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

yeah great stuff glenn!

niels, Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Anyone else have Spotify launching automatically on start up even tho you've set it not to?

And I've seen the spinner so much more lately - can take minutes to access playlists (only after auto-launch I think).

nashwan, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Anyone else have Spotify launching automatically on start up even tho you've set it not to?

yep, this has been happening on my work laptop for the last week or so. strangely, I have another Windows laptop with Spotify installed at home that does not have this issue.

fffv, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:50 (one month ago) Permalink

That spinner goes on and on and on

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:42 (one month ago) Permalink

The Spots! The Spots!

Under Heaviside Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:05 (one month ago) Permalink

My top genre is Fourth World. I don't know what that is?

kraudive, Thursday, 20 July 2017 19:33 (one month ago) Permalink

lol there's a whole thread for it :p
fourth world music

Mordy, Thursday, 20 July 2017 19:47 (one month ago) Permalink

Ok thanks for that. Not sure I'm much wiser though.

kraudive, Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:28 (one month ago) Permalink

I thought it may have been my listening to a lot of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Klara Lewis and Alice Coltrane.

kraudive, Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:40 (one month ago) Permalink

is there sponsored content on Release Radar?

niels, Friday, 21 July 2017 08:12 (one month ago) Permalink

No. Personally, I think Release Radar might be a pretty good place for promoted tracks if they were relevant and labeled. By it's nature it's already inherently a sampler rather than a playlist you just start and leave on expecting a focused listening experience (unless you only listen to one thing), and we have a pretty decent idea of bands you might like (or might already know outside of your Spotify listening) that we're not currently including in your Release Radar but could.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 21 July 2017 14:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, I wouldn't mind as long as it was relevant and labeled. It's such a useful playlist!

Is the list "front loaded" so the most relevant new music is at the top or is it more of a random sampler?

niels, Friday, 21 July 2017 14:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Seems front loaded to me - clearly based on artists I've made a point to follow or I can say I've listened to at least once in the last few months. But I guess that criteria isn't enough to make a fully new playlist every single week. Often the bottom 1/3 of my Release Radar playlist is tracks by artists who were also on the playlist the week before, but now they've moved down.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 21 July 2017 18:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Release Radar is pretty strictly ordered: first artists you Follow, then artists you don't Follow but have played a bunch (in descending order of how much), and then potentially some Discover-Weekly-style suggestions if there aren't enough artists from the first two categories with new releases. And this pattern then repeats for releases from the previous week or two.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 21 July 2017 18:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Just noticed that. Happy to receive a weekly email, I feel like they haven't been sent in awhile.

calstars, Friday, 21 July 2017 21:18 (one month ago) Permalink

rely pretty heavily on Release Radar ever since they stopped notifications so I'm happy with minimal messing

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Friday, 21 July 2017 22:48 (one month ago) Permalink

is there a way to browse labels in Spotify?

niels, Monday, 24 July 2017 08:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Label:name in search e.g label:Warp

Dan Worsley, Monday, 24 July 2017 08:50 (one month ago) Permalink

c:\run autoexec.bat

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 24 July 2017 09:01 (one month ago) Permalink

nice, thanks!

niels, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:08 (one month ago) Permalink

If the label is two or more words put the search term in quotation marks otherwise you'll get lots of unconnected crap.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:13 (one month ago) Permalink

I suppose it's been discussed already but the thread is so huge...
So, I've noticed lately that the spotify app on my iphone takes much more space than it's supposed to (even when removing all the "downloaded" stuff).
After checking online, it appears the issue is well known but the only way to really fix it is to erase the app and dl it again (indeed it reduces the space to a fraction of what it was before, like 10%).
the problem is that it then "grows" again quickly, even without downloading anything...
is erasing the app regularly the only way to keep it under control ? seems very primitive !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:16 (one month ago) Permalink

xp roger that

just did a label:rhino search and man they have a nice catalogue

would be nice if it was more incorporated, also for browsing compilation series...

niels, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:30 (one month ago) Permalink

re:size if you've an android phone I think you can just manually erase the spotify cache through explorer (way I did it: connect your phone via usb then scan for large folders using Treesize)

niels, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:32 (one month ago) Permalink

I've got some album only playlists. Is there anyway to collapse them so they only display the album names rather than listing 400+ songs it lists the 35 albums?

Dan Worsley, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:37 (one month ago) Permalink

thanks but unfortunately I have an iphone... no way to empty the cache... other than to delete the app altogether each time apparently !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Same issue here, just deleted and re installed yesterday.

calstars, Monday, 24 July 2017 11:21 (one month ago) Permalink

I think the old trick of attempting to rent a movie (on iTunes Store) that is larger than the amount of space you have left on your device still works to free up room from space hoggers like Spotify. You can do it multiple times in a row to free up more space. Just be careful because after a few attempts they switch up the rental dialogue on you, apparently to trick you into letting the rental fully go through

Dan I., Monday, 24 July 2017 12:06 (one month ago) Permalink

People online saying it doesn't work anymore, but it do, I think

Dan I., Monday, 24 July 2017 12:09 (one month ago) Permalink

such an idiosyncratic Apple thing to not allow users/apps access to cache cleaning

niels, Monday, 24 July 2017 12:20 (one month ago) Permalink

(I know Spotify and every other app could/should just include it in their programming but since they don't it would be nice to be able to use 3rd party apps for this purpose)

niels, Monday, 24 July 2017 12:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Google play music on iOS has an option to clear the cache of temporarily stored music. Why not Spotify?

calstars, Monday, 24 July 2017 12:56 (one month ago) Permalink

I usually complain about issues with Spotify functionality, but there is one semi-recent change that I'm truly glad about. In the past, I could only load files for offline playlists onto the Android app if my phone was unlocked and the screen was on. This was a major pain because Android does not provide a straightforward way to stop the phone from locking after 10 minutes of non-use, so I would have to monitor it while it was loading files, which could take hours. On newer versions of the app, it loads just fine while the phone is locked, and I am very grateful for this.

Moodles, Monday, 24 July 2017 13:45 (one month ago) Permalink

another thing that is so annoying with spotify is that most of the times it takes sooo long to connect when you open it, whether I'm outside on 4g our inside on wifi...
they could definitely use some rework on their program.

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:23 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Related: takes long to start + navigate playlist tree even when the phone is in flight mode (eg when on a plane wanting to listen to a downloaded playlist). I don't know why of course, but it almost seems like it is trying to connect to Spotify server in this case as well, only falling back on the last stored playlist tree when connection obviously fails.

anatol_merklich, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 09:30 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Spotify helps me know what opinions I should have on the issues of the day.


_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 27 July 2017 02:31 (four weeks ago) Permalink

more on the space issue : I'm not sure but it seems like deleting the app makes it angry !
initially, it took like 1G instead of the 100M (without anything downloaded).
now after only a couple days after deleting/reloading the app, it's up to 2G !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 27 July 2017 08:38 (four weeks ago) Permalink

how come alexa can understand voice commands when i ask it to play music on spotify but siri can't

Mordy, Thursday, 27 July 2017 16:59 (four weeks ago) Permalink

DW much better of late until tonight when I got to the last three tracks of this week's playlist - and two of them were John Cage's In A Landscape! But - this has a happy ending - one of them is the one I know, the other was some crazy prepared harp version. Which is great. Thanks, Spotify. Thotify.

Michael Jones, Friday, 28 July 2017 20:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

hey Glenn, could you have one of your algorithms do a 150 most important female albums/singles list?

niels, Saturday, 29 July 2017 10:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i imagine glenn clapping his hands twice and the little bits of code all perking up to attention

"now listen up!"

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 29 July 2017 10:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

haha, that's also how I see it

this is kinda interesting btw

niels, Sunday, 30 July 2017 09:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Artist gender (or even apparent non-binary vocal gender) is one of those things we don't really have in data yet, so even if I replace "important" with "popular" or "central" or something else computable, I can't currently produce a gender-filtered list in any automated way...

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 31 July 2017 14:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(But -- don't tell the robots -- here's a personal list I've been making of a certain kind of thing from just this year:

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 31 July 2017 14:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Glenn, re my question upthread. Is there anyway to highlight albums only on a playlist i.e. so the NPR playlist displays 150 albums rather than the 1500+ tracks?

Dan Worsley, Monday, 31 July 2017 14:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

No, but I made a one-track-per-album version of that here:

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 31 July 2017 14:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

xp ok thx glenn

niels, Monday, 31 July 2017 15:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ah, shame. Would love a gallery view of an album only playlist. More inclined to use it to pick something from it rather than just a line of text.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 31 July 2017 15:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

any plans on Spotify adopting MQA?

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 31 July 2017 16:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

heh, was just thinking about how glitches (presumably due to updates) in DW results in the same "discovery" turning up again and again

like a deja vu in the Matrix o_O

niels, Friday, 18 August 2017 08:04 (six days ago) Permalink

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