Today’s blog begins with a music search.
A few nights ago, I couldn’t fall asleep. As is usual on nights like these, I took refuge in my iPhone, hoping that looking over apps and reading a bit would make me drift off into sleep.
Sleep came, but not before I looked over two music apps on my phone: Spotify and Amazon Music. (I don’t think I need a third, which is why I’m not not going to spend the $20 a month for the new Tidal service.) Aside from the collection of music I had already imported into iTunes, Spotify has been my go to. The app literally has every album I could want, aside from The Beatles, which I have on iTunes anyhow.
Spotify and Amazon music
I’ve written quite a bit on my liking of Spotify over the years, but something in me changed on this sleepless night.
After looking over the new releases on Spotify, I became bored and, by chance, selected the Amazon Music app next.
The Amazon app really is nothing special, but in it holds a monumental truth. See, you can’t find everything you could possibly want, unlike Spotify, on the Amazon Music app. In fact, it offers you an interface for your uploaded music and a smattering of well-selected albums for free, offered through the Prime program.
Surprisingly, I found myself enjoying the search for an album in an app that did not have unlimited resources. It reminded me of years ago when I would search for an album in the record store, hoping to find that gem amongst the stacks.
The more I looked at the offerings, the more I realized that Amazon’s selection wasn’t random, but well thought out. Enough to keep me satiated as a listener.
The process reminded me of my shopping experiences at Costco. There, you won’t find everything, but what you will find are carefully selected products you would most likely want.
There’s a lot to be said for a tailored selections. I appreciated my experience on Amazon Music so much that soon after I canceled my monthly membership to Spotify.
Less is more, and my experience with Spotify and Amazon Music reminded me of just that.