I know people say it all the time, but I truely believe that Spotify has revolutionized the way people listen to music in this time and age.
No where else can you go and sample music without purchasing the track. I know it’s not brilliant for the artists but then those who will buy the albums still will on iTunes or in physical format and so on.
For me it has opened up doorways and allowed me to discover more than I could possibly have ever done by listening to a radio station or at live shows.
At school I got recommendations from friends, and I would then go and torrent those tracks. At least with Spotify I can do it legally! And I am one of those people who will go and buy the album to support the artist if I want the whole thing.
The day, 11 years ago, when I ran home from the bus stop because my parent’s had bought a new iMac.
To many people that may sound ridiculous. Not as ridiculous as queuing up overnight for a new video game or trying to be first in line to pick up the new iPhone 5 maybe…. (I bought mine in a civilised fashion, from the store a month later)…
It’s something I wanted to talk about as it’s something clearly etched on my memory. Something that, on the anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, is something worth talking about.
That occasion filled me with so much excitement and joy as an 11 year old boy and was something that continued to enthuse me and interest me so much every day and continues to do so.
That of course wasn’t the first time I’d come in contact with Mac – my Dad used them before that at his work and we had an LC 475 if I remember. We used to play Spectre on that – great little game.
As I type this up on my 2006 MacBook which is still going strong (just about) I’d like to thank Steve for what he did with Apple, and ultimately for getting me excited about computers in the first place and I guess if this hadn’t all happened I wouldn’t be where I am now… working for a successful IT company.
Long may it last.
RIP Steve. Thank you.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
For anyone who’s a fan of business, technology and in particular Apple this book is a must-read! Great stuff!
One paragraph caught my eye – “I hate it when people call themselves “entrepreneurs” when what they’re really trying to do is launch a startup and then sell or go public, so they can cash in and move on.”
Time to live and learn!
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