@ericbuijs I don’t use most of those services, but I don’t think I could give up YouTube or Spotify. There are no open alternatives out there that are even in the same ballpark. Plus, Spotify premium has no ads. Not great, I grant you, but it’s something.
@kev I was a heavy user of both Spotify/Deezer and YT but a remark of either you or Mike (I don't remember) started me considering PeerTube and later Funkwhale.
In all honesty I do use Deezer from time to time (we have a family subscription) but I find Funkwhale very promising if you want to create your own music library.
YT was easier to abandon since I noticed I was wasting a lot of time due to the YT algorithm that always gave me a reason to watch one more video.
@sproid If you want to listen to all the music that Spotify offers, you simply can't do that on Funkwhale.
However I've got a pretty big music collection (mostly from CD's). Now Funkwhale starts making sense.
Another example, there is tons of music available with Creative Commons license or in the public domain (for example on the Internet Archive) especially in classical music. Users made libraries that are publicly available in Funkwhale. Free, without ads or paid subscription.
@sproid Some artists are already uploading their own music to Funkwhale under Creative Commons license. This music is then made publicly available for all Funkwhale users federated with that instance.
@ericbuijs I've never really heard of FunkWhale before. Could you explain how it works and how it could be an alternative to Spotify?
@MackWells115 Funkwhale is a music streaming service. Like Mastodon you either create an account on an existing instance or you create your own instance by installing Funkwhale on a server. Next you create a library for personal use (with your own music) or for everyone to use (only Creative Commons licensed music). It has an excellent web interface but there is also a good smartphone app called Otter. The latest version of Funkwhale is 0.20 but I find it very mature.
@ericbuijs nice one. Thank you, I was about to try more fediverse services anyway
@ericbuijs My biggest problem with funkwhale is probably a very personal one, I do not own any music other than a couple of cds. I‘ll have to check on the legality of uploading those...
@ericbuijs Hm, sounds good. Maybe I’ll get the chance to take a closer look this weekend...
Also took a look at pixelfed, looks like a good place to upload a couple of pics :)
@thewk A couple of tips. Funkwhale has a very active development and improves quickly so if you want to join an existing instance it's worthwhile to check whether they use the latest Funkwhale release.
Also reach out to the admin (on the /about page). An active admin can make life on Funkwhale so much easier.
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