Applications getting it right

Spotify, cross platform music service

I’m all for decent cross platform applications that make my life easier. Dropbox is the perfect example. Since getting a Macbook back in March and splitting my computing life between Windows (for .NET development at work) and Mac, I’ve been eager to find decent cross platform apps I can use, step forward Spotify.

The cross platform streaming music service has blow up in popularity and it’s not hard to see why. Built around an advertising model, Spotify has built a lightning fast desktop application that allows me to access all my music on Windows and Mac, seamlessly. It’s a service I don’t mind paying for either. I can keep all my own music in Spotify, buy tracks and share music quickly (drag and drop) with Facebook friends that have enabled Spotify social. I’m not a great lover of iTunes and as Winamp isn’t available on Mac, Spotify serves my needs as a music player whilst also giving me access to a wide variety of tracks, anytime I’m online, just by searching.

Spotify are on to a real winner with Facebook integration. It’s easy to see your friends top tracks, playlists and share songs. It all works really smoothly as well. It begs the question is Spotify the modern distribution channel the music industry has been seeking?

I’ll also mention Bootcamp, from Apple, a Mac OS X utility that allows the installation of Windows on a Mac(book). I recently set up my Macbook to dual boot with Windows Server 2008 R2 so I can work remotely on OuterArc’s .NET codebase. Bootcamp made the install very simple and the latest version (3.1) means I can use all my Macbook features (built in wi-fi, iSight camera, sound card, function keys etc) out of the box in Windows. It actually improves the Windows experience as everything works straight away and I can use the play, previous and next hotkeys with Spotify. Beautiful.