nice conversation with a friend over the weekend about watching hours and hours of stand-up comedy when we were kids. Back when Comedy Central first started, as The Comedy Channel, they played tons of stand-up. That was the majority of the programming. I got addicted to stand-up during my high school years and have been a fan ever since. Sadly, good stand-up on TV has mostly disappeared. After my conversation over the weekend I was really missing those days and on a whim booted up Spotify to see if, by chance, any comedy was on there. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. There is tons of stuff on there! In fact, I haven’t looked for anything yet that I haven’t found. Ooops, I take that back. I just went looking for some Bill Hicks and the selection is short but hey, I guess you can’t win it all. Otherwise, I have been very impressed with the selection. In fact, having access to this stuff is almost worth a subscription. Almost.
At $5.00 I think I would be in. Yes, there is a plan at that price but it doesn’t include mobile. That is a deal breaker for me. Spotify just doesn’t have value to me if I have to pay $10.00 for mobile access. I really like the service. I really like the software, but the price point doesn’t fit my perception of adequate value. I can’t really explain why but it just seems like a little much. That’s too bad too because over the last 12 hours or so I have really begun to enjoy something I originally dismissed.
So, I guess I love Spotify but not enough to actually help fund the service. Is that wrong?