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Why I quit my job to work in Sweden - Part 2: "It's like iTunes, and someone bought all the songs for you"

I love music. The first album I got was Michael Jackson, "Dangerous", on audio cassette. I played the hell out of it on the Philips D-8484 boombox at home.

More than twenty years later, that cassette is gone. And even if I still had it, I don't have a device to play it on. I could buy the MP3 album for $9.99 on iTunes or Amazon. But I won't.

Instead, I can listen to this album and 15 million other songs on Spotify, with 10,000 new tracks being added every day(!). When I'm bored with Michael Jackson, I can switch to this week's Billboard Hot 100 charts, listen to a Puccini opera, or check out new artists in the Last.fm app.

This simply amazes me! Are these the same major labels that sold us broken CDs just 10 years ago? (To be fair, they didn't call them "broken" back then. They used the term "Copy Control™".)

If you haven't done so, you should try it! And I don't say this because Spotify pays me to say it. They don't pay me yet. :-)

Here's my Spotify profile: http://open.spotify.com/user/1120482020
Below is a song by a band that I discovered a week ago on Spotify and that I've been playing ever since: http://open.spotify.com/track/01UYorRUEgQaHlzUGXJKt1
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Bernhard Freitag's profile photo
 
I have to agree, Spotify is really a amazing service. Do you want to invite friends for a party and you need the right music - no problem you will find it. Yes I have also a playlist called 'Party' ;-) Until now I found every song I searched for... (folk music like Stoakogler and songs from soundtracks like Oliver Onions and much much more.)
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