Being married to a swim coach and being the mother of a swimmer, I found myself poolside way more often than I wanted, so what to do? Blog! What else! haha
If you are not familiar with it, Florida Swim Network covers competitive swimming in the state of Florida and we began live streaming swim meets a few years back. Fast-forward to 2016 and we are one of the largest swim sites on the ‘net and our broadcasts sometimes get picked up by ESPN and the SEC Network. We’re also getting ready to launch the first ever Apple TV Channel dedicated to the sport of swimming!
And since this is an Olympic year, we’ll be headed to Omaha for the U.S. Olympic Trials in June, and then in August we’re headed all the way to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games!
For the Olympic Trials, we’re considering doing a majorly long road trip (from Orlando to Omaha) to visit some of the swim teams and former Olympians along the way, and even stop in Nashville to see my high school buddy Willy Daunic who is a sports radio personality there. (I heard his face is on the side of buses and everything – haha!)
So, if we do this road trip, we’re going to need a pretty spectacular playlist to get us through. One problem, though, is that my hubby Joe and I don’t always see eye-to-eye with our musical tastes, so we’re going to have to do some compromising. Plus I don’t want to have to go buy every song we come up with, so that’s another sticking point.
To get started with this playlist process, we’ve decided to do a list of the types of music that we can listen to for hours on end… this should be interesting!
So now we’ve got to figure a way to listen to these artists without going broke buying all their albums. We’ve tried Pandora before, but it often gives you “sounds like” artists or music you just don’t want to hear.
My son mentioned Spotify (he’s a subscriber) so I checked it out. They are apparently the undisputed king of streaming music with over 20 million paying subscribers and another 50 million that use their free service. Plus they have over 30 million songs in their library, so I am pretty sure it will have every song Joe and I could want, even my “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina!”
Finally there is the newer Apple Music. While it looks pretty good and also has a large library, it doesn’t appear to give us the ability to create our own playlists or look at playlists other people have created. Apparently Spotify already has some really great travel playlists created.
So, for now, we are open to suggestions, both on artists/songs for our playlist as well as which streaming music service to use.
Let us know!