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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 12:45 (eleven years ago) link

needs last.fm support asap

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 13:09 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

scrobbles perfectly

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:34 (eleven years ago) link

for Windows maybe!

Stevie T, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:45 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

i am so in love with this thing <3

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

some artist tag crapness tho

Teahouse Foxtrot (blueski), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:24 (eleven years ago) link

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:41 (eleven years ago) link

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 19:24 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

the quality is good, the range not so much, but this could well prove useful.

country matters, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 19:25 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

does it pass the melt banana test?

koogs, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 20:56 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

does not work in australia yet

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

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:31 (eleven years ago) link

> 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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

fails Boredoms test :(

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:21 (eleven years ago) link

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

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

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:50 (eleven years ago) link

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

stet, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:59 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

braveclub, Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:55 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:20 (eleven years ago) link

Er....

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

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:37 (eleven years ago) link

Think there's still a waiting list though.

<3 this service btw.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:50 (eleven years ago) link

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:08 (eleven years ago) link

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

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

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 (eleven years ago) link

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:55 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

(advert)

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

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

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:15 (eleven years ago) link

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

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

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

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

android app having many issues with the playbar freezing

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:38 (three weeks ago) link

or maybe not freezing. just displaying the wrong songs and showing |> instead of || while playing. seems to be a real bug related to recent android update. it eventually happens after every reboot. anyone else notice this?

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:42 (three weeks ago) link

I've had this happen a few times recently

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:03 (three weeks ago) link

I usually have to exit and then force stop the app to clear it up

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:04 (three weeks ago) link

yes, me too

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:10 (three weeks ago) link

Oh, me too! I just assumed it was my shitty phone being shitty, glad it's just the Spotify app being vmic.

closed beta (NotEnough), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:38 (three weeks ago) link

this happens to me constantly

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 21:43 (three weeks ago) link

app is borderline unusable now

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 8 October 2020 02:04 (three weeks ago) link

Is this the latest Android update?

Not had any problems with it at all myself (on Moto G7)

groovypanda, Thursday, 8 October 2020 07:07 (three weeks ago) link

a master class in shit support

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 8 October 2020 18:30 (three weeks ago) link

i'm not anyone in that thread. i just hate when the response is restart your app/phone/reinstall, when clearly everyone has already done that.

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 8 October 2020 18:31 (three weeks ago) link

Yup. Check your power supply!

She Thinks I Will Dare (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 8 October 2020 18:35 (three weeks ago) link

I never used playlists on shuffle until recently and have had the pleasure of discovering how shit the shuffle algorithm (or whatever) is. 207 song playlist, same ~40 songs play. It does a great job of shuffling those 40, though. #FFS

(show hidden tics) (WmC), Thursday, 8 October 2020 19:15 (three weeks ago) link

#GREATREVIVE

She Thinks I Will Dare (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 8 October 2020 19:22 (three weeks ago) link

I find that shuffle works better or worse depending on the device.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Friday, 9 October 2020 01:59 (three weeks ago) link

If Spotify follow the standard tech company playbook for bugs, they'll do this "restart your phone/clean install/probably another app on your phone/manufacturer fault" gaslighting bullshit for a month or so then a new version will drop that fixes the bug and they'll act dumb about it. Their inability to just say"yes, there's a bug, we're working on it" is maddening.

closed beta (NotEnough), Friday, 9 October 2020 06:09 (three weeks ago) link

That example was one of the worst though
- user shares screenshot showing full bar wifi and 4G
- "I see you are using 4G try using it with a strong wifi"
- user explains what wifi symbol means
- "try using it with 4G!"

here we go, ten in a rona (onimo), Friday, 9 October 2020 15:57 (three weeks ago) link

In the absence of comprehensive year of release data on Spotify, I've started the epic task of putting every one of my Liked Songs into a playlist for its respective year. Am I crazy? I'll just do a few a day. It's then relatively portable, given the tools available for exporting playlists.

Alba, Friday, 9 October 2020 19:34 (three weeks ago) link

both the web player and the android app are a bit shit for me, constantly

here comes the hotstamper (jim in vancouver), Friday, 9 October 2020 20:22 (three weeks ago) link

specifically the android app just pauses playing for a few seconds every x minutes and on the web player I get "something went wrong, try reloading the page" if I try to look at an artist, album etc.

here comes the hotstamper (jim in vancouver), Friday, 9 October 2020 20:22 (three weeks ago) link

I most often listen to Spotify on my Roku, which has all sorts of limitations - can't make playlists or adjust queues, etc. You have to use the (very simple) Roku remote for everything.

Anyway, was thrilled to find Brooks' Red Tape is back on Spotify (one of my fav albums from the 2000s)...if only they would add the ep's and You, Me and Us as well. Brooks should not be forgotten.

Alpha 666, The Number of the Beast (I M Losted), Sunday, 11 October 2020 11:22 (two weeks ago) link

What is this Time Capsule you speak of, my Spotify Hipster Friend?

She Thinks I Will Dare (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 12 October 2020 22:53 (two weeks ago) link

Today I was offered a daily drive/daily commute playlist - your favourite songs interspersed with news and sports updates. Turns out you get to hear adverts you've paid to avoid as they're embedded in the bulletins. Ads aside though, I kind of like the idea for early morning listening.

(my daily commute is from my bedroom to my bathroom to the kitchen to the dining table)

here we go, ten in a rona (onimo), Monday, 12 October 2020 23:36 (two weeks ago) link

I'm very confused by this song that showed up on my Release Radar today, mostly for the third artist listed on the track.
https://open.spotify.com/track/2DztFyWY3hyCArDb9VINk2?si=5iQU6VydSoiSIyl8nR8Hjg

That's gotta be some sort of glitch, right? It seems highly unlikely that there is another group with that name...

MarkoP, Friday, 16 October 2020 04:23 (two weeks ago) link

I don’t even need to click on that link to know that I was served the same track.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 16 October 2020 06:57 (two weeks ago) link

^^ thirded.

Ilxor in the streets, Scampo in the sheets (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 16 October 2020 09:03 (two weeks ago) link

Ah Moveek! I’m familiar with Moveek. He’s a Nigerian artist who sometimes tries to boost his streaming numbers by tagging a famous Afropop artist’s name (like Starboy/Wizkid, Tiwa Savage or Tekno) to his songs, without them actually being on the track (but he’s also done this with Major Lazer, for instance). In the years I’ve been following Nigerian pop there’s always been a few of these types around. Many of these tracks are taken down from Spotify eventually, but some of them remain.

So why have he and this “Caravan” type now gone for Stars of the Lid, an act in a totally different genre, not particularly well-known or popular, and also not a name with other connotations that I’m aware of? I’m guessing for the same reason he’s also been tagging artist names like “Feist”, “The Cab” and “Regard” (and of course “Caravan” is an established artist name in its own right as well).
Maybe picking artists outside of his own genre that have a popularity of some significance, but not so much that they might have people actively looking out for activity like this (like I imagine a Major Lazer might), is his way of laying low while still picking up the extra streams he wants from fans of those acts that make it 30 seconds into his track.

Gotta respect the hustle!

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 16 October 2020 10:12 (two weeks ago) link

Gotta respect the hustle!

Do we? Don't think SotL fans - nor people who like Feist or whoever he tags - will particularly appreciate this hustle tbf.

Ilxor in the streets, Scampo in the sheets (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 16 October 2020 11:05 (two weeks ago) link

I was being sarcastic. It’s a pathetic business model, but nothing to get worked up about imo. It’s just annoying, that’s all, unless I’m missing something?

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 16 October 2020 11:49 (two weeks ago) link

Nah, that's pretty much where I'm at tbh

Ilxor in the streets, Scampo in the sheets (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 16 October 2020 11:58 (two weeks ago) link

I saw that Moveek thing go past in internal error-reports right before seeing it mentioned here, so it's already being fixed...

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 16 October 2020 14:01 (two weeks ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1215518235921133568/FA0hOBLt.jpg

Moveek says “cool”

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 16 October 2020 14:33 (two weeks ago) link

Moveek holds a playlist in his quivering hands
Moveek sends the playlist to the American man

seven day permanence (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 16 October 2020 16:02 (two weeks ago) link

along those lines, I was perplexed by TR/ST's new direction until I heard the track.

beard papa, Friday, 16 October 2020 19:32 (two weeks ago) link

Move... Ek, you say? </tinfoil>

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 17 October 2020 20:00 (one week ago) link

jesus fuck why does the Spotify UI suck SO FUCKING BAD.

I accidentally added a whole album to a playlist, and the songs I did't want JUST WON'T FUCK OFF. I've had to click Remove from Playlist about 5 times for every fucking song. can they not hire developers who can make this actually function? wankers

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Saturday, 17 October 2020 22:26 (one week ago) link

the ajax requests are failing when i click it. 400 errors. fuck's sake your website is fucking terrible

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Saturday, 17 October 2020 22:28 (one week ago) link

our app was throwing 400 errors the other day and it was a google cloud server misconfiguring itself somehow. so y'know it might not be actual unforced human error. still it does hang an awful lot for me too - songs don't play, search results don't appear, 'add to playlist' doesn't work.

neith moon (ledge), Sunday, 18 October 2020 08:15 (one week ago) link

I find connecting to speakers at home really unreliable. Usually involves restarting the app or reconnecting the wifi. Sometimes halfway through a song it will start playing through my phone or tablet again.
This often ends up with me abandoning all of that and connecting via Bluetooth.

By which time my sandwich is made and I'm going to another room...

here we go, ten in a rona (onimo), Sunday, 18 October 2020 09:25 (one week ago) link

also my experience connecting from the app

seven day permanence (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 18 October 2020 14:20 (one week ago) link

spotify is fucking up

The Beige of Dadz (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 18:51 (two days ago) link

had some more weird issues lately where I add a track to my library, it doesn't show up in the app, shows up in web player, but can't be played until I un-add and re-add.

The Beige of Dadz (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 18:52 (two days ago) link

Yeah I often find I have to log out and back in again on my Mac for the desktop client to register tracks that I've Liked on another device, even if it was hours ago.

Alba, Wednesday, 28 October 2020 19:06 (two days ago) link

lol at the lede in that Guardian article

Joe Rogan, Spotify’s biggest podcast star, has left the platform....

....

...

...in an awkward position after conducting a lengthy interview with Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist banned by Swedish streaming company for producing “hate content”.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 28 October 2020 21:41 (two days ago) link

I'm going to take a punt that their response to being put in this awkward position was to do nothing about it.

here we go, ten in a rona (onimo), Thursday, 29 October 2020 08:50 (yesterday) link

Exasperated laugh after having selected 'I don't like ROOSEVELT' at least twice in Release Radar the powers that be just won't take no for an answer here.

nashwan, Friday, 30 October 2020 14:43 (one hour ago) link

xp they removed it

The Beige of Dadz (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 30 October 2020 14:51 (one hour ago) link

source?

neith moon (ledge), Friday, 30 October 2020 16:15 (sixteen minutes ago) link


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