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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

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

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

needs support asap

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

I love it!

I think there is progress towards spotify scrobbling happening here:

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

carsmile sent this link:

scrobbles perfectly

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

for Windows maybe!

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

i am so in love with this thing <3

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

some artist tag crapness tho

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

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

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

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

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

does it pass the melt banana test?

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

does not work in australia yet

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

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

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

fails Boredoms test :(

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


anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?


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


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

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

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

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

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

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.


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


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

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

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

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

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

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

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

Yeah, I caught and reported that Boris one, too.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 2 March 2019 02:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Local Files option seems to have just completely disappeared?

nashwan, Saturday, 9 March 2019 13:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

There's a toggle for Local Files in Preferences now...

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 9 March 2019 19:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm trying not to be reactionary but the new Android update is kinda shonky. My playlists are all over the place. I'm sure I'll get used to it.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Sunday, 10 March 2019 14:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

There's a toggle for Local Files in Preferences now...

Thanks for pointing it out - guess I will turn it back on then...honestly thought its sudden absence was a bug from the latest update and whether I would've eventually thought to check Prefs for it or found out thru more googling I don't know but guess it goes without saying what I think of this decision (as a user who never ever clicks on half of the other options under Your Library).

nashwan, Sunday, 10 March 2019 14:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

In case anyone else is puzzled by this UI change ... in the iPad version of the app, Browse and Radio no longer appear on the menu bar at the bottom of the screen, but you can find these options on the Search screen if you study it carefully enough.

This was frustrating to me because the majority of my use of Spotify involves the Discover feature, and it took me a long time to discover it again on the Search screen.

Oddly, the UI has stayed the same in the iPhone app, or at least in the version of that app that runs on my antique iPhone.

Brad C., Sunday, 10 March 2019 15:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They changed the Edit UI in the iPhone app which is really irritating me. Before, if you're listening to a playlist and you decide you want to move or delete a song, you just hit the Edit but and then do it. If you want to delete a song a big red button shows up so you know what you're about to do.

Now, when you hit the Edit button, all the color goes away (for instance the song you're currently listening to, which normally is highlighted in green, is now white like everything else. Deleting a song - all white). Also, but hitting Edit you're taken back to the beginning of the playlist. So now I must scroll back to wherever I was and remember the name of the song I'm deleting because all the little bits of guidance the app was giving me have gone away.

This might be no big deal if I were editing a small playlist but I will often do big song dumps (hundreds of songs) and eventually whittle them down to smaller mixes. And sometimes they are a bunch of weirdly titled tracks by, like, Aphex Twin or Autechre. So all of the above is super irritating when you're a hundred songs deep and the song you want to delete is called something like "monoBIX unical++15 terflx".

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 10 March 2019 16:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, I have the same exact problem with the new playlist-editing method, and have conveyed that feedback to the team. I think the plan is to eventually have a "remove this song from the playlist" command on the inline "..." menu for a song, which would be better than the old way or the new way. Fingers crossed.

glenn mcdonald, Sunday, 10 March 2019 17:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

What about swipe to delete?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 10 March 2019 18:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Would be nice if app users could move playlists around and take them in and out of folders too.

Alba, Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

While we're at it, might as well bring back shuffle play for folders.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

On the plus side I recently noticed (not sure when it was brought back) you could drag tracks from the in-browser version of the app directly into playlists on the desktop app again after a few years of this having not been possible). So great to have that back.

nashwan, Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Can you select a bunch of songs at once and move them to a playlist? I've tried to do this for my weekly recommendations, but I have to hold control and select them one by one.

Also, no Eddy Grant's Electric Avenue - this is a CRIME!!

Twee.TV (I M Losted), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:31 (one week ago) Permalink

the latest updates for the ios app are so good. kudos to the ux/ui/design teams

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:36 (one week ago) Permalink

You can select multiple tracks on desktop but not on mobile. (I wish you could on mobile.)

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:38 (one week ago) Permalink

The previous android app had text saying "devices available" and you clicked it and selected a speaker.

Now it has text saying "devices available" and you click it and it takes you to the song playing screen and the text saying "devices available" disappears.

Seems it's been replaced with a tiny little icon that maybe looks like a speaker if your eyes are under 40.

The real estate freed up by removing the helpful text is now taken up by nothing.

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:50 (one week ago) Permalink

And it makes Alexa confusing because she asks you to select “devices available.”

DJI, Thursday, 14 March 2019 22:25 (one week ago) Permalink

More metadata weirdness:

James Thomas' surf band has three separate artist listings, twice as "The Mermen" and once as "Mermen" (he's also there as "Mermen James Thomas" but I think that's an intentional use for his solo work).

Brad C., Saturday, 16 March 2019 13:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Discography link on the artist page has disappeared. Has top 5 tracks, playlists, appears on but no way to browse their discography. This is on iPad version 12.1.4 .

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 17 March 2019 13:38 (one week ago) Permalink

If you know album title, will show in search.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 17 March 2019 13:39 (one week ago) Permalink

^ I just checked and you are right, Dan, there's no longer a way to get from an artist's page to the artist's discography in the iPad app. This must have gotten broken recently!

Brad C., Sunday, 17 March 2019 18:53 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, the iPad thing has been reported, and I expect will be fixed first thing Monday.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 18 March 2019 01:40 (six days ago) Permalink

Back to normal now, only difference is changed wording from the slightly geeky 'discography' to 'releases'. Thanks, Glenn.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 18 March 2019 12:37 (six days ago) Permalink

uk only though.

what if bod was one of us (ledge), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 11:05 (five days ago) Permalink

I ordered mine and intend to sell it straight away on eBay as I don't need it. Wonder if there will be a glut of them though.

Alba, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 12:20 (five days ago) Permalink

Your delivery was delayed. We're working to get it to you soon and will email you when it's on its way.

Presumably they underestimated demand for this offer.

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Thursday, 21 March 2019 21:44 (three days ago) Permalink

I'm sure many product managers have died on this hill on both sides but: folders

lukas, Friday, 22 March 2019 01:08 (two days ago) Permalink

What about folders?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 22 March 2019 01:16 (two days ago) Permalink

I want them (and I'm gonna feel dumb if they already exist)

it's a little broader than just folders, like I'd love it if more of the playlists were instead available as (maybe even annotated) collections of libraries

lukas, Friday, 22 March 2019 02:57 (two days ago) Permalink

There are nestable folders for playlists, although now I'm wondering if you can still create new folders, I assume you can. I don't think they have the kind of features you want though.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 22 March 2019 03:10 (two days ago) Permalink

They exist! You can make new folders! If I couldn't do that, my playlist lists would be a fucking mess and i would move to another service.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 22 March 2019 03:21 (two days ago) Permalink

Once upon a time, you could shuffle a folder in the mobile app, but I've griped about that countless times ITT.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 22 March 2019 03:32 (two days ago) Permalink

Oh good!

Better discovery features would still be cool. I miss the Blue Note app. It's just too bad that we have access to all recorded music and we haven't gotten any more creative with the UI for exploring it. I'm thinking of the Chicago post-rock family tree people posted, that would be a cool UI. Or different subgenres being different neighborhoods and you could build a house that magically had window/balconies overlooking different subgenres ... labels could design their own spaces ... you don't know what you feel like listening to but you dial up a beach, wander around until one of the soundsystems draws you in and it's (insert yr Balearic fave)

lukas, Friday, 22 March 2019 03:43 (two days ago) Permalink

No longer possible to remove an individual track from an album you’ve saved?

calstars, Friday, 22 March 2019 15:09 (two days ago) Permalink

how the hell do you save an album without every song on the album showing up in the "Songs" playlist? Or am I supposed to just memorise every album I want to listen to?

closed beta (NotEnough), Friday, 22 March 2019 15:24 (two days ago) Permalink

You can organize via folders but I truly miss the ability to shuffle folders. I make a lot of playlists organized by time period and by genre so the ability to shuffle by folders was very efficient. I could shuffle all genres from the 80s or I could go into the folder and only shuffle 80s punk, or go within that folder and only listen to my favorite Black Flag songs.

Once they took away the ability to shuffle folders, I had to make a lot—A LOT—of redundant playlists to capture that same flexibility.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 22 March 2019 15:49 (two days ago) Permalink

(I think you can still shuffle folders on desktop but if you can’t do it on mobile it’s worthless.)

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 22 March 2019 15:50 (two days ago) Permalink

Ability to have playlists with just the album, not all the songs, is sorely needed.

Dan Worsley, Friday, 22 March 2019 15:55 (two days ago) Permalink

probably covered above but the New Releases page not actually showing all new releases really bugs me. its obviously algorithm/partner marketing based... because today i listened to and enjoyed new albums from These New Puritans, Lambchop, Andrew Bird and American Football. all of which are on Spotify but not shown as new releases. i mean i would get it if it showed me a limited amount of new releases based on my interests, but when its showing me a limited amount of things and they're not based on my interests...

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Friday, 22 March 2019 16:04 (two days ago) Permalink

I got Lambchop and Andrew Bird in my Release Radar today.

DJI, Friday, 22 March 2019 17:07 (two days ago) Permalink

I hit that "follow" button on every artist I'm even remotely interested in, and I'm pretty sure it keeps my release radar pretty on point. It feels pretty customized to me every single week.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 22 March 2019 21:13 (two days ago) Permalink

I stumbled across my list of followed artists on my phone earlier. There weren't many names on it but for some reason The War on Drugs were, which explains the mystery of why that stupid band kept showing up on my Release Radar. Later on I tried to find the list again on my phone and couldn't! Anyway eventually tracked it down on desktop and did a bit more pruning then added some artists I actually like.

BTW, the Google tip someone mentioned upthread of finding other people's playlists that feature a song you like is great (eg love is deep matthew e. white). Ended up finding a guy who has a load of great playlists I'm plundering. Would be great if this function were built into Spotify.

Alba, Friday, 22 March 2019 21:23 (two days ago) Permalink

Is it just me or is the iOS mobile app fucked today? The new releases section in search has disappeared and reappeared twice for me , new song by Becky G and other artists are just not even there when u click it

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 22 March 2019 22:13 (two days ago) Permalink

they’ve just done an update to the ‘browse’ section and it’s still rolling out. my app is wonky as well.

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 22 March 2019 22:17 (two days ago) Permalink

agh wrong thread ignore delete delete

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 22 March 2019 22:18 (two days ago) Permalink

Is this "Hulu free w/Spotify" a limited time thing for people who get it? I don't mean is it being offered for a limited time because I know it is; I'm asking if the free-Hulu part will expire after a certain time for people who sign up for it, or do they allege that it will last for the duration of the Spotify account.

Fox News Has Normalized a Lie About the Origins of ILX (WmC), Friday, 22 March 2019 23:57 (two days ago) Permalink

Dear Spotify: please just stop changing the UI. Just stop.

calstars, Saturday, 23 March 2019 12:41 (yesterday) Permalink

I love the new UI but I prob use the app different than u

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Saturday, 23 March 2019 19:53 (yesterday) Permalink

So wait- saving a track and liking a track are the same thing now?

bendy, Sunday, 24 March 2019 21:19 (fifty-eight minutes ago) Permalink

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