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 (eight years ago) Permalink

Er....

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

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

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

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

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

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

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

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

(advert)

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

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

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

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

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

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

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

My DW is completely dictated by my nutso 15-year-old. I don’t want to pay for a second acct for him. What oh what can a guy do?

tobo73, Friday, 8 December 2017 00:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Dog Latin, make a playlist with several examples of each of those genres, turn on repeat and hit play. Leave this playing on your laptop / phone overnight. I think playlists have the most impact on your DW reccs but I don’t know for sure.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 8 December 2017 01:09 (one month ago) Permalink

I mainly enjoy listening to my friends' lists, so is there anyway I can follow them without them and have them be identifiable, rather than all called "Your Top 100 Songs 2017"? I mean, I made individual empty playlists and copied my friends' playlists in and retitled them... but can Spotify save me those 8 clicks.

Also yes, one of my resolutions was "Keeping buying premium!" which reminded me of that "Keep gaming... it means keep gambling" bit in The Simpsons episode where Springfield builds the casino.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 8 December 2017 08:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Love to see artists link to (Your) Release Radar with "Hey everyone check my new track on this amazing playlist" or whatever.

Andy K, Friday, 8 December 2017 14:42 (one month ago) Permalink

probably a mistake, but it's almost smart in a roundabout way -- anyone who clicks a "check out my new track" from an artist is likely to be a fan who's listened to them before, and anyone who does the three-point turn of loading spotify from a spotify URL probably has an account already

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Friday, 8 December 2017 16:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Good news! Turned on the Spotify Roku app today and got a message saying it would be temporarily offline starting Friday as they are working on rolling out a new app. I had thought that they basically gave up on Roku, so I'm pleasantly surprised that an improvement is in the works. There's a ton that could be better about the Roku app, I really hope this makes a positive difference.

Moodles, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 16:26 (four weeks ago) Permalink

roku needs to get on the ball imo

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 16:31 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Think this is more up to spotify than roku

Moodles, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:17 (four weeks ago) Permalink

nevertheless

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 19:39 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Is there a Spotify app on Apple TV?

WilliamC, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 19:50 (four weeks ago) Permalink

no but you can airstream the audio from your phone through it

Spottie, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:57 (four weeks ago) Permalink

https://open.spotify.com/user/ulyssestone/playlist/54hZLPMDWjHVpCi9eJtUPB
^^seems ECM have now heard of Spotify!

niels, Saturday, 30 December 2017 20:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh hell yeah

Scatperson (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-whore.) (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 30 December 2017 21:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Spotify loves to recommend me Chris Spedding for some reason. I really don't know why. (But I don't mind.)

― Animal Bitrate (Raw Patrick), Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:10 (nine months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

And I think "Video Life" by Chris Spedding has appeared six or seven times overall now. He must have made nearly a penny from me.

― Animal Bitrate (Raw Patrick), Monday, June 5, 2017 10:12 PM (six months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Good old "Video Life" by Spedding appears yet again in my Discover Weekly as it veers increasingly away from anything I would like to discover.

Animal Bitrate (Raw Patrick), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Technical Question, maybe Glenn knows - if I sync 30 albums offline and then Un-sync them, does the app then (or eventually) release that used space on the device? I don’t think it used to but maybe the app has evolved ?

calstars, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 19:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Today I heard that if you download a playlist to your phone, Spotify will continue to stream it (bypassing the download and using your data allowance) unless you make a point of taking the app offline.

This sounds wrong to me but appears to be confirmed here:

Thanks! If the app isn't set to Offline from the settings, it'll continue to stream songs, instead of reading them from the cache /BH

— SpotifyCares (@SpotifyCares) September 22, 2017

If so this is a very recent change, right? It's insane.

Matt DC, Friday, 5 January 2018 10:20 (one week ago) Permalink

hmm i've been listening to lots of downloaded playlists in the past few weeks and not used any data

nxd, Friday, 5 January 2018 10:32 (one week ago) Permalink

i wonder if that's a kludge to make stats easier to calculate for royalty payments?? i.e. what is the definition of a "stream" vs a "download" and do artists get paid differently?

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 5 January 2018 10:47 (one week ago) Permalink

"artists"

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 5 January 2018 10:47 (one week ago) Permalink

i mean i doubt it, but.. struggling to think of another reason

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 5 January 2018 11:01 (one week ago) Permalink

that really doesn't make any sense though

niels, Friday, 5 January 2018 12:46 (one week ago) Permalink

i just mean from an accounting standpoint maybe it's easier to track streams than plays from cache.. probably not though

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 5 January 2018 13:26 (one week ago) Permalink

oh yes and also i was wondering if there's legal language in royalty contracts that differentiates between "streams" and "downloads" and if there's an incentive for spotify to favour the former over the latter

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 5 January 2018 13:27 (one week ago) Permalink

There's no royalty difference between online and offline streams, and the information we track is the same for both. Offline streams just don't get counted until the client reconnects and sends the info from the last offline session.

I don't have any insight into the specific question about data-usage for cached tracks while online, sorry...

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 5 January 2018 16:25 (one week ago) Permalink

another conspiracy theory bites the dust

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 5 January 2018 16:27 (one week ago) Permalink

On the face of it that statement is nuts.

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Friday, 5 January 2018 17:27 (one week ago) Permalink

just the phrase "offline stream" is making my head hurt tbh

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 5 January 2018 17:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Sorry, internally we use "stream" to refer to the act of a listener causing a song to be played. But whatever you call this, it's treated the same for record-keeping and royalty-paying whether it happens online or offline.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 5 January 2018 17:59 (one week ago) Permalink

I was a vocal participant in the meeting, and when it was over I found myself surrounded by several Spotify executives. One said, “Blake, I just don’t think you understand, our users love our product because it’s such an amazing one.” Another added, “You have to look past just numbers, our product is so great it’s actually turning the industry around.” This went on for a while, until I finally said to one of the executives, “You keep using that word, ‘product.’ I’m not trying to be difficult, I’m really asking you: what do you think your product is?”

The executive was surprised. He stared at me blankly and said, “What do you mean? Our product is Spotify.”

There it was. It was a shocking admission to me, in earshot of everyone, and one he obviously didn’t think was an admission at all.

“No no…sorry,” I said, shaking my head in disbelief. “Your product isn’t ‘Spotify.’” He continued to stare at me. I said, “Sir, your product is music.” The emboldened musicians standing around us started laughing. The exec smiled and backed away, “Well okay, if you’re going to be like that.”

Milton Parker, Monday, 8 January 2018 21:03 (one week ago) Permalink

that's not a very good article

there is a reason spotify is as successful as it is, and it's not because they sell "music" the way starbucks sells "coffee"

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:33 (one week ago) Permalink

obv Spotify is a product, just like the iPod was, or the record player - that it stands in a different relation to the content it provides is also obv

niels, Monday, 8 January 2018 21:35 (one week ago) Permalink

it might be more like a department store. the products are produced by others, but how do you feel when you're in there? how do you discover what's available? how useful is it as a place to get stuff you knew - and stuff you didn't know you wanted? the great department stores are the best at this. there are even subsidies from the brands, who will set up their own little corners etc.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:41 (one week ago) Permalink

i just kicked a spotify exec out of my meeting for calling his product an app

Scatperson (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-whore.) (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:45 (one week ago) Permalink

It's an awful article, written in an awful tone of voice.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:49 (one week ago) Permalink

Spotify = Walmart

WilliamC, Monday, 8 January 2018 21:51 (one week ago) Permalink

“No no…sorry,” I said, shaking my giant head full of ethics knowledge in disbelief. “Your product isn’t ‘Spotify.’” He continued to stare at me in amazement. I said, “Sir, your product is music.” The emboldened musicians standing around us started laughing, high fiving, and cheering my name. The exec smiled and backed away, “Well okay, if you’re going to be like that.” He retreated, stepping on the meeting room's carpet rake so that the handle then struck his face.

Scatperson (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-whore.) (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:52 (one week ago) Permalink

lmao

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:54 (one week ago) Permalink

anyway, the last spotify complaint was about how spotify made stuff and shouldn't. in this new spotify complaint, guy is sanctimonious about spotify apparently not making stuff.

Scatperson (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-whore.) (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:56 (one week ago) Permalink

as if it would all be ok if they made kirkland brand trap

Scatperson (ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-whore.) (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:58 (one week ago) Permalink

author is definitely more than a little full of himself, and the execs are rendered as cartoons. in my experience, though, these people often are walking cartoons, and allowing a rebuttal would have been a better idea than killing the original editorial.

many of you non-art zoyd & thinking plague & heldon & wadada leo smith fans will shrug, but not unrelated: http://downbeat.com/news/detail/cuneiform-records-on-hiatus-in-20181

Milton Parker, Monday, 8 January 2018 22:32 (one week ago) Permalink

what if... you are the product

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:02 (one week ago) Permalink

(the entire internet dies of having its mind blown)

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:02 (one week ago) Permalink

I enjoyed the bit about the selfless starbucks executives, wondering how they can increase the market share of coffee, market penetration of coffee, push coffee into new territories...

Here comes the phantom menace (ledge), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 09:01 (one week ago) Permalink

i sure would like some product right about now (the funk soul brother)

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 09:43 (one week ago) Permalink

christ the tone of that is like those Tumblr posts that end with "and when the executive started to cry the musicians were so amazed that they all shook me by the hand and one of them gave me $100 and a new Xbox and said I could come on tour with them any time"

stet, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 12:15 (one week ago) Permalink

imo Spotify should follow the Netflix model and get a bunch of broken-up bands back together to record exclusive albums. The Beatles, maybe?

President Keyes, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 21:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Or lock up some a-list podcasters / radio dudes who want to make a few bucks on a platform to augment their patreon and Merch revenue

calstars, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 21:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Is there any way for Spotify to notify me whenever certain artists release a new track or album? I figured that following certain artists might do this somehow, but if it does, I am not seeing it.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Saturday, 13 January 2018 01:52 (five days ago) Permalink

They used to ping you with notifications, but now it seems like the Release Radar is the best way. I follow a ton of artists and as far as I can tell, they show up in my Release Radar each Friday. I have to do the extra step of clicking on the release to find out it's a track or a full album.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 13 January 2018 13:20 (five days ago) Permalink


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