Can you explain what makes Rdio more "album-centric" than Spotify, like you said in that blog? I've used Spotify and never even tried Rdio, but I've never noticed anything unsatisfying about the "full album experience" on Spotify. You search, you click the album title, and you're taken to a playlist of just songs on that album for listening. I'd be open to switching and I'm genuinely interested to know how Rdio improves upon that. Is it interface? Ease of use? Availability? Something else?
Hey, sorry for taking so long -- news last night was nuts, obviously, and then I wanted to make sure I had the latest version of Spotify installed to see if they still did things the same way. Here's what I mean, in photos:
Here's what my collection/library looks like in Spotify. A list of songs:
I can start playing one song from here, or click the album name to get to the album view:
Which let's me start playing the album or put it in a playlist. If I want to play something later, I have to search for it, open the album view, highlight all the songs, right click, add it to queue. If I like it and want to make sure I remember it/have it in my library, I have to open up the album view, highlight the songs, star them.
Browsing my library consists of a giant list of songs, starred, or in a playlist. Browsing the entire collection of Spotify is built around searching and seeing lists of song names and clicking play. The starred metaphor for each song is indicative of a "song first" collection. (I looked for other view options and couldn't find them.)
Versus Rdio's collection/library page:
A list of all the albums in my collection/library organized by play count, a one button switch and I can see those I recently added (ie: stuff I want to check out) -- as well as a list of all the artists in my collection:
To play something, it's one click: hover over the album and push play:
Want to add it to my queue to play later? Click the + button and "play later."
The entire system is built with the idea that you're listening albums and a queue of music.
Here's what Spotify's queue looks:
Ignoring the ads and "activity" feed and all that stuff -- it's still basically a list of songs, and stars and the visuals don't focus on the albums and what you're listening to ... compare that with the queue for Rdio:
On the right are the songs currently playing -- one click lets you switch between any of them, down below shows the albums playing next. Not as another giant list of songs -- but as the album itself (you can queue up individual songs just as easily if you prefer). There's a good sense of place.
Whereas Spotify is built more around playlists and creating a bunch of playlists or searching for an album -- Rdio uses the metaphor I prefer: collections of album -- being able to see everything I'm going to play, and easily shift it around. Viewing the "play queue" on Spotify, if I want to move around the tracks -- I can't. With Rdio, I can move around my "up next" albums or songs in any order I want. If on Spotify I queue up A Wilhelm Scream and decide I want to listen to Mutemath instead. I have to go find that Mutemath album and play it instead. My queue is now completely gone to shit (track 1, Odd Soul is playing) here's the next:
My Interpol album that I was playing is gone -- shit ... ok, so I go back to that Interpol album, right click it, add it to my queue:
It gets added after what I am currently playing (the song) "Odd Soul" -- not after the album.
Can I highlight all the Interpool tracks and drag them under the Mutemath songs? Nope.
Ok, back to Rdio. I'm listening to Shad ... I decide, I wanna listen to Mutemath. Do a quick search, and go "play later":
And then it puts the whole album at the end of my queue:
Just what I wanted. Ah, shit, but maybe I wanna listen to it next.
Grab it with my mouse. Drag it up.
Done. One album plays, next album plays. Everything stays organized and coherent.
That's what I mean when I talk about "full album" experience -- and how my music listening is impacted. I set what it is I want to listen to -- and then hit play and let it go. I'm not constantly having to search for albums, songs, figure out just the right way to playlist them and manage playlists and individual starred songs and other users playlists of songs -- it's all based around the album itself and the design and experience are built with that in mind.
Hope that better explains where I'm coming from. It is my far the best way I've ever listened to music ... the queue system is perfect. It's better than iTunes or anything else I've ever used. Maybe there's a way to emulate/mimic this behavior in Spotify, but I haven't been able to discover it if it is.