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

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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month ago) Permalink

"Recently played" is a tiny fantastic addition.

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

it used to be that you could listen to local files thru spotify even while a different device is playing music from the service itself. this was super convenient bc i use spotify as my main music player and that meant i could just switch to local files when my wife was listening. this is no longer so :(

Mordy, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 00:54 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

I think I can still do this?

Jeff, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 01:02 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

without pausing the other account?

Mordy, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 01:09 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

Ah, I see. No, you're right.

Jeff, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 01:42 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

If the one that is playing offline content is actually offline, it still works. There's probably a simple way to block traffic from Spotify while you're doing this, but I don't know how to do it off the top of my head.

schwantz, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 02:50 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

One of my fav things about Sonos is being able to play different things on Spotify in 3 different rooms.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 03:40 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

god i miss it when i'd get advance auto parts ads and similar bullshit, now spotify is recommending music during the ads which is even worse tbh

marcos, Friday, 9 January 2015 22:24 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

INDIE ROCK YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT

marcos, Friday, 9 January 2015 22:24 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

GUSTER

marcos, Friday, 9 January 2015 22:24 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i always want to throw a five dollar bill at my computer when i hear someone complain about ads on spotify

da croupier, Friday, 9 January 2015 22:32 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

that's fair

marcos, Friday, 9 January 2015 22:32 (3 weeks 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, December 13, 2014 5:22 PM (4 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Hey glenn, just a heads-up that I sent you an email about the logistics of using Echo Nest for the ILM poll. I'm never sure whether people check the email accounts they provide for ILX...

Vote in the ILM EOY Poll! (seandalai), Sunday, 11 January 2015 19:52 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I do.

glenn mcdonald, Sunday, 11 January 2015 20:55 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

So, I deactivated my Facebook account yesterday and I logged in to Spotify not with the LOG IN WITH FACEBOOK feature but I did use the same username and p/w and then found this had reactivated my FB account. I changed the p/w on my FB account and then deactivated it again thinking I could use the old p/w with Spotify but I couldnt. Looking at other forums, it looks like a like it or lump scenario and I have to have FB active to use Spotify since I originally set it up thru FB. Any tips? I cant contact the Spotify help team as I cant log in either.

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Saturday, 24 January 2015 21:27 (6 days ago) Permalink

That's why you need an alt fb account

Spottie, Saturday, 24 January 2015 21:38 (6 days ago) Permalink

I can still use Spotify Web Player though

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Saturday, 24 January 2015 22:00 (6 days ago) Permalink

What I don't se mentioned here that miffs me (and I'd love to hear why they did this/any hack to change it back) is the UI change they did last month that got rid of the Top Lists in the sidebar. When you clicked on this it would give you a massive list (I wanna say top 200) of the most popular songs on the left, albums on the right, and you could filter it by region etc.

The new Top Lists they have are more varied and genre specific, but they only include 50 songs and none of them really replicate the original features or content of the old format.

MrExplorer, Sunday, 25 January 2015 10:43 (5 days ago) Permalink

The charts section is undergoing a revamp, and there will be more coming, but in the meantime you might enjoy my set of per-country playlists showing the most distinctively popular songs in each country:

http://everynoise.com/countrysounds.html

Unlike the old per-region charts, which were based on raw stream-counts and thus tended to be dominated most or entirely by global hits in slightly different orders, these tend to have a lot more music that's actually unique and representative of the country in question...

glenn mcdonald, Sunday, 25 January 2015 17:38 (5 days ago) Permalink

very cool

Mordy, Sunday, 25 January 2015 17:39 (5 days ago) Permalink

At the bottom of the front page on everynoise.com are links to a bunch of other things, including similar playlists for a few hundred cities, too...

glenn mcdonald, Sunday, 25 January 2015 17:47 (5 days ago) Permalink

i <3 you glenn

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 25 January 2015 21:41 (5 days ago) Permalink

i love that you do this stuff for a living

Sounds like a forks display name (forksclovetofu), Monday, 26 January 2015 05:35 (4 days ago) Permalink

awesome - that's exactly what I was always hoping to find in the country charts - thanks too for staying on board of this thread

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 26 January 2015 16:31 (4 days ago) Permalink


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