I recently explained why it was hard for me to criticize Spotify, and even though I am no longer a paying user of the service, my playlists, which I’ve built and posted over the last 2-3 years are still hosted by Spotify.
The reason is that when it comes to a playlist for me the medium is as important as the music. My playlists tell a story, my story, the songs are connected to places, people and conversations I experienced. And if they were built using Spotify, they belong on Spotify, I thought.
But if these lists are all about me and serve as a document for me why should they be owned by someone else? I already own each one of the songs I include, I don’t need Spotify for this. I thought.
But then why haven’t I posted a single playlist since May? And that’s where the value of the service was for me. I’m leaving Spotify once and for all. The playlists will remain there for anyone that might find some value in them, but they belong here, in my website, even if it just as