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 (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

actually, there were these things called magazines and "industry trades"...
--da croupier

Right, I worked in a library with music magazines and industry trades for seven years. But that information isn't free to anyone.

What I meant is that I can get all sorts of statistical information about who listens to a particular artist or genre - and what they listen to alongside it - just by browsing a site. It's not the sort of information a magazine would publish because it doesn't conform to market stereotypes.

It's important to me because I hope the younger generations will not experience to mean-spiritedness and prejudice and melodrama over music taste that I experienced as a kid.

Threat Assessment Division (I M Losted), Thursday, 4 December 2014 18:44 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

And if you are trying to gauge effectiveness of some type of marketing campaign, you can do it, even as a small band, which is cool. Ok, definitely not "cool," but useful.

schwantz, Thursday, 4 December 2014 18:52 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I'm really enjoying my "play it forward" playlist for what it's worth...

skip, Thursday, 4 December 2014 18:56 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I lol'ed when I started mine blindly and pulse demon-era merzbow started blastin my brains

(⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Thursday, 4 December 2014 20:09 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

according to spotify i listened to 29% freak folk, 20% pop, 19% reggae, 19% roots reggae, and 16% world - i didn't realize i listened to so much reggae??

Mordy, Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:09 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

my genre breakdown was 100% prefix-rock, which was funny considering more than 50% of my top ten tracks would be qualified as NOT rock (i.e., bruno mars, robin thicke, pitbull, etc)

da croupier, Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:20 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

as cute as the review is i think i still prefer last.fm

Mordy, Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:21 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

it's a bit weird that they don't let you share your year with other spotify users easily. I guess it's better marketing for them if you share on facebook, twitter, etc.

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 4 December 2014 23:00 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

you can no longer drag an album into a playlist
WTF

ancient texts, things that can't be pre-dated (President Keyes), Saturday, 6 December 2014 23:59 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I still miss starring. MOTHERFUCKERS.

Jeff, Sunday, 7 December 2014 00:12 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Glenn, do something about this.

Jeff, Sunday, 7 December 2014 00:12 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Drag failure seems like more of a bug? Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

death in Skegness (seandalai), Sunday, 7 December 2014 00:28 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Only works if I pull up a track and drag the album title from that.
Either a bug or trying to push people to the "Add To" buttons

ancient texts, things that can't be pre-dated (President Keyes), Sunday, 7 December 2014 00:33 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I'd love to hear the rationalization behind the latest UI moves. It's been kind-of driving me crazy.

1. No more drag an album title to create playlist.
2. No more starring.
3. Weird insistence around having to add stuff to "my music."
4. No user playlist discovery in the mobile apps, and even trying to find a user or playlist is hard-to-impossible. And there's not even a simple way to browse the people that you are following (AFAICT, maybe I'm missing something?).

Not sure what is driving this. My FAVORITE part of Spotify is the crowd-sourced playlist element. Much more so than a computer algorithm-generated radio station. I end up having to use the Playlists.net app a lot in the desktop client, but I guess that'll be going away (?) and it was never there in the mobile app.

Other things I'd really like:

1. "Watchlist" or "smart playlist," where I could have an auto-updating playlist based on a search string.
2. A way to sort user's playlists by creation date.
3. A way for people to be able to create mixes with crossfades/beat-matching and share them. This one might be tough in terms of copyright (not sure about this), but man that would be sweet.

schwantz, Sunday, 7 December 2014 00:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

the no-drag-album thng really sucks

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 7 December 2014 01:30 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I guess because they just want you to save it to your music? Makes it hard as hell to find anything.

Jeff, Sunday, 7 December 2014 01:31 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I'll pass this feedback along to the proper people! Pretty sure any drag-and-drop issues are just temporary glitches, as I'm not aware of any desire to have people not do that. And yes, better ways to find other people's playlists should eventually come. This was kind of problematic in the past when the only way to save an album was to make it into a playlist, so there were a lot of nominal playlists that weren't really playlists. The Your Music stuff is part of the ongoing effort to put all this stuff into better shape.

(None of this is my area, personally...)

glenn mcdonald, Sunday, 7 December 2014 01:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

My FAVORITE part of Spotify is the crowd-sourced playlist element.

cosign x1000

some kind of terrible IDM with guitars (sleeve), Sunday, 7 December 2014 01:37 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I know I've moaned about this before, and I know it's totally rockist and ludditisb of me, but a better way to manage albums would be good. Like, being able to at least tag them so i don't have to scroll through my entire massive "my albums" list to find something to listen to. Just some kind of system that allows organizing albums in the same way playlists allow one to organize tracks.

brimstead, Monday, 8 December 2014 01:46 (1 week ago) Permalink

I'm just starting out making playlists and it's kind of hard? I envy Moka's ability to come up with cool thematic shit like "bamboo jazz" or w/e

brimstead, Monday, 8 December 2014 01:47 (1 week ago) Permalink

Cosign for the bit about needing further options in managing the albums list. This thing loses its function completely after reaching some size.

I use it almost exclusively and live in constant fear I might be the only user of this feature because it feels so needlessly underdeveloped and unloved.

the european nikon is here (grauschleier), Monday, 8 December 2014 09:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

exactly!

I blame spotify for me never listening to albums anymore.

Jeff, Monday, 8 December 2014 12:05 (1 week ago) Permalink

Thanks, Glenn. I appreciate your hanging in here on this thread. Having been the "company shill" on the Kindle thread, I feel your pain.

schwantz, Monday, 8 December 2014 16:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

I think you're overestimating the dominance of the hits. Paul Lamere looked at then-current numbers in some detail last year:

http://musicmachinery.com/2013/11/23/revisiting-the-long-tail/

The top ~200k-ish songs at the time accounted for only 80% of plays, and longitudinal data suggested that listening was getting less concentrated over time, not more.

― glenn mcdonald, Thursday, December 4, 2014 2:16 AM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This is really interesting. I'm frustrated by the lack of underlying justification for the metrics he uses, though. The "chartland vs nicheland" charts take the top 100 sellers as the definition of mainstream. What would the chart look like if we took the top 500? Are those extra 400 songs really much more "niche" overall? Here's 200-204 in the current iTunes chart:

200. The Veronicas - If You Love Someone
201. Katy Perry - This Is How We Do
202. Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven
203. George Ezra - Listen to the Man
204. Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man

There's also the issue of different audiences. Wal-Mart's audience is about as mainstream as it gets. Rhapsody's about as music-nerd as it gets. It stands to reason that any chart you could make comparing activity between the two will show a greater appetite for going farther afield in Rhapsody, which has nothing to do with the size of the catalog.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 8 December 2014 17:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

The UI makes me want to claw somebody's eyes out on a daily basis.

if anyone wants to know what i liked this year, both old and new, it's on this playlist
http://open.spotify.com/user/matthelgeson/playlist/0ah1waMa42AwR8t1sfI9wq
― you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday,

I can click on this and get the playlist on a web page, and I can hit "Play on Spotify" and the songs will play in the Spotify app, but the playlist will not display in that app. Happened with the above playlist and also with the P-Funk results playlist. "View All On Spotify" at the bottom of the playlist (on the web) does nothing.

Also, multiple windows in the Spotify app would be nice.

WilliamC, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 17:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

Also, multiple windows in the Spotify app would be nice.

oh god yes

some kind of terrible IDM with guitars (sleeve), Wednesday, 10 December 2014 18:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

last update to the iphone app messed-up all my local files and I'd get an error whenever I tried to play em. uninstalled and installed again, and after re-syncing them all, they're back but all the artwork is gone. again. grr.

(⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Wednesday, 10 December 2014 19:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

fwiw you can cut addresses like http://open.spotify.com/user/matthelgeson/playlist/0ah1waMa42AwR8t1sfI9wq and paste them into the search window and the playlist should come up

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Wednesday, 10 December 2014 23:17 (1 week ago) Permalink

This is a good addition: http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/11/spotify-top-tracks/

schwantz, Thursday, 11 December 2014 17:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

year in music is neat. apparently the genres I listened to this year were Ambient, Art Rock, Experimental, Electronic, Hauntology. My top album was an old pop ambient that I don't recall listening to much this year at all. 42,497 minutes of listening to spotify in total.

tweet deems ur mad f this (wins), Saturday, 13 December 2014 15:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

glenn, is there any public API for getting genres for a particular track/artist/album?

death in Skegness (seandalai), Saturday, 13 December 2014 17:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

was thinking of maybe building genre top 10s from the ILM poll results

death in Skegness (seandalai), Saturday, 13 December 2014 17:07 (1 week ago) Permalink

i think albums now auto-stay in the recently added sorting which means I can stop making constant playlists everytime a new album to listen to

Raccoon Tanuki, Saturday, 13 December 2014 17:14 (1 week ago) Permalink

You can get genre info for artists from the Echo Nest API. For single artists you can also just type them in the search box on everynoise.com (which does the same API call).

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 13 December 2014 17:22 (1 week ago) Permalink

"Recently played" is a tiny fantastic addition.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 13 December 2014 17:23 (1 week ago) Permalink

Oh cool, I'll look into using the Echo Nest API. xp

death in Skegness (seandalai), Saturday, 13 December 2014 17:26 (1 week ago) Permalink

Just noticing now that I can control the music playing on my iphone using the desktop app. Is this new?

$80 is absurd and very ridiculous! (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 19 December 2014 20:13 (2 days ago) Permalink

actually, it's not quite so functional as that. nvm.

$80 is absurd and very ridiculous! (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 19 December 2014 20:14 (2 days ago) Permalink

Be careful controlling Spotify from a second device. AT&T called me to say stop tethering based on that behavior.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 19 December 2014 20:38 (2 days ago) Permalink

this is one of the better developments on spotify, unplug yr headphones from yr laptop and into yr phone & it continues playing

ogmor, Friday, 19 December 2014 20:58 (2 days ago) Permalink


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