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

ctrl+f "remastered" DELETE ALL

nashwan, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:29 (1 week ago) Permalink

that actually sounds like a nightmare to me. if i'm looking for a certain frank sinatra or duke ellington or guided by voices album, i don't want to have to go through five tabs trying to figure out which label put that one out.

not as a default, as an option if you need it while searching

Premise ridiculous. Who have two potato? (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 14 April 2015 14:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

New Spotify issue with the mobile app, it just seems to skip certain songs. Like it will transition from one song to the next one, the cover art will splash on the screen and then immediately go to the next song. I go back and it will just go to the next song again.

Jeff, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 14:28 (1 week ago) Permalink

not as a default, as an option if you need it while searching

ah, ok. i'd co-sign that.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 03:33 (6 days ago) Permalink

weird thing happened to me this morning. i was listening to michael jackson on spotify, plumbed through the stereo. my kids insist on this.

get out the door, start walking to work. fire up spotify and do a search for "joan jett" (don't judge me!) and spotify alerts me: you are controlling (your home computer)! do you want to continue, or listen here? i figured "listen here" meant on my phone, so i chose that, but it didn't work. the song kept stopping, and switching back to "thriller"! i'd start "hate myself for loving you again and again, but it kept stopping and switching back.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 10:53 (6 days ago) Permalink

that remote control thing is great, never had a problem with choosing 'listen here' to switch back to the current device.

ledge, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 12:46 (6 days ago) Permalink

actually i think i have had a problem, stopping and restarting playback switches playback from the remote device to the current device. and you can't control the volume remotely.

ledge, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 12:47 (6 days ago) Permalink

At least once I've been unable to convince my tablet that no, I did not want to be listening to this album in shuffle; my hunch was that it had to do with it being halfway synched up with my PC (which wasn't playing along or anything, but when I used it later it was showing a song from that album as the 'current' track)? But I have no idea.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:40 (6 days ago) Permalink

I think I'm almost done with Spotify. It's completely infuriating how they have slowly removed features that I use and the releases are buggier and buggier. They do not deserve my money.

What are my alternatives? Should I wait of the Apple/Beats streaming thing?

Jeff, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 17:59 (6 days ago) Permalink

I haven't tried Rdio in a long time, but surely they're up to having a comparable catalogue at this point.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:00 (6 days ago) Permalink

you can't go back to an earlier version as described upthread? xp

sleeve, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:13 (6 days ago) Permalink

Not with mobile, which is what I use most of the time.

Jeff, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:13 (6 days ago) Permalink

ah, didn't know that

sleeve, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:19 (6 days ago) Permalink

Probably foolish of me to pursue this, but what the hell: Jeff, what features that you used got taken out of the mobile version? Most of the missing-feature complaints I know about have to do with the new desktop version...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:46 (6 days ago) Permalink

Also: I recommended Rdio to a lot of people back when the Echo Nest was powering a bunch of their features, and although we aren't, any more, many of the things that make Rdio pleasant had nothing to do with us. If I had to move off Spotify, that's where I'd go.

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:47 (6 days ago) Permalink

Jeff wants his stars back, glenn. He just wants his stars.

And let’s say a new Hozier comes along, and Spotify outbids you (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:16 (6 days ago) Permalink

i used to prefer Rdio quite a bit, it was a comparative pleasure to use, but it's pretty buggy these days. and it's an absolute mess if cell reception tends to come and go (ie, subways).

ryan, Thursday, 16 April 2015 01:26 (5 days ago) Permalink

that being said, if you tend to use it through a desktop app it's fine. i tend to like the UI a lot more than spotify so that's why i stick with it.

ryan, Thursday, 16 April 2015 01:29 (5 days ago) Permalink

get out the door, start walking to work. fire up spotify and do a search for "joan jett" (don't judge me!) and spotify alerts me: you are controlling (your home computer)! do you want to continue, or listen here? i figured "listen here" meant on my phone, so i chose that, but it didn't work. the song kept stopping, and switching back to "thriller"! i'd start "hate myself for loving you again and again, but it kept stopping and switching back.

Is it possible that your kids were on your computer trying to play Thriller at the same time?

Matt DC, Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:29 (5 days ago) Permalink

the remote play is easily the best newish feature, being able to get up and leave without more than a seconds pause, & my gf can dj for me while I go to the shops

ogmor, Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:53 (5 days ago) Permalink

Probably foolish of me to pursue this, but what the hell: Jeff, what features that you used got taken out of the mobile version? Most of the missing-feature complaints I know about have to do with the new desktop version...

Primarily starring tracks (and unstarring on mobile, since playlists don't allow me to easily remove the currently playing track from mobile, I have to go in and edit the playlist). And it would be real nice to have the ability to play all the music that is on my device without randomly skipping tracks. Bring back that feature!!!

I've calmed down today. I'm probably not leaving Spotify. At least not this week.

Jeff, Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:21 (5 days ago) Permalink

Is it possible that your kids were on your computer trying to play Thriller at the same time?

well yes, obviously!

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:38 (5 days ago) Permalink

Yeah, stars are, as you've probably guessed, not very likely to return in their exact original form. But this idea of a personal rotation, which you were using stars to produce, seems super valuable to me, so I'll continue pushing for some new (and hopefully even better) version of that.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 16 April 2015 17:17 (5 days ago) Permalink

i just use the "recently played" view for that, and it works well, although it forces me to dig through whole albums.

the greatest thing about the stars for me was that you could set the whole starred playlist to be offline, so it was just a big flat list of individual songs that i had actively picked out for special attention that i could listen to in a cave if necessary.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 16 April 2015 17:23 (5 days ago) Permalink

I'm kind of not feeling Spotify anymore. Just about ready to pull the plug, but I'll probably see how it goes for a few more months.

Mostly personal reasons, but:

(1) I thought by discovering more music, I would have more to listen to. Spotify has just reassured me that there is so much crap out there. I listen to so much bad music and get tired of it
(2) Because of that, I only listen to a popular track or two and if I like it, I'll listen to the album, if not, I'll skip it altogether. But I can do this with YouTube already. And Spotify takes a longer time/too long to put new music on their service
(3) So I'm still 'researching' music--reading about a band or musician and stuff before I commit to listening fully. So it's not like Spotify is saving me time
(4) A lot of the stuff I like is not on there anymore or never was. So I've been downloading music a lot again. What motivates me even more to get rid of it is that the person I share the account with has bands that were all just recently removed completely (no albums/singles anymore)

Whatever. I can save $10 and use it for something better

F♯ A♯ (∞), Thursday, 16 April 2015 17:34 (5 days ago) Permalink

I have a "To Listen" playlist that I use the same way, but putting stuff on it requires more taps than starring used to, and I basically only ever take stuff off of it from my laptop. Not ideal. But the offline part works great, and Recently Played made it even easier for me to get back to it. And I do at times have multiple specialized To Listen lists, which wasn't possible with one Starred list.

But like I said, I think there's better stuff we could do to facilitate these kinds of listening patterns instead of merely tolerating them...

xpost

There is an amazing amount of crap, but for me the amount of great music is far more surprising than the amount of crap. This is true of any of the major services, not Spotify specifically, but if you're interested in widening your musical world again, I recommend poking around everynoise.com and/or the Sorting Hat (http://everynoise.com/spotify_new_releases.html). I have absolutely no trouble finding way more exciting new music every week than I can actually listen to...

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 16 April 2015 17:48 (5 days ago) Permalink

cool, thanks glenn mcdonald.

though i actually just went ahead and cancelled my subscription right now. i don't know maybe i'm just not feeling like listening to music in general? definitely not specific to spotify, you're right

i bookmarked that link, though! thanks!

F♯ A♯ (∞), Thursday, 16 April 2015 19:57 (5 days ago) Permalink

Good thing I don't work on commission.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 16 April 2015 22:36 (5 days ago) Permalink

wonder if the social aspects of spotify cause greater lag than grabbing tunes. seems like the speed bottleneck when starting up is gathering up all of my friend and playlist info from the *~cloud~*

And let’s say a new Hozier comes along, and Spotify outbids you (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 17 April 2015 15:09 (4 days ago) Permalink

On the mobile app, has anyone else noticed that the random is not very random? At least a few times, I've gotten the same sequence of songs a couple of times.

Jeff, Friday, 17 April 2015 15:17 (4 days ago) Permalink

there is a web tool to import spotify playlists to rdio.

i imported the ilx 102 best tracks of 2014 spotify playlist to rdio. it matched 92 for me with a US account, so i guess 10 are missing from rdio (incl. that's not me, scandalously)

that's my data. bye.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, 17 April 2015 21:17 (4 days ago) Permalink

delightful morbsian exit

And let’s say a new Hozier comes along, and Spotify outbids you (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 17 April 2015 22:16 (4 days ago) Permalink

the greatest thing about the stars for me was that you could set the whole starred playlist to be offline, so it was just a big flat list of individual songs that i had actively picked out for special attention that i could listen to in a cave if necessary.
― TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:23 PM (Yesterday)

^this

You Play The Redd And The Blecch Comes Up (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 April 2015 01:00 (3 days ago) Permalink

Yeah i don't know, stars are more a temporary thing for me if anything. I mean, the times I feel like listening to MC Breed are not the same times I feel like listening to Eric Carmen

brimstead, Saturday, 18 April 2015 01:17 (3 days ago) Permalink

Perhaps this has been discussed in another thread, I realise I am a few days late, but christ this is nuts:

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6531918/portisheads-geoff-barrow-says-he-earned-just-2500-from-34-million-streams

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 18 April 2015 23:21 (3 days ago) Permalink

The British took to his Twitter account to blast Apple, YouTube, Spotify and “especially” his label Universal Music for “selling our music so cheaply.”

What else have The British done?

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 18 April 2015 23:28 (3 days ago) Permalink

lord my Albums list is getting ridiculous, would love to have multiple folders of Albums... like analogous to playlists of songs... even some style/genre sorting option would be cool, it could incorporate the microgenre tags from glenn's sorting hat.

brimstead, Sunday, 19 April 2015 05:23 (2 days ago) Permalink

is there a way to make the mobile app stream in extreme quality over wifi and normal quality over cellular?
this is my dream feature.

olly, Monday, 20 April 2015 04:14 (Yesterday) Permalink

Latest Windows desktop "upgrade" finally made me go back to 0.8.5 and disable updates. The final straws were lack of ctrl+F and (seriously!?) inability to modify column widths.

then I was all HELLO OLD FRIEND why on earth have I not done this before? Desktop Spotify c. 2012 is a beautiful little application; not only compared to the current clunky webwrap debacle, but on its own terms.

anatol_merklich, Monday, 20 April 2015 13:21 (Yesterday) Permalink

Some rando used my email address to create a free account, so I emailed customer service to have it deleted, and got this response back (where "xxxxxxxx" is my email address):

We've checked on the email address "xxxx✧✧✧@icl✧✧✧.c✧✧" and can confirm that it has an account which is "xxxxxxxx-4". Since you've said that someone used your email address, may I please know what email address or username is it?

I... what?

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 02:15 (7 hours ago) Permalink


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