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 (ten 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

(I'm hardly "post-CD era," just never owned this CD!)

growing up in publix (morrisp), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 22:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I had “Batman” on cassette, if that helps establish my cred.

growing up in publix (morrisp), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 22:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Good lord, this thread just days away from being ten years old.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 22:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ten years ago,
On a cold, dark night

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 23:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

some poor musicians were robbed
'neath the town hall light

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 23:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I signed up for a (trial) subscription a few days ago, after resisting doing that (for any streaming service) for so long.

growing up in publix (morrisp), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 23:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

it's such a thrill, hope you enjoy it

niels, Thursday, 27 September 2018 07:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

she hopes these songs have a long, long taaaaaaail
she scrobbles herself, it's a royalty faaaaaaail
nobody knows
nobody sees
these premium tiers (tears) aren't freeeee

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 27 September 2018 11:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

you can use google to search for playlists containing specific songs, for example:
site:spotify.com inurl:playlist "pour aisha"

I was thinking this might help me find songs similar to some of my favorite deep cuts

can't say it's paid off yet

niels, Thursday, 27 September 2018 14:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Pretty awesome find anyway, thanks!

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Lol, Tracer

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Still no lossless option. OK, a premium option is going to be a niche market but if people are willing to pay extra for a higher quality option then I’m sure they could easily monetise it. If it wasn’t for 8 years of playlists, I’d be considering Tidal.

https://www.avclub.com/it-is-with-a-heavy-heart-that-we-report-that-tidal-is-g-1829329262

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 30 September 2018 13:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm all for higher bitrates (why not) but I've AB'd enough formats and tracks with different bitrates to be p skeptical when reading stuff like "Tidal’s music is punchier and scuzzier and sweeter exactly when it should be. Put on something you’ve heard a thousand times and try it from a few different sources, and you’ll be able to hear the difference"

niels, Monday, 1 October 2018 07:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Wow, i gotta say, that at least from a "variety of artists" angle, Spotify is fucking awesome!!! Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Residents, Gene Clark, Minutemen, Peter Grudzien, Shaggs, Lee Perry, A Certain Ratio, Pearls Before Swine, Screaming Trees, Gong, Motorhead, Parliament/Funkadelic, Leonard Cohen , Thelonious Monk, Kevin Drumm, and The Sonics! All one after the other. It's like a good set on WFMU. Which is very good, indeed. Much more "deep", IMHO, than the competitio. Infinitely deeper than YouTube's new attempt at curated radio, that's for damn sure. I should've got this as soon as i got this phone. I certainly will from now on.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Thursday, 4 October 2018 01:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

CompetitioN, that is. Meaning, of course, Pandora, that new YouTube p.o.s. Etc. Anyway, yes i know i'm late to the party on this, but so far i'm definitely liking it.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Thursday, 4 October 2018 01:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And lots of Scott Walker!!

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Thursday, 4 October 2018 01:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This thread is mostly tech support now, right? Because my app has suddenly got suuuuuper janky the last few days - randomly stops, starts, skips tracks, as if someone else’s is controlling it. It’s driving me nuts.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 4 October 2018 01:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oh well, i was just throwing that out there. I wasn't sure where to drop it. I know i'm very late to the Spotify "party". In any case, please continue and don't let my newbie enthusiasms derail things. Good luck with your situation. I hope it all pans out for u.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Thursday, 4 October 2018 02:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oh no, I wasn’t talking specifically to you - you did drop that in the right place. I was being facetious about my own troubles.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 4 October 2018 02:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This shuffle thing is driving me nuts. I'm quickly turning into a shuffle truther.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 4 October 2018 05:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

wait, what's the shuffle truth? i want to believe

Karl Malone, Thursday, 4 October 2018 05:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It refuses to include certain songs and even entire albums in the shuffle. It also plays certain songs way more than it should. For some reason, it takes a weeks for new tracks in my list to enter the shuffle rotation. I just want a real shuffle.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 4 October 2018 05:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

as much as I like Spotify, I have to say I am also a shuffle truther

niels, Thursday, 4 October 2018 06:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Personally, i've had those sorts of problems with basically every computer-based music player when in shuffle mode. Whole albums ignored for days and yet, such and such song gets played 12 times in same time frame. And thats winamp, wmp, vlc, shit i can't remember all their names, but every last one was flawed, in that mode. These days i just go alphabetical. Usually works well.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Thursday, 4 October 2018 06:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And i do that on my Android phone as well.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Thursday, 4 October 2018 06:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The truther part really ramps up when I hit shuffle, then pull up the queue and carefully inspect it, then play the last song in the queue, so that it refreshes, then inspect it again, over and over, looking for clues.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 4 October 2018 13:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

haha

niels, Thursday, 4 October 2018 14:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

are some people are upset because shuffle isn't playing the stuff they want to hear? that's now how shuffle works

I mean sure it's sometimes going to play three songs from the same album relatively close together or will play some songs and albums more than others, this happens because it's random.

silverfish, Thursday, 4 October 2018 14:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://saintlad.com/spotify-shuffle-play-is-not-random/

sleeve, Thursday, 4 October 2018 14:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Spotify responds:

https://labs.spotify.com/2014/02/28/how-to-shuffle-songs/

sleeve, Thursday, 4 October 2018 14:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's pretty old, doesn't really address the problem I'm seeing.

I get that actual random shuffling will sometimes give you three on a row from the same album or whatever.

The issue I have is that I can shuffle and reshuffle all I want, but it refuses to play tracks from specific albums. This happens with new albums that I add to my list. It always takes a few weeks at a minimum before it starts showing tracks from certain new albums in the shuffle queue.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 4 October 2018 16:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ok, I work at Spotify but I don't work on Shuffle, but I still have to ask: if you want to hear some stuff from specific albums, why don't you just play those? Or make a shorter "recent discoveries" playlist instead of hoping any semi-randomizer happens to hit the 1% or .1% you want it to from your big list?

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 4 October 2018 19:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

so this is my shorter recent discoveries list, and it's closer to about 10% of tracks that just never come up. I do indeed end up listening to those individual records on their own outside of the shuffle, but my preference is to mix it up and just let it play. I suspect if I dig far enough down into the queue these tracks will eventually show up, but it's strange that they get pushed to the bottom.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 4 October 2018 20:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

if you want to hear some stuff from specific albums, why don't you just play those

lazyness certainly plays a big part in my use of shuffle

sometimes when I don't know what I want to hear I go to Songs (I've saved tons of albums to my "virtual record collection") and press shuffle, result is usually very enjoyable, inspiring

I also have a few playlists, for instance my favorite tracks from 2018 list, that I frequently update and where I can't really remember the content, so I often listen to it on shuffle

but somehow, after hours and hours of shuffling these playlists, I have a distinct feeling that (a few) certain songs come up again and again while other songs never come up, and so the shuffle thing doesn't work that well for keeping me acquainted with what's on my lists

I can't really be bothered to put in hours to verify if I'm crazy or if there's a glitch in the programming, but my impression certainly is that the shuffle function isn't perfect, and sometimes I'll shuffle the sequencing manually (similar effect to sorting alphabetically, but you can do it over and over) to improve the shuffle experience

niels, Friday, 5 October 2018 09:39 (one week ago) Permalink

idgi

niels, Friday, 5 October 2018 10:21 (one week ago) Permalink

he’s sequencing his shuffle (American sports slang™)

breastcrawl, Friday, 5 October 2018 10:55 (one week ago) Permalink

I wonder if pseudo randomization works best for smaller sized lists, and that the weird effects of true randomization are less noticeable with larger lists.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 5 October 2018 12:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Is there a way to sync the mobile app with the desktop app, in terms of recent searches, last album played, etc.? The two apps seem to keep those details entirely separate (even though I'm signed in to my acct. on both); so it's not "seamless" to switch from one to other (i.e., from desk to car).

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Friday, 5 October 2018 19:45 (one week ago) Permalink

lol, the banner photo for Roger Eno is a picture of Brian Eno

WmC, Saturday, 6 October 2018 02:33 (one week ago) Permalink

I will try to figure out who controls that, and tell them...

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 6 October 2018 02:43 (one week ago) Permalink

that would be his own record company, right?

niels, Saturday, 6 October 2018 10:14 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/oct/05/10-years-of-spotify-should-we-celebrate-or-despair?CMP=share_btn_fb

Amusing to read that the 'pro' argument includes such pearls as "its 320kbps “high quality” setting will satisfy all but the most sensitive listener... " which reads like Spotify wrote it themselves.

piscesx, Sunday, 7 October 2018 11:18 (one week ago) Permalink

A con they missed is the shitty editorialising of Spotify-created playlists e.g. "great tunes old and new, for fans of real music" is the description of an 80 track playlist called Transistor dominated by 90s/00s white dudes with guitars while the 'Sweet Soul Sunday' playlist promoted next to it manages to say the first bit without the patronising pandering of the last bit.

nashwan, Sunday, 7 October 2018 12:03 (one week ago) Permalink

Anyone know how to get a "more like this" but only with new stuff? Would be great for trying to find new dance music releases...

DJI, Monday, 15 October 2018 21:08 (three days ago) Permalink

^^second this request

something that might help you is this "trick" I mentioned a bit upthread:

you can use google to search for playlists containing specific songs, for example:
site:spotify.com inurl:playlist "pour aisha"

niels, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 06:45 (two days ago) Permalink

does discover weekly rely purely on user playlists? that would explain why listening to autechre's nts sessions for about 8 hours each week for a month has had zero effect on mine - searching for a track using that google trick finds a massive 8 playlists, 2 of which are generic new release playlists and the rest are just the nts sessions themselves.

Toss another shrimpl air on the bbqbbq (ledge), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 08:48 (two days ago) Permalink

Does anyone know why the queueing tracks vanish when you shut your iPhone down? Even just closing the app itself makes it disappear too i think. Any trick ways of getting the queue to 'stay' so that when you close Spotify it's still there later?

piscesx, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 10:16 (two days ago) Permalink

This has been happening with increasing regularity on my iPhone as well, over the past couple of months. It doesn’t happen every time you close the app (or when the app closes itself, which happens a lot too), but more often than not it does. Extremely annoying, and something that was never a problem before.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 10:38 (two days ago) Permalink

Yeah it's definitely a new thing innit? I thought it was just me!

piscesx, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:00 (two days ago) Permalink


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