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Spotify Is Great, but Is Amazing |


It doesn’t matter if you start a room with some nearby cubicle mates or with friends scattered across the globe: what you begin to realize — almost instantly — is that taking turns playing music with friends is a kind of communication. One song leads to another. Music, enjoyable in and of itself, becomes a sort of shorthand when played among people who have shared memories attached to it. Someone plays a song that was popular when you were college, then another friend plays another song from that same period and — just like that — you’ve traveled back in time. It’s like you’re all sharing in the same inside joke.

What Sam Grobart at the Times is getting at is entirely true. It’s a shame the two music listening services launched around the same time, because while Spotify had the benefit of international hype, is a revolutionary tool.

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