Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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some artist tag crapness tho

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 19:24 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

does it pass the melt banana test?

koogs, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 20:56 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

does not work in australia yet

Suggesteban Buttez (jabba hands), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 22:51 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

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

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:31 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

fails Boredoms test :(

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:28 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

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

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

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

stet, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:59 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

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

braveclub, Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:55 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

Er....

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

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:37 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:23 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:55 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

(advert)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

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

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:41 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

can i get a spotify invite

dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:03 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

is it UK only?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

mr bimble check your email

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:30 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

Jon I really appreciate your continued efforts to publicize that issue FYI

polyamanita (sleeve), Thursday, 3 July 2014 15:14 (3 months ago) Permalink

idk how feasible it is, but it would be amazing if you could search spotify by country of origin

Mordy, Thursday, 3 July 2014 15:16 (3 months ago) Permalink

I had never heard about the UMG thing, that totally sucks. Another reason to holds onto CDs.

brimstead, Thursday, 3 July 2014 15:28 (3 months ago) Permalink

I'm confounded by how quiet Universal has managed to keep mainstream media outlets from complaining about their watermarking. Maybe people are just fatigued about the notion of bringing up another argument about audio mastering issues that only 20% of people are annoyed by, but that 20% should be at least half of the people on this board

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=universal%20watermarking&safe=off

Milton Parker, Thursday, 3 July 2014 15:32 (3 months ago) Permalink

Also, they might still be watermarking the newer things but if they are it is subtle enough to not bother me. I know the technology was originally pitched as an "inaudible" way to track the sources of audio files, maybe it actually lives up to that claim now, idk. I just don't want the backing vocals on "My Old School" to sound like they are singine through a table fan.

OutdoorF on Golf (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 3 July 2014 15:34 (3 months ago) Permalink

I remember "underwater" cymbals was always the giveaway that an mp3 was 128kbps or lower. Does their watermarking just consist of using really low quality compression?

Dan I., Thursday, 3 July 2014 16:22 (3 months ago) Permalink

wait is the diff between the "4.99/mo" membership and the reg?

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 3 July 2014 16:26 (3 months ago) Permalink

No it sounds a lot different than low bitrate compression. I know well the 128 bit cymbal sound and it is much more listenable than what the watermark does.

OutdoorF on Golf (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 3 July 2014 16:47 (3 months ago) Permalink

Basically, you'll hear a great sounding recording across most frequencies except certain frequencies/tone colors which sound like a 64 Kbps file.

OutdoorF on Golf (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 3 July 2014 16:49 (3 months ago) Permalink

New iOS app out today, has sorting and filtering in Your Music. Nice in the album view because you can now sort by artist instead of just by album title.

Jeff, Thursday, 3 July 2014 17:45 (3 months ago) Permalink

The sorting turns out to be a temporary casualty of some internal reworking to prepare for bigger improvements...

― glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 9:15 AM (Yesterday)

thanks for the explanation. I figured it wouldn't be a permanent change.

macklemore looks something like you (unregistered), Thursday, 3 July 2014 18:03 (3 months ago) Permalink

wait is the diff between the "4.99/mo" membership and the reg?

― socki (s1ocki), Thursday, July 3, 2014 4:26 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

In the UK at least the main differences are offline playlists and high-bitrate streaming.

dem bow dem bow need calcium (seandalai), Thursday, 3 July 2014 20:27 (3 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think offlining stuff and/or getting it on other devices are the main thing. This user-made chart may be out of date, I don't know, but perhaps it gets at the gist: http://community.spotify.com/t5/Newcomers-and-Contribution/Subscription-Comparison-Chart/td-p/666916

I can see lots of good reasons to pay the extra money, but they didn't fit what I need out of the site, so I was glad to save the money and very glad my friend told me about this secret, speakeasy-style system just as I was about to enter my CC info for Premium.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 3 July 2014 22:05 (3 months ago) Permalink

has sorting and filtering in Your Music

holy crap, gave up on this ever appearing on the mobile app a long time ago

(⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Thursday, 3 July 2014 22:33 (3 months ago) Permalink

There's a $4.99 student rate now too

relentlessly pecking at peace (President Keyes), Friday, 4 July 2014 11:27 (3 months ago) Permalink

Wait, really? Where's that? What's it offer?

Doctor Casino, Friday, 4 July 2014 13:21 (3 months ago) Permalink

Sweeeeeet!

brimstead, Friday, 4 July 2014 19:07 (3 months ago) Permalink

Hmmm, this is interesting but strange - I passed the student eligibility test, but when I try to go back and upgrade to Premium it's still talking about $9.99 a month.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 4 July 2014 20:13 (3 months ago) Permalink

what was your score?

socki (s1ocki), Sunday, 6 July 2014 14:53 (3 months ago) Permalink

i really love how there are two sizes for album art on the windows app: really small and extremely small

brimstead, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 02:28 (3 months ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Does anyone know roughly what percentage of recorded music is on spotify? Like, how many albums have ever been released, and how many are on Spotify?

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 03:03 (2 days ago) Permalink

I went through a list of 1000 albums released in 1971 and around 500 were available on Spotify. So half.

you walk on the street, grab the rock (President Keyes), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:28 (2 days ago) Permalink

That must have involved some serious typing. Thanks!

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:54 (2 days ago) Permalink

the amount of stuff getting put out through means other than a significant label now is so huge I bet that % is dropping

ogmor, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 13:46 (2 days ago) Permalink

oh yeah, my percentage is probably wildly off the mark, even for stuff from the early 70s, as most private press and indie stuff only shows up if it was reissued at some point.

you walk on the street, grab the rock (President Keyes), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 13:54 (2 days ago) Permalink

I wonder how many hrs of music youtube has by comparison

ogmor, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:07 (2 days ago) Permalink

i bet you could listen to music on youtube for an entire day and never have to repeat a song

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:36 (2 days ago) Permalink

I went through a large bunch of my stuff. It came out around 70% on Spotify.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:47 (2 days ago) Permalink

Certain licensing-sensitive genres like film scores are probably only about 10% present on spotify. But that's a genre where the majority of the music is out of print physically for the same reason.

a drug by the name of WORLD WITHOUT END (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 18:00 (2 days ago) Permalink

the vast majority of ALL recorded music is out of print and/or has never been translated digitally so I'd be shocked if it was above single digit percentage points
http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub133/sum133.html

Steve 'n' Seagulls and Flock of Van Dammes (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 18:17 (2 days ago) Permalink

OTOH 85% of groovy Italian schlock soundtracks are represented so who gives a twat about crappy American soundtracks.

Threat Assessment Division (I M Losted), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 18:21 (2 days ago) Permalink

1989 isn't available so spotify should just quit imo

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 18:45 (2 days ago) Permalink

it was a good run

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 18:45 (2 days ago) Permalink

Red wasn't on there for a full calendar year and we all survived.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 18:46 (2 days ago) Permalink

most of us anyway

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 18:49 (2 days ago) Permalink

I will wait until christmas when someone will def give me a starbucks gift card. I will then buy the album at starbucks with the gift card.

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 18:52 (2 days ago) Permalink

Dumb 1989 is better

you walk on the street, grab the rock (President Keyes), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 18:54 (2 days ago) Permalink

$9.99 auto-rip from amazon is tempting, but then they're going to send me a cd! why don't they just offer the album digitally for $9.99?! what a disaster for the environment.

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 19:03 (2 days ago) Permalink

YouTube has the acetates of yer grandad farting in the bathroom, with all of the attendant good and evil about that...

I know this absolutely ACE garage rock album wasn't on Spotify in its entirety about six mod ago, so:

http://open.spotify.com/album/2rPBcCdWIUOo8iJ85Ks5Ed

Now you can hear We the People's "My Brother the Man"! And other fuzz punk gems!

Threat Assessment Division (I M Losted), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 19:22 (2 days ago) Permalink


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