Go listen to Spotify’s podcast about itself that ignores the existence of iTunes

Spotify is making a podcast about its own history, and the first two episodes are properly value a listen for the particulars on the leap from piracy to streaming, how the firm determined to construct its enterprise, and the technical particulars of the way it did so. There are additionally some enjoyable interviews included, with the podcast that includes tales from Sean Parker, inventor of Napster, and Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

In the podcast, the Spotify founders focus on the historical past of piracy in Spotify’s dwelling nation, Sweden, to give context about its improvement atmosphere. It goes into the existence of Sweden’s Pirate Party, an precise political celebration that as soon as held a number of seats in the nation’s parliament. The founders additionally focus on how they wished to take the ease of pirating music however make it respectable.

If discuss about being simpler than piracy sounds acquainted, it’s most likely as a result of that was half of the pitch for the iTunes Music Store, too. It appears, for the most half, that iTunes and the iPod are just about utterly ignored. The podcast presents music distribution as going from CD shops to Napster to Spotify. Apple and Spotify aren’t the greatest of buddies, however it’s actually considerably hilarious to hear how the story utterly ignores the truth that individuals might, in truth, purchase digital music (an possibility that was round even earlier than Spotify launched).

Regardless of the lack of objectivity about the historical past of digital music, the technical depth alone makes it properly value a listen. The second episode (labeled 01) will get into how Spotify used the similar peer-to-peer tech utilized by the pirates to construct its respectable music streaming service and the way its method blew individuals’s minds at the time. Despite the fact that the story leaves some fairly necessary components out, it’s still worth a listen to hear the origins of the in style music (and, clearly, podcasting) service.


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