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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 12:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

needs last.fm support asap

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 13:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

scrobbles perfectly

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

for Windows maybe!

Stevie T, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

i am so in love with this thing <3

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

some artist tag crapness tho

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 19:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

country matters, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 19:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

does it pass the melt banana test?

koogs, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 20:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

does not work in australia yet

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

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

> 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

fails Boredoms test :(

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

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

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

stet, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

braveclub, Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

Er....

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

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Think there's still a waiting list though.

<3 this service btw.

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

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

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

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

(advert)

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

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

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

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

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

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

when yr being recommended out of print stuff I think it's safe to assume labels are not involved

ogmor, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 15:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Seems like much ado over little to me, but I guess Spotify has learned their lesson...

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

... or they got enough $$$ from the label that a few refunds is trivial

Simon H., Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I assume "a few refunds" is trivial in general for most companies

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

imagine asking for a refund for that.

Hall of Fam (Spottie), Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

was more annoyed by spotify's promotion of its own voice control technology

scopin' VARs (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I hope this isn’t coming out of your bonus Glenn

calstars, Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

surely glenn has come up with a more interesting name for that pay genre

scopin' VARs (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Every time somebody hits Next on a Drake song before the end, I get $.0001 for each second remaining. People laughed at me when I originally made this deal. "Who are 'Drake' and why would people need to skip them?"

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 6 July 2018 01:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

good analysis imo at the FT here (t.co link to get past the paywall, but google "Spotify: Drake-oil salesmen" if the link doesn't work

https://t.co/5PvVMWlO8E

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Saturday, 7 July 2018 00:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The rogue KING has another new track out.

I laughed when this showed up as "Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark" on my release radar tho:
https://open.spotify.com/track/3EJfmzhb9CNJT43ZGOP88U?si=LNlogGsdS0S-NdOte6Cd4Q

Jeff W, Saturday, 7 July 2018 08:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Got both of those too - also a Squeeze that Spotify thinks is that Squeeze but isn't. This is definitely happening more often lately.

shaqiri tip (nashwan), Saturday, 7 July 2018 12:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I got that "OMD" track too. Guessing those aren't guest bars.

DJI, Saturday, 7 July 2018 13:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Someone should rap over OMD's 'Sacred Heart' though.

shaqiri tip (nashwan), Saturday, 7 July 2018 22:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Maddeningly, when I save a playlist on my iPad, it saves as ARTIST - ALBUM, but when I do it on the desktop app it saves as ALBUM - ARTIST

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Sunday, 8 July 2018 09:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Maddeningly, when I save a playlist on my iPad, it saves as ARTIST - ALBUM, but when I do it on the desktop app it saves as ALBUM - ARTIST

This desktop behaviour appears to be a recent change -- I have an old playlist folder to which I drag albums as playlists on my desktop, and all previous entries are ARTIST – ALBUM, but suddenly now, newly dragged albums are named ALBUM – ARTIST. Grr.

anatol_merklich, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:36 (one week ago) Permalink

hey uh pretty sure that new Fucked Up song is...a different Fucked Up

Simon H., Friday, 13 July 2018 19:47 (one week ago) Permalink

i’ve been reporting these mixups when they show up in release radar by clicking the three dots on the right hand side

maura, Friday, 13 July 2018 19:57 (one week ago) Permalink

ah!

Simon H., Friday, 13 July 2018 19:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Spotify just reminded me it’s fhe weekend and that it’s time to lay back and relax and maybe chill to some jams
No shit bra?

calstars, Saturday, 14 July 2018 01:24 (one week ago) Permalink

A few weeks ago it offered up a playlist — “Songs to Test Headphones With” (192,347 Followers)

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 14 July 2018 01:30 (one week ago) Permalink

The summer rewind playlist I got this year is really good!

I've seen “Songs to Test Headphones With” before--seems to be mostly "dads who are really into music" stuff iirc? Steely Dan, Roxy Music, etc

Dan I., Sunday, 15 July 2018 21:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Hey, but after checking it out I see that now Spotify has the real recording of Axel F! I think it was some fake 3rd party recreation before...

Dan I., Sunday, 15 July 2018 21:08 (one week ago) Permalink

Glad to see 'Songs to Test Headphones With' includes Happiness Is Easy by Talk Talk, that song was always my go-to for that back in the Discman era.

Gavin, Leeds, Sunday, 15 July 2018 22:39 (one week ago) Permalink

probably my single biggest gripe about the mobile app is that when it decides you're offline -- which has little or nothing to do with whether you're actually online -- the app is unusable until it decides you're online again, which can take ages

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:38 (five days ago) Permalink

Oh yes, that is bad. It's about my only gripe really, apart from the startup time.

Alba, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 16:46 (five days ago) Permalink

I don't get that - you have premium, right? When it thinks I'm offline it still lets me play tracks I've downloaded.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 20:30 (five days ago) Permalink

Smae here

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 20:34 (five days ago) Permalink

..."downloaded"?

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 20:34 (five days ago) Permalink

Yeah, I have premium. I'm not talking about tracks I've downloaded but about ones I want to stream.

Alba, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 20:38 (five days ago) Permalink

Which is mostly the way I listen, given that I have unlimited data but only 64GB on my phone.

Alba, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 20:40 (five days ago) Permalink

I get this too: I'm sea Ching and playing from the whole catalogue; my connection drops for whatever reason so the app goes into offline mode; in offline mode I can still search whatever tracks I have downloaded (stuff on my SD card, for instance); my connection is restored, but it takes ages (sometimes not until I've crashed and reopened) to recognise I'm back in online mode and want to search the whole catalogue. It's maddening.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 20:54 (five days ago) Permalink

*searching,ffs.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 20:55 (five days ago) Permalink

I do have premium but when I use mobile Spotify it's to stream (if a track's downloaded it's probably on my phone anyway)

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:08 (five days ago) Permalink

The app is bad both ways: if you’re online and then lose connection, it will try for ages to load a playlist even if it has it locally. Infuriating behaviour on the Tube. You can fix it by switching to offline mode but they hide that

stet, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:30 (five days ago) Permalink

yes, the "thinks you're offline" problem is the worst. the solution, which seems to be downloading stuff you really want to listen to reliably, also sucks because you end up filling up space to the point where the app needs to be deleted and re-downloaded to ever function properly again.

these two pretty big problems make it extra annoying when the app tries to sell you on using the new voice control feature you will never use and they wasted time on. squashing bugs doesn't dazzle investors, though.

Impossible Burgermeat. Unlikely Seitan. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:46 (five days ago) Permalink

Spotify would probably say "Tube use-case problems" are a tiny percentage of users and not worth dealing with.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 22:39 (five days ago) Permalink

Right, tho otoh metro commuting is prime listening hours. And it's make or break stuff: if a service doesn't work on someone's commute and a competitor's does, it doesn't matter how rock solid they are elsewhere.

(And fixing it for the specific case has general benefits for everyone. Mobile connections aren't reliable is true as ever)

stet, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 22:56 (five days ago) Permalink

i agree with everything you're saying

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:58 (five days ago) Permalink

I was happy to see the app shrink in size when I “undownloaded” almost all of my library. Originally the app was 2.1 gigs and it shrank to about 1.6 or so. Better than nothing

calstars, Thursday, 19 July 2018 01:50 (four days ago) Permalink

There's a new 'delete cache' option in the latest version, but it, uh, doesn't seem to do anything - sizewise, at least. I'm resigned to the 'nuke from space' option once a month or so.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Thursday, 19 July 2018 07:07 (four days ago) Permalink

just checking that y'all don't have "offline mode" checked in preferences?

I stream from the desktop client when I'm at home but I never stream on mobile. Basically the mobile app is my main offline music player. With a 128GB SD card there is very little to worry about w/r/t storage space.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Thursday, 19 July 2018 07:17 (four days ago) Permalink

that option is available to me. you have premium, right?

I finally figured it out. Should have checked this thread a month ago.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Thursday, 19 July 2018 08:06 (four days ago) Permalink

Feel like I've complained about this recently, but for me the biggest mark against Spotify is the lack of search options. I used to be able to search for genre (which wasn't really all that useful given the often weird genre names), genre AND year, or by label, but the Mac desktop app doesn't appear to respect any of those anymore. I just did a search for a label and got nothing but a handful of playlists. Same thing for "Year:2017". It returned two songs, both with the word "year" and "2017" in the title. I guess they want us to use 3rd party apps to sift through their catalog. Maybe forcing the obsessive minority to jump through hoops puts less of a burden on their database servers or something.

beard papa, Thursday, 19 July 2018 17:34 (four days ago) Permalink

That sucks. Was working until recently.

DJI, Thursday, 19 July 2018 17:51 (four days ago) Permalink

OK.. I do have to say, though, that right after I posted that I started searching around for 3rd party apps that would help me put some new playlists together, and found this, and now I'm not getting any work done at all. I still don't see a way with this tool to cross reference genre, label, and year. I'd like to do something like: Generate a playlist of everything released on four labels between '86 and 94.

beard papa, Thursday, 19 July 2018 17:56 (four days ago) Permalink

that looks p damn cool

niels, Friday, 20 July 2018 06:52 (three days ago) Permalink

FWIW, the genre/label/year searching still works in the web UI, and hopefully will return to the other apps before long...

glenn mcdonald, Sunday, 22 July 2018 02:14 (yesterday) Permalink

Phew! Seems like those queries can't possibly be as expensive as "make me a playlist of similar music to this other arbitrary playlist."

DJI, Sunday, 22 July 2018 04:12 (yesterday) Permalink


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