Finally, the day has come for Spotify to offer its services to us Swiss folk. Previously, I have spent days trying to ‘hack’ an account so that I can start paying them money instead of Grooveshark.
Why did I switch? Let’s just compare two numbers – after that, nothing else needs to be said.
Cold startup time
And that’s without Adobes’ ever annoying “There’s a new Adobe AIR update available” message that pops up every other day and takes another 30s to click through – not counting the inevitable restart of the application afterwards.
Cold Start + searching and playing a song (Paul Kalkbrenner – Aaron)
Mind you, the numbers are including typing the artist and song. Spotify would serve the song right in under 3s if I were to type fast enough. Anyway, there’s a difference of 3 magnitudes in speed!
The benchmark was done on a contemporary Macbook Air with 4GB Ram and SSD, so not the sloppiest machine in the world. 124s to start listening to a song – in other words that’s two friggin’ minutes! I honestly can’t imagine a worse user experience.
Like I proclaimed, nothing else needs to be said.
Switch now and enjoy your life instead of waiting for the music to play!
P.S.: Migrating your existing playlists from Grooveshark to Spotify is made kinda easy with playlistify – so that’s not a reason to hold back.