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

Right, the general Spotify value-proposition to the music industry is that most people were not going to spend anywhere near $120/year on CDs and downloads, so this is a significant increase in industry revenue per person. ITunes Match, remember, basically staked the per-person cost of piracy at $25/year.

Charting the flow of individual dollars from individual listeners to individual artists is interesting, but much harder to understand holistically.

(schwantz, I don't know a thing about the Next Big Sound deal, but send me an email (glennm at Spotify) and I'll figure out where to route it to get a response)

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 02:46 (2 months ago) Permalink

now that's service!!

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:04 (2 months ago) Permalink

Email sent. Super-cool of you to offer.

schwantz, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 16:13 (2 months ago) Permalink

I can understand some artists fretting over low $, but on the other hand I use Spotify to play tonnes of stuff I've already bought as albums, just because of the ease of it, and I don''t imagine this is uncommon, so those guys are getting extra money they would never have got otherwise.

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Thursday, 12 June 2014 03:28 (2 months ago) Permalink

Thanks, everybody. I think I'm gonna buy that record, and maybe even another one. Been forever.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:52 (2 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

did anyone else notice that you can no longer sort your search results by artist, album, song title, track length, etc.? for now the only workaround is to enter spotify:search:yoursearchterm into the search field. hopefully the next update will restore full search functionality.

macklemore looks something like you (unregistered), Tuesday, 1 July 2014 02:17 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yes, I did notice that. The other aggravation is that non-Spotify iTunes files are no longer integrated into search results.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 1 July 2014 07:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

I don't know what the deal is with either of those changes, but I'll see if I can find out.

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 2 July 2014 02:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

Waiting for ilxors users jeff and glenn macdonald to weigh in on the new functionality before I make my move

Riot In #9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 2 July 2014 03:17 (1 month ago) Permalink

I haven't noticed a real big difference with the iOS app. None of the functionality I used seems to be broken. Haven't used the desktop app in a few days.

Jeff, Wednesday, 2 July 2014 11:13 (1 month ago) Permalink

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

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 2 July 2014 13:15 (1 month ago) Permalink

UPDATE: I bought both the Father John Misty LP (which sounds fucking great even on my kinda shitty speakers) and the $4.99/mo Spotify subscription, which is currently available only as a secret Easter egg that you have to know the name of and aggressively search for, since it's not mentioned or offered at all if you just click for "Upgrade" or "My Account."

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 2 July 2014 17:36 (1 month ago) Permalink

Anyway, I don't regret either purchase, my burgeoning classic rock Spotify playlist was just the thing for enjoying some burgers and brews in the back yard, despite the lost classic-rock-radio verisimilitude from the missing auto parts ads.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 2 July 2014 17:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

Hey Glenn -

I would LOVE to be able to create auto-updating playlists based on search terms. Like for example

label:"black butter" year:2014

Where every time a new track comes out that matches my search terms, the list gets updated.

schwantz, Wednesday, 2 July 2014 18:11 (1 month ago) Permalink

Me too. And we are not the first to want these.

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 2 July 2014 20:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

I want that too

Mordy, Wednesday, 2 July 2014 20:45 (1 month ago) Permalink

One thing I just realised I could do is run the app but also launch the in-browser version - found it easier to make playlists by dragging tracks from the browser window into the app window.

nashwan, Wednesday, 2 July 2014 20:56 (1 month ago) Permalink

a music subscription model where my playlists are autoupdated with anything I have wish list hunts for (especially with a human curating element) is absolutely something I would pay an additional premium for.

Look at this joke I've recognised, do you recognise it as well? (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 2 July 2014 20:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

I've been on about this before, but the single biggest obstacle to spotify usability for me (or rather, the main thing that keeps me from being able to switch to clouded listening as opposed to stored listening) is the "UMG Problem". Anything and everything which a UMG label released to the digital services before 2013 has that awful, blatant audio watermarking encoded into it which makes pianos, choirs, acoustic guitars and cymbals sound like they're underwater. Starting in early 2013 I noticed UMG labels started releasing certain new things to the digital domain without this defacement, but not everything; based on by-ear research I've done it seems that by June 2013 all new releases, reissues and recompilations were without watermarks. Which is great, but still leaves the vast majority of their holdings (everything they released to digital vendors before then) still sitting there in an unlistenable state.

So like my Spotify playlists and libraries can comprise everything I feel like listening to except Motown, Decca, ECM, Island, Geffen, Deutsche Gramm, Impulse, Arista, etc etc etc. Which is actually a giant slice of things I love. So I still just say fuck it and do almost all of my listening from my packed to the gills ipod.

I like to hope someday UMG will reup all their holdings without watermarks but unless that can be batch automated somehow I can't imagine them assigning someone on payroll to grind out such a monumental job.

Anyway this is not at all spotify's fault and obv affects UMG items on iTunes, eMusic, Amazon MP3 exactly the same way. But if it were ever fixed by UMG, spotify would be a dream.

OutdoorF on Golf (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 3 July 2014 15:09 (1 month ago) Permalink

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

polyamanita (sleeve), Thursday, 3 July 2014 15:14 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago) Permalink

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

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 3 July 2014 16:26 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago) Permalink

There's a $4.99 student rate now too

relentlessly pecking at peace (President Keyes), Friday, 4 July 2014 11:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

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

Doctor Casino, Friday, 4 July 2014 13:21 (1 month ago) Permalink

Sweeeeeet!

brimstead, Friday, 4 July 2014 19:07 (1 month 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 (1 month ago) Permalink

what was your score?

socki (s1ocki), Sunday, 6 July 2014 14:53 (1 month 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 (1 month ago) Permalink


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