I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Apple ever since I bought my first laptop. They have their own drawbacks and benefits, but there has been one Apple product that stands out among all the rest. No, I’m not talking about any version of the iPhone. I’m talking about the iPod classic.
iPod classic was certainly one of the best products Apple has ever designed. The design might be a little clunky for people who are used to slimmer models of iTouch, but it is still rather compact, especially since it could store up to 160GB of music. The iPod Classic was a dedicated device that was intended for people who have a huge collection of music, and want to carry their entire collection in their pocket.
The iPod classic did not support any other apps, or come with a touch screen, but it had it’s own charm. The music quality was amazing, and it came in 32GB, 64GB and 120GB models. One could even choose to store movies on this device!
My iPod classic has seen a lot of wear and tear, but it’s because I do not step out of my house without it. I’m still rather upset with Apple’s decision to discontinue the product. Guess I’ll just have to take better care of my iPod classic- there will be no replacing it, after all.
I was introduced to 8tracks back in 2013 and I’ve been using it since then. I was rather satisfied with the way music was presented on the website and I never really found a reason to go exploring for other sites like 8tracks. A close friend of mine compelled me to try Spotify for the first time. I was actually quite sure I would not like Spotify more than 8tracks, but after using the former for about a week, I feel like my opinions have changed.
The principle behind both the websites are similar. It’s an online radio/streaming service. There are pre-created playlists that are divided on the basis of genres, moods, events, etc. There are some areas in which Spotify certainly excels over 8tracks, though. Spotify allows you to jump between a playlist, to skip songs you don’t want to listen to, or get to another song first. 8tracks however, plays songs in a particular order, and you don’t have a way of knowing all the songs that are on a particular playlist till you have listened to all of them. You can only use the skip button a limited number of times during an hour, which is rather limiting too.
So, if you are looking for an online radio that is user-friendly, and has an appealing interface, Spotify is certainly the winner- and I have no qualms admitting that.