Over the past few months, thanks to Spotify in Canada, I have been really getting outside of “Pandora’s box”.
Of course when I refer to Pandora’s box I am referring to the amazing online music streaming site that allows you to see a radio station and then Pandora will play songs based on your selection. It’s an amazing site and we highly recommend it, but… there is one big downfall to Pandora.
The biggest things that Pandora lacks is the ability to dig deeper into an artist or band and listen to more of his/her/their songs. It’s too bad because Pandora is an amazing way to explore different music and learn about artists and bands that you would have never otherwise stumbled upon.
This is why we recommend that you add a sidekick and make your online music a dynamic duo.
In one of the guides I showed you How To Get Spotify in Canada, and now you should start to make the most of Spotify.
Let me give you two examples of when you should use Spotify over Pandora (and yes you can get both up here in Canada thanks to HMA.)
Use Spotify in Canada To Explore a New Artist or Band
Last night I went to a Kid Koala concert which was way way way outside of my musical box. You see, I’m a massive fan of country music and classic rock from the 60s & 70s. I was invited to the concert, watched a couple of Kid Koala’s videos on YouTube and felt like he was worth checking out, so I went.
Boy am I glad that I did!
For those of you who don’t know who Kid Koala is, he’s a Canadian turntablist, who rose to fame after passing around a demo tape he recorded in his dorm room at McGill in Montreal. He is extremely talented and has an incredible passion for his craft and his positive energy is contagious.
What he is not is another one of those lptop and headphones DJs that you see all over place these days who use a computer program to make their music.
When Kid Koala took the stage he actually said “I don’t have a laptop, I don’t have headphones and I’m just going to play you guys some records.”
What happened next was incredible. He loaded up the three turntables on the stage and his hands started flying back and forth at warp speed manipulating the records and the dozen or so dials and switches on his mixer.
Most of the night I spent time thinking “how does someone even come up with an idea to mix these songs together” and I was even more flabbergasted at how great the music sounded.
I loved it and Kid Koala can add 1 to the number of fans he has.
This morning when I woke up I wanted to dig deeper into his music and this is where Spotify comes in.
I fired up HMA and in a matter of a few seconds I was connected to a server in Seattle, Washington. I then launch Spotify and and searched for Kid Koala and was happy to see that was close to 100 songs that I could listen to for free.
That’s a power of Spotify vs. Pandora and I have to tell you that I do love listening to Spotify up here in Canada!
Use Spotify When You’re in a Certain “Music Mood”
We all know that music is music and emotions go hand in hand. Just like how we sometimes crave Chines or Mexican food our minds also crave certain types of music.
Most of us have certain albums or artist that we go back to over and over and, consciously or subconsciously, our current emotional state plays a part in what we want to listen to.
There is one album that that I have listened to so many times it would probably have worn out by now if it wasn’t digital. That album is Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan. See, I told you I liked the classic rock from the 60s and 70s.
I really enjoy this album at the end of a long hard day at work, when it’s raining or a little cold outside. I don’t really know why but listening to this album lets me unwind, relax and decompress from the fast paced world we all live in.
With Pandora, I can see a new radio station with one of the songs from the album (my two favorites are Tangled Up In Blue and Shelter From The Storm) and I’m lucky if I get to hear one of them. With Spotify I can listen to the whole album. On repeat if I want!
Are You Still Stuck In Pandora’s Box?
There are lots of Canadians that don’t even know about Spotify let along know that with a simple trick they can download and access Spotify up here in the Great White North (a.k.a. Canada).
What I recommend is to tag team your music and use Pandora to explore music and find new artists or bands that you like and then use Spotify to learn more about those bands and to satisfy your musical moods.
Don’t forget that you need HMA to listen to Spotify or Pandora in Canada.