Monday, August 9, 2010


A new sprint in work from today, for the next month. The planning sessions are filled with all sorts of fun like realising that you have more jobs that need doing, than available man hours to fill. Of course, last months sprint falling apart halfway through and  most of our tasks carrying over to this month doesn't help much. Nor does half the team vanishing for holidays for half the month.

Lately, I've been trying out Spotify. It's a Scandinavian music service that's pretty cool. Basically, the company has acquired a bunch of license deals from various record labels. It's a music player that plays most of your music. I say most because a few of the albums on my computer it just wouldn't touch. As a music player itself, it's not great. Play, pause, skip, makes play lists. You can't ask for much more, but that's all it does in that regard, and doesn't do them particularly well.

How Spotify stands out, is its search bar. You can search for music, any band, artist or song that they have a license for, which I found was a massive array of artists. Once you've found the music you want, you can just listen to it or add it to your playlists. No need to purchase, though if you don't pay a subscription you'll find advertisements inserted between every two songs, not unlike a radio. You can also access your music from your smartphone on the go, if you use an Android or an iPhone.

Unfortunately, Sportify isn't available for everyone. I'll have to give it up when I come home as it's not available in Ireland yet. Hopefully it won't be too long, as it's a neat service. Though if I had money to burn I'd probably just buy the albums. It would be a bit more convenient.

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