I was delighted to find out that Spotify have released a Symbian app. I can now listen to all my favourite tracks on the move using my Nokia mobile phone. One of the best features of Spotify is that it includes a popularity rating with each track so that you can find the most popular songs by a certain artist or in a specific genre of music. This is a fantastic feature and usually throws up some surprises, for instance, did you know the most popular Beatles track at the moment on Spotify is “Here Comes The Sun” and if you’re more of a Rolling Stones fan it’s “Sympathy For The Devil”. I’m not sure how long it takes for the popularity data to aggregate as, at the time of going to press, Susan Boyle has a number one album in many countries around the planet yet her popularity on Spotify is at zero, which I find hard to believe.
How does all this help you choose your Christmas playlist? There’s another music website I’m sure you’ll have heard of – Last.fm.
On the Last.fm website music can be tagged, much like photos can be tagged on Flickr and Picasa, with descriptions such as ‘punk’ or ‘rock’. There’s also a fantastic ‘christmas’ tag which contains data on the most listened to Christmas songs at any time on Last.fm. If you want to get people dancing and listeners singing along this Christmas then Last.fm places Mariah Carey with All I Want For Christmas Is You at the top of the charts followed by Bing Crosby’s White Christmas.