Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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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

wtf 2 adverts in a row (the 2nd was for that White Lies album)

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

See what I mean about them? The Killers meet Editors big wowz!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:44 (eleven years ago) link

can i get a spotify invite

dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:03 (eleven years ago) link

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

― kaiser, Tuesday, January 20, 2009 7:55 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark

can i get a spotify invite

― dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, January 20, 2009 11:03 PM (19 minutes ago) Bookmark

Have any of you actually tried the link posted? Quite a few of my friends in the UK have used the link and joined today. Maybe it doesn't work in other countries...

\o.0/

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:25 (eleven years ago) link

I'm in the US and that link asks for one of two things:

1)an invite code

or

2)your email address so they can notify you when it goes "public"

I wonder what their excuse is. Don't they want more people to hear their stupid ads?

I am a vampire, therefore I take garlic pills (Bimble), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (eleven years ago) link

is it UK only?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (eleven years ago) link

mr bimble check your email

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:30 (eleven years ago) link

It's odd and a fucking pain how Spotify often doesn't specify that tracks are remixes in any way.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:32 (eleven years ago) link

i'm in the US and unless something changed in the last few days, we can't use spotify and all the workarounds have been blocked

miss precious perfect (musically), Wednesday, 21 January 2009 00:22 (eleven years ago) link

2)your email address so they can notify you when it goes "public"

I selected this a couple of weeks ago, and got an invite from them within the same day. May not be the case now, of course.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 23 January 2009 06:25 (eleven years ago) link

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/ gets you straight in without an invite.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 07:08 (eleven years ago) link

I went in on that link above, no trouble at all. I'm in the UK tho - maybe there's a problem with the US, I dunno.

It's awesome, btw. Nearest thing to the "universal jukebox" I've seen for a long time.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 08:50 (eleven years ago) link

I think it's staggering. At least 95% of my track/artist searches to date have returned results. And I like the concept of shared playlists.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:01 (eleven years ago) link

Spotify Premium is available in Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the UK. The Free version is only available in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain.

It amuses me to see the adverts briefly appear in last.fm (and permanently in your Spotify history).

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:09 (eleven years ago) link

This is impressive. There's a lot more weird, small stuff on than I thought there would be, thopugh also mystifying gaps too.

Someone should set up a shared ILX playlist for Jan (then we can move to Feb etc to stop it getting unwieldy). I'll do it tonight if no-one else does.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:13 (eleven years ago) link

Excellent idea. I was thinking of doing one for the Pazz & Jop Top 50 singles, and maybe the Rocktimists poll tracks as well. But it'll have to wait until tonight.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:31 (eleven years ago) link

Gaps spotted so far: no King Crimson, very little UK Funky, no Aeroplane mix of Grace Jones "Williams Blood" (although their mix of Friendly Fires "Paris" is on there). Remixes are generally well represented, though.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:36 (eleven years ago) link

Remixes are generally well represented, though.

But not always listed as remixes, I've found. And they don't scrobble as remixes (sorry, I'll take that to the last.fm thread)

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:41 (eleven years ago) link

I also like the non-bloatiness: the software was running at around 14,000k on my home PC last night - so I could close iTunes for once, and benefit from the faster performance.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:45 (eleven years ago) link

I hope this thing a) goes global so the US can use it b) they make a mobile/iphone app c) ushers in a new era of music use.

I confidently predict big 4 will put a stop to it.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:51 (eleven years ago) link

First time I’ve ever come across something where the titles are shifted by one from the song that is playing: https://open.spotify.com/album/4WV3kUWmeCpq7I4bM6BM4J?si=cspEkw1LTq-1nx5rmcKBig

Soft Mutation Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 02:39 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, looks like it's probably wrong at the source. I'll get a message passed along to the licensor to see if they will fix it. Thanks!

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 02:56 (three weeks ago) link

If you have autoplay on is there any way to stop it playing certain tracks/artists? When we play wheels on the bus it follows it up with kids bible songs :/

neith moon (ledge), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 08:15 (three weeks ago) link

We get cutesy ukelele versions of popular classics :(

Alba, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 10:59 (three weeks ago) link

No, there's no current way to influence autoplay, and you're not the first person to discover that the current algorithm often matches non-religious kids songs with religious kids songs. I've looked at the listening patterns for these, and they basically make sense: those songs share a LOT of listeners, and it's not simple to tell from the numbers that this is because religious-kids-music audiences are happy to hear "Wheels on the Bus" but non-religious-kids-music-audiences are not as happy to hear bible songs.

Hopefully we'll eventually get artist/song banning working ubiquitously across all parts of the app, which will then give you the ability to get rid of individual things you don't want, but if we don't solve the underlying problem, banning the bible tracks you're hearing is likely to just get you different bible tracks. And solving the underlying problem means modeling the asymmetry of religious-music listening, which is a serious problem in both cultural and technical terms. It's doable, we've done similar efforts for Christmas music and kids music in general. But that's how I know it's hard.

My practical recommendation is to use the songs you LIKE from Autoplay to build a playlist, and then use the Recommended Songs at the bottom of that playlist to fill it out with more things you like or at least tolerate, and then turn Autoplay off and go with your own longer list.

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 13:50 (three weeks ago) link

Is the autoplay the 'Radio based on' type thing that starts when you get to the end of a playlist?

If so have nothing but praise for it as have made some fantastic discoveries listening to it

groovypanda, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 13:59 (three weeks ago) link

It's also a really really useful on smart speakers: just being able to ask for a single track and let it run from there is a lot less fiddly than specifying names of playlists.

Alba, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 14:06 (three weeks ago) link

thanks for the info and tips glenn, very informative. i guess the large religious-kids-music user base in the states is also a factor.

neith moon (ledge), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 15:56 (three weeks ago) link

might be easier to be a devout follower for awhile, stopping immediately when the algorithm is fixed

voltmeter said i had potential (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 16:14 (three weeks ago) link

i thought about exclusively listening to kids religious music for a few weeks then hitting "i don't like this artist" when it starts showing up in discover weekly.

neith moon (ledge), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 16:36 (three weeks ago) link

Ugh, I apologize on behalf of the entire software industry for uncontrollable algorithms you're forced to try to game indirectly...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 20:48 (three weeks ago) link

I was impressed when a ~700 song playlist shuffled from Smiths' "Rubber Ring" into Kenny Chesney's "I Go Back"

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Thursday, 18 June 2020 02:21 (three weeks ago) link

Ugh, I apologize on behalf of the entire software industry for uncontrollable algorithms you're forced to try to game indirectly...

we suffer, it's true.

neith moon (ledge), Thursday, 18 June 2020 08:03 (three weeks ago) link

hey, maybe wrong place to ask, but is there a way to put my music on spotify and just decline any royalties or possibilities of monetary compensation?

(not that i have any delusions of making money, i just 100% don't care about getting any money from the music i make. just want to make it available on another platform besides bandcamp.)

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 19 June 2020 01:19 (two weeks ago) link

also it's 1000% bee ess that aaliyah's second and third albums aren't available. that's classic material. never should have traded those. i had the self-titled on double vinyl, too. regrets.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 19 June 2020 01:34 (two weeks ago) link

OneRPM has a free plan, that's what I use for my own music.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 19 June 2020 03:13 (two weeks ago) link

Discographies of the surf rock band and afro-jazz group both named the Pyramids are mixed together

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Thursday, 2 July 2020 16:14 (one week ago) link

disappearance of “appears on” listings is a bummer

brimstead, Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:05 (one week ago) link

seriously though. Glenn? Help!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 2 July 2020 18:28 (one week ago) link

I still see "appears on" listings...is this on a newer version of the desktop app that I don't have yet?

Irritable Baal (WmC), Thursday, 2 July 2020 18:33 (one week ago) link

yeah, it's not on my desktop.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 2 July 2020 18:39 (one week ago) link

The Appears On thing is a temporary casualty of a complicated situation I can't get into, but it will come back. Nobody wants it gone.

I reported the Pyramids page, thanks. It should get cleaned up in a day or two.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 2 July 2020 19:30 (one week ago) link

thanks for that update. i really would hate to see the "appears on" feature go away permanently, it seriously hobbles usability.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 2 July 2020 19:40 (one week ago) link

The badge that appears on the play button if you have shuffle on: heroic ui move, applause.

neith moon (ledge), Thursday, 9 July 2020 13:30 (eight hours ago) link

Does it always appear?

Lipstick O.G. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 July 2020 13:32 (eight hours ago) link

I see two different buttons a regular play button near the bottom and a shuffle play button that appears closer to the top

Lipstick O.G. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 July 2020 13:37 (eight hours ago) link

Hmm maybe it isn't what I thought it was. It's at the top below the album or playlist image - is it just shuffle play then? It does show whether I have shuffle on or off. This is in the app btw.

neith moon (ledge), Thursday, 9 July 2020 13:52 (seven hours ago) link

Was this a recent update? I don’t see it there.

Lipstick O.G. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 July 2020 14:16 (seven hours ago) link

version 8.5.65.852 ¯\(°_o)/¯

further investigation confirms it is just shuffle play :(

neith moon (ledge), Thursday, 9 July 2020 14:24 (seven hours ago) link


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