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Spotify limits access to free services

In Web Services on April 16, 2011 by Daniel Schildt Tagged: , , , , , ,

Here’s how the changes will affect Spotify Free/Open users:

  • New Spotify users will be able to use free service as it is today for the first 6 months.
  • As of May 1st, any user who signed up to the free service on or before November 1st 2010 will be able to play each track for free up to a total of 5 times. Users who signed up after the beginning of November will see these changes applied 6 months after the time they set up their Spotify account.
  • Additionally, Spotify will limit total listening time for free users to 10 hours per month after the first 6 months. That’s equivalent to around 200 tracks or 20 albums.

Yet another sign that ads don’t pay enough to keep services open. As for network infrastructure, Spotify is heavily based on P2P technology but that does not still change that the record companies who own Spotify wouldn’t want to get money out of it. Yeah, cost of 10 € per month isn’t that bad for the amount of music but it’s just a payment for an access to music, not for the music itself. Still, considering how much concert tickets cost these days, it really isn’t that much…

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Newspapers without papers: API interfaces to the news

In Newspapers,Web Services on June 22, 2010 by Daniel Schildt

At the last post I wondered if it would be good idea that newspapers would offer full text archives of their content via API’s or something similar. Apparently I didn’t remember the fact that The New York Times and The Guardian have released their news contents via different APIs that make it possible to do variety of different things with them. Some people have already done data visualizations based on The Guardian’s data and there’s huge potential in how information can be analyzed if person just has enough skills for it. These two news providers aren’t even the only as there are 26 other news API providers in list at website of ProgrammableWeb.

Recently Tomi Ahonen wrote about how people are moving from traditional newspapers to mobile news delivered via MMS messages. It’s more about content distribution than providing interface to search and analyze various kinds of content but the main idea is still visible: people have been moving away from paper. It’s not that there wouldn’t room for magazines printed to paper; there might still be time for newspapers on papers for some time. Paper is still cheaper than iPads for quite bit of time but if digital readers become as cheap as some moderately expensive books then it will become less and less ideal to run paper via traditional printing processes.

Paid news aren’t going away but there is surely need for more options on how people can get the news they want, easily as possible. While digital distribution isn’t exactly even close to “free” (there can be quite bit of costs for larger news providers), some might save large amounts of money per magazine as traditional printing costs go away. Wholeheartedly hoping that people trained as journalists still continue what they do, even when their distribution channels will change from paper to various different electronic devices.

Future of news is in mobile reading, not in traditional computer screens. It’s not to say that there wouldn’t be huge need for information via large screens (it’s often more effective way of reading things) but more about the availability of mobile devices out there. While there are problems in data transfer of 3/4G networks, it should be noted that much of content distribution can be done with just MMS messages. It might not be even close to same interactivity but at least there are larger amount of capable devices/users compared to those who use Internet via mobile browsers.

Things are moving fast and hopefully people find new ways of communicating more effectively, whether on large screen or on other electronic devices.

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Posterous makes it easier

In Web Services on October 6, 2008 by Daniel Schildt Tagged:

Yes, there really is way to do things better. I just hope that Posterous will make me to write and publish more content now that it’s quite easy as writing email.

Life is worth much more than just money.

Yes, and now I feel nice after getting things done faster.