With technology, I am always somewhere in the middle of pack. Not a first-adopter (I bought an iPhone 3G, the second iteration, in 2008), nor a laggard.
For a while, Apple iTunes and I have been at odds. In switching computers last year, I lost a bulk of my music library. The items I’d purchased from Apple were preserved, of course, while the songs I’d downloaded illegally or otherwise were lost forever. They don’t get backed up by iCloud.
I suppose it was karmic retribution for getting so much free music through nefarious channels, but some of it was honestly procured via DJ websites, third parties, and blogs, etc. The gray area of music production and distribution.
Nevertheless, after fighting with iTunes between my computer and my iPhones and losing even more music as local files on my phones (a change that came with a software update), which meant I had to be connected to the network or wifi to listen while at the gym, TO MY OWN LIBRARY WHICH I’D PAID FOR, I’d had enough.
I joined Spotify in May and haven’t looked back since. Sorry Apple, ya dicks!
Anyway, this is the first playlist I’ve created in Spotify. If you’re not a fan yet, let me tell you how easy it is: you pay something like $9/month, similar to the price of Netflix, and can listen to just about anything you can think of (excluding some popular albums like Beyonce’s Lemonade) on your computer (download Spotify program), phone, tablet, etc.
And if you want to have things available offline, there is a simple toggle button to that effect. I am loving it!
This playlist, named for the Italian holiday Ferragosto, includes some of my favorite songs of the moment and hopefully a few you haven’t already heard. Enjoy!