>"...it doesn't have scrobbling..." - El Reg
Not true. Spotify has Last.fm scrobbling built in.
Edit > Preferences... The first thing any self respecting individual goes to when they've installed an app or program.
"Will it scrobble?" is one of the first things I ask when considering the merits of any new media player or device. Though strangely enough, I've never got into listening to music on Last'fm.
For me, music has the following facets (listed roughly in order of how much I'm prepared to pay (per month, say)
- Forums and Blogs: conversational '2.0 social networking bit'.
- Mostly free local mags and zines and other print media (such as flyers): for generally keeping abreast of stuff.
- Radio: ambient listening.
- Last.fm: An exploration springboard based on listening habits with Foobar / Spotify / Mobbler.
- Spotify: listening to something I'm searching for specifically, that I've read about elsewhere or for listening to collaborative playlists.
- Amazon Marketplace (or sometimes a local independent): CDs ripped to MP3s.
- Live performances: of acts I know I like, or unknown acts that are playing in venues or clubs I trust.
There's only so much time available for listening to music. And so far, due to their price compared to actual CDs, bought MP3s don't get a look in in terms of prising money from me. Spotify less so. eMusic and 7 digital are nearly there. eMusics prices are appealing, but they've got a ridiculous cap on the permitted purchases per month.
Music "in the cloud" a la Spotify could be snatched away at any minute. That might be acceptable to the casual 30-50 yo listener who's just remniscing and hasn't bought more than 3 CDs from anywhere other than Tesco in the last few years anyway. But it's no good to me as anything other than a preview service.
At the end of the day, I want to know that if I've paid for the right to listen to a recording, I'll be able to go back and listen to it whenever I want.