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 (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

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

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 07:08 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

the no-drag-album thng really sucks

a stupid red mute juggalo (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 7 December 2014 01:30 (1 week ago) Permalink

I guess because they just want you to save it to your music? Makes it hard as hell to find anything.

Jeff, Sunday, 7 December 2014 01:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

I'll pass this feedback along to the proper people! Pretty sure any drag-and-drop issues are just temporary glitches, as I'm not aware of any desire to have people not do that. And yes, better ways to find other people's playlists should eventually come. This was kind of problematic in the past when the only way to save an album was to make it into a playlist, so there were a lot of nominal playlists that weren't really playlists. The Your Music stuff is part of the ongoing effort to put all this stuff into better shape.

(None of this is my area, personally...)

glenn mcdonald, Sunday, 7 December 2014 01:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

My FAVORITE part of Spotify is the crowd-sourced playlist element.

cosign x1000

some kind of terrible IDM with guitars (sleeve), Sunday, 7 December 2014 01:37 (1 week ago) Permalink

I know I've moaned about this before, and I know it's totally rockist and ludditisb of me, but a better way to manage albums would be good. Like, being able to at least tag them so i don't have to scroll through my entire massive "my albums" list to find something to listen to. Just some kind of system that allows organizing albums in the same way playlists allow one to organize tracks.

brimstead, Monday, 8 December 2014 01:46 (1 week ago) Permalink

I'm just starting out making playlists and it's kind of hard? I envy Moka's ability to come up with cool thematic shit like "bamboo jazz" or w/e

brimstead, Monday, 8 December 2014 01:47 (1 week ago) Permalink

Cosign for the bit about needing further options in managing the albums list. This thing loses its function completely after reaching some size.

I use it almost exclusively and live in constant fear I might be the only user of this feature because it feels so needlessly underdeveloped and unloved.

the european nikon is here (grauschleier), Monday, 8 December 2014 09:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

exactly!

I blame spotify for me never listening to albums anymore.

Jeff, Monday, 8 December 2014 12:05 (1 week ago) Permalink

Thanks, Glenn. I appreciate your hanging in here on this thread. Having been the "company shill" on the Kindle thread, I feel your pain.

schwantz, Monday, 8 December 2014 16:55 (1 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week ago) Permalink

"Recently played" is a tiny fantastic addition.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 13 December 2014 17:23 (1 week 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 week 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 (Yesterday) 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 (Yesterday) 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 (Yesterday) 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 (Yesterday) Permalink


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