Archiving Spotify playlists

Music Non-Stop

Article from Issue 167/2014

For a monthly fee, the Spotify streaming service beams music onto your desktop or phone. To intensify the groove, Perlmeister Mike Schilli archived his Spotify playlists for eternity using an OAuth-protected web API.

The media beat is leaving legacy data carriers behind – and increasingly heading online. Faster even than newspapers are being replaced by e-papers, CDs are losing their original significance, with more and more consumers streaming music and movies.

At the same time, a change in licensing is on the horizon: A Blu-ray disk that you purchase and just view once often turns out to be a dust-catcher after a single evening's viewing pleasure; it just occupies valuable living space on specially designed shelves expensively acquired for nothing but this purpose. Three moves later, the owner is likely to sell the rarely touched box at the local flea market. So, why would you actually want to own copies of music and film products?

Marketers in a State of Shock

The established music marketers slept right through the trend. These "gramophone companies" would prefer to uphold their 100-year-old business model, and some artists are complaining, too  [1]  – whatever, I have my sights firmly set on the future already. Third-party providers, such as the video streamer Netflix in the United States, Canada, and the UK (and soon also in other European countries [2]) or music-only services like Pandora, Rhapsody, or Spotify [3] are making quite a good living out of online rental.


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