Radiohead’s Thom Yorke isn’t a big fan of Spotify, to say the least. In an interview with the Guardian he called it “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse” (referring to the record industry). Whilst I’m not entirely sure what that would sound like, I bet there’s a recording of it somewhere on Spotify.
The trouble is, for all of the justified criticisms of Spotify’s poor royalties for artists, it’s just too damn convenient. Whilst the streaming music service has made a massive dent in the amount of piracy taking place (another major bugbear for artists), it’s also made owning physical discs or even specific MP3 files seem like a lot of effort.
The only drawback to Spotify seems to be that it’s difficult to get your music from the app on your phone into that nice speaker system you’ve got setup. So here are 5 possible solutions to make the most of Spotify.
Plug in some cables
The easiest solution - and the most boringly low-tech solution - is to simply head over to Maplin and grab yourself a long 3.5mm jack cable - to plug into the headphone socket on your phone/tablet/computer, and the other end into your stereo’s RCA sockets. That way, whatever sound your device outputs will play through the speakers. The downside of course, is that your device will then be tethered to wherever your stereo is - you’ll have to leave the iPad propped up on the mantlepiece, and have to suffer the 21st century indignity of actually getting up to change the song. Horrifying. But c’mon, this is ShinyShiny - we can do better than this, right?