Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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I just read about this. Apparently some kind of streaming iTunes looking service with rights to all the majors cleared. Could be interesting? If nothing else just to see it fail miserably...

sonderangerbot, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 08:39 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

trying this now. blatant rip of itunes design-wise but looks better in many ways. all i really want to do with it is listen to whole albums easily and it seems to let you do that very well (i haven't heard the ads yet tho).

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 12:24 (eleven years ago) link

20 second xbox ad came in after 5 songs. not bad really.

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 12:45 (eleven years ago) link

needs last.fm support asap

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 13:09 (eleven years ago) link

the ads don't bother me that much either, haven't noticed if 5 songs is always the limit? in any case it's 5 songs of any length, and you can listen to "In C" for example straight through which is cool.

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:13 (eleven years ago) link

I love it!

I think there is progress towards spotify scrobbling happening here:

http://www.last.fm/group/Scrobble+for+Spotify

Stevie T, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:15 (eleven years ago) link

carsmile sent this link: http://code.google.com/p/scrobblify/

scrobbles perfectly

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:34 (eleven years ago) link

for Windows maybe!

Stevie T, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:45 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah this looks terrific, I like how easy it makes it to dip into artists with huge discographies.

Although I haven't actually listened yet, just been browsing so far.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:15 (eleven years ago) link

i am so in love with this thing <3

king lame (c sharp major), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:23 (eleven years ago) link

some artist tag crapness tho

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:24 (eleven years ago) link

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:41 (eleven years ago) link

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 19:24 (eleven years ago) link

The radio thing is indeed cool. I'm trying to get it to find me some techno from the 50s.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 19:24 (eleven years ago) link

the quality is good, the range not so much, but this could well prove useful.

country matters, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 19:25 (eleven years ago) link

Presumably the range will increase as they agree deals with more record companies? It seems fine for major label stuff and a quick search for eg Kompakt pulls up a lot.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 20:44 (eleven years ago) link

does it pass the melt banana test?

koogs, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 20:56 (eleven years ago) link

the range seems identical to what's on 7digital (and therefore itunes i think). eg they have trina's first and third albums but inexplicably not her second or fourth. i dunno how much use i'll have for spotify but kudos for how well it works, the quality of the tracks etc - the tags need ironing out but i'm sure they'll do this in time.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 20:57 (eleven years ago) link

actually it'll be most useful for stuff like the goldfrapp album this year - i didn't really expect to love it but i wanted to hear it, so obv i wouldn't buy it but couldn't be arsed blagging it. that's a ton of consumer laziness in there.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 20:59 (eleven years ago) link

oh god i should've said i was american! fuck. could've got access to all the hip-hop and r&b which never makes it over to this godforsaken, miserable island.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:01 (eleven years ago) link

Do they have a license for the US now? I don't think they did a couple of weeks ago...

Four MB albums, Deano: Teeny Shiny, Bambi's Dilemma, Charlie and Scratch or Stitch.

Stevie T, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:12 (eleven years ago) link

does not work in australia yet

Suggesteban Buttez (jabba hands), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 22:51 (eleven years ago) link

Just searched for The Recession and that shows up in its entirety, and it hasn't been released here at all right?

It's really good for the one-album playback when you've no idea if you'll like it or not and can't be arsed downloading.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:04 (eleven years ago) link

yeah i'm basically going through albums i've been wondering about checking out but didn't have the hd space for.

king lame (c sharp major), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:05 (eleven years ago) link

no the recession was released here, but the label didn't bother telling the pr - she only realised when she looked on amazon and found it had been there for a fortnight

lex pretend, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:10 (eleven years ago) link

"80s funk house disco" radio suggests Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers!

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:31 (eleven years ago) link

> Four MB albums, Deano

thanks. we don't have any, amazon.co.uk mp3 store has scratch n stitch and a couple of tracks from compilations, emusic had a lot... all these people seem to be getting their info from the same places though, they all make the same mistakes (search for broadcast on amazon - details are about duophonic / warp broadcast but the listed albums aren't)

koogs, Thursday, 4 December 2008 09:37 (eleven years ago) link

One detail I like: when it gets to the end of what I've queued up, it just continues with the current album without me needing to ask it to. (I suppose I can see how someone might not like this, though.)

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 4 December 2008 19:48 (eleven years ago) link

Finally got round to sorting scrobbling for this (there's a windows messenger box ticked by default in the last.fm client that somehow stops Scrobblify from working). So far I'm really liking Spotify - handy for hearng stuff you randomly think on that you haven't got in your library or for legal trying before you buy. The adverts don't annoy me in the slightest.

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 22:55 (eleven years ago) link

fails Boredoms test :(

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:21 (eleven years ago) link

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:28 (eleven years ago) link

If not, try the "oooh ask me please!" option on the website ("Get started" -> email in "Not invited?" field). Took about five days for me, was surprised to get it at all actually.

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:31 (eleven years ago) link

jordan, webmail me an email address to send an invite to.

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:50 (eleven years ago) link

didn't get asked for an invite here, just got straight in

stet, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:59 (eleven years ago) link

This is amazing! You type in what you want to listen to, and then you are listening to it. all this needs is to work on an iphone, and then i'll buy an iphone, and then i will have achieved bliss.

Slumpman, Sunday, 7 December 2008 12:10 (eleven years ago) link

Mine appears to have made it through an album without giving me any adverts. Maybe they've bumped me up to a pro account without realising it.

Matt DC, Sunday, 14 December 2008 14:49 (eleven years ago) link

you can now scrobble to last.fm from within spotify (it's in 'preferences')

braveclub, Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:55 (eleven years ago) link

That's handy, saves me running that scrobblify thing at the same time.

Spotify lists 'The Prodigy' as 'Prodigy' and makes last.fm think this guy sings Smack My Bitch Up and Out of Space
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/17704623.jpg

dj onimotian (onimo), Sunday, 21 December 2008 13:39 (eleven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:20 (eleven years ago) link

Er....

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:37 (eleven years ago) link

Think there's still a waiting list though.

<3 this service btw.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:50 (eleven years ago) link

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:08 (eleven years ago) link

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:23 (eleven years ago) link

Downside is loads more ads (I've heard two during the same album), but you can hear them coming after a while and tune out. Still great.

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:51 (eleven years ago) link

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:55 (eleven years ago) link

If i hear gareth jones from cardiff reciting pi again i'll scream

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:56 (eleven years ago) link

(advert)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:57 (eleven years ago) link

And I'm not buying that White Lies record either.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:15 (eleven years ago) link

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:19 (eleven years ago) link

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:41 (eleven years ago) link

that all sounds a bit "wake up sheeple," and i was invoking the bill/chuck style. But i am admitting myself as part of the sheeple in this case. anything to avoid my own thoughts about real stuff that matters while pivoting these spreadsheets.

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 21 May 2020 21:35 (one week ago) link

the website though

Bleeqwot (sic), Thursday, 21 May 2020 21:41 (one week ago) link

isnt the website mostly about rewatching old movies?

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 21 May 2020 21:43 (one week ago) link

and ranking fast food menu items?

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 21 May 2020 21:46 (one week ago) link

i.e. the expanded version of bill's podcast?

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 21 May 2020 21:47 (one week ago) link

The fuck you talking about?

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 21 May 2020 22:26 (one week ago) link

please read the first 30 words if you don't wish to see this content itt in the future

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 21 May 2020 22:34 (one week ago) link

lol

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 22 May 2020 00:32 (one week ago) link

Glenn, what on earth is the rationale behind the 'RECOMMENDED SONGS Based on the songs in this playlist' thing? It seems to be entirely based on the song/artist names (ie recommending the Frozen soundtrack if you listen to Ben Frost) which seems a fairly unhelpful guide to what someone might want to listen to.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 22 May 2020 00:34 (one week ago) link

Ha - I don't think that's usually the way it works. It comes up with reasonably sensible suggestions on mine. Maybe Ben Frost gets a lot of listens from kids trying to type Frozen

Alba, Friday, 22 May 2020 00:53 (one week ago) link

I started a playlist with the "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" theme and all the recommended songs were Christmas music

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 22 May 2020 01:44 (one week ago) link

and bad boys ost

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 22 May 2020 01:50 (one week ago) link

lol playlist "Snow" by Ben Frost
recommended songs:
Snow Patrol "You're All I Have"
Miike Snow- "Faker"
Hank Snow- "Rockin' Rollin' Ocean"
THe Reindeer Section- "Cartwheels"

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 22 May 2020 01:53 (one week ago) link

Belle & Sebastian- "Fox in the Snow"
Nick Cave- "Fifteen Feet of Pure White"
RHCP- "Snow (Hey)"
Phoebe Snow- "Isn't It a Shame"

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 22 May 2020 01:56 (one week ago) link

clicking refresh until I get "Informer"

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 22 May 2020 01:57 (one week ago) link

Recommended Songs recommends songs based on the playlist title if you don't have any songs in it yet. And it's supposed to switch to recommendations based on the songs as soon as there are any songs, but at the moment it seems to only switch once there are at least 6 of them. But if you add at least 6 and then hit Refresh a couple times to clear out the title-based recommendations, you should get some that make more sense. It works by looking at what other people tend to put on playlists with the songs you have so far, so if you're making a playlist with a strong theme based on something outside of your own head, the recs can be downright uncanny. For that matter, even the title-based recs are sometimes terrific. If you're going for something more personal or particular, though, there's no guarantee it will match what other people have collectively done before.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 22 May 2020 02:30 (one week ago) link

5 seems like enough, actually. If I add Deaf Center, Forest Swords, Grouper and Oneohtrix Point Never to that Ben Frost song, refreshing gets me recs for Taylor Deuprae, Anna Thorvalsdottir, Bersarin Quartett, Lawrence English, Sarah Davachi and Fennesz, none of those songs involving snow...

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 22 May 2020 02:36 (one week ago) link

I've found so much good stuff from the playlist radio function - that thing that arrives after a playlist/album has finished. It's a great feature.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 22 May 2020 07:45 (one week ago) link

Cheers, glenn--it's always interesting learning how it all works.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 22 May 2020 12:57 (one week ago) link

https://pitchfork.com/news/spotify-lifts-10000-song-library-limit/

About damn time

J. Sam, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:21 (one week ago) link

nice. hope it doesn’t bork things too much.

trapped out the barndo (crüt), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:22 (one week ago) link

Good thing they did that after I cleaned up my Liked Playlist. Really,

Trouble Is My Métier (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:24 (one week ago) link

fucking finally

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:27 (one week ago) link

yeeeeeeesssssss

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:40 (one week ago) link

though this feels a bit like the programming meme where you insert pauses in the code to remove later.

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:42 (one week ago) link

how is spotify with local files these days? i’m so sick of apple music forgetting where in a 3-hour DJ mix i was.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 17:00 (one week ago) link

My general sense is that it is not as good as it once was, but I don't have specific problems I'm grappling with at the moment

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 17:11 (one week ago) link

hmm. Might make a bigger library. Is it just my crap phone or does having a large library make the Android app slower? Even when not much of it is downloaded.

maffew12, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 17:38 (one week ago) link

Blessed day

Spottie, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:03 (one week ago) link

So a week or two back something changed again and instead of showing the most recent "appears on" features, the iphone app now shows the most popular "appears on" albums/playlists instead, which i guess is all fine and dandy if you're looking for the most heavily anthologized Elton John tracks or whatever, but a total disaster for anyone (me) trying to keep track of new dancehall riddims, which are now basically unsearchable unless you already know the name of the riddim. No more "oh hey, that's i-octane singing, let me check if i can find out the name of the riddim through looking at his artist page." Sigh.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:24 (one week ago) link

I had prepared this very same post. It’s the same on desktop btw, but it’s worse on mobile because it only shows you 25 releases - which was sort of okay when it was the 25 most recent ones, but now it’s a disaster, especially when you’re following genres like dancehall or Afropop or rap or any other genre where people do lots of features on other people’s tracks or albums, and that’s actually most genres these days, I’d think. So no, I don’t get this decision at all.

Case in point: a couple of days ago maura posted a song on the rolling r&b thread, it was Miguel on someone else’s track. It had slipped my mind who the main artist was, so I checked Miguel’s Spotify page for his latest collaboration - but it was not to be found among the 25 that were shown. How is that helping the user at all - or the artist for that matter? “Hey, I’ve done a new thing, but guess what, you don’t get to see it!”

(and yeah, it’s probably worst for dancehall. The other week I wanted to check for riddims an artist was on in 2011 or 2012 and was forced to search 120 or whatever releases sorted in random chronological order)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 21:48 (one week ago) link

The Appears On thing involves issues that have nothing to do with what you're seeing. Hopefully it'll be back soon...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 00:16 (one week ago) link

I don't know if this helps at all as a workaround but you can add year:2020 to your search to get this year's releases. Doing that with Miguel got me his appearance on Too Much by Ro James as the first track on Songs.

And for new dancehall releases, you could try

http://everynoise.com/new_releases_by_genre.cgi?genre=dancehall®ion=US or https://open.spotify.com/search/genre%3Adancehall%20year%3A2020/tracks but I know Spotify's idea of what's in a genre isn't always the most accurate.

Alba, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 00:21 (one week ago) link

That search-for-year thing is very useful, thanx alba.

Glenn, if you’re hopeful I’m hopeful too, but you do sound awfully mysterious!

“Coming soon to a theater near you: 5G - The Movie - it has nothing to do with what you’re seeing...

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 06:07 (one week ago) link

lol,
And thanks, Alba, I'll definitely try that.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 09:39 (one week ago) link

i love searching by year look at this amazing time capsule from the early 40s

https://i.imgur.com/ga8TQLq.png

Mordy, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:22 (one week ago) link

Amazing colorization work!

DJI, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:36 (one week ago) link

Track 2 seems a pretty inappropriate tribute to Pearl Harbor but what can you expect from one of those "edgy" swing bands.

blatherskite, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 20:19 (one week ago) link

Local Oafs is a great name

badg, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 20:24 (one week ago) link

Am I missing an easy way to remove albums from a playlist?

Or is just a case of doing it track by track from your phone or (slightly easier) highlighting all the tracks on the desktop app?

groovypanda, Thursday, 28 May 2020 07:51 (six days ago) link

I love Canvas. I just found out that Kraftwerk have added some neat little animations (taken from their live show, but not in 3D obv) to go with some tracks on The Catalogue on Spotify. Is there any way to browse songs that have Canvas?

the grateful dead can dance (anagram), Thursday, 28 May 2020 08:03 (six days ago) link

what's the deal with this piece of shit clipping off the first half second or more from tracks/albums? particularly bad/noticeable on the MJQ's "versailles", also on "shotgun willie". not OK at all

no (Left), Sunday, 31 May 2020 16:45 (three days ago) link

Dammit, we thought our secret scheme to get rich by shaving .5s off of old jazz and country songs would NEVER be detected. At least not until "Take Five" got whittled down to "Take Four", but by then we would have been long gone.

(I checked every version of "Versailles" available in the US, and none of them were clipped. Got a link to the one you were playing?)

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 1 June 2020 15:00 (two days ago) link

glenn, you are a saint for still actually trying to help

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 1 June 2020 15:02 (two days ago) link

oh I didn’t realise we had an insider on here. thought it was just a bitching thread

this def sounds clipped but it’s pretty minor I guess

https://open.spotify.com/track/24wQ5BTQnckCjNlIdBmL38?si=PDOkcMaxSL-1V_YUA6pepw

no (Left), Monday, 1 June 2020 15:31 (two days ago) link

Are you listening over bluetooth? I had a cheapo speaker which for some reason missed the first bit of a track, probably not as much as 1/2 second, but enough to notice.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 1 June 2020 16:34 (two days ago) link

That happens with Airplay too with my AV receiver. I think it has a race condition between the CODEC and the power amp.

DJI, Monday, 1 June 2020 16:36 (two days ago) link

Well, I don't know the song well myself, so you could be right, but the versions on Spotify are all consistent, and match the corresponding ones on YouTube, so if there's an issue, I'd have to guess that it's at the label/master end...

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 1 June 2020 17:53 (two days ago) link

Ok it could be my equipment or something but it happens with or without bluetooth. it’s not as catastrophic as I made out I only notice it if I’m previously familiar with CD/mp3 versions. probably is a master issue

no (Left), Monday, 1 June 2020 18:02 (two days ago) link

More voice query weirdness, via Google and Sonos this time. 'Hey Google, play Dancing Queen' - plays Dancing Queen by the A*Teens. 'Hey Google, play Dancing Queen by Abba' - plays Dancing Queen by the A*Teens. 'Hey Google, play Abba, Dancing Queen' - plays Dancing Queen by the A*Teens.

neith moon (ledge), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 09:14 (fifty-two minutes ago) link


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