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 (eleven 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 (ten years ago) link

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

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

needs last.fm support asap

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

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

scrobbles perfectly

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

for Windows maybe!

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

i am so in love with this thing <3

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

some artist tag crapness tho

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

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

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

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

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

does it pass the melt banana test?

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

does not work in australia yet

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

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

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

fails Boredoms test :(

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

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

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

Er....

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

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

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

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

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

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

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

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

(advert)

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

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

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

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

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

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

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

Was it “the midnight” the synth wave band?

calstars, Friday, 20 September 2019 23:06 (two months ago) link

No, it was some collaboration between two very bad rappers that sounded like it was recorded in the iOS voice memo app. The other rapper's name is very distinct so decided not to use it to avoid any potential hurt feelings while Googling himself.

beard papa, Friday, 20 September 2019 23:21 (two months ago) link

it's actually very cool and practical

maffew12, Saturday, 21 September 2019 01:45 (one month ago) link

The tricky thing about new releases is that we don't have much data for them until after people start listening. Labels can use unique identifiers for their artists, but they don't have to, and indie distributors generally don't, thus a new release by "Midnight" gets assigned to one of the artists called "Midnight" by an earnest automatic process that isn't always right. So it's not that we don't know enough about you to know that you wouldn't like this hip hop Midnight, it's that the systems haven't figured out this track is hip hop and not metal until after we've already put it on your Release Radar...

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 23 September 2019 13:52 (one month ago) link

The android app no longer let's you add a whole album to a playlist. The option seems to be completely missing. I have to assume this wasn't intentional and it's coming back.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 28 September 2019 13:39 (one month ago) link

Glenn, thanks for that info. I don’t have any comments about it, other than that it’s an interesting problem. Must be fun to work on the back end stuff there.

beard papa, Saturday, 28 September 2019 15:56 (one month ago) link

"The android app no longer let's you add a whole album to a playlist. The option seems to be completely missing. I have to assume this wasn't intentional and it's coming back "

I actually had a chat with one of the the support team members about that this morning and seems and they were completely unaware of it (at least that's what I was told,doubt it), and promised to send it to the developers as it does seem to be an oversight. I did preface the conversation stating the importance of being able to add complete albums to a playlist since best of year and best of decade playlists are on the horizon.

aguzman1990, Saturday, 28 September 2019 16:10 (one month ago) link

I've been infuriated by Spotify twice today on separate platforms. 1) iOS. I went for a run, and pressed play on my run playlist. After the first song, it starts playing something I had queued up last night. I had to stop running, take off the arm band, take the phone out, unlock the stupid screen, go to the playlist and click on the second song: Thinking that it would dump the queue and play the playlist. I start running again, and ten minutes later the song ends and it goes right back to the fucking queue. I stopped, took out the phone, this time restarted the app, thinking it might clear the queue (I feel like this has worked before, but it certain did not this time. I finally just gave up. I had too many songs queued up to sit there and select and remove each song in the middle of the running track. I ended up just manually skipping by double-tapping my bluetooth thing. I can't for the life of me understand why there isn't a simple "clear queue" function in this app. It's not the first time I've been infuriated by the stupid queue system.

2) Web app (Chrome). Just now, I alt+tabbed from a video game and typed in spotify.com in my browser, logged in, and was taken to some marketing page. No landing page, no link to my own listen page. Tried listen.spotify.com, www.spotify.com/listen... 404s. How is there now a big fucking "LISTEN" link on this landing page? I guess the obvious answer for how shitty the web app is, is that they do not want people to use the web app and instead to download and install their terrible desktop app.

beard papa, Monday, 30 September 2019 05:33 (one month ago) link

The android app no longer let's you add a whole album to a playlist. The option seems to be completely missing. I have to assume this wasn't intentional and it's coming back

This may be related somehow to the other infuriating change to the Android app whereby it's no longer possible to select individual songs from an album for downloading. It's the whole album or nothing.

van dyke parks generator (anagram), Monday, 30 September 2019 07:01 (one month ago) link

I've never seen an app get so consistently slower, less functional and more prone to freezing or failing to load, it's appalling now, so much worse than 2010

ogmor, Monday, 30 September 2019 08:07 (one month ago) link

It is amazing that with a more than twenty year history of music player UI’s on phones and tons of accumulated experience of what functionality works and doesnt work to build on, they still keep fucking up their front end over and over again as if they’re the proverbial blind men with a description of an elephant.

Siegbran, Monday, 30 September 2019 13:03 (one month ago) link

a more than twenty year history of music player UI’s on phones

tbf every second of that time apart from the ipod clickwheel pretty much sucked

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 30 September 2019 15:53 (one month ago) link

While streaming something just now I got an ad repeatedly from the RNC asking me to speak out against the "Democratic impeachment overreach."

Wouldn't artists and labels working with Spotify want to know that their albums were being interrupted with pro-Trump advertisements? I would think a lot of them might have an issue with that.

Hey @Spotify --- Fuck you for taking these ads. pic.twitter.com/hpY1MYO7SM

— Brian O'Neill (@NYC__Native) October 3, 2019

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 3 October 2019 18:02 (one month ago) link

it’s funny.. as a premium subscriber I would have never known. Tempted to drop the sub in protest.

beard papa, Thursday, 3 October 2019 21:35 (one month ago) link

What would cause half of Underworld's catalog to go missing on Spotify?

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 16:00 (one month ago) link

which half, in which territory?

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 16:02 (one month ago) link

huh, just checked (in Canada) and almost all their albums are gone, the only albums after dubnobasswithmyheadman are Everything, Everything and Barbara Barbara. All the Drift Eps are still there.

silverfish, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 16:17 (one month ago) link

Too many new releases, they broke Spotify!

I'm in Canada, seeing the same

maffew12, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 16:26 (one month ago) link

In UK and all the studio albums between Second Toughest and Barking have gone.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 16:29 (one month ago) link

weird inconsistency

given the Drift releasing non-patterns it wld be really cool of them to pull six of their old albums for a few months to drive ppl toward the six new albums they're releasing in November, but this looks more like a fluke of licensing deals expiring?

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 16:39 (one month ago) link

back now

can't imagine that was intentional... but who knows, given how there's something technically different with seemingly every week of the Drift releases

maffew12, Thursday, 10 October 2019 12:38 (one month ago) link

yeah I'm seeing everything (everything), abysmal deluxe version track titling and all

nashwan, Thursday, 10 October 2019 12:49 (one month ago) link

oh wait yes it's all unplayable

Despicable. TREASON?

nashwan, Thursday, 10 October 2019 12:55 (one month ago) link

working for me. Listening to Beaucoup Fish as I type this.

silverfish, Thursday, 10 October 2019 13:30 (one month ago) link

"New" Scott Walker and The The tracks very much not by who you'd expect

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 10 October 2019 22:09 (one month ago) link

and a new track by The Smiths (but not by The Smiths) came up in my Release Radar today. I thought there used to be a way to report mislabelled tracks?

nate woolls, Thursday, 10 October 2019 23:51 (one month ago) link

indeed, about bullfighting; i'm sure Morrissey's delighted.

fetter, Friday, 11 October 2019 09:21 (one month ago) link

The option to add an album to a playlist has returned on the android app

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 11 October 2019 09:29 (one month ago) link

it wld be really cool of them to pull six of their old albums for a few months to drive ppl toward the six new albums they're releasing in November

surprised that labels haven't pulled this shit before tbh

groovemaaan, Friday, 11 October 2019 09:38 (one month ago) link

eheh yeah that Smiths "new release" is fun : but do artists get paid if everybody stops listening after 5secs ?

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 11 October 2019 11:47 (one month ago) link

artists don't get paid regardless, it's Spotify

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 11 October 2019 12:43 (one month ago) link

touché !

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 11 October 2019 13:00 (one month ago) link

Reluctant as I am to add to the litany of complaints on this thread, why are all the tracks I play pausing briefly after the first nine seconds?

The Pingularity (ledge), Friday, 11 October 2019 14:00 (one month ago) link

It was actually completely down for me yesterday, I found this page https://downdetector.com/status/spotify/ which had other commenters complaining about the nine second thing.

The Pingularity (ledge), Friday, 11 October 2019 14:02 (one month ago) link

There was a giant delivery of old 45s this week that had a bunch of artists with the same names as much newer ones, The Smiths among them. We're on it.

Snarkiness notwithstanding, you don't get paid unless the listener plays at least 30 seconds of the song.

glenn mcdonald, Sunday, 13 October 2019 01:25 (one month ago) link

Wait, Spotify rips vinyl themselves?

brimstead, Sunday, 13 October 2019 01:29 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFkGEi0Et08

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 13 October 2019 05:23 (one month ago) link

Ha, no, "delivery" meaning "upload of music". Although I wouldn't bet that nobody has ever mailed a box of vinyl to our offices, I can say with pretty high confidence that we do no ripping of anything ever.

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:35 (one month ago) link

Anyone got an idea why most of the DM catalog is displayed in greyscale right now?

https://i.imgur.com/mpZ5Vev.jpg

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 05:00 (three weeks ago) link

^ browser version, btw.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 05:01 (three weeks ago) link

Doesn't that mean not available, but it's showing because you've told it to display non-available tracks?

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 07:18 (three weeks ago) link

No, they play as normal.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 11:35 (three weeks ago) link

That's weird. I'll see if I can find out why it is...

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 17:12 (three weeks ago) link

Seems to be the work of the band (or label), not a bug, but I don't know why. A little searching turned up a bunch of reddit threads of speculation about it, but no answers.

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 17:17 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, I was informed it was like this on all platforms.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 20:13 (three weeks ago) link

There is a problem on the spotify android app with many artists pages displaying just a shuffle button. This has been mentioned by other premium users on twitter.

djmartian, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 21:04 (three weeks ago) link

Someone probably mentioned this already but it would be really great if when adding a song to a playlist it brought up the last playlist you added to? Sort of like saving a file on a pc .

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 19:54 (three weeks ago) link

lol my bad there is an option. don’t know if it was always there but cool

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 19:56 (three weeks ago) link

actually no it just filters the last playlist added not the last playlist you added something to

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 19:59 (three weeks ago) link

Did you try the Relevance filter?

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 21:21 (three weeks ago) link


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