It's one thing to explain Spotify but nothing beats a demonstration. I guess it's hard to wrap your head around the concept of having access to the world's largest record collection, but see it first hand and you're sold.
I spent the weekend with some old friends at a cottage in the Luarel Highlands of Pennsylvania. Much of the time was spent on the deck overlooking the green hills while eating, drinking, carrying on and listening to music.
I brought along my guitar practice amp so I could plug my iPad into it. We had wi-fi so my connection to Spotify was great. I spent the weekend taking requests. What album would you like to hear? That's a difficult question to answer when the choice is so vast.
After playing numerous albums, both old and new, my friends began seeing the light. They'd walk over to the iPad and check out the great Spotify interface and ask me some questions. In the end a number of them were all talking about how they planned to sign up for Spotify as soon as they got home Sunday evening.
Spotify wasn't the only app I promoted. There were two of us left awake on the deck around 1am. The half moon had set and the stars blossomed in the sky. It turns out my friend was a bit of an astronomy buff. He began pointing out some of the winter constellations on the horizon, explaining how in a few months they'd be overhead.
I pulled out my iPhone and opened up the Star Walk app. I held it up to the sky and it showed us exactly what were looking at, giving name to everything we saw. He was amazed, taking my iPhone and moving it across the sky. So now he had two apps to buy when he got home.
Sometimes my friends make fun of my tech geek tendencies. That's ok. In the end I'm glad I'm able to enrich their lives.