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

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 (1 month ago) Permalink

That's why you need an alt fb account

Spottie, Saturday, 24 January 2015 21:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

I can still use Spotify Web Player though

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Saturday, 24 January 2015 22:00 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago) Permalink

very cool

Mordy, Sunday, 25 January 2015 17:39 (1 month 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 (1 month ago) Permalink

i <3 you glenn

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 25 January 2015 21:41 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago) Permalink

son of a bitch, almost every time I add an album/playlist to my queue, it puts track #1 last and starts with track #2

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 22:23 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

some piece-of-the-pie breakdowns:

http://pando.com/2015/02/06/labels-not-spotify-are-screwing-over-artists-and-breaking-the-music-industry-heres-how-to-fix-it/

When you disregard taxes and the platforms’ share, labels keep a full 73.1 percent of the net revenue streaming services transfer to the music industry.

sleeve, Monday, 9 February 2015 16:31 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Does that even account for the fact that the labels are also investors in the service?

walid foster dulles (man alive), Monday, 9 February 2015 16:35 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Some interesting numbers, but a pretty terrible article. The line sleeve quoted is especially silly. Labels don't keep the taxes or the Spotify money (other than maybe as some eventual return on investment).

schwantz, Monday, 9 February 2015 18:15 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Whoops, I'm the dummy. I realize what that meant now. OF THE MONEY THAT'S LEFT OVER (after the platforms and taxes take their cuts), the labels keep 73.1%.

schwantz, Monday, 9 February 2015 18:17 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Do we know the structure of the labels' investment in Spotify? It's not impossible that it gives them some additional payout even if Spotify isn't turning a profit, although that'd be pretty fucked.

walid foster dulles (man alive), Monday, 9 February 2015 18:17 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

numbers aside (which is really why I posted it) I can't figure out what place the author is coming from - critical, sympathetic, or what- but it kind of reads like another "if these new musicians just knew how to market themselves they could be making bank" article, which I don't think it true in most cases.

sleeve, Monday, 9 February 2015 18:17 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Hey, if you want to spend your life doing self-promotion, you can probably make money in the music business. It's just that that sounds like a job.

schwantz, Monday, 9 February 2015 18:20 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Can anyone think of a reason why a track would be playable on the spotify client on my home pc but the client on my work pc tells me this track is not available in the US? It's dumb, because home and work are only 8 miles apart and in the same US city.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:57 (1 week ago) Permalink

Most likely two reasons: 1) it's actually not available, but you have it in your local iTunes library at home; 2) your office's network goes through some odd internet routing. If I'm on my work VPN lots of programs think I'm in Sweden.

Also, if you paste in the URI for the track, I can check where it's available.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 19 February 2015 21:13 (1 week ago) Permalink

spotify:track:49UBmvRSxLa2Oq6HkYKovK

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 19 February 2015 21:18 (1 week ago) Permalink

available to me (in the US)

Mordy, Thursday, 19 February 2015 21:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yeah, our office internet goes through a vpn, but I've never encountered this problem before. So odd.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 19 February 2015 21:21 (1 week ago) Permalink

That one appears to be available everywhere except Asia. So, um, is your VPN secretly Malaysian?

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 19 February 2015 22:02 (1 week ago) Permalink

It's not a huge deal. I'll just chalk it up to a freak computer thing no one will ever figure out. I logged out and logged back in, didn't make a difference.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 19 February 2015 22:07 (1 week ago) Permalink

perhaps unbeknowst to you your neighborhood/building has declared itself a soverign nation thus exempting it from US Spotify restrictions

ancient texts, things that can't be pre-dated (President Keyes), Thursday, 19 February 2015 22:27 (1 week ago) Permalink


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