Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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some artist tag crapness tho

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 19:24 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

does it pass the melt banana test?

koogs, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 20:56 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

does not work in australia yet

Suggesteban Buttez (jabba hands), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 22:51 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:31 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

fails Boredoms test :(

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:28 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

stet, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:59 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

braveclub, Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:55 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

Er....

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

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:37 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:23 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:55 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

(advert)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:44 (6 years ago) Permalink

can i get a spotify invite

dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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 (6 years ago) Permalink

is it UK only?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

mr bimble check your email

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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 (6 years ago) Permalink

I hear you, schwantz, and agree that there's a lot of room to do more with friends and other people's playlists.

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 17:43 (2 days ago) Permalink

all I want is to be able to search by username to find people. since I don't use FB, the only way (that I've figured out) for me to add a friend I know irl is to find a playlist they are following, and click on their profile through that. The same with friends who want to add me - they have to find some ILX playlist on their computer and search through all the users to get to my profile.

sleeve, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 17:46 (2 days ago) Permalink

That is actually in the mobile app now, which I discovered after getting all huffy about it. Just input the user's name into the search dialog.

schwantz, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 17:51 (2 days ago) Permalink

I only use the desktop one :(

sleeve, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 17:56 (2 days ago) Permalink

It might work there too?

schwantz, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 18:01 (2 days ago) Permalink

well I really don't want to update my version, but I'll check

sleeve, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 18:06 (2 days ago) Permalink

Yes, you can search for people by username or actual name. In the desktop version, too!

If only every "all I want is..." were this easy...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 18:17 (2 days ago) Permalink

I downgraded a while back to keep the apps (love the playlists.net app!), so I guess I lose out on this one.

schwantz, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 18:34 (2 days ago) Permalink

I downgraded so I didn't have an enormous buggy piece of shit anymore, I am now v happy with my spotify experience and I wish them all the best with their innovative running features :-)

time trafel 2015 💨 2012 (wins), Wednesday, 20 May 2015 18:36 (2 days ago) Permalink

friends! friends! friends! what are you doing. this is a fool's errand. give in & upgrade y'all

markers, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 19:25 (2 days ago) Permalink

I'm personally sympathetic to people trying to hold out until Ctrl-F comes back...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 19:32 (2 days ago) Permalink

nike fit did the whole hiring artist to make music for you to run to iirc

de la soul too i think?

“audience participation” otherwise known as “touching” (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 21 May 2015 16:08 (Yesterday) Permalink

that's a pretty shitty audiosurf track

katherine, Thursday, 21 May 2015 17:40 (Yesterday) Permalink

i don't see music that matches your running tempo really setting the world on fire as a music discovery mechanism. dunno i could be wrong. (surely even better would be morphing the beat, a la ableton live, so that whatever vaguely house-tempo dance music you're listening to automagically matches your footsteps?)

in general though the durability of radio (and linear television), and the rise of the subscribable playlist, really reinforces the fact that most people just want something handed to them on a silver platter rather than having to decide each invidivual thing. i wouldn't be surprised if netflix started a set of "channels" that serve up content automatically in an effort to mimic broadcast tv. i can't tell you the number of times i've fired up netflix, searched around for upwards of 15 minutes and then just turned the TV off out of fatigue.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 21 May 2015 17:40 (Yesterday) Permalink

although I just youtubed "audiosurf hardest track" and according to youtube's algorithm it is "thousand" by moby, so, uh

katherine, Thursday, 21 May 2015 17:43 (Yesterday) Permalink

i can't tell you the number of times i've fired up netflix, searched around for upwards of 15 minutes and then just turned the TV off out of fatigue.

pretty much the modern equivalent of just flipping through the channels without actually watching anything.

I also do the same thing with music. Sometimes spend the majority of my time on public transport just trying to figure out what I want to listen to.

silverfish, Thursday, 21 May 2015 17:53 (Yesterday) Permalink

spotify needs to curate more music for marathon f-zero sessions

Mr. Murphy in the wine bar. (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 21 May 2015 18:22 (Yesterday) Permalink

tired of this slow bpm music fucking Captain Falcon's #vibe

Mr. Murphy in the wine bar. (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 21 May 2015 18:23 (Yesterday) Permalink

algo would probably be limited to something like playing

when you've selected

Mr. Murphy in the wine bar. (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 21 May 2015 18:25 (Yesterday) Permalink

tbf, antonio guster's theme hasn’t changed in nearly 15 years

Mr. Murphy in the wine bar. (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 21 May 2015 18:30 (Yesterday) Permalink

i think the reason that's available readily in full on youtube is because it has the fig leaf of audiosurf, so that's why i linked
tbf, i think the "procedurally generated" elements of audiosurf were always very iffy; you can always adjust it to make everything easier or harder.

“audience participation” otherwise known as “touching” (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 21 May 2015 18:56 (Yesterday) Permalink

The point of matching your running pace isn't music discovery, it's enjoying your run.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 21 May 2015 23:54 (Yesterday) Permalink

lol good point

i keep forgetting not everyone is a music nerd

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 21 May 2015 23:58 (Yesterday) Permalink

Even music nerds are allowed to just enjoy a run without trying to collect anything during it.

That said, I've discovered quite a bit of music while working on this feature. But whereas "discovery" in other contexts often means "Oh, I am now going to go listen to all this artist's other stuff", with running music it can also be "I will put on the 145bpm reggaeton mix for pure listening pleasure after I get done with this 170bpm run".

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 22 May 2015 00:42 (18 hours ago) Permalink

for me it's more "are there artists who are not demonstrably horrible people [google moby] who can make the track tilt 180 DEGREES, WHAT" more than that, which probably says I need to get out more

katherine, Friday, 22 May 2015 03:20 (15 hours ago) Permalink

I'm a fast walker/"sprinter" anyway so I'm used to whatever I am listening to being quite a bit mistimed

katherine, Friday, 22 May 2015 03:21 (15 hours ago) Permalink

i can't run to anything under 200bpm

brimstead, Friday, 22 May 2015 05:14 (13 hours ago) Permalink

there is something about the utilitarian aspect of music that all the music services are trying to latch onto right now which just entirely rubs me the wrong way, i.e. music to cook dinner to, music to change a baby to, music to do burpees to, etc. i probably should relax and not care. that's how most people have treated music ever since the beginnings of radio.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 May 2015 13:43 (5 hours ago) Permalink

what rubs me the wrong way is the homogeneity of it...music is functional and this should totally be celebrated but there's this almost authoritarian "THIS is running music, THAT is chilling-out music" about it all. dunno how many of you saw that repulsive "life milestones" infographic going round yesterday - the ages at which Everyone Is Meant to have their first kiss, rent with friends, rent with a partner, buy their first house, become a middle manager - total rat race stuff - but the spotify announcement seemed in much the same line. do this designated activity in this designated way to this designated music and then you'll be a decent member of middle-class western society.

(fwiw, several years ago i did a big project on running music, and interviewed several djs and producers for it, and i was really surprised at the range of answers and justifications i got - no, running music doesn't have to be at a particular bpm, everyone does it differently!)

(fwiw, as a music nerd and a runner, i don't listen to music at all when i run, because that's when i clear my head and get away from music that i spent most of my non-running life listening to) (also i get tangled up in my own headphones)

lex pretend, Friday, 22 May 2015 13:55 (5 hours ago) Permalink

also i am currently using spotify for once and if you're going to match anything up can you at least advertise music that has some vague resemblance to what i'm listening to? this caterwauling rock dude in the middle of my afropop, fuck off :(

lex pretend, Friday, 22 May 2015 13:56 (5 hours ago) Permalink

please link that infograph I didn't see it

Mordy, Friday, 22 May 2015 13:59 (5 hours ago) Permalink

yeah, running is actually my favorite time to listen to classical music! it's one of the few times i'm able to actually listen in detail and thoroughly get into it

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 May 2015 14:00 (5 hours ago) Permalink

also podcasts. maybe spotify could match the pace of my footfalls with appropriate spoken subject material.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 May 2015 14:28 (4 hours ago) Permalink

There's something very Compilation Zeitgeist about those playlists, like they're designed to appeal to people who are a bit insecure about picking the appropriate social context for music. There's one called 'Hipster House Party' that surely no real hipster would touch with a bargepole.

Matt DC, Friday, 22 May 2015 14:44 (4 hours ago) Permalink

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 May 2015 14:49 (4 hours ago) Permalink

otm

Doctor Casino, Friday, 22 May 2015 15:42 (3 hours ago) Permalink

i listen to lots of songs while i jog that i would never listen to otherwise but it don't mean my tastes change completely

“audience participation” otherwise known as “touching” (forksclovetofu), Friday, 22 May 2015 16:45 (2 hours ago) Permalink

Right, so the "personal" running mode tries to pick songs that are both good for running to the beat, and either songs you've played a lot, or things we think are in the same vein as things you've played a lot. Nobody is trying to make you run to any particular music you don't like.

But the running app is very definitely for running to a beat. Lots of people run to music or podcasts or whatever, and there doesn't need to be any special mode for that. But if you want to run to the beat, it has been next to impossible historically, because you had no good way to even find a critical mass of songs at a given tempo to begin with, never mind how much you like them or how good they are for running.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 22 May 2015 17:17 (1 hour ago) Permalink

Def in a Stereo Mood right now.

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 22 May 2015 17:39 (1 hour ago) Permalink


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