Is Spotify the iTunes Killer?

How the streaming social service is revolutionizing the way we listen to music.

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After trenchant negotiations with record companies and much hand-wringing from impatient audiophiles, the Swedish music-streaming service Spotify. "It's been interesting watching people wrap their heads around Spotify," says Ek. "They're still discovering new ways to use it."

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Details' editors curated four playlists from Spotify's vast catalog—one for each essential soundtrack-worthy occasion.


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Two parts funk, one part jazz, a dash of French—stir and sip.

["Ford Mustang" Serge Gainsbourg

"New Beat" Toro Y Moi

"Doralice" Stan Getz

"Shooting Holes" Twin Shadow

"Afro-Harping" Dorothy Ashby

"100 Days, 100 Nights" Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

"Hot Pants, Parts 1 & 2" James Brown

"Can't Hear My Eyes" Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

"I Fall in Love Too Easily" Chet Baker



Play Time 32:54

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Let Iggy Pop and Justice unleash the beast in you.

["Signature (Thomas Bangalter Edit)" DJ Medhi

"Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi)" Janelle Monae

"Fuckin' in the Bushes" Oasis

"One Life Stand" Hot Chip

"Civilzation" Justice

"Search and Destroy" Iggy Pop

"I'm Good, I'm Gone" Lykke Li

"Hammertime (Home Depot)(Feat. Big Freedia)" Monsta wit da Fade



Play Time: 33:22

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Rock and roll—fast or slow—was made to be heard on the road.

["Desire Be Desire Go" Tame Impala

"Hold Tight!" Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

"Taken for a Fool" The Strokes

"California Soul" Marlena Shaw

"Courtesy Laughs" Phoenix

"Not in Love" Crystal Castles

"Piss Factory" Patti Smith Group

"Master of None" Beach House

"Gut Feeling (Slap Your Mammy)" Devo



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When Spank Rock, David Bowie, and the Beastie Boys tell you to get up—you get up.

["Sweet Talk" Spank Rock

"Call Your Girlfriend" Robyn

"Black and Yellow" Whiz Khalifa

"Make Some Noise" Beastie Boys

"Electric Feel" MGMT

"Power" Kanye West

"Kim and Jessie" M83

"Ce Jeu" Yelle

"Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above" CSS

"Let's Dance" David Bowie


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