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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Top Five Reasons Spotify Kinda Sucks

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 7:00 AM

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Yes, we know, everyone loves Spotify (even us). Yes, we know, free music is really sweet, and we feel pretty spoiled for even bringing this up. But Spotify has a ways to go before it's our favorite music app. Here are five things about the new-to-America streaming service that are kinda sucky.

5. The ads are REALLY annoying.

Okay, okay, okay, so we should stop bitching and just upgrade to Spotify Premium if we don't want to listen to ads. We get it. But do they have to be so annoying?

Ads are actually one of the big differences between Pandora and Spotify. For Pandora, the ads can be about anything -- tequila, TV shows, and so on. On Spotify, all the audio ads are for music. On the one hand, that helps keep your listening experience intact, since hearing part of some song is presumably less annoying than hearing about a new show on Fox. On the other hand, we were pretty confused when the next song on Deadmau5's album was a country song (until we realized it was just an ad). It's disorienting.

4. The seemingly awesome "featured playlists" are impossible to find.

The other day we heard an ad for a playlist by some superstar DJ, some kind of ultimate party playlist. It sounded awesome, but we were busy, so we figured we could just go back later and find it. No dice.

Call us stupid, but we haven't figured out how to find a featured playlist without clicking on the ad while it's running. Playlists don't appear in search results, and the Top Lists page only shows the most popular songs, albums, and artists (more on this later). Ever since hearing about the elusive electronica playlist, we've been waiting eagerly for another chance to click on it, but we've only heard a promo for the best country music summer hits. No thanks.

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