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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

needs support asap

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

I love it!

I think there is progress towards spotify scrobbling happening here:

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

carsmile sent this link:

scrobbles perfectly

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

for Windows maybe!

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

i am so in love with this thing <3

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

some artist tag crapness tho

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

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

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

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

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

does it pass the melt banana test?

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

does not work in australia yet

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

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

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

> Four MB albums, Deano

thanks. we don't have any, 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

Finally got round to sorting scrobbling for this (there's a windows messenger box ticked by default in the 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

fails Boredoms test :(

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


anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

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

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

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

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

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

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

braveclub, Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

That's handy, saves me running that scrobblify thing at the same time.

Spotify lists 'The Prodigy' as 'Prodigy' and makes think this guy sings Smack My Bitch Up and Out of Space

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

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?


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


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.


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


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

I was able to speed up the desktop Spotify by downloading a third-party "scrubber" app.

DW still thinks I'm a huge Ry Cooder fan, for some reason.

pplains, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 00:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

brotherlovesdub, I reported that comp so we can ask the label to fix it and resubmit...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 19:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I honestly do not understand people getting this riled up about a big in their DW. Up to the point of wanting to cancel the whole service? Gtfo.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 23:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

While the discover weekly thing is a bit annoying, my main issue is with the Spotify Android app, which is ridiculously slow (on my phone at least)

The DW thing is just what made me realise that I should probably at least try out the competition.

silverfish, Thursday, 8 June 2017 02:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was able to speed up the desktop Spotify by downloading a third-party "scrubber" app.

I think I need to do this, as desktop app takes upwards of 10mins to fire up properly these days, and even longer if you want to start by loading a playlist you haven't played before, but I don't understand what that sentence you wrote means.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 8 June 2017 03:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I didn't even delete and reinstall. Worked fine just after putting Spotify through the wringer.

pplains, Thursday, 8 June 2017 05:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

No DW today -- is it on hold for debugging?

Mr. Crackpots (WilliamC), Monday, 12 June 2017 11:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Mine is updated

stet, Monday, 12 June 2017 11:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Mine too

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 12 June 2017 12:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Interesting, it just updated a minute ago.

Mr. Crackpots (WilliamC), Monday, 12 June 2017 12:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My DW hasn't updated for 15 days, and my Release Radar hasn't updated for 11 days.

mike t-diva, Monday, 12 June 2017 13:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

How feasible and interested would you say users would be in having invite only collaborative playlists? As it stands right now if a playlist is collaborative everyone on spotify can add tracks -which ruins playlists more often than not- or an asshole can get in and remove every track just for giggles.

I used to send and receive recommendations from a couple of acquaintances who live in the other side of the world via inbox. With that feature gone, having collaborative "private" playlists seems to me like the easiest solution to my problem. We can share songs back and forth within a playlist and even curate and compliment a theme or set of sounds between each other.

Anyways... been wanting this feature for years now but I might be one of the few who want it.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Monday, 12 June 2017 14:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

count me in

niels, Monday, 12 June 2017 15:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

obviously it's something I've wanted

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Monday, 12 June 2017 15:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i think that counts as a "social" feature therefore bewilderingly deprioritized by our spotify overlords

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 June 2017 15:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Who did this Salsa Nation playlist? It's meaningless to have a "contemporary salsa" playlist that includes "La Murga" (from 1971). I didn't just click on it to bitch about it either. I was curious to see what new material someone might think is worth highlighting. (Sadly there is almost nothing in the way of truly contemporary, of-the-moment salsa that is worth collecting in a playlist.)

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 17 June 2017 16:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Here's my data-analytical thing that finds new (or nominally new, at least) music by less-known artists that seems to be catching on among Salsa fans:

There's no explicit editorial presence in this, it's just cohort statistics, so nothing forces the music to BE salsa, and if everybody who usually plays salsa spent the last week listening to nothing but death metal, this list would be death metal. But people never seem to actually do that.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 17 June 2017 16:43 (one week ago) Permalink

I've never listened to this one before, myself, and I don't know enough about salsa to say anything about the songs in context, but I'm playing it now and it's pretty great whatever it is.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 17 June 2017 16:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Thanks, that looks potentially interesting. If nothing else it might remind me of some Dominican merengue I've forgotten about, by the looks of it.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 17 June 2017 17:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Actually, the other similar playlists look like they'd be more useful to me. I'm just too fussy about salsa at this point.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 17 June 2017 18:04 (one week ago) Permalink

any thoughts on implementing back cover art and booklets in Spotify?

I find it interesting that atm you rarely (unless you still buy physical media) see the back cover art of even the most popular albums

niels, Monday, 19 June 2017 10:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Wait, what do you mean? The back covers are displayed already!

Oh, wait, are you using a device that doesn't have a back screen?

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 19 June 2017 14:03 (one week ago) Permalink

the depreciation of liner notes is my least favorite aspect of the shift to digital

maura, Monday, 19 June 2017 17:46 (one week ago) Permalink

like, across the board. digital promos rarely come with them

maura, Monday, 19 June 2017 17:46 (one week ago) Permalink

The back covers are displayed already!

Wait, what? Where? How?

Mr. Crackpots (WilliamC), Monday, 19 June 2017 18:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Whenever I've requested a pdf of a cd booklet after getting a download, the promoter has sent it to me. But no, they don't seem to include them by default. At any rate, I don't mind physical recordings maintaining an advantage as a multimedia object. In a sense, streaming and downloads fill the niche of cassettes, portability over collectibility.

Glenn's joking, but didn't iTunes have some sort of deluxe download offering with a digital "booklet" and such?

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Monday, 19 June 2017 19:02 (one week ago) Permalink

iTunes Digital Booklets yeah, that died a quiet death I think?

Siegbran, Monday, 19 June 2017 19:16 (one week ago) Permalink

This is such an irony: we go virtual, removing physical space-constraints, and end up imposing even more limiting virtual ones.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 19 June 2017 19:41 (one week ago) Permalink

I'd be happy just to consistently have the dates things were originally recorded.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 19 June 2017 19:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Artists should bundle an edited selection of their twitter feed with their albums.

Siegbran, Monday, 19 June 2017 19:54 (one week ago) Permalink

"On top of this, Spotify will also be removed from LG TV systems as we work on improvements. We hope to have a better version of Spotify on these in future. Watch this space!"

Well, fuck you, spotify

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Idiotproofing request: Despite queuing some tracks up these were removed after then accidentally launching a playlist from the browser. Ideally in this situation they would just get pushed to the back of the queue and then you can just remove any tracks accidentally queued manually?

nashwan, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:44 (one week ago) Permalink

there is an ilm edm 2017 playlist on spotify that i was listening to last night while playing resogun (i am currently 15th in the world on resongun:demolition on ps4) and i can't search for it for some reason. or remember the name. there were 3 (count them 3! yo brooklyn! 2017 year of da bonez!) frankie bones tracks and then this awesome track that i loved and i can't remember who it was by. so hot.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 19:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Is it this one?

Moodles, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 19:52 (one week ago) Permalink

sleeve, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Tidal is actually very good at including track info on producers, composers & musicians in their tags. Any chance that Spotify might adopts such a policy? I'm trying to quit Tidal but stuff like that keeps me hanging on, paying for a sub I really should not need.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Showing more track info isn't my department, but I know it's a thing people are interested in...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Good article, sleeve. All of this vertical integration and payola (as well as the de-emphasizing of individuals' playlists and other social-networking features) seems like the same short-sighted decision-making that led to radio's irrelevance.

So far, it seems like Spotify has been pretty careful with rolling out some of the most craven of these features. My Discover Weekly playlist is mostly full of pretty obscure bands which don't seem like they are paying to play. This is good, because what I like about Spotify is that the machine-learning-driven playlists don't feel like they are being driven by payola (now, maybe I'm wrong/naive about this).

On the other hand, Spotify does seem to be making it tough to discover individuals' playlists. Even if you have a username, there are no tools to sort by latest-updated playlists, or to see a nice big list view of all of their playlists. This seems short-sighted to me. If Spotify was a place where its users could become tastemakers, organically, without the influence of big-label money, that would be better for the Spotify brand, long-term.

Of course, this stuff probably only matters to a tiny percentage of their userbase. I'm guessing most people are happy to pop on the Rap Caviar playlist and hear what everyone else is listening to. But I don't know. I've definitely shied away from Apple Music due to their feeling like some super-integrated corporate marketing exercise. Spotify has always felt like a much better service for discovering truly unknown (to me) bands.

Basically, if Ed Sheeran shows in my DW, I'm gonna be annoyed.

DJI, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:00 (one week ago) Permalink

Yep, good article on Spotify and its various tiers of playlists and how labels get songs on them

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:38 (six days ago) Permalink

lol i know elise. she talks like a seasoned spotify vet in that article but she was a radio producer until last year. these whippersnappers, they learn so annoyingly FAST!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:35 (six days ago) Permalink

Depressing but also just downright strange looking at Browse overview and a Spotify-made 'This is: Ed Sheeran' playlist being the only artist-specific playlist among the first six visible and out of the 25 presented in total.

nashwan, Sunday, 25 June 2017 12:55 (three days ago) Permalink

Every generation gets the Elvis it deserves.

Siegbran, Sunday, 25 June 2017 15:46 (three days ago) Permalink

every time i read this thread i just feel bad for glenn

qualx, Sunday, 25 June 2017 23:12 (three days ago) Permalink

my last DW playlist for some reason included the a capella version of return of the mack

what do i need to do to convince the algorithm that this is the only song that needs to be associated with my profile

qualx, Sunday, 25 June 2017 23:13 (three days ago) Permalink

glenn can you personally place a capella versions of mark morrison songs into my DW playlists

qualx, Sunday, 25 June 2017 23:13 (three days ago) Permalink

my playlist contained return of the mack, but none of my previous playlists contained the mack, please fix this logical inconsistency

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Sunday, 25 June 2017 23:37 (three days ago) Permalink

O mi gawd

quet inn tarnation (darraghmac), Sunday, 25 June 2017 23:45 (three days ago) Permalink

I always get "Return of the Mack", "Revenge of the Mack" and "The Mack Strikes Back" confused, sorry...

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 26 June 2017 20:02 (two days ago) Permalink

Packin' a Mack in the Back of the Ac'

President Keyes, Monday, 26 June 2017 20:11 (two days ago) Permalink

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