Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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I just read about this. Apparently some kind of streaming iTunes looking service with rights to all the majors cleared. Could be interesting? If nothing else just to see it fail miserably...

sonderangerbot, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 08:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

trying this now. blatant rip of itunes design-wise but looks better in many ways. all i really want to do with it is listen to whole albums easily and it seems to let you do that very well (i haven't heard the ads yet tho).

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 12:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

20 second xbox ad came in after 5 songs. not bad really.

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 12:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

needs last.fm support asap

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 13:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

the ads don't bother me that much either, haven't noticed if 5 songs is always the limit? in any case it's 5 songs of any length, and you can listen to "In C" for example straight through which is cool.

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

I love it!

I think there is progress towards spotify scrobbling happening here:

http://www.last.fm/group/Scrobble+for+Spotify

Stevie T, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

carsmile sent this link: http://code.google.com/p/scrobblify/

scrobbles perfectly

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

for Windows maybe!

Stevie T, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeah this looks terrific, I like how easy it makes it to dip into artists with huge discographies.

Although I haven't actually listened yet, just been browsing so far.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

i am so in love with this thing <3

king lame (c sharp major), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

some artist tag crapness tho

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 19:24 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

does it pass the melt banana test?

koogs, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 20:56 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

does not work in australia yet

Suggesteban Buttez (jabba hands), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 22:51 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

"80s funk house disco" radio suggests Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers!

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:31 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

fails Boredoms test :(

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:28 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

jordan, webmail me an email address to send an invite to.

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

didn't get asked for an invite here, just got straight in

stet, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:59 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

you can now scrobble to last.fm from within spotify (it's in 'preferences')

braveclub, Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:55 (nine 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
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/17704623.jpg

dj onimotian (onimo), Sunday, 21 December 2008 13:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

Er....

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:37 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:23 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:55 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

(advert)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

And I'm not buying that White Lies record either.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/VO1sMd5.jpg

pplains, Monday, 2 July 2018 03:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

LOL!

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Monday, 2 July 2018 04:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

spotify isn't recommending drake to me at all so the past day or two of Discourse has been very confusing

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 2 July 2018 20:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You might need a firmware update

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 2 July 2018 20:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

nah I'll pass

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 2 July 2018 20:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

But it also turns all the songs you choose to play into Drake guest versions, what's not to like?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 2 July 2018 21:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I’ve never played Drake and don’t buy into his mopey robot schtick so not sure why the inundation

calstars, Monday, 2 July 2018 21:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

have never been more impatient for a company to fail than Spotify

https://media.pitchfork.com/photos/5b3a854a8b7610470d0dd7a4/2:1/w_790/drake-spotify-2%20(1)%20(1).jpeg

Milton Parker, Monday, 2 July 2018 22:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yes, once Spotify fails you'll definitely never encounter Drake on Apple or Amazon...

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 14:19 (one week ago) Permalink

Almost given up on Daily Mixes. I appreciate that it's designed to give me the same or similar artists all the time as it's comfort zone stuff but for some artists it never varies the song choice.

yea it is weird, some of my daily mixes are made up of stuff i haven't listened to in a year, but the stuff i listen to all the time now isn't even there

marcos, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 14:24 (one week ago) Permalink

I still play Daily Mixes because they are convenient but i'm pretty tired of seeing the exact same songs by the same 5-10 artists every day in there for months. For example, i've only ever been served Making Plans for Nigel by XTC.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 14:38 (one week ago) Permalink

The "daily" part doesn't really seem to be true. I wish these changed a lot more.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 14:42 (one week ago) Permalink

are labels the reason why youtube recommendations are 100x as good as spotify recommendations?

ogmor, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 14:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Song Radio >>> Daily Mix I feel but I overlooked the former as an option for too long and maybe there's no substantial difference

shaqiri tip (nashwan), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 14:47 (one week ago) Permalink

lol YouTube recommendations are the worst

niels, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 19:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Spotify contender for best technology for music listeners since radio

niels, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 19:45 (one week ago) Permalink

are labels the reason why youtube recommendations are 100x as good as spotify recommendations?

Ah yes, you listened to a song, next here's a man skateboarding nude with razorblades in his scrotum, followed by two girls eating chillis.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:03 (one week ago) Permalink

That doesn’t happen to me – I get on-point recommendations of other songs.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:18 (one week ago) Permalink

Lol the best technology for listeners since the radio is crazy talk

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:59 (one week ago) Permalink

Dan Ingram is turning over in his newly dug grave.

Uncle Redd in the Zingtime (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 4 July 2018 01:22 (one week ago) Permalink

youtube has the song mixes and recommends me a lot of foreign out of print records and other obscurities, as well ofc as street guitarists, kids dancing to rap, live recordings and other things outside of spotify's purview, and spotify recommends me blondie, liars, carl craig and paul mccartney

ogmor, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 07:52 (one week ago) Permalink

I mean, I like spotify a lot and would pay quite a bit more for it if the money went to artists but in terms of recommendations it can't compete and I'm wondering if this is a user/bottom-up approach beating a labels/top-down one

ogmor, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 07:54 (one week ago) Permalink

it isn't that much of a difference, everybody's* music listening and discovering is mediated by labels, directly or indirectly

* with the possible exception of people on a message board

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 4 July 2018 13:41 (one week ago) Permalink

I think there's a case to be made for the "bottom-up" approach being maybe superior, with Wikipedia (imperfect though it may be) as an obvious use case, given how much it's come to be relied upon / cited. Unlike Wikipedia, though, stuff gets pulled from YouTube all the time. Just look at any years-old ILM thread with a decent number of embeds.

Simon H., Wednesday, 4 July 2018 13:45 (one week ago) Permalink

when yr being recommended out of print stuff I think it's safe to assume labels are not involved

ogmor, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 15:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Seems like much ado over little to me, but I guess Spotify has learned their lesson...

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:00 (one week ago) Permalink

... or they got enough $$$ from the label that a few refunds is trivial

Simon H., Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:14 (one week ago) Permalink

I assume "a few refunds" is trivial in general for most companies

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:18 (one week ago) Permalink

imagine asking for a refund for that.

Hall of Fam (Spottie), Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:22 (one week ago) Permalink

was more annoyed by spotify's promotion of its own voice control technology

scopin' VARs (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:26 (one week ago) Permalink

I hope this isn’t coming out of your bonus Glenn

calstars, Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:28 (one week ago) Permalink

surely glenn has come up with a more interesting name for that pay genre

scopin' VARs (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 5 July 2018 22:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Every time somebody hits Next on a Drake song before the end, I get $.0001 for each second remaining. People laughed at me when I originally made this deal. "Who are 'Drake' and why would people need to skip them?"

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 6 July 2018 01:46 (one week ago) Permalink

good analysis imo at the FT here (t.co link to get past the paywall, but google "Spotify: Drake-oil salesmen" if the link doesn't work

https://t.co/5PvVMWlO8E

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Saturday, 7 July 2018 00:00 (one week ago) Permalink

The rogue KING has another new track out.

I laughed when this showed up as "Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark" on my release radar tho:
https://open.spotify.com/track/3EJfmzhb9CNJT43ZGOP88U?si=LNlogGsdS0S-NdOte6Cd4Q

Jeff W, Saturday, 7 July 2018 08:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Got both of those too - also a Squeeze that Spotify thinks is that Squeeze but isn't. This is definitely happening more often lately.

shaqiri tip (nashwan), Saturday, 7 July 2018 12:32 (one week ago) Permalink

I got that "OMD" track too. Guessing those aren't guest bars.

DJI, Saturday, 7 July 2018 13:54 (one week ago) Permalink

Someone should rap over OMD's 'Sacred Heart' though.

shaqiri tip (nashwan), Saturday, 7 July 2018 22:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Maddeningly, when I save a playlist on my iPad, it saves as ARTIST - ALBUM, but when I do it on the desktop app it saves as ALBUM - ARTIST

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Sunday, 8 July 2018 09:52 (one week ago) Permalink

Maddeningly, when I save a playlist on my iPad, it saves as ARTIST - ALBUM, but when I do it on the desktop app it saves as ALBUM - ARTIST

This desktop behaviour appears to be a recent change -- I have an old playlist folder to which I drag albums as playlists on my desktop, and all previous entries are ARTIST – ALBUM, but suddenly now, newly dragged albums are named ALBUM – ARTIST. Grr.

anatol_merklich, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:36 (six days ago) Permalink

hey uh pretty sure that new Fucked Up song is...a different Fucked Up

Simon H., Friday, 13 July 2018 19:47 (three days ago) Permalink

i’ve been reporting these mixups when they show up in release radar by clicking the three dots on the right hand side

maura, Friday, 13 July 2018 19:57 (three days ago) Permalink

ah!

Simon H., Friday, 13 July 2018 19:58 (three days ago) Permalink

Spotify just reminded me it’s fhe weekend and that it’s time to lay back and relax and maybe chill to some jams
No shit bra?

calstars, Saturday, 14 July 2018 01:24 (two days ago) Permalink

A few weeks ago it offered up a playlist — “Songs to Test Headphones With” (192,347 Followers)

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 14 July 2018 01:30 (two days ago) Permalink

The summer rewind playlist I got this year is really good!

I've seen “Songs to Test Headphones With” before--seems to be mostly "dads who are really into music" stuff iirc? Steely Dan, Roxy Music, etc

Dan I., Sunday, 15 July 2018 21:06 (yesterday) Permalink

Hey, but after checking it out I see that now Spotify has the real recording of Axel F! I think it was some fake 3rd party recreation before...

Dan I., Sunday, 15 July 2018 21:08 (yesterday) Permalink

Glad to see 'Songs to Test Headphones With' includes Happiness Is Easy by Talk Talk, that song was always my go-to for that back in the Discman era.

Gavin, Leeds, Sunday, 15 July 2018 22:39 (yesterday) Permalink


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