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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

needs last.fm support asap

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

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

scrobbles perfectly

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

for Windows maybe!

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

i am so in love with this thing <3

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

some artist tag crapness tho

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

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

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

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

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

does it pass the melt banana test?

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

does not work in australia yet

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

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

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

fails Boredoms test :(

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

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

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

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

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

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

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

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

braveclub, Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:55 (eight 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

dj onimotian (onimo), Sunday, 21 December 2008 13:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

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

Er....

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

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

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

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

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

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

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

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

(advert)

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

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

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

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

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

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

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

That short Guardian piece leaves out the detail that this only covers the non-single tracks. No windowing for singles, and (I think) no windowing of albums unless they have singles.

[I have no involvement in deal-making at Spotify.]

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 16:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

it would be nice if this means we get an agreed standard of what a "single" is again, and tell Billboard/OCC what it is.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 18:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Was Time Fades Away included when Neil Young's catalog showed back up a few months ago, or is this a recent development?

scattered, smothered, covered, diced and chunked (WilliamC), Monday, 10 April 2017 14:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Passed this along to get it fixed, thanks.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 10 April 2017 15:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

:D

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 10 April 2017 15:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I imagine that sort of incorrect cross-pollination can play a bit of havoc with recommendations

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 10 April 2017 15:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A constant source of irritation, yes.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 10 April 2017 15:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You'd think artists/labels would be pretty eager to fix this, otherwise their namesake gets all the money.

Siegbran, Monday, 10 April 2017 16:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xpost like, not even insofar as the wrong DJ Q getting recommended (but that too), but the wrong genre being associated with a user's habits

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 10 April 2017 17:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

glenn, i'm finding a replicable issue on spotify's version of Talking Heads "Seen and Not Seen" at 1:40

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Monday, 10 April 2017 18:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

as long as we're using you as a helpdesk

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Monday, 10 April 2017 18:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thought this thread was bumped because of the guy killed in Sweden. Did you know him, Glenn? Sorry if this is a horrible question.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Monday, 10 April 2017 18:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ulysses, what issue do you mean? I don't hear anything at 1:40 in either the regular or 2005 remastered versions of that song, but there are more versions in other regions, so maybe you're getting a different one. Which country are you in, and what's the URL of the track you're playing?

I didn't know Chris personally, no.

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 03:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Glen: USA and https://open.spotify.com/track/7dq6icAlynpBD6MSrXKh3A

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 03:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don't hear anything weird at 1:40 in that. What do you hear?

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 03:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

popping and skipping on the track. dunno why it's only me. disregard if it's a glitch just on my end.

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 04:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Glenn, still hearing those voices in my left speaker while listening to Stained Class -- the dog next door told me it's bothering him too. Fix in the works?

pplains, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 04:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

is it the musician's commentary?

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 04:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

pplains: weird, it's supposed to be the right channel. Which hemisphere is your ISP's DNS entry served from?

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 13:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You mean before or after Obama changed the global polarities?

pplains, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 13:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

if the aluminum hat fits, wear it i suppose

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 13:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Any chance Spotify could add a "play backwards" function? I really want to find out what Led Zeppelin has to say about Satan.

Vernon Locke, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

they think he cool

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 13:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm a big Spotify fan, but the new ipad layout is so, so bad (it seems to just be a clone of the iphone UI), and so much worse than the previous version. I'm sure there's some logical explanation, but it's hard to imagine anyone thinking it's an improvement.

Dan I., Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ugh ugh ugh - downloaded the latest version of the app and Spotify no longer allows you to shuffle all contents of a folder, which RUINS the way I've painstakingly organized my library. I've spent over a year organizing playlists by artist, methodically removing all bad songs, then nesting those folders inside genre folders which are placed inside folders organized by decade. Up until yesterday that yielded a lot of flexibility in what kind of shuffle mixes I could make. It all depended on the ability to shuffle within folders... so the usability of Spotify just took a severe nosedive.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:56 (one week ago) Permalink

I dunno about iOS apps but for desktop and android it shouldn't be too difficult downgrading to older versions

niels, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 12:06 (one week ago) Permalink

You can downgrade on desktop to the really great native client, but it's a pain in the ass (you have to try and stop it updating itself) and more and more non-core functionality is breaking.

stet, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 12:09 (one week ago) Permalink

I don't understand why the nest folder/playlist "play all" function went away either. I can understand not adding new features but taking away something that was established and that people liked and used *coughstarredplaylistcough* is such a strange thing to do.

musically, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:39 (one week ago) Permalink

My conspiracy theory is that spotify is degrading their service to drive down the overall number of tracks played so that they can pay less royalties.

Moodles, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:45 (one week ago) Permalink

xp, just "play' when on a folder works for me? maybe i have an outdated version.

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:36 (one week ago) Permalink

It should still work on the desktop app, but is no longer available on mobile devices.

Moodles, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Boot up PC. Start Spotify. Spotify installs updates. Spotify allegedly loads. Endless spinning circle of dots. Can't close Spotify. Kill off the 4 mysterious Spotify processes in Task Manager. One won't stop. Try starting Spotify again. Spotify won't start because it is already running. try killing process again. Fail. Start up web player instead. Web player won't start because it thinks the desktop app is running. Reboot PC. Go back to step 1.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 20 April 2017 23:36 (one week ago) Permalink

You left out "contact Spotify support so they can fix your problem". Might be less frustrating with that extra step!

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 21 April 2017 00:12 (one week ago) Permalink

Is anyone having issues with Spotify crashing while using the Amazon Fire Stick? It could be my internet connection too, perhaps

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Sunday, 23 April 2017 22:26 (six days ago) Permalink

Bad idea: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/24/spotify-building-its-own-hardware/

I hope someone there realizes how much money this will cost.

DJI, Monday, 24 April 2017 18:30 (five days ago) Permalink

It also indicates that the hardware would be "a category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles."

should i have heard of any of those?

✓ (Doctor Casino), Monday, 24 April 2017 18:37 (five days ago) Permalink

I don't understand why the nest folder/playlist "play all" function went away either. I can understand not adding new features but taking away something that was established and that people liked and used *coughstarredplaylistcough* is such a strange thing to do.

― musically, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 9:39 AM (six days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It should still work on the desktop app, but is no longer available on mobile devices.

― Moodles, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 11:57 AM (six days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Just came here to post this W T F for real. This was a super basic functionality that I used daily and built my folder structure around....

Spottie, Monday, 24 April 2017 18:38 (five days ago) Permalink

wow terrible idea going into hardware they kinda have no idea what they're doing over there do they?

Mordy, Monday, 24 April 2017 18:51 (five days ago) Permalink

Roku app dropped playlists completely about a month ago. Since then, I was only using it too search up specific artists or albums. Now any remaining functionality has also stopped working. So at this point, the Roku app just doesn't work at all.

Moodles, Monday, 24 April 2017 19:01 (five days ago) Permalink

instead of their own hardware, spotify should follow through on the $15 a month hi-rez audio subscription tier and do a big partnership with Sonos to have it baked in w/Sonos

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 24 April 2017 19:12 (five days ago) Permalink

I don't necessarily expect spotify to get hardware right, but I'm intrigued nonetheless

Moodles, Monday, 24 April 2017 20:34 (five days ago) Permalink

If you want to do your own corporate mindreading, all these jobs are posted on our site. The Voice and NLU ones are even in my office in Boston.

https://www.spotify.com/us/jobs/opportunities/product/all/boston-ma-united-states/

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:05 (four days ago) Permalink

I use the web app when I use it on my laptop (mostly an iOS app user). Is there a trick, on this new minimal UI, to finding where I can sort albums and playlists? I usually sort by recently added, but now it's just alphabetical. Kind of annoying. I haven't used the desktop app in forever, but as a Mac OS user I remember having to reinstall it constantly after updates, because of various bugs.

beard papa, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:09 (three days ago) Permalink

The desktop app has been improved quite a bit since forever ago, and I think it's safe to say it's better than the web UI. Maybe give it another try?

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:40 (three days ago) Permalink

My main frustration with the web player is not being able to access playlist folders. For whatever reason it ignores them and just displays the contents as a dirty great list. Makes shuffling folders impossible and adding to playlists a giant ballache. (My school won't let me download the desktop app and force me to use IE, the massive spanners.)

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 17:26 (three days ago) Permalink

So for the past 24 hours or so any song i try to play in Spotify on my iPhone just stops a few seconds (sometimes up to a minute) in. Then if I'm lucky it starts again after a few seconds of silence. Or not. Anyone else having this issue? And is there a quick fix? I've tried restarting the phone but I'd prefer to not have to reinstall the app since I have a lot of offline stuff on it.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 28 April 2017 07:24 (yesterday) Permalink

iPad app change is weird - if it's slightly broke, break it some more

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 28 April 2017 07:29 (yesterday) Permalink

Am I correct that one can make playlists available online in the 'my music' section if it's for iphone/ipad, but for the desktop app you need to make a playlist of the album and then make said playlist available offline? :-/

On Some Faraday Beach (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 28 April 2017 09:24 (yesterday) Permalink

If notifications of artists I follow worked, I would never have to check stereogum again

calstars, Friday, 28 April 2017 11:31 (yesterday) Permalink


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