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The Red Ferret Product of the Year 2008 – Web – Spotify


Oh there was such a lot of competition this year from the exploding web application industry. Significantly cool applications this year include the amazing Aviary online graphics toolset, the fabulous DropBox which offers totally seamless online file storage and sharing, the gorgeous and incredibly user friendly SnapPages website designer, and last but not least the awesome Notifu, which is simply the best online/offline telephone messaging application in the world.

But at the end of the day, for sheer incredible, disruptive, beautiful, new paradigm loveliness Spotify had the field beat. I suppose that strictly speaking it’s a software winner, but in my mind it offers all the power of the Web to deliver music from massive cloud databases, so I’m calling it web. Let’s put it this way, unless you’ve got a Net connection you’re out of luck, OK?

Anyhoo, the service comes with everything that screams success. An unbelievably friendly user interface, an awesome database of music albums with totally unrestrictive usage terms and hey, even a business model for revenue. Nothing else comes close. If you’re looking for the ultimate Internet music listening experience then this is it, until they make iTunes free of charge. Yeah right!

Features like the super cheap 0.99p day pass (ideal for that party you’re having later) and the superb artist radio which finds similar music for you to enjoy are just icing on the cake. Superb!

 Spotify is a new way to enjoy music. Simply download and install, before you know it you’ll be singing along to the genre, artist or song of your choice. With Spotify you are never far away from the song you want. There are no restrictions in terms of what you can listen to or when. Forget about the hassle of waiting for files to download and fill up your hard drive before you get round to organising them. Spotify is instant, fun and simple.


  • Apparently I live in the wrong country.
    Nothing available but the premium service. No free or day pass love here. :(

    Oh well we can only wait and hope.

  • I've sent you an invite anyway. Maybe proxy? :-)

  • Hey there Nige, got any spare invites?

  • The only thing wrong there is that they don't do a demo, or a sampler. The only option is to know someone or to pay money. It needs more of a teaser

  • Done! :-)

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