Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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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

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/ gets you straight in without an invite.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 07:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

I went in on that link above, no trouble at all. I'm in the UK tho - maybe there's a problem with the US, I dunno.

It's awesome, btw. Nearest thing to the "universal jukebox" I've seen for a long time.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 08:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

I think it's staggering. At least 95% of my track/artist searches to date have returned results. And I like the concept of shared playlists.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

Spotify Premium is available in Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the UK. The Free version is only available in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain.

It amuses me to see the adverts briefly appear in last.fm (and permanently in your Spotify history).

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

This is impressive. There's a lot more weird, small stuff on than I thought there would be, thopugh also mystifying gaps too.

Someone should set up a shared ILX playlist for Jan (then we can move to Feb etc to stop it getting unwieldy). I'll do it tonight if no-one else does.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

Excellent idea. I was thinking of doing one for the Pazz & Jop Top 50 singles, and maybe the Rocktimists poll tracks as well. But it'll have to wait until tonight.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

Gaps spotted so far: no King Crimson, very little UK Funky, no Aeroplane mix of Grace Jones "Williams Blood" (although their mix of Friendly Fires "Paris" is on there). Remixes are generally well represented, though.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

Remixes are generally well represented, though.

But not always listed as remixes, I've found. And they don't scrobble as remixes (sorry, I'll take that to the last.fm thread)

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

I also like the non-bloatiness: the software was running at around 14,000k on my home PC last night - so I could close iTunes for once, and benefit from the faster performance.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

I hope this thing a) goes global so the US can use it b) they make a mobile/iphone app c) ushers in a new era of music use.

I confidently predict big 4 will put a stop to it.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

All the majors have signed up in europe, though. I suppose it's whether the US ones are far-sighted enough.

It's also notable that most of the big digital music holdout bands aren't represented- no Beatles, Metallica, AC/DC.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

Every Stones album is there though, yay!

Another thing I've noticed is that the service avoids any queueing problems, as you occasionally get on, say, last.fm.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 10:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

Last.fm is screwed unless they can come up with something as wide ranging as this.

Billy Dods, Friday, 23 January 2009 10:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

The DJ Khaled selection is spotty and Denim aren't on there either.

I do like the way that you get to see all the crummy compilation albums that bands appear on. If you pick someone like The Sweet it takes about 5 mins to scroll through them all.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 10:49 (6 years ago) Permalink

Xpost I know it's wreaked havoc, a bugaboo of mine, too. That's how it came out on the phone. But can't edit posts ...

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 31 July 2015 22:50 (5 days ago) Permalink

ha, OK, glad u understand

sleeve, Friday, 31 July 2015 22:53 (5 days ago) Permalink

Beatles albums should be public fucking domain.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 31 July 2015 23:21 (5 days ago) Permalink

big artists making leverage plays, their may be lip service to 'artists deserve to be rewarded' but really they've meant 'fuck you pay me', the only exception to this has kinda been taylor swift and even then it was just 'dear apple plz pay something anything'.

― balls, Friday, July 31, 2015 2:41 PM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Nah Taylor Swift's thing came across as blatantly cynical marketing to me. Apple just decides to change a giant multi-million dollar deal within days of her tweeting about it give me a break.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 31 July 2015 23:23 (5 days ago) Permalink

Tho who can fault her Apple is historically a place for true artists, after all they had John Lennon in their advertisements /s

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 31 July 2015 23:24 (5 days ago) Permalink

it also has something to do w/ them being the second (hell maybe first by this point) highest selling group this century

I know, their fanbase bought them on vinyl, then on CD in the 90s, and now again digitally. They've been in the sweet spot for making oodles of money off recorded music in the historically small window when that was possible. Good for them. Yes, boomers are still a big market to milk but in ten years time their hearing's gone, along with their ability use a touchscreen or mouse. Sinatra and Elvis, similarly worthy and immensely popular artists, are past that point already and are (by and large) irrelevant to the business model of streaming/digital music.

Siegbran, Saturday, 1 August 2015 09:02 (4 days ago) Permalink

I mean, are these streaming services intended as museums or art galleries?

Siegbran, Saturday, 1 August 2015 09:04 (4 days ago) Permalink

my name is Noodle Vague and i approve this message

the lion tweets tonight (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 August 2015 09:13 (4 days ago) Permalink

why the Beatles catalogue is brought up in so many articles as some sort of big (psychological?) barrier to success for online music services is baffling to me.

are people really still writing that? i hardly see their name mentioned at all anymore in analyses of the streaming world, except maybe in passing.

(i see the name "taylor swift" a lot. but i don't think she was ever in the beatles, was she? that was james taylor, right?)

fact checking cuz, Saturday, 1 August 2015 15:37 (4 days ago) Permalink

the continued absense from Spotify, Apple Music and their ilk is thanks to the same ‘we’re premium and deserve special treatment’ attitude that meant I could never afford their CDs as a kid because they were generally priced way higher than anyone else’s even though they were already three decades old by that point

Uh, what? I distinctly remember buying the catalog as a kid and the CDs all costing the same as other music. Fugazi CDs were cheaper but that's about it.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 1 August 2015 23:31 (4 days ago) Permalink

most CD's by 60s groups were mid-price though except for the beatles & the stones. Pretty sure that is what the writer meant.

Also Beatles cd's were £15 here. Never in a sale

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 1 August 2015 23:35 (4 days ago) Permalink

Yeah, what? I have no memory at all of Beatles cds costing more than anything else. And considering they've only reissued a big deal remastered series once it's not even like they're continually trying to gouge people who want to own Beatles cds.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 1 August 2015 23:37 (4 days ago) Permalink

Maybe it's different over there, but in the US them shits have always been priced in line with everything else.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 1 August 2015 23:38 (4 days ago) Permalink

rip off britain strikes again

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 2 August 2015 02:03 (3 days ago) Permalink

I mean, I guess they never had explicitly budget releases - definitely no Beatles For Sale/Help! twofer discs out there. So yeah compared to certain other acts they never got steeply marked down, but...

Gorefest Frump (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 2 August 2015 05:09 (3 days ago) Permalink

question about the Discover Weekly playlist, apologies if this has already been covered upthread: does anyone know if the choices are based specifically on your previous week's Spotify listening, or does it take your listening over a longer timescale into account? if I listen to nothing but psychobilly one week, will I get an all-psychobilly inspired playlist the following Monday?

pop addicts should "do their thing", whatever that may be (soref), Sunday, 2 August 2015 11:07 (3 days ago) Permalink

only one way to find out

List of people who are ready for woe and how we know this (seandalai), Sunday, 2 August 2015 20:39 (3 days ago) Permalink

good luck

List of people who are ready for woe and how we know this (seandalai), Sunday, 2 August 2015 20:39 (3 days ago) Permalink

And how many times can I get away with playing my 2yo daughter's frequent request 'Agadoo' by Black Lace before my Discover Weekly starts being populated with awful 1980s novelty hits?

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Monday, 3 August 2015 04:09 (2 days ago) Permalink

private listening?

Cosmic Slop, Monday, 3 August 2015 12:51 (2 days ago) Permalink

oh btw Apple Music vs Spotify

Cosmic Slop, Monday, 3 August 2015 12:52 (2 days ago) Permalink

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/opinion/sunday/open-the-music-industrys-black-box.html?_r=0

Asking the current set of labels to have some transparency seems hopeless. Will Spotify become a label, maybe (a la Amazon with their self-publishing service)? Will some other entity step in and provide a label that promises transparency or fairer distribution of royalties?

schwantz, Monday, 3 August 2015 18:38 (2 days ago) Permalink

there ARE labels that promise transparency and a fairer distribution of royalties. They're just "indies" that can't achieve success on the level of a major, and streaming services are too beholden to the majors to treat them equally.

da croupier, Monday, 3 August 2015 19:02 (2 days ago) Permalink

Are up-and-coming acts still signing on to horrible major-label deals these days? If so, I feel sorry for them, but also - shame on them, to some extent.

schwantz, Monday, 3 August 2015 19:07 (2 days ago) Permalink

Just the fictional singer/songwriters getting millions of streams without any promotion at all.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 3 August 2015 19:11 (2 days ago) Permalink


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