Social media has become one of the world’s most utilised aspects of the internet and mobile devices; including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This year has seen the up-rise of the new app ‘Snapchat‘. Instant status updates have proven to not be enough in communicating with others, and even with instagram the public seem dissatisfied with its uses. Snapchat allows consumers to take a photo and immediately send it to anyone on their contacts. The images only stay on screen for a matter of seconds but it provides the public with yet another way of presenting their every thought and action of the day.
Don’t get me wrong I have downloaded and enjoyed the app myself, it’s amusing to see some of the bizarre faces my friends and myself can pull, but it’s a very guilty pleasure. I find myself getting annoyed at the constant use of technology in our lives, I miss having a conversation with someone rather than sending faces to each other; it makes me sound very old fashioned but it’s true. The constant fear society has of being left out keeps us downloading these apps and I know I will succumb to the this temptation along with most others.
This ad for Snapchat highlights the benefits of the app, making messages seem more personal and occasionally cheeky. It aims the product at a fairly young generation, aged 16-25, as they are the ones more interested in the latest developments, especially when it comes to smart phones. However, despite its popularity at the moment I don’t have strong beliefs that it will last much longer. The novelty of the app will ware off and soon it will be known just as a craze of 2013.
I love music and spend a lot of my time listening to various bands and artists, from Einaudi to Mumford and Sons. I enjoy such a wide range that I struggle to keep buying it all, there’s too much and it ends up being very expensive. Spotify ended up being my saviour; I could listen to as much music as I liked at the small price of listening to a few adverts. Because their service has always bee free I’ve been reluctant to pay for the upgrades (Spotify unlimited, Spotify Premium) which come at a monthly cost, but more recently I have been tempted to succumb to their upgraded service. A couple of days ago I gave into temptation and payed £9.99 for the Premium deal and downloaded the app onto my phone.
So is it any good? So far, so good. I’ve really been enjoying having my playlists on my phone, it’s easy to navigate and you can even listen whilst offline. Coming up to Christmas it’s definitely going to be useful, with all those parties; we can listen to all the music we like without the ads, which do ruin the dance flow, just by plugging my phone into some speakers. It saves having my laptop out, which is a big relief. It also saves having to take around my phone and iPod everywhere I go, it’s all in one place, which makes me feel a lot safer.
Disadvantages? The cost can be considered quite high, £9.99 per month does add up, if you have it for a full year that’s nearly £120, a little high for an average student. Personally I’ll use it for the Christmas period and any other special occasion, but I’m not bothered by the odd add, I’m happy to stick with the free version. Though if you can afford it I would say it was worth the money as the range of music is fantastic!
However if you have internet access you can now listen to it on your phone for free. It only allows a shuffle service, and you still have ads but it is an alternative to dishing out £10 a month.