20X13 (Spotify, Rdio & Deezer Playlists)
If you've been following along with my end of year posts, you've probably caught on to the fact that I am kind of doing the same lists that I did last year… only most of the lists are a little big bigger this year. My ‘100 Tracks of 2012’ became my ‘150 Tracks of 2013’ ( PART 1 | PART 2 | PART3 ). My '5 Favourite EPs of 2012' became my '10 Favourite EPs of 2013'. My '5 Favourite Albums Of 2012' became… well actually, I that the same and did my '5 Favourite Albums of 2013'. But 2 out of 3 things is definitely the start of some sort of pattern.
So when it came to replicate the extra big Spotify playlist I did last year —for those of you out of the loop, I did a '212 Of My Favourites From 2012'— I figured it would make more sense to do something a little different. And by different I just mean bigger (because '213 Of My Favourites From 2013' wouldn't really count as much of an upgrade). And it was while riding that train of thought that I came up with '20x13'.
As you might have worked out (because you're so clever with numbers) 20 x 13 = 260. And since you're also clever with figuring out where an obvious story is going… you've probably already sussed out how big this year's Spotify playlist is. If you haven't, I'll tell you. It's 260 tracks big. And not just 260 tracks big… but 260 artists big.
“But I don't use Spotify” you say. Well, I've also created (almost) the same playlist for Rdio and Deezer (some tracks that were available on Spotify were not available on the other platforms). So whatever streaming service you use (as long as it is one of those 3), you can put one of these playlists on shuffle and have a 16 hour chunk of your day totally sorted for tuneage.
Now some of you might be thinking… “Hey, I thought you said that you were getting rid of your Spotify subscription?”. Well, I did. And I've been spending that £5 a month (and more) over on Bandcamp. But that doesn't mean that I still don't use streaming services for what they're great for. And what are they great for? Well, sampling tunes / keeping track of records your interested in + using as a replacement for the usually shitty radio (especially when I am at work… where we have a Spotify subscription). So nice try trying to catch me out on being a hypocrite, mom.
Well, I guess that is more or less all of my end of year lists. I might have a couple more to come, but we'll see (I have the topics for a few more lists… but not sure if I'll have the motivation to get them done now that there is 2 new seasons of Dexter on Netflix). So Happy Christmas and Merry New Year and hopefully 2014 will be another good one.