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 (thirteen 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 (twelve years ago) link

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

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

needs support asap

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

I love it!

I think there is progress towards spotify scrobbling happening here:

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

carsmile sent this link:

scrobbles perfectly

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

for Windows maybe!

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

i am so in love with this thing <3

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

some artist tag crapness tho

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

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

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

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

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

does it pass the melt banana test?

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

does not work in australia yet

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

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

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

> 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 (twelve 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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

fails Boredoms test :(

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


anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (twelve years ago) link

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?


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


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

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

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

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

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

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.


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


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

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

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

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

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

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

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

I think it should just mean it zooms in on the artwork images in the playlist view enough to make them having been worth including there

nashwan, Sunday, 19 September 2021 14:23 (one month ago) link

re: things being moved, i liked this (which is kind of like the spotify specific version of this

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Sunday, 19 September 2021 21:29 (one month ago) link

Finally, in recent years, Spotify became the single international behemoth of mainstream music, an unavoidable* iceberg of content.

*citation needed

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 20 September 2021 01:43 (four weeks ago) link

posting to link this question crut asked me but I haven't had the chance to expand all posts on a computer since

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 20 September 2021 02:09 (four weeks ago) link

Not only is Spotify avoidable, there are a number of alternatives. That’s why I don’t really understand why people complain about it so bitterly, why not just try another service? They all have the same stuff, more or less(?)

juristic person (morrisp), Monday, 20 September 2021 02:31 (four weeks ago) link

Don't know if anyone else got the survey? Basically the gist seemed to be would I like to pay twice as much for a bunch of things that are very much not music. I would not.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 24 September 2021 07:34 (three weeks ago) link

Didn't see a survey, but was one of those things hi-rez streaming?

Taliban! (PBKR), Friday, 24 September 2021 11:29 (three weeks ago) link

Actually, you’re right, that was the one musical thing.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Sunday, 26 September 2021 11:18 (three weeks ago) link

Any word on Spotify HiFi? Announcement was in February which said later this year. Thoughts there would have been an update by now.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 22:05 (two weeks ago) link

Seems all quiet. Just searched and there's been no follow-up.

Also to morrisp's point about alternatives... I signed up for an Apple Music trial this week just to dink around with the lossless and hi-def and Atmos and stuff. Maybe it's better to use on Apple hardware but on Android and PC it's not in Spotify's league at all. I'm using a USB DAC on my phone to sample some Atmos as those fancy features aren't even implemented in Windows yet. (I'll bump the Apple Music thread to see if anyone's heard anything interesting out of the selection of Atmos material)

The issues I had, at least, with the roll-out of Spotify's new desktop client were resolved. I still think the cluttering up of artist pages above their discography is a pain. The corralling of users towards podcasts and other cheap content is a pain. Joe Rogan sucks. It is worth discussion because it's still the sleekest service of its kind. Which is pretty wild. Or maybe Tidal has gotten a lot better since I last saw it?

maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 19:12 (one week ago) link

xps What was in this survey? Please paste if it was emailed. I've turned off as much annoyance as I could in the app so maybe it didn't pop it up at me, if it's in there.

maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 19:15 (one week ago) link

To add to my point (such as it is) - I understand some folks have tons of saved playlists or whatever in Spotify, which has a "lock-in" effect.

juristic person (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 19:38 (one week ago) link

True. I wouldn't let that stop me from moving (a third party converter would carry them over well enough), but there aren't as many interesting playlists on other services. Spotify's own playlist curation and what's been put there by labels/companies/artists/fans has become a selling feature.

maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 19:49 (one week ago) link

I particularly like that you can use the Radio feature on a track, an artist, an album, a playlist. This has been very useful to me for tailoring searches for new music that matches a particular style that I want.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 19:51 (one week ago) link

I think Glenn came to them from their acquisition of "Echo Nest" to do such things? Is there anything comparable? God dang it

maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 19:55 (one week ago) link

when everything but the music keeps subscribers around, one can forgive spotify for thinking the music is not their product

balance transfer eligible (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 20:59 (one week ago) link

I feel like these features enable me to hear a lot more music that I wouldn't otherwise encounter, which also leads me to buying that music on other platforms like bandcamp or beatport, but I know that isn't everyone's experience

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 22:00 (one week ago) link

I am enjoyiong the recommendations when they're not overly repetitive. Heard some new sounds that I hadn't before but do have the same things turning up in apparent rotation in that feature. & do wonder how much clicking on free etc jazz artists I would need to do to have taht become a regular feature in that cos it seems I'm getting a lot more rock & psychedelic stuff but do wonder if that is inevitable anyway. & do assume that continually clicking on whatever black artists turn up in the recommendations would colour the algorithm's recommendations and so on.

Currently got a playlist with 100+ titles in. Which I think would probably have caused it to get dumped a few weeks ago. But still apparently randomly selecting titles within that list if i go to move things around. Do wonder if there is an ASCII or similar coding that I'm missing that would make sense of that iff i did know more about how the programming involved worked. Or if it is truly random.

Stevolende, Thursday, 7 October 2021 10:02 (one week ago) link

I've found with radio playlists that the first big chunk of tracks will mostly be ones I'm familiar with, but if I scroll down to the point where there are tracks that are new to me and start from there, I end up getting more stuff that I haven't heard before as it adds to the end of the list.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Thursday, 7 October 2021 12:23 (one week ago) link

That you're familiar with the first handful just makes it sound more eerily accurate. It doesn't know exactly what you've spent years with before you used Spotify. It will probably be more useful for people now growing up on Spotify.

Anyways I think reading ilm has been even more helpful to me in hearing about good new music. So uh, go humans

maf you one two (maffew12), Thursday, 7 October 2021 16:48 (one week ago) link

the first bunch of songs on most auto-generated playlists are almost always songs that I've listened to a lot lately or very closely related to them

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Thursday, 7 October 2021 17:03 (one week ago) link

The “radio” playlists always throw in a lot of tracks you already know and listen to, and are clearly affected by your account’s taste profile (or whatever Spotify would call it). To get music recommendations that are similar to a given track without the suggestions being so “contaminated” with stuff you’re already familiar with, start a new playlist containing only that track, then look at the recommended tracks that appear at the bottom of that new playlist.

Dan I., Thursday, 7 October 2021 17:36 (one week ago) link

Another way to see what Spotify track radio would have produced without personalization is to stick a track link or URI into Radio currently has a pretty strong popularity bias in addition to the personalization, though. The Fans Also Like list on artist pages has less of that.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 7 October 2021 19:40 (one week ago) link

going to give this a try. I already use your new releases page as a starting point for a lot of my searches.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Thursday, 7 October 2021 20:22 (one week ago) link

Another way to see what Spotify track radio would have produced without personalization is to stick a track link or URI into

This looks really useful, cheers. I'm probably missing the obvious but is there a way to turn the 100 tracks into a playlist on Spotify?

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 7 October 2021 21:03 (one week ago) link

Oh, there's a way to get the list of track URIs, but it currently requires an extra step. Hang on.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 8 October 2021 12:37 (one week ago) link

OK, I added a "show track URIs" link at the bottom. Click that and you'll get a list of URIs that you can copy and paste into a blank playlist (using the desktop app).

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 8 October 2021 12:52 (one week ago) link

Woah, I thought I was being dumb and missing a link - didn't expect you to go to any trouble! Thank you.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 8 October 2021 15:48 (one week ago) link

release radar is becoming useless. Each week there are fake acts or bullshit like this

Pfunkboy AKA (Oor Neechy), Friday, 8 October 2021 16:01 (one week ago) link

radar traditionally requires a more discerning human eye to determine if the blips are real. it's all part of the RADARness.

balance transfer eligible (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 8 October 2021 17:12 (one week ago) link

spotify will continue to throw everything with non-zero CAN and Minutemen cross-section your way. we're all on this base together.

balance transfer eligible (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 8 October 2021 17:14 (one week ago) link

Wow very annoying issue! When I click discography or albums on an artist page i just go straight to the last album. Can't browse albums on artist page. Anyone know a solution?

black dice live ft. jerry garcia (rizzx), Monday, 11 October 2021 07:17 (one week ago) link

Are you on desktop? Switch the view from list to grid, it will remember your choice.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Monday, 11 October 2021 08:33 (one week ago) link

Where do i change that?

black dice live ft. jerry garcia (rizzx), Monday, 11 October 2021 09:42 (one week ago) link

On the right of the albums page, there are two little icons for grid & list view.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Monday, 11 October 2021 09:47 (one week ago) link

Is there a way of controlling the layout of size of icons etc . Or do you just need to wait for it to fix itself automatically. I had to reinstall the app on my desktop a couple of days ago and it came in with the display larger than I wanted it and couldn't find a way to alter it. it has now corrected itself but I was wondering if it was something that the user could control since i couldn't find a way of doing so.
Like the file system on my computer has a way of choosing which size icons you used so wonder if the same is true of Spotify and i'm just not seeing where the controls are. Looked around and didn't see an easy way of doing it.

Had to reinstall cos it seemed that after the programme finally did wipe the playlist instead of transferring it to my phone, when I went to add new podcasts it seemed the queue had gone blank again. NOt sure if that is just going blank or just too dark to read what has been added. & really not something i wanted to have to work out as i was trying to go out which is why I was trying to transfer in the first place. Ho hum

Stevolende, Monday, 11 October 2021 10:00 (one week ago) link

On a mac you can do Cmd+ and Cmd- to make them grow and shrink. I'm guessing that on Windows Ctrl+ and Ctrl- would do the same.

Alba, Monday, 11 October 2021 10:09 (one week ago) link

Ah got it, thanks anagram!

black dice live ft. jerry garcia (rizzx), Monday, 11 October 2021 10:43 (one week ago) link

Lots of Jackson C. Frank today. How did it know?

Spiral Scratchiti (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:33 (six days ago) link

something going wrong today meant that a couple of queues got shortened as I highlighted things to move them . NOt sure if taht was Spotify, my computer or what but very badly timed. & I kep hoping it will finally have got over difficulty in transfering from the desktop to the phone but no, wiped teh list I'd sorted just before I was heading out. Lovely

Stevolende, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:33 (six days ago) link

right, just had the same thing happen again. I had several titles highlighted cos i was going to move them to the top of the queue I had ctrl pressed down and went to add another title . Instead of highlighting it started playing erasing all of the titles above it on the queue.
So not sure if that is programme or keyboard/computer malfunctioning

Stevolende, Thursday, 14 October 2021 08:21 (five days ago) link

This is a minor annoyance but recently when playing Spotify through Bluetooth in my car it’ll display the title of the first song and won’t update the title when the next song plays. I thought it might be my car but did the same when I tried in a friend’s car.

Seems I’m not the only one with this issue

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 14 October 2021 08:38 (five days ago) link

Using Android 10.0.1 fwiw.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 14 October 2021 08:39 (five days ago) link

I've been getting that too the last few days

groovypanda, Thursday, 14 October 2021 11:12 (five days ago) link

Have another weird one. I've got a couple of paired Alexa speakers in most rooms which I usually play Spotify through. Have noticed now that first song plays correctly through both speakers but as soon as the next track starts it just plays through only one of the speakers.

groovypanda, Thursday, 14 October 2021 12:26 (five days ago) link

Seems to be a weird bug where you might find single releases by a band through playlists though they're not listed under Albums nor Singles/EPs from the band's page. Just noticed this with the Casanova 70 single by Air.

nashwan, Sunday, 17 October 2021 13:10 (two days ago) link

I'm not sure if that's a bug as I've noticed lots like that where a track is on a compilation album that's on Spotify but the single or album it's from isn't.

That said I can see Air's Premiere Symptomes EP listed under their singles 🤷‍♂️

groovypanda, Sunday, 17 October 2021 13:19 (two days ago) link

glenn, for that radio page that you linked, is there a way to plug in URIs for other objects like playlists/albums/artists?

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Sunday, 17 October 2021 19:29 (two days ago) link

xp in this case you can't even get search results for the four track single release (also listed as from 2004 rather than 1996) so the only way to it is through playlists or direct link

nashwan, Sunday, 17 October 2021 20:43 (two days ago) link

You can use artists or tracks in that radio thing, but the public API doesn't support albums or playlists as seeds (although obviously the app itself does).

You can use the same tool to answer these availability questions, too. E.g.:

That Air EP itself is only available in the US, but the first two tracks are also available on the Premiers Symptômes EP, and the two remixes are also on The Remixes - Vol.1. Both of those are available widely. So if you're not in the US, the Casanova 70 EP isn't listed, but if you get to it anyway, all 4 tracks can be played by internal redirection to the other releases.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 18 October 2021 00:47 (yesterday) link

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