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Spotify Play Button: Music To My Ears

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Spotify launched a new feature earlier this month known as the Spotify Play Button. This interactive feature allows any website or blog to include songs, albums, or playlists from the music service on any page. Anyone can listen to the playlists chosen by the page's author–provided the free Spotify application is installed on his or her computer. Clearly this new feature is an attempt to increase Spotify's user base to take on other music services like Pandora. I've been an avid fan of Spotify for some time now, and highly recommend the free service to others. Spotify allows users to listen to a radio station featuring artists similar to your favorites, share your music socially via Facebook integration, and select individual tracks to play when you want control of your music (a feature Pandora lacks). What's better, none of the music from Spotify needs to be physically downloaded to your computer–it's all in the cloud. Including the Spotify Play Button... Read More »

Fluff Is For Marshmallows—Not Blogs

We are twelve days into 2012. In the blogosphere, that means 2,987 posts have already been published on “Launching a New Blog in the New Year”, 3,491 bloggers have suggested steps to increase site visibility on search engines, and 9,523 articles have been written on how to get readers to be awesome and share posts. (All numbers approximate.) Most of us have read or seen similar articles, written by bloggers who promise to propel your blog to thousands of readers in five magical steps. While I enjoy the ones that are useful, far too often the posts are filled with overly generic suggestions on blogging that don’t provide any unique insights. When that happens, the advice comes off as unoriginal and forced. This practice is what I like to call inserting fluff into blog posts—words that take up space, but don’t advance an argument or conversation. It needs to stop! Read More »