Spotify is a free application which allows both mac and PC users to listen to millions of songs; completely free of charge. Users simply sign up for an account on the spotify website, download the application; and listen to all of their favourite songs. Spotify benefits from a wonderfully simplistic user interface which makes navigation of many songs very easy. The music is also in a reasonably good quality; which is always a bonus. One of the negatives of Spotify is that it does contain adverts. They are infrequent, but may annoy some. Customers can avoid this problem by purchasing a premium version of Spotify, currently £9.99 per month or £99 for a whole year.
WireTap Studio is an application which allows users to record any sound that comes out of their computer’s speakers. It currently costs $69 but was a part of the macheist bundle. WireTap Studio is extremely easy to use. This is mainly down to the fact that it contains a small and easy to use menu (pictured)in addition to the main application window. The menu allows users to start, pause and stop recording and also allows them to choose which application to record the sound from. This menu gives users the ability to quickly start, stop and pause their recordings without having to invoke the main application window. Users also have control of the file type and file quality that their recording will be. Another benefit of WireTap Studio is the ability to send recordings straight to iTunes, without the hassle of exporting from WireTap and then importing into iTunes.
Readers with a modicum of common sense will by now have realised where this article is going. If a person has the ability to play high quality music for free, as well as the ability to record any sound that their computer emits, why not combine both abilities? It is very simple to play a song in Spotify, record the audio in WireTap Studio, and then send the audio straight into iTunes. This way, users that have the time and patience - of which I have neither - to get music this way, may never have to pay for their music again.
I hope this article has encouraged readers to investigate these two phenomenal applications as well as the idea of using them together.