I couldn't give a flying fig what any of my friends are listening too.....does this mean I can be excused from any more of this community nonsense, facebook links and updated apps? I'd just like my 'old Spotify' back, please!
The poll needs more options. I follow people for two very different reasons:
Artists - to be notified of new releases
Friends - to share and see what they're listening to
Well, the way Spotify works now, reason #1 totally craps on reason #2. I rarely see what my friends are listening to because artists like to stay unnecessarily active so they constantly spam my feed with either their songs or songs of those they are promoting. Total B.S.
Spotify should add filtering to the buzz feed or separate the buzz feed from the release notification system. Those that agree, please vote up ideas like this one:
No way. Music is private in my book! I don't care who likes or doesn't like what. We all resonate with our own music. As for discovering new music and artists, for me personally, I require no help, just a library and a search field. That's why I cancelled MOG when they were bought and destroyed by Beats. I hate radio and I'm not into having music chosen for me or having pop ups every half a second with "recommendations". I'm way more than capable of doing my own curation.
That's why I go with a service that allows me to turn that type of thing on or off by my choice.
The only thing I use the follow for is the artists I have made playlists of and that is it. I don't really care if anyone follows me. What I would like to have is a nice smooth functional new version of the desktop app but since that is not possible, I guess we all can waste our time with this sort of crap.
I follow people on Spotify who's Music taste is a bit similar like mine. Sometimes i send them songs they might like, or which they can add to their playlist (if they want). I just like to find people with the 'same' music taste. Through spotify i met a few people with the same taste and this gives me some kind of feeling of a music fan community (or a scene).
I used to work in a cd shop and i loved talking to people about their music tastes and whats good and bad about certain music/bands. (endless discussions :-)). On spotify this connecting with people is ofcourse different from real life, but i think i still met some cool people with interesting music tastes.
Following artists and users is one of the greatest aspects of Spotify. I love getting updates on when my favourite bands/artists release new material and have discovered music on here that just wouldn't of happened without suggestions based on what I am already listening too. As for following users even if they are complete strangers all you are doing is confirming that you like what they are listening to or that they have put together an awesome playlist. I was introduced by my sister and was a complete sceptic at first but now it's how I listen to music. One of my passions in life is creating playlists and sharing them with friends and the greater spotify community. When you get a notification on your phone to say someone has just subscribed to your playlist it's a real buzz. It's like letting somebody see your music collection and them saying "hey dude, you've got great taste". Long live spotify and long live the art of playlisting!