Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

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

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

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

Er....

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

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

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

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

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

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

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

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

(advert)

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

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

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

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

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

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

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

can i get a spotify invite

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

is it UK only?

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

mr bimble check your email

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

hey glenn, curious question - do you happen to know if the invention of the Spotify Connect chipset was initially sort of like an accidental byproduct of technological development necessary to restraint user playback on multiple devices w/ same account? (account sharing)

niels, Saturday, 5 November 2016 11:39 (one month ago) Permalink

A couple of weeks ago I had single and album versions of Chris Bell's I Am The Cosmos in my Discover Weekly, just three songs apart. My DW has always leant pretty heavily on This Mortal Coil and their source material, but this was next level.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 5 November 2016 11:45 (one month ago) Permalink

No, Connect is not related to preventing one account from being used on multiple devices at once.

glenn mcdonald, Sunday, 6 November 2016 00:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Okay, cool. It's a nice feature.

niels, Sunday, 6 November 2016 08:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Taking a while to get used to the repositioning of controls in the new desktop UI. Feel like that all takes up far too much space now.

nashwan, Tuesday, 8 November 2016 12:35 (four weeks ago) Permalink

agreed; much preferred the cd button setup.

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Tuesday, 8 November 2016 14:29 (four weeks ago) Permalink

umm 'collapse folder' triangle on the right now? is there any other UI on earth that does that? wth

brimstead, Wednesday, 9 November 2016 04:38 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Spotify is writing massive amounts of junk data to storage drives

For almost five months—possibly longer—the Spotify music streaming app has been assaulting users' storage devices with enough data to potentially take years off their expected lifespans. Reports of tens or in some cases hundreds of gigabytes being written in an hour aren't uncommon, and occasionally the recorded amounts are measured in terabytes. The overload happens even when Spotify is idle and isn't storing any songs locally.

The behavior poses an unnecessary burden on users' storage devices, particularly solid state drives, which come with a finite amount of write capacity. Continuously writing hundreds of gigabytes of needless data to a drive every day for months or years on end has the potential to cause an SSD to die years earlier than it otherwise would. And yet, Spotify apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux have engaged in this data assault since at least the middle of June, when multiple users reported the problem in the company's official support forum.

"This is a *major* bug that currently affects thousands of users," Spotify user Paul Miller told Ars. "If for example, Castrol Oil lowered your engine's life expectancy by five to 10 years, I imagine most users would want to know, and that fact *should* be reported on."

Three Ars reporters who ran Spotify on Macs and PCs had no trouble reproducing the problem reported not only in the above-mentioned Spotify forum but also on Reddit, Hacker News, and elsewhere. Typically, the app wrote from 5 to 10 GB of data in less than an hour on Ars reporters' machines, even when the app was idle. Leaving Spotify running for periods longer than a day resulted in amounts as high as 700 GB.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 11 November 2016 07:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

!!! I wonder if that's why my tablet has a mysteriously low amount of free space for no seeming reason, even as Spotify has been running like a dead snail.

dustalo springsteen (Doctor Casino), Friday, 11 November 2016 14:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, spotify on my phone tends to be very slow starting up and is constantly trying load and the re-load files for some reason. I haven't noticed it taking up an unusual amount of space, but then I added a 200 GB memory card to my phone specifically to manage my spotify files.

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Friday, 11 November 2016 14:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I just checked and spotify has written about 800 GB of data since I last booted it up last week, so not as bad as some people but still very bad. This is a very serious issue and probably cost at least some people an SSD.

silverfish, Friday, 11 November 2016 15:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

!!! I wonder if that's why my tablet has a mysteriously low amount of free space for no seeming reason, even as Spotify has been running like a dead snail.

This bug doesn't cause Spotify to take up extra space, it just causes it to rewrite to the same space constantly, which can cause premature hard drive failure.

As far as I can tell from what's out there this only affects the PC, mac and linux clients. iOS and android apps should be ok.

silverfish, Friday, 11 November 2016 15:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

What the fuck. How do you check this on mac?

yolo mostly (sleepingbag), Friday, 11 November 2016 15:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

according to someone on the ars technica forum there is a way to work around this:

If you look at API calls in Process Explorer (or similar), it's pretty easy to see that a bug is causing the SQLite DB to be repeatedly compacted. (VACUUM'd, see https://sqlite.org/lang_vacuum.html).

Honestly, I think the damage of this quantity of writes to a modern SSD is a bit overblown, but it's certainly a drag on system resources and is concerning if many apps did this for long periods of time.

If you're really concerned, you work around this by causing the VACUUM statement to fail.

On windows, you'd open libcef.dll in a hex editor and change each occurrence of "VACUUM;" to "abcdef;"

On mac, you can do this in the terminal:
perl -pi -e 's/VACUUM;/abcdef;/g' /Applications/Spotify.app/Contents/MacOS/Spotify

Hope this helps.

silverfish, Friday, 11 November 2016 15:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

silverfish, I can't speak to the specific bug, but it certainly seems like spotify is constantly trying to write to my SD card on my android phone. It keeps showing that it wants to load between 500 and 1000 files.

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Friday, 11 November 2016 15:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

New version fixes this tho.

Siegbran, Friday, 11 November 2016 18:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

My tablet copy of Spotify was taking up 240 MB which I do think seems a bit high for something that as far as I know really shouldn't be storing music of any kind. I mean maybe a million tiny icon-sized album art images add up but....

dustalo springsteen (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 12 November 2016 07:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Hey my newest Top 40 playlist is up. Please listen because it is fantastic. It's my utopian alternate universe Top 40. This one contains Mott the Hoople, Elmore James Her Royal Harness and more. Listen, like, follow, tell all your friends and bask in the glory of these wonderful songs.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 14 November 2016 02:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks kornrulez - better thread for those might be: My Spotify playlists, let me show you them

schwantz, Monday, 14 November 2016 04:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

What's up with: A special thank you from _____

K-tel Leid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 November 2016 14:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The one from The Band is crepey.

K-tel Leid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 November 2016 14:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I got one from A Tribe Called Quest, appears to be about selling merch

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Friday, 18 November 2016 14:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That's the one I got first.

K-tel Leid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 November 2016 14:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's possible that my work computer is trash and is causing this problem but for the past few weeks as i'm listening to an album after about 4-5 tracks it'll just start over again

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 18 November 2016 19:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Glenn -

If I use Spotify through another app (for example, DJay Pro), do you know if those track plays get loaded into the DW algorithms?

schwantz, Monday, 21 November 2016 18:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They should, yes.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 21 November 2016 19:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks!

schwantz, Monday, 21 November 2016 21:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Interesting to see that Spotify (and Apple) will be supporting distribution/monetisation of uploaded mixes from non-pros (as on Mixcloud) as well as pros via Mixbank. Anyone know more about this?

nashwan, Monday, 21 November 2016 21:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Premium for $0.99. It’s our way of saying thanks for making 2016 so awesome."

thanks spotify

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 03:18 (one week ago) Permalink

(not my advertisement, I already have premium anyway, but of all the adjectives to describe 2016....)

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 03:22 (one week ago) Permalink

I have conveyed this feedback to the appropriate people.

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 03:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Thank you, Spotify, for making 2016 great again.

pplains, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 03:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Actually, I would've gone completely off the deep end had it not been for Spotify drowning out my co-workers' continuing coverage of Election '16.

pplains, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 03:40 (one week ago) Permalink

I just noticed that the album that Viet Cong put out last year before changing their name is now listed as being an album called "Viet Cong" by Preoccupations (the new band name). I kind of understand not wanting to make it look like a totally new band but this also seems like a confusing and obfuscatory thing to do.

na (NA), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 22:40 (one week ago) Permalink

spotify seems to be struggling with differentiating between local files on my PC and songs from the spotify library. This is causing it to drastically limit how many files I can load to my phone because it uses spotify library files instead of the files that I own. Not sure how to get around this.

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 22:55 (one week ago) Permalink

(technically it wasn't "fast" at all given the datestamp, but)

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Thursday, 1 December 2016 03:40 (six days ago) Permalink

I may have missed the announcement but apparently Neil Young's catalog has returned.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 1 December 2016 04:45 (six days ago) Permalink

yes, quite impressive - singles from forthcoming album released there too

niels, Thursday, 1 December 2016 12:56 (six days ago) Permalink

it's possible that my work computer is trash and is causing this problem but for the past few weeks as i'm listening to an album after about 4-5 tracks it'll just start over again

This is happening to me too. Also, it often doesn't seem to be able to correctly identify which track I'm listening to. Currently listening to the Tribe Called Quest album, on track 7, but it's indicating I am listening to track 2. Nope. Bugs all over the place in this latest version.

Position Position, Friday, 2 December 2016 15:17 (five days ago) Permalink


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