Techaccino Tuesdays: Streaming Spring Weekend


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In case you haven’t already gone through all your news sites and blogs since you got back, don’t worry: you really didn’t miss anything. One thing you may remember from before break is that SPRING WEEK(END) is upon us is only 2 weeks away, and the lineup is about as good as it could have been. So before you set your alarm for 7:55 a.m. tomorrow morning and start posting angry comments all over Facebook about how the system is down, consider listening to the lineups. To aid you, here’s a comprehensive review of all the online options you have to stream the (now 7) artists for free — pick one and stick to it!

Grooveshark (Bonus playlist)
Grooveshark boasts the largest catalog of music out there with only one caveat: it’s all user-uploaded. So don’t be surprised that a few songs may not work, and a large number of poor-quality live versions will leak into your playlists. Once you have it all set up though, you’re good to go! Let’s just hope the feds don’t get to it to soon… (Addendum: Apparently now there are ads?! Although the site used to be the last bastion of ad-lessness, these ones are only 30 seconds long every four hours, and only for regular users… Whew.)

Spotify (Bonus playlist)
Spotify‘s catalog is the second largest, thanks to endorsements from all the major record labels, and for long-time (read: over six months) free users, you can now play and skip all songs as many times as you want. With tight integration with Facebook and iTunes, chances are you can already find some of your friends’ playlists on there. Just ask yourself if you’re strong enough to deal with incessant, stuck-in-your-head ads… (Again, as long as that 6-month honeymoon continues…)

Pandora/MOG/Rdio
Essentially variations on the theme of “you can listen to a limited amount of music, but we select what comes up and you can’t really skip and you have to deal with ads”, all three sites are great for those who are looking for convenience, mobility (Pandora has a free phone player), and an “if you like these guys then you’ll LOVE this” philosophy. In the end though, you’ll only get a limited sample of actual Spring Weekend artists, especially since they have smaller album catalogs, but try making a Walkmen station and see what pops up!

YouTube
The ultimate resource for those impromptu “dude, you gotta hear this song” moments. Why not keep them going? This time around, pick a song, then click on “Add to” beneath the video to create a playlist. Maybe all those music vids will help you recognize one of the artists at a Benevolent St. afterparty and help you score you an autograph on your neon tank, or maybe something more — the legend of the 2009 Biltmore party with Diplo lives on. If you can deal with poor sound quality (240p… we meet again) and missing some of the deep cuts, there’s no reason to end your YouTubing relationship.

Rhapsody
What the… no. Pick one of the options above, instead of paying so much for an outdated service.

Napster
TOO SOON, MAN, TOO SOON.

Next week, we’ll talk about things you can plug into your new iPad. Spoiler alert!: your nethers will appreciate it.

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