An unspoken reliance seeps across the nation’s offices and bedrooms. It is both a quiet and publicly-known phenomenon that, until now, has been operating unfettered throughout establishments big and small, industrious and lazy. Spotify, as you probably know, is the music streaming service that has deals with most of the major record labels and subsidiaries, makes scores of back catalogues available for all to hear, and distracts all who use it from doing something more important.

With that in mind, some senior sorts at Oxford University (don’t ask us to name the college, our research team is on holiday) have banned Spotify from student accommodation in an effort to get them to not only free up some much-needed bandwidth, but get them to concentrate a little harder. Though why they think that nixing Spotify access won’t prompt them to just use iTunes or, gasp, an actual physical CD is something of a mystery.

Having said that, IWOOT Towers would most likely crumble to a paltry pile of rubble if this most necessary of applications was taken away. No longer could we Skype each other links to obscure punk covers of hip-hop classics, and gone would be the days of the shared playlist. I asked JimboWoot what he would do if Spotify was banned from the office, and this is what he had to say:

“Resign. With immediate effect. Because the actions that would occur straight after that would result in me being fired. I’m talking chairs through windows, bums in photocopiers and vodka in my coffee. And lets be honest, resigning first before I got fired would look better on my CV.”

So, Oxford high-up bods, think of what damage students could do to your lovely buildings with their pent-up Spotify aggression.

Original story posted at The Guardian.

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