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

on a similar note, the roku app has been unable to load my playlists for the last couple weeks and it looks like lots of other people are having the same issue

Moodles, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 17:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

so turns out there's another drawback to the obnoxious process for adding local music to spotify...i just bought my second sonos speaker before realizing this (oops), but sonos can't play your spotify local files at all; not via the sonos app, not via the spotify app. i guess the way that spotify puts your personal music files on lockdown (not the technical term but whatever) in the app means that 3rd party apps, even ones integrated w spotify, can't access them. i'm guessing apple music doesn't have this issue since you just upload your mp3s to your phone when you add local files? ugh spotify, i want to stay w you but you're making it tough...:(

musically, Sunday, 12 March 2017 21:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Roku app has the same drawback

Moodles, Sunday, 12 March 2017 21:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I wonder if this is where Google Play Music might come into its own? The ability to upload files is (fairly) seamless from what I can make out.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Sunday, 12 March 2017 21:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've heard google play integration w sonos is pretty good too - i have an iphone so apple music is probably easier to manage but it seems like adding your own music is a lot more straightforward with apps that use your phone's music library by default.

musically, Sunday, 12 March 2017 22:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sonos + a free Google Play account is fantastic for the most part. Everything I bring into iTunes is uploaded automatically to Google Play and accessible through Sonos within a few minutes.

early rejecter, Monday, 13 March 2017 00:03 (one week ago) Permalink

Not being able to sort by recently added is a dire choice.

another data point: the only times I have ever sorted by recently added were misclicks (easy to do on a phone) and whenever it happens I freak out and try to remember how to un-sort by recently added because it fucks up my playlist order, so good riddance

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Monday, 13 March 2017 01:02 (one week ago) Permalink

I've never been able to sort playlists by anything except on desktop, which is really annoying when you know a certain song is in a given playlist but it's got 500 songs and it's locked into sorting by date added...

tales of a scorched-earth nothing (Doctor Casino), Monday, 13 March 2017 04:30 (one week ago) Permalink

You can sort playlists and also search them in the mobile app. When you open a Playlist, scroll up and you'll find those options.

Moodles, Monday, 13 March 2017 04:34 (one week ago) Permalink

so on the android app, spotify got rid of the Play All feature that allowed you to shuffle all the playlists grouped under a folder. This is seriously messing up my whole system that I've had for years. I'm at the point where I need to start thinking about some other music app because this has gotten steadily worse and worse, stripping away valuable features over time.

Moodles, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 06:40 (one week ago) Permalink

maybe you could just find an old apk?

niels, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 06:48 (one week ago) Permalink

maybe, I'll need to figure out how to do that. I'd really like to find a music streaming app that doesn't keep hosing the features I use the most.

Moodles, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 06:54 (one week ago) Permalink

something like this might work http://www.apkmirror.com/uploads/?q=spotify-ltd (if you're on Android that is)

niels, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 07:48 (one week ago) Permalink

yikes, I use that feature all the time, still available for the iphone thankfully

musically, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Surprised they didn't do this a long time ago. I guess now they've got a lot of people into it, the gamble is that many of them will pony up the cash for premium.

Dan Worsley, Friday, 17 March 2017 10:20 (one week ago) Permalink

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 17 March 2017 10:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Ha. I just went for premium yesterday, but it sure wasn't so I could listen to fucking pop records - it was just that the commercials, which were uniformly for products and services I would never buy or use, got so annoying, I decided the $10 was worth it to avoid them.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 17 March 2017 12:05 (one week ago) Permalink

thanks for new dn

fucking pop records (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 17 March 2017 12:15 (one week ago) Permalink

fucking pop records

qualx, Saturday, 18 March 2017 04:08 (one week ago) Permalink

to balance my earlier gripes I want to note my discover weekly has been excellent lately

ogmor, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 13:54 (five days ago) Permalink

No idea why but the web player is back to it's old good self today.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:20 (five days ago) Permalink

Glenn, on the artists page, why do some acts have only 4 related artists and others 6 or 7? Seems totally random as some super obscure acts have 7 links, when mainstream acts have 4 and even similar acts (The Jam - 4:Paul Weller - 7) have this disparity.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:26 (five days ago) Permalink

hmm... I get 20 related artists for the Jam

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:30 (five days ago) Permalink

I guess you mean the "overview" page?

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:31 (five days ago) Permalink

Yeah, if I click on the related artists link then I get the full whack.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:35 (five days ago) Permalink

Just a layout thing: If the artist has a Latest Release, the Related Artists section expands to match the combined height of the Latest Release and Popular sections.

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 19:34 (five days ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, obvious in hindsight. As a listening strategy I like to pick a couple of artists and try to get to them using only the relate artist link and found it frustrating that a lot only had 4 choices.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:05 (five days ago) Permalink

so after several weeks of my playlists not loading on the Roku App, Spotify "fixed" this by just removing playlists from the app altogether. What the hell is even the point anymore? Each new change has been a progressively worse product. I jumped into a premium subscription as soon as it was available and have been a power user since then, and it's been sad and frustrating to watch it slide downhill.

Moodles, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:58 (five days ago) Permalink

What the hell is even the point anymore? Each new change has been a progressively worse product.

see also: every computer program or app ever made, it seems

sleeve, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:58 (five days ago) Permalink

that may be true, but this seems like a particularly egregious case. When it was first released in the US, it worked like a dream. It seems that the changes they've put in place were designed specifically to undermine or remove all of the coolest features. I don't get why they'd do that, is there some kind of money to be saved?

Moodles, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:01 (five days ago) Permalink

wait is that for real? new versions of Spotify no longer have playlists? holy shit.

Mordy, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:02 (five days ago) Permalink

new version of the spotify roku app

Moodles, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:05 (five days ago) Permalink

*slowly puts down gun*

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:08 (five days ago) Permalink

still that's shitty as hell

i'm still sore that they haven't restored good local files functionality to the program. my osx client spotify version is from 2014! that's the last time it worked the way i want it to.

Mordy, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:08 (five days ago) Permalink

Yes, the local files situation is pretty bad. Also pissed that the Android app removed Play All button from folders. It was the only way to group together playlists in cool configurations or get >10,000 tracks in a list.

Moodles, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:11 (five days ago) Permalink

new version of the spotify roku app

― Moodles, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:05 PM (nine minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the roku app has always sucked

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:14 (five days ago) Permalink

this goes for most roku apps afaict

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:15 (five days ago) Permalink

It's never been great, but I used it a lot. It's pretty much worthless without playlists.

Moodles, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:39 (five days ago) Permalink

Other roku apps I use, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, YouTube, Twitch, all do pretty much what I'd expect them to. They certainly aren't hopelessly hosed.

Moodles, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:46 (five days ago) Permalink

Well, I tried to put Spotify on my Roku to see what you were talking about, but I can't even find it in the Channel Store...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:17 (four days ago) Permalink

update to spotify portion of sonos app seems to have made switching between family plan accounts easier :-)

Sufjan Grafton, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:20 (four days ago) Permalink

xp

Which roku do you have?

https://channelstore.roku.com/details/19977/spotify

Moodles, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:29 (four days ago) Permalink

the roku playlists thread on the spotify community page has been very active, dozens of posts every day, lots of very pissed off people

Moodles, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:25 (four days ago) Permalink

Forget where the general streaming music thread is, but this story is of interest:

https://gizmodo.com/streaming-music-services-from-most-screwed-to-least-sc-1793612699

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 25 March 2017 14:11 (yesterday) Permalink

Oh no, Pono!

Moodles, Saturday, 25 March 2017 14:39 (yesterday) Permalink

I'd love to see one ranking music services from most fucked up apps to most functional

Moodles, Saturday, 25 March 2017 14:41 (yesterday) Permalink

Deezer is doomed for sure. I've actually got Deezer Premium which comes free with my landline, and as a streaming platform it's no worse than Spotify. The desktop client is better than Spotify's (although local music is still pretty shit), the mobile clients are well-designed and stable, the web player is good, the Flow suggestion-engine is pretty good too. It does the basics right.

Problem is, beside a shitload of Frenchies who get it rammed down their throat with their mobile/landline service, nobody else is on it so the whole social aspect and subscribing to cool curated/collaborative playlists is pretty much a no-go. At the first opportunity I'll drop it for Spotify Premium, and I'm pretty sure everyone else feels the same. Six million subscribers looks impressive, but if your business relies on bundling/force-feeding and nobody would otherwise consider the product, you're doomed, just as much as RealPlayer, Google+ and Hangouts.

Siegbran, Saturday, 25 March 2017 15:23 (yesterday) Permalink

I've worked on at least three of those services, two which are already kaput and pono, #1 most likely to die. (And a couple of others they don't mention. Rara for one)

Such things are hard. A lot of companies think they'd like to have their own offering, but getting a big enough foothold to make it pay is difficult, especially given the existence of Spotify.

I was there when they turned off the servers serving pono content. They were switching to 7 digital, I think. Shocked that the website is non functional 8 months later. Would kind of like a pono T-shirt though.

koogs, Sunday, 26 March 2017 12:43 (six hours ago) Permalink

poor pono

sleeve, Sunday, 26 March 2017 15:22 (three hours ago) Permalink


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