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 (nine 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

https://i.imgur.com/D6aWoYv.jpg

please please please make the label/copyright info at the bottom of an album a clickable link that works like Search by Label

WilliamC, Monday, 23 April 2018 17:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

^^

DJI, Monday, 23 April 2018 18:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yes, that would be awesome, but it won't exist or be awesome for a while, because the label data we get is currently just tragically inconsistent freeform text...

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 04:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Artwork (C) Robert Wyatt
This compilation (P) 1999 Robert Wyatt, under exclusive licence to Domino Recording Co. Ltd. Manufactured and market by EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd under exclusive licence.

Yeah ok a simple regular expression isn't going to cut it.

In other complaints news why is the app on my phone automatically playing, on someone else's remote device (!), and not taking pause/listen on this phone for an answer?

lana del boy (ledge), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 08:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i suspect this is a typo?

“We know it’s the only way we’re going to achieve our goal of getting billions of fans” on the service, said Gustav Soderstrom, chief R&B officer.

http://variety.com/2018/digital/news/spotify-announces-dramatic-upgrade-to-free-service-which-it-says-will-increase-paying-subscribers-1202784478/

maura, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"unlike radio, we actually share the revenue with artists and users.”

ummmmm

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

would help if that article actually had any information in it

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Oh wow, chief R&B officer is awesome.

Alba, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Disappointing that there's no mention of lossless audio, would be nice if they threw a bone to paid subscribers.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 16:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"unlike radio, we actually share the revenue with artists and users.”

in the US, terrestrial radio play pays performance royalties to songwriters, but they're exempt from paying artists or labels for master recordings.

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 16:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

who is Chief Pet Calming Officer can i be that

Tapes 'n Tapes of Osho (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 23:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

careful what you wish for

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 01:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/apr/24/weve-got-more-money-swirling-around-how-streaming-saved-the-music-industry

it quickly emerged that what they were willing to pay artists was a couple of thousandths of a penny for each stream. There is a big debate over exactly how many thousandths – the latest survey by Digital Music News suggests that Apple Music pays $0.00783 and Spotify pays $0.00397.

Apparently 400-800 is 'a couple'.

lana del boy (ledge), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 07:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This article raises more questions than it answers, and it seems to state a lot of interesting sounding things but doesn't really substantiates anything. On one hand it claims that Acts with global appeal obviously perform much better than those who are only popular in one country, which means region-specific sounds can lose out. , but also Now, Afrobeat, Danish rap, hundreds of genres of niche electronic music and particularly British urban music are flourishing commercially.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 08:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

There are ways to exploit the system, too. “Almost every track we release, we then release in an acoustic version a few weeks later,” says Varma.

ugh, shut it down

nashwan, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 13:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm so sick of acoustic versions
This is a trend that needs to die.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 13:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

they should also change the lyrics to descriptions of coffee aromas

Tapes 'n Tapes of Osho (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Momus at the top of my Discover Weekly!

it was stale, and I did not like it, as the man said, &c (seandalai), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

My Discover Weekly was so so, but it did make me discover the song Seabird by Alessi Brothers.

― MarkoP, Wednesday, March 9, 2016 11:13 AM (two years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah that's how i heard about this song too, although it was in the film Hunt For the Wilder People

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Thursday, 26 April 2018 13:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

> "the next 30 minutes are ad-free"
> ad

thots and players (rip van wanko), Sunday, 29 April 2018 16:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Not sure if my account's been hacked, but about a week ago about 3 playlists appeared on my feed of Chinese (?) pop music. I deleted them but one appeared again earlier this week and now one's appeared again. Other than that everything seems fine.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Have you changed your password?

Dan I., Thursday, 3 May 2018 20:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I did after the third time.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 3 May 2018 20:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

any good Chinese (?) pop music to report?

it was stale, and I did not like it, as the man said, &c (seandalai), Friday, 4 May 2018 00:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Um, no. Lots of rather dull piano ballads like this https://open.spotify.com/track/5h6R8U3G3GLZc6nMsrxBV4?si=gn-gBv3RQYuBixA9KdkzDw

Dan Worsley, Friday, 4 May 2018 18:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Was hoping for some k-pop weirdness but sadly not.

Dan Worsley, Friday, 4 May 2018 18:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah I tweeted this but I'm really curious to see what his metrics were before his stuff got pulled. not even in a gotcha sense, I genuinely do wonder whether the news stories have had any measurable impact whether in the short- or the long term (obviously the biggest of the news stories predates Spotify).

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 10 May 2018 13:39 (one week ago) Permalink

(obviously they aren't having much measurable impact for like xxxtentacion, but he's a new artist where r. kelly is a legacy artist)

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 10 May 2018 13:40 (one week ago) Permalink

(it also goes without saying that if R. Kelly's metrics really were flagging, then that's... not something I can be too upset about, all things considered)

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 10 May 2018 13:53 (one week ago) Permalink

if I was working at Spotify I'd feel bad about promoting R Kelly through popular playlists

I no longer play Ignition when I dj anymore, rarely listen to his tunes (although I admit that sometimes I really want to hear "You Are Not Alone" by MJ which was written/plagiarized by R Kelly)

niels, Thursday, 10 May 2018 15:00 (one week ago) Permalink

what about the ukulele covers of these songs though? this question sounds snide but i mean... how does the policing here work, exactly

maura, Thursday, 10 May 2018 16:15 (one week ago) Permalink

I think that's a fair question, probably a bit more difficult to decide, but I imagine they wouldn't want to promote covers either

niels, Thursday, 10 May 2018 16:27 (one week ago) Permalink

I don't think it's a bad idea because it raises complex questions

niels, Thursday, 10 May 2018 16:29 (one week ago) Permalink

There are gonna have to be a fuckton of other artists they pull from their playlists too.

how's life, Thursday, 10 May 2018 16:41 (one week ago) Permalink

chuck berry?

maura, Thursday, 10 May 2018 17:03 (one week ago) Permalink

the beatles had a short run on spotify

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 10 May 2018 17:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, I would think they'll only apply this to living artists

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 10 May 2018 17:16 (one week ago) Permalink

Incidentally, there is a full compliment of Bill Cosby albums on Spotify

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 10 May 2018 17:17 (one week ago) Permalink

But are tracks from Cosby albums featured in playlists?

It makes sense that they wouldn’t to promote artists who are currently in the news for bad things. I wouldn’t expect them to go through rock history and start picking & choosing others, unless something bubbles up, new info comes out about an older artist and everyone’s talking about it (as with Kelly), etc. They say it’s about their “values” but of course it’s more about shielding themselves from criticism; nothing wrong w/that, of course.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Thursday, 10 May 2018 17:59 (one week ago) Permalink

Ahhh for some reason I read this as if they were pulling their music entirely.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 10 May 2018 18:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Duke University Student Affairs VP, what's on your Spotify playlist?

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/then-the-censors-came-for-rap-music/560003/

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Thursday, 10 May 2018 18:36 (one week ago) Permalink

xpost
Re: the central question raised by the author of that piece – about how/why community & commercial "standards" are different for lyrics than other forms of mass media – obviously, there are "clean" versions of songs/albums released for radio play, and when (uncensored) Spotify playlists are used in place of the radio, there is a possibility for the standards set by radio to be exceeded (I say this without taking anything away from the awfulness of the employees being fired, of course). I guess a rough analogy would be if a cafe were playing uncut R-rated movies on a TV, instead of a cable network like USA or Lifetime.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Thursday, 10 May 2018 19:43 (one week ago) Permalink

This “pushback” is unexpected (not by the artists themselves, I expected that, but by others): http://variety.com/2018/biz/news/spotifys-ban-on-hateful-content-and-conduct-is-too-subjective-and-concerning-experts-say-1202807394/

I guess Spotify must have screwed up the messaging... but it’s clear that, in the current climate, they simply don’t want to feature artists on their playlists who are the subject of active controversies involving mistreatment of women. All the “Whatabout... (X) artist from the past? Who gets to be judge & jury?” etc. questions seem disingenuous to me.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 11 May 2018 23:23 (one week ago) Permalink

at the end of the day this is really just a PR win for Spotify. I have to imagine the revenue cut to the artists is minimal.

Simon H., Friday, 11 May 2018 23:25 (one week ago) Permalink

I agree — and I guess that’s partly why I’m surprised there’s “OMG censorship”–type pushback. It’s about as mild an action as Spotify could possibly take.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 12 May 2018 02:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Reading over the article again, it seems like an obvious attempt to stir up a controversy (they even contacted the ACLU for comment!).

It also states no system of policing content or behavior beyond content monitoring, “expert partners” and “Your Help,” the latter via an online form

Those three pillars don’t constitute a “system”(?)

But Variety’s agenda aside, the “experts” quoted do seem legit, and their assessments are more what surprise me.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 12 May 2018 02:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Been noticing some odd behavior not exactly the same as the shuffle problems discussed recently, but not completely different either. My main New Music list has about 1000 tracks, and I periodically add new albums as they get released. When I play on shuffle, tracks from the most recently added albums don't show up in queue. It seems like it takes a while, weeks maybe, for those tracks to come up in regular rotation when I shuffle. Quite possibly they start to turn up more when I add newer albums, but I'm not sure. Anyone else see stuff like this?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 17 May 2018 17:01 (three days ago) Permalink


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