Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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some artist tag crapness tho

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:24 (7 years ago) Permalink

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 19:24 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

does it pass the melt banana test?

koogs, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 20:56 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

does not work in australia yet

Suggesteban Buttez (jabba hands), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 22:51 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:31 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

fails Boredoms test :(

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:28 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

stet, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:59 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

braveclub, Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:55 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

Er....

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

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:37 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:23 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:55 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

(advert)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:15 (7 years ago) Permalink

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:19 (7 years ago) Permalink

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:41 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

can i get a spotify invite

dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:03 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

is it UK only?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

mr bimble check your email

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:30 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

There was a brief playback glitch earlier, but things should be fine now.

Useless chamber, which song is it?

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 16:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

such a shitty company:
https://twitter.com/SomaFmRusty/status/694724117451268097

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 16:33 (1 week ago) Permalink

thanks glenn, it's https://play.spotify.com/track/0NQc20SNfUszEoPyiR6dOB

useless chamber, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 16:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

On the SomaFM thing, the playlists in the screen-shot are user-created. SomaFM publishes their play history, so this seems like a thing that is pretty likely to happen. I'm not sure whether it's illegal or even immoral. But at any rate, I don't think it's a Spotify-official activity in any way I can tell.

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 19:08 (1 week ago) Permalink

useless chamber, the main source of those plays is, in fact, individual people's Discover Weekly lists...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 19:13 (1 week ago) Permalink

wasn't there a Ministry Of Sound court case that set a legal precedent that playlists themselves are copyrightable IP? i.e. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/27/spotify-ministry-of-sound-lawsuit-settlement

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 19:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

The Ministry of Sound case was about playlists that duplicated published compilations. I don't know if that applies to playlists that mirror other playlists, either in the Spotify sense or the SomaFM/radio sense. But I passed the tweet along to Spotify legal just in case...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 19:35 (1 week ago) Permalink

yeah and now that I read my own link (lol) I can see that actually it never went to court, it was 'settled' so no actual precedent

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 19:47 (1 week ago) Permalink

The thing that drives me crazy is how I can search and search for a playlist that I know by name but not actually get to it. Had this the other day with the ILM tracks poll results - I had clicked a link in browser, gotten the damned "log in here to listen in browser" page (would it kill them to have a link here that redirects to the application I already have open), so I knew the name of the playlist, but there was absolutely no finding the damn thing. Same thing with a playlist of a friend of mine that she had linked from Facebook. In the end I had to log in to the browser player, which I didn't want to actually use, just so I could favorite the playlist.

the thirteenth floorior (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 19:47 (1 week ago) Permalink

On the topic of playlists, is there somewhere I can tell spotify NOT to start playing automatically when I click on a playlist? (I'm only using the browser interface)

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 19:56 (1 week ago) Permalink

The real client is, I think, a better experience...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 20:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

thanks glenn. I'm sure somebody clicked through to the album from it..

useless chamber, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 20:08 (1 week ago) Permalink

You don't have to tell me btw.

useless chamber, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 20:09 (1 week ago) Permalink

Glenn, is there any reason why a new single will be available in Apple Music but not in Spotify or Google Music Play? I'm trying to stop using Apple Music, lol, but it bothers me a bit that quite a few singles I'd love to put in one of my playlists are available on that platform weeks if not months before the ones I prefer get it. The other releases from the same artist are available - just not the newest single.
I.e. Lil Kesh - Ibile - but the examples are many.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 21:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

Doctor Casino, you probably already know this, but a fairly painless way to get from a link in your browser to listening in the Spotify app is to right-click/copy the link and paste the whole link into the app's search field.

I am thy Paul Santa Cruz (paul santa cruz), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 21:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

How the heck is Doppelganger by Curve not on Spotify USA? Not a question for Glenn, more like a rhetorical question.

schwantz, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 21:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

paul santa cruz, I did not know that! Thank you - will try that next time.

the thirteenth floorior (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 22:08 (1 week ago) Permalink

Doppelganger, and a fair slice of the rest of Curve's discog, is available on the band's Bandcamp page.

whalemusic, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 22:24 (1 week ago) Permalink

Availability questions should really be asked of the label or distributor. Once they send us stuff, it goes live on Spotify in a matter of hours. When I publish my own inept music through OneRPM it tends to take 3-4 days to get from them to Spotify's internal systems, and then is available by the following day. Any delays longer than that are the result of human decisions, not system delays...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 22:24 (1 week ago) Permalink

x-post
I think it's on Spotify UK, just not the USA version.

schwantz, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 22:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

xpost - and apple music can put everything up since everybody is sending them stuff for itunes anyway? i see...

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 22:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

or apple has paid for an exclusive, or there are rights issues, or there's a strategy to release in one country on one platform and not another etc etc etc

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 23:01 (1 week ago) Permalink

Personally, I would much rather that all music be available on all platforms. Let the platforms compete on what we do with the music...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 23:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

Agreed,

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 23:44 (1 week ago) Permalink

times one thousand

niels, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

also, I think it's really nice that Glenn is here to contribute valuable info to thread

niels, Thursday, 4 February 2016 18:47 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yeah definitely. Glenn - is there any reason why there is no proper Dancehall section on Spotify? I've found a couple of official playlists but keeping up with new releases is difficult. Only a few select ones show up under reggae, which mostly has... reggae. There's a ton of dancehall singles dropping every day and so far I've only been able to keep up by checking 10-20 artists every day for new releases.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 6 February 2016 01:09 (5 days ago) Permalink

Or search this page for dancehall: http://everynoise.com/spotify_new_releases.html

schwantz, Saturday, 6 February 2016 01:16 (5 days ago) Permalink

oh perfect! thanks!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 6 February 2016 01:53 (5 days ago) Permalink

Also... Wow!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 6 February 2016 02:13 (5 days ago) Permalink

That's what Glenn does!

schwantz, Saturday, 6 February 2016 04:16 (5 days ago) Permalink

And de does it well. Just curious... how would one define Heavy-K or other South African house (i.e. Prince Kaybee or Black Coffee) within these parameters?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 6 February 2016 10:23 (5 days ago) Permalink

Last time I went through the South African stuff the data-coverage wasn't good enough to do much more than kwaito and south african jazz, but it looks like I could now add a separate "kwaito house" hybrid, which would have all three of those. I'll put that on my list for the next round of updates, which should be soonish.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 6 February 2016 15:52 (5 days ago) Permalink

nice

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 6 February 2016 18:08 (5 days ago) Permalink

btw - I love the notifications - it's a huge part of what sets spotify apart from its competitors right now. I feel like maybe there could be more of them, though? Not everything seems to register, is there a reason for that? Would also like to see some sort of saved search function so that you're notified once music you've searched for suddenly becomes available - tired of typing in «90s Don Dada Riddim» every single day, lol.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 07:37 (2 days ago) Permalink

i really hate the notifications but i'm an old-fashioned crank with software.

thing that's driving me nuts lately is that the player will just.... stop. like you just have to walk over and hit the next song to get it to go again. very annoying for, well, anything really, but especially when you have it on shuffle for some hands-free purpose like doing dishes or cleaning the house. i've noticed it most on the android app but i think it's happened to me on the desktop version too.

the thirteenth floorior (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 17:13 (2 days ago) Permalink

glenn: did you come up with the "abstractro" genre? because from what I see searching spotify for that genre tag, it seems to be largely based on a couple of my own playlists

example (crüt), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 17:16 (2 days ago) Permalink

I did, yes. It wasn't based on anybody's individual playlists, or on playlists per se at all, but it doesn't surprise me that there are playlists that align with it. I don't "make up" genres, I just give names to listening clusters I find in the world.

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 19:10 (2 days ago) Permalink

Too bad 'I don't "make up" genres, I just give names to listening clusters I find in the world.' is more than 80 characters, or I would have my first new screen name.

schwantz, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 22:40 (2 days ago) Permalink


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