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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

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

needs last.fm support asap

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

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

scrobbles perfectly

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

for Windows maybe!

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

i am so in love with this thing <3

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

some artist tag crapness tho

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

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

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

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

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

does it pass the melt banana test?

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

does not work in australia yet

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

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

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

> 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

fails Boredoms test :(

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

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

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

Er....

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

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

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

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

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

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

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

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

(advert)

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

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

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

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

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

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

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

metadata issue for the new boygenius EP - "boygenius" is an artist, but it only shows their three singles - not the EP. in order to find the EP, you have to type in one of the 3 member's names (julien baker, phoebe bridger, or lucy dacus), where it's then displayed as an album.

Karl Malone, Friday, 26 October 2018 19:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That case/lang/viers album from a couple years back was the same way.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 26 October 2018 21:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, I saw some discussion of that boygenius credit go by already. People are on it.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 26 October 2018 21:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

all but one of my multi-room speaker groups (amazon echo) won’t show up in spotify. nothing anywhere on the internet. i have no fucking idea what is going on.

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 27 October 2018 10:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

now my stereo pair won't work. it's just deciding to hide random speakers for no reason. i have wasted hours on this flaky dumb shit.

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 27 October 2018 11:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Now I’ve got Spotify reminding me to vote when I open the app. The more they move away from just playing the music the closer I come to canceling

calstars, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Cut 'em some slack, Jack

greta van vliet (morrisp), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

“Workout Twerkout” playlist is the closest I’ve come to cancellation.

beard papa, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They're feeding me Cat Power's "Woman" into Jackson Browne's "The Load Out" on my daily playlist, and they've got me figured out.

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 13:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Caviar the Vote!

saddest kamancheh (bendy), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Also a lot of tracks 10 minutes or longer are now disabled.]

Re-enabled now. That was a scary week.

nashwan, Thursday, 1 November 2018 20:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Spotify stock closed today at an all-time low. The company's market value has declined by a whopping 0 billion since July 26. https://t.co/k20rCCfxLU Here's what I wrote back then, and it's all coming true. https://t.co/XbZuCj0lCk

— Ted Gioia (@tedgioia) November 1, 2018

jaymc, Thursday, 1 November 2018 21:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

probably not related, but i’ve just signed back up after years away, and the (ios at least) interface is so much clunkier than everything else i’ve been using (apple music, google play music, amazon music). along with the weird spotify connect issues i’ve been having, there’s no compelling reason for me to keep subscribing.

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 1 November 2018 22:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah -- I qualified for a 3-month Amazon Music trial, so I've been using that instead, and I like the mobile interface a lot more. (I haven't done a deep dive into how the selection compares.)

greta van vliet (morrisp), Thursday, 1 November 2018 22:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This Spotify thing is what I expected - the labels will end up setting royalty rates low enough for the company to survive (as long as it stays on the ball tech-wise) as a competitor to the tech giants but not so low that they can ever make serious money. Good for the future of the platform, not much in it for 3rd party investors.

Siegbran, Thursday, 1 November 2018 23:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don't mind the UI but if Spotify ever disables API access (for DJ apps), I'll bail.

DJI, Thursday, 1 November 2018 23:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

my #1 Spotify UI complaint is that when you clear the search bar by clicking the X, it also navigates away from whatever you were just looking at and brings you to "Recently Played"

Karl Malone, Thursday, 1 November 2018 23:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah that kills me on the reg. but would Spotify really be Spotify without many pointless interstitial taps?

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 2 November 2018 00:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

what would people suggest instead of Spotify then? Google's music interface looks even clunkier than spotify's, Apple can go do one, Tidal is more expensive (twice?), anyone had experience with Deezer?

closed beta (NotEnough), Friday, 2 November 2018 14:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Apple can go do one?

Mordy, Friday, 2 November 2018 14:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'll find it hard to forgive apple for the agony iTunes gave me when I was synching up my 20GB iPod back in the day. Is their music app not shit now?

closed beta (NotEnough), Friday, 2 November 2018 14:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

as in, has their app moved from shit to not-shit?

closed beta (NotEnough), Friday, 2 November 2018 14:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've tried both google play and deezer and neither is as good as spotify, despite spotify's flaws. Never tried apple music because I have heard it is not very good on android and doesn't support casting. I guess I should give Tidal a shot at some point.

silverfish, Friday, 2 November 2018 15:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

thanks. I'm fine sticking with Spotify tbh, none of the niggles really hurt me.

closed beta (NotEnough), Friday, 2 November 2018 15:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Try Amazon, I’m tellin’ ya. I ordered a 2CD and somehow qualified for three months of Amazon Music; maybe you can figure out how to trigger that promotion

greta van vliet (morrisp), Friday, 2 November 2018 16:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

iTunes is incredibly powerful as a local music library manager (esp with scripts), but I’m sticking with Spotify in the browser for streaming.

Siegbran, Friday, 2 November 2018 18:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The new spotify app is finally available for roku. Only problem is you have to have the latest roku OS, and the roll out for that could extend through the end of the year.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 3 November 2018 01:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

iTunes is incredibly powerful as a local music library manager (esp with scripts), but I’m sticking with Spotify in the browser for streaming.


What scripts?

calstars, Saturday, 3 November 2018 03:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Doug's scripts for iTunes are the ones i know - i haven't looked at the site for years but i think he keeps them updated

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 3 November 2018 03:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Amazon seems shit unless you ONLY want to listen to an act's most recent album. This is in Australia, though, where every aspect of Amazon is more expensive and less good than everywhere else in the world.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Saturday, 3 November 2018 08:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Indeed the Doug’s scripts site is a great resource but I’ve also written a few myself to scrape info like year/genre through the Discogs API and Google.

Siegbran, Saturday, 3 November 2018 09:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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Alba, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 13:37 (one week ago) Permalink

https://thanksgiving.withspotify.com/

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 9 November 2018 15:42 (one week ago) Permalink

i am blown away by how terrible spotify is compared to when i stopped paying two years ago.

  • discover weekly claims it's "updated every monday" but i'm still seeing a playlist from 2016 (same with release radar)
  • no way to see albums in my saved artists (why would anyone design anything like this?)
  • track time played/time remaining vanishes after two seconds (again, why?)
  • the app claims to be offline ~30% of the times i open it and just won't let me do anything
  • alexa/spotify connect integration is a train wreck, it never lists all my speaker groups and the volume does whatever the fuck it likes
  • the current song keeps playing even if i pause, change tracks, kill/restart the app, etc – this happens seriously 80% of the time
what the fuck happened? famous hot mess apple music is now far easier to use and vastly more reliable than whatever the hell this is

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 10 November 2018 06:34 (one week ago) Permalink

and right now spotify's displaying track 2 but playing track 4 and that's only coming out of one speaker

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 10 November 2018 06:38 (one week ago) Permalink

i'm not having any of the problems you are (except the albums/saved artist thing, which is the design)

maybe try restarting your computer, or buying a new computer?

Karl Malone, Saturday, 10 November 2018 06:44 (one week ago) Permalink

but yeah, if you were using the same computer 2 years ago and didn't have any of those problems, i can see why that would be really frustrating

Karl Malone, Saturday, 10 November 2018 06:44 (one week ago) Permalink

believe me i've tried restarting, reinstalling, regrouping speakers, everything, makes no difference. i use apple and google (and sometimes amazon prime) music and they're all fine.

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 10 November 2018 06:53 (one week ago) Permalink

right now it's just started playing track 13 of the same album, and like three seconds in the display suddenly jumped to track 14 for no reason whatsoever, but track 13 is still playing.

with a few days in this sub month i'm almost completely uninvested in trying to fix any of these daft bugs, just entertained by how kak it is.

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 10 November 2018 07:03 (one week ago) Permalink

maybe try buying CDs?

Sing The Mighty Beat (sic), Saturday, 10 November 2018 07:04 (one week ago) Permalink

what is this “buy” music

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 10 November 2018 07:29 (one week ago) Permalink

This 'mouse' is awful. I can barely move it with my foot and the buttons seem to be for someone with two massive toes.

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:10 (one week ago) Permalink

i am blown away by how terrible spotify is compared to when i stopped paying two years ago.

discover weekly claims it's "updated every monday" but i'm still seeing a playlist from 2016 (same with release radar)

Maybe those playlists are premium features if they stopped at the same time you stopped paying.

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Saturday, 10 November 2018 15:32 (one week ago) Permalink

I've never had any of those issues, very strange

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 10 November 2018 17:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Maybe those playlists are premium features if they stopped at the same time you stopped paying.

i’m paying now though

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 10 November 2018 20:02 (one week ago) Permalink

how long ago did you start paying again? maybe it just takes a few weeks to analyze your listening and come up with a new discovery playlist

Karl Malone, Saturday, 10 November 2018 20:24 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah i’m guessing that’s what it is (despite me actively using it on premium for weeks), but i can’t see that written anywhere. i’ve just unfollowed it to see if that kickstarts anything.

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 10 November 2018 20:35 (one week ago) Permalink

someone posted on this thread a few months ago about the albums saved to their library would now only display in the order they were added, rather than a-z by artist

the same thing happened to me, so I guess this is an across the board thing - does anyone know if there's a way to change this?

soref, Sunday, 11 November 2018 17:16 (one week ago) Permalink

this is on apple watches now

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 19:05 (five days ago) Permalink


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