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

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Is there a thread for this style of breathless brand-identity snake oil?

― schwantz, Thursday, June 18, 2015 3:05 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

not really snake-oil oriented, but maybe worth a peek: Design Crimes: corporations ditching classic logos for newer logos that are duds

here i am in the land of large breakfasts (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:10 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

whoa that doc is insaneo

lil dork (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:22 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

ha the old timey pepsi logo looks kinda black metalish

Hell Books (latebloomer), Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

If there was an audio version, it would be read by Tom Cruise.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:35 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

To count as a play, does it matter whether or not the song is saved for offline use?

In a vacation scenario in which you're offline for a week but listening to tracks -- and then you come home and go back online -- does the app upload all the usage information at that point?

calstars, Saturday, 20 June 2015 12:35 (1 week ago) Permalink

things like that drive me absolutely kookuroo

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 20 June 2015 15:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yes, offline listening gets logged offline and then reported when you next connect.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 20 June 2015 18:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

:D

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 20 June 2015 22:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

"we don't ask you for free iPhones"

truthbomb.jpg

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 21 June 2015 15:59 (1 week ago) Permalink

she must be on a PAYG sim

There was Bjork from Iceland and Alanis Morissette from Canada (onimo), Sunday, 21 June 2015 16:07 (1 week ago) Permalink

lol

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 21 June 2015 16:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

http://time.com/3929784/taylor-swift-apple-open-letter-eddy-cue/

Oh to be a fly on the wall of Apple's accounting department right now.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 22 June 2015 06:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

t swift running the music biz

Spottie, Monday, 22 June 2015 06:37 (1 week ago) Permalink

17 hours!

lex pretend, Monday, 22 June 2015 07:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

Oh to be a fly on the wall of Apple's accounting department right now.

they won't care. this is a rounding error in their revenue and cash reserves. (which is why it was so shitty that they did it in the first place.)

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 22 June 2015 14:47 (1 week ago) Permalink

This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt.

heh

example (crüt), Monday, 22 June 2015 14:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

good work Taylor!

example (crüt), Monday, 22 June 2015 14:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

I'm have OCD about storage space and my usage on my stupid phone. That's why it kills me that there's no way to clear the cache. No way to remove what you downloaded last week but decided you don't need this week. You're stuck with it until you delete and reinstall!

― calstars, Wednesday, June 17, 2015 8:48 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

wait this can't be right -- you're telling me if you make an album available offline, it's there until you delete and reinstall Spotify and there's absolutely nothing that can be done about it?

also how fucked is it that you can't view album or track lengths in iOS, what the hell is this shit?

WE WANT FET WAP (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 22 June 2015 17:28 (1 week ago) Permalink

wish taylor had signed off that letter with a p.s., please stream at 320kbps

dutch_justice, Monday, 22 June 2015 17:35 (1 week ago) Permalink

"or I'm going PONO only"

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Monday, 22 June 2015 17:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

Stevie - yeah. That's my main sticking point with the app.

calstars, Monday, 22 June 2015 20:43 (1 week ago) Permalink

Apple backed off and will now pay royalties during trial period.

schwantz, Monday, 22 June 2015 21:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

Those royalties go straight to music execs more or less, so yay

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 22 June 2015 21:04 (1 week ago) Permalink

just me or is anyone else getting a FULL 30-second ad every time they play an official video on YouTube?

are they ratcheting it up?

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 27 June 2015 21:58 (5 days ago) Permalink

just you i think. everyone else is running an ad blocker.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Saturday, 27 June 2015 22:40 (5 days ago) Permalink

:(

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 27 June 2015 22:42 (5 days ago) Permalink

can I also complain how iOS Spotify doesn't display full track titles if they're more than idk 25 characters or so? And I am still miffed about not displaying album or track lengths anywhere, despite them being displayed in the desktop app.

WE WANT FET WAP (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 29 June 2015 13:22 (3 days ago) Permalink

Why is Spotify's search function now so regularly terrible? I don't particularly care about how it deals with my offline library or whether or not I can star tracks, but I would like to be able to search for a globally famous artist without it just hanging there forever.

At this point in time they really should not be fucking up such basic stuff.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 13:57 (2 days ago) Permalink

Apple Music launches in 15 minutes. Assuming you can upload your iOS at the time.

Jeff, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:43 (2 days ago) Permalink

I want apple music reports from y'all.

My particular bent: I want to upload shit tons of my own library to it, including stuff that already exists in their official cloud but where I want to be able to listen to my own rips either because I prefer a prior remastering or because the official streaming versions are marred by universal music group watermarks. E.g. The steely dan catalog. Will I have to retag my versions as "steely dan jl" or some shit or will it just let me do this?

Also, will cached content be playable using apps like can opener which can see my phone's iTunes music library? I'm assuming not but it would be amazing if yes since can opener has customizable eq and crossfeed.

Also, can you upload your own library stuff from several computers (e.g. home MacBook, work PC)?

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:05 (2 days ago) Permalink

official streaming versions are marred by universal music group watermarks. E.g. The steely dan catalog

wait what is this? I have never heard of this

WE WANT FET WAP (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:31 (2 days ago) Permalink

Should there be a dedicated thread for Apple music? This one feels dirty with all my spotify complaining.

Jeff, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:33 (2 days ago) Permalink

Jon you should start a separate thread for the Universal watermarks, you have been a great source of info on that

sleeve, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:35 (2 days ago) Permalink

also, yes to a separate Apple Music thread

sleeve, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:36 (2 days ago) Permalink

Apple Music

Jeff, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:57 (2 days ago) Permalink

official streaming versions are marred by universal music group watermarks. E.g. The steely dan catalog

wait what is this? I have never heard of this

― WE WANT FET WAP (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, June 30, 2015 11:31 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

in a nutshell because I have trouble typing much these days due to repetitive stress injury:

everything supplied to the digital domain (itunes, spotify, emusic, HDTracks, Amazon, etc) by all UMG labels (Decca, ECM, Motown, Arista, Geffen, etc) had this 'watermarking' in it which was supposed to be benign and inaudible but in fact was horribly audible especially on cymbals, acoustic guitars, pianos and backing vocals. Not sure of the exact mechanism but it sounds like a notch on a specific frequency that oscillates on and off. Basically makes certain vulnerable timbres sound underwatery. The tech was supposed to let UMG be able to tell where illegally shared files were originally purchased from. Laughably, the only place you could buy undistorted files was from UMG's own digital store.

Where UMG supplied lossless source files to the digital vendors (some of them work this way, I know emusic would get lossless files from UMG and then encode them), the watermarks were in those lossless files already.

Starting sometime in mid-2013, to my ear anyway, they either stopped this practice or switched to a new setting which really is inaudible. I have not heard the distortion on any UMG stuff added to the digital domain since about june 2013. (This includes new reissue/box set configurations of stuff they'd already put up in the watermark era)

That leaves an immense immense amount of catalog still sounding like shit, though. I have not done a relisten to things like Steely Dan in a while to see if maybe UMG did a mass reup of unwatermarked files. I guess I assumed they have not since it would be such a big task, but I should check.

Anyways, this has never been officially acknowledged by UMG or any digital vendor (I have to think the vendors were really angry), but AFAIC it's a fact. It was driving me crazy just by ear for about a year until I searched around online and found people with better tech skills than me who'd been hearing the same thing who'd figured it out.

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 17:24 (2 days ago) Permalink

just did a relisten to three UMG tracks which were definitely awful last time.

Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy - My Old School - it's still evident on the backing vox and saxes when they have longer notes. Doesn't sound quite as hideous as I remember but it's there. Reminiscent of 128kbps mp3 compression. Unable to stop myself, I compared all the versions of this song on spotify. The ones from the Show Biz Kids and Definitive Steely Dan comps are the same. BUT the Citizen Steely Dan one sounds not watermarked to me...??? Maybe UMG only added the Citizen box set to the digital marketplace in the last 2 years? Moving on to "Your Gold Teeth II" with its exposed piano writing, the Citizen version sounds good, the Katy Lied version sounds horrible, really bad fluttering in the piano decay. I guess Citizen is the way to go for your steely dan needs on spotify!

James Newton Howard - King Kong film score - first track - unbelievably distorted. Sounds like it's being performed through a fan. As bad as I remembered.

Martha Argerich - Schumann: Kinderszenen and Kreisleriana - first track of Kreisleriana - unlistenably fluttery just like before, dear god shut it off please

Conclusion based on tiny sample size: most of the watermarked shit has not been re-upped, maybe none of it (but the Citizen Steely Dan case intrigues -- I need to figure out when it was brought to the digital domain)

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 18:27 (2 days ago) Permalink

it's this kind of confusion that makes me miss the old mp3 days

calstars, Wednesday, 1 July 2015 01:16 (Yesterday) Permalink


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