Facebook users in the Spokane area have another reason to try out the music streaming service Spotify.
Spotify recently announced the top 100 songs that were played the most in the United States in 2011. The top 10 are listed in an update on their website, but seeing the whole list requires downloading Spotify.
A free version of the music streaming service is available. If someone really hates advertisements, he or she can upgrade to Unlimited for $4.99 a month or get some more features by paying $9.99 a month for the Premium version.
Choosing the Unlimited option may be the best way to go, but the free version would probably meet the needs of budget-conscious Spokane residents. Considering how hard it is to find a job right now in our area, paying $60 or more a year for the better versions of Spotify may not be the wisest use of resources.
Spotify was started in Sweden in 2006 and first went public in October of 2008. They are now based in the United Kingdom and provide music streaming services to millions of people in the United States and Europe. They recently became partners with Facebook and added another 4 million users between 2011’s annual f8 conference in September and early November of the same year.
According to Wikipedia, a Facebook account has been mandatory for all new Spotify users since September 22, 2011. The up side is that people can use the Facebook Ticker to see what their friends are listening to and share the same music or see recommendations on the new Music Dashboard. The down side is that someone’s friends can see what they’re listening to as well, which may keep a Spotify user from indulging his or her secret love affair with the dulcet tones of Michael Buble.
To give people some idea of what current Spotify users have been digging lately, here are the top 10 most-played songs, as reported by Samantha Murphy of Mashable:
1. Foster The People
“Pumped Up Kicks”
2. Gym Class Heroes, featuring Adam Levine
“Rolling In The Deep”
“We Found Love”
5. Foster The People
6. Maroon 5
“Moves Like Jagger”
7. Nicki Minaj
“Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”
9. Pitbull, featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
“Give Me Everything”
“Party Rock Anthem”
Some of those songs are played on Spokane-area radio stations, but it may come as a surprise for members of our community to find out that Foster the People has more than one hit.
The top 100 list should be a great place for people from Spokane to start looking for things they may not have heard before, or would like to hear more often. And songs can be listened to for free, which is always good–especially at the end of the Winter holiday season when people might be tightening their belts a little more than usual.