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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

needs support asap

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

the ads don't bother me that much either, haven't noticed if 5 songs is always the limit? in any case it's 5 songs of any length, and you can listen to "In C" for example straight through which is cool.

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

I love it!

I think there is progress towards spotify scrobbling happening here:

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

carsmile sent this link:

scrobbles perfectly

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

for Windows maybe!

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

Yeah this looks terrific, I like how easy it makes it to dip into artists with huge discographies.

Although I haven't actually listened yet, just been browsing so far.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 16:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

i am so in love with this thing <3

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

some artist tag crapness tho

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

the radio is fun for discovering things totally insane and cheesy

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

Oh wow the quality is actually pretty good.

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

The radio thing is indeed cool. I'm trying to get it to find me some techno from the 50s.

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

the quality is good, the range not so much, but this could well prove useful.

country matters, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 19:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

Presumably the range will increase as they agree deals with more record companies? It seems fine for major label stuff and a quick search for eg Kompakt pulls up a lot.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 20:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

does it pass the melt banana test?

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

the range seems identical to what's on 7digital (and therefore itunes i think). eg they have trina's first and third albums but inexplicably not her second or fourth. i dunno how much use i'll have for spotify but kudos for how well it works, the quality of the tracks etc - the tags need ironing out but i'm sure they'll do this in time.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 20:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

actually it'll be most useful for stuff like the goldfrapp album this year - i didn't really expect to love it but i wanted to hear it, so obv i wouldn't buy it but couldn't be arsed blagging it. that's a ton of consumer laziness in there.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 20:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

oh god i should've said i was american! fuck. could've got access to all the hip-hop and r&b which never makes it over to this godforsaken, miserable island.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Do they have a license for the US now? I don't think they did a couple of weeks ago...

Four MB albums, Deano: Teeny Shiny, Bambi's Dilemma, Charlie and Scratch or Stitch.

Stevie T, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

does not work in australia yet

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

Just searched for The Recession and that shows up in its entirety, and it hasn't been released here at all right?

It's really good for the one-album playback when you've no idea if you'll like it or not and can't be arsed downloading.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah i'm basically going through albums i've been wondering about checking out but didn't have the hd space for.

king lame (c sharp major), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

no the recession was released here, but the label didn't bother telling the pr - she only realised when she looked on amazon and found it had been there for a fortnight

lex pretend, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

> Four MB albums, Deano

thanks. we don't have any, mp3 store has scratch n stitch and a couple of tracks from compilations, emusic had a lot... all these people seem to be getting their info from the same places though, they all make the same mistakes (search for broadcast on amazon - details are about duophonic / warp broadcast but the listed albums aren't)

koogs, Thursday, 4 December 2008 09:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

One detail I like: when it gets to the end of what I've queued up, it just continues with the current album without me needing to ask it to. (I suppose I can see how someone might not like this, though.)

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 4 December 2008 19:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

Finally got round to sorting scrobbling for this (there's a windows messenger box ticked by default in the client that somehow stops Scrobblify from working). So far I'm really liking Spotify - handy for hearng stuff you randomly think on that you haven't got in your library or for legal trying before you buy. The adverts don't annoy me in the slightest.

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 22:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

fails Boredoms test :(

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


anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

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

If not, try the "oooh ask me please!" option on the website ("Get started" -> email in "Not invited?" field). Took about five days for me, was surprised to get it at all actually.

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

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

This is amazing! You type in what you want to listen to, and then you are listening to it. all this needs is to work on an iphone, and then i'll buy an iphone, and then i will have achieved bliss.

Slumpman, Sunday, 7 December 2008 12:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

Mine appears to have made it through an album without giving me any adverts. Maybe they've bumped me up to a pro account without realising it.

Matt DC, Sunday, 14 December 2008 14:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

That's handy, saves me running that scrobblify thing at the same time.

Spotify lists 'The Prodigy' as 'Prodigy' and makes think this guy sings Smack My Bitch Up and Out of Space

dj onimotian (onimo), Sunday, 21 December 2008 13:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?


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


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

Think there's still a waiting list though.

<3 this service btw.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

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

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

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

Downside is loads more ads (I've heard two during the same album), but you can hear them coming after a while and tune out. Still great.

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.


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

If i hear gareth jones from cardiff reciting pi again i'll scream

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:56 (eight years ago) Permalink


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

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

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

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

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

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

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

faith no more, beastie boys, scarface, ice-t, dead milkmen, george michael, orbital, rob base, chubb roc, geto boys
it's not WRONG but it feels kinda easy

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:52 (one month ago) Permalink

mine is very 80s heavy: The Cure, Talking Heads, Bauhaus, The Smiths and The Church. i loved that it picked up on my Boo Radleys crush and Spoon.

Bee OK, Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:56 (one month ago) Permalink

I can't figure out what mine is trying to get at. It's weirdly eclectic in a displeasing way. Did Glenn explain the algorithm upthread?

Two-Headed Shindog (Rad Tempo Player) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 September 2017 01:29 (one month ago) Permalink

It has a mixture of things you've played and things from your youth (assuming you were honest about your birthdate) that are disproportionately popular with people of your age-group...

― glenn mcdonald, Friday, September 29, 2017

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Saturday, 30 September 2017 01:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Ah, thanks

Two-Headed Shindog (Rad Tempo Player) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 September 2017 01:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Mine is a very weird jumble of my songs and my wife's songs

Moodles, Saturday, 30 September 2017 01:38 (one month ago) Permalink

my Spotify listening is very random so I was very curious about this.

Instead, I got a-ha, Bon Jovi, Kansas, Def Leppard, Wham!, "Bohemian Rhapsody", ad nauseum

uh, no thanks. more like "terrible high school flashbacks"

sleeve, Saturday, 30 September 2017 02:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Mine's too McCartney-heavy, but it picked my favorite (by a mile) Heart song without me ever having played Heart on Spotify, so it gets points there. Range of 1968-1986, but heaviest on my high school years.

WilliamC, Saturday, 30 September 2017 02:30 (one month ago) Permalink

I lied about my birthday, so I'm curious what I'm going to get.

pplains, Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:25 (one month ago) Permalink

mine is actually pretty great! some of these are like...hmmm (two tracks from bubba sparxxx). i was born in 86 so a lot of 90s altrock and rap classics on it, but it does a pretty good job of getting my tastes from elementary school (selena and sheryl crow) to middle school (metallica and nirvana) to high school (radiohead) through college (kraftwerk and daft punk). the only real blind spot was the years i was pretty obsessed with my bloody valentine.

Rob Lowe fresco bar (m bison), Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:27 (one month ago) Permalink

mine is like the biggest most obvious commercial 80s pop ever, which is kind of otm? but leaves out all the faith no more and minor threat and sinead o'connor and robyn hitchcock and stuff like that. and all the techno and house. i don't use spotify to listen to that stuff, so i guess there's no way it could know.. but then again it did stick the cure in there and i NEVER listen to the cure so there is a bit of triangulation going on

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 30 September 2017 09:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Mine has Bronski Beat, EPMD and Tears for Fears, so it's all good.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Saturday, 30 September 2017 12:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Is the Time Capsule a one shot thing or does it update regularly?

― WilliamC, Friday, September 29, 2017 10:41 AM (yesterday)

WilliamC, Saturday, 30 September 2017 15:04 (one month ago) Permalink

I got a collection of "songs you have listened to on Spotify that are from the past". Only artist I actually listened to at the time is Ash - who appear twice, so good job there I guess.

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Saturday, 30 September 2017 16:57 (one month ago) Permalink

still kind of amazed at how terrible mine was

sleeve, Saturday, 30 September 2017 17:16 (one month ago) Permalink

It's a one-time thing.

glenn mcdonald, Sunday, 1 October 2017 16:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Mine is utter nonsense, especially considering I left school in 1999 and only one song dates from prior to then. Also, they are all terrible

PaulTMA, Sunday, 1 October 2017 16:25 (one month ago) Permalink

mine was full of 90s rap and alt rock + "four horsemen" by metallica *thumb up*

brimstead, Sunday, 1 October 2017 17:12 (one month ago) Permalink

Mine is an oil and vinegar mix of super-famous classic rock FM staples like "Hey Nineteen" and "Born To Run" mixed with New Wave/No Wave/Punk Rock songs I have listened to in the past few years. Something about this playlist algorithm bugs me more than any of the others, all of which I have found useful or rather figured out what was useful about them. It's like when someone who should know you better makes you into a low-dimensional caricature and won't let you defend yourself.

Two-Headed Shindog (Rad Tempo Player) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 October 2017 17:31 (one month ago) Permalink

actually i do listen to a shitload of grime and house on spotify. it's hard imagining the algorithm that would identify what 80s music that would translate to. impossible, maybe. but that is the task. in my case it's whodini and madonna and quiet riot and men without hats and bonnie tyler and lords of acid and ll cool j and guns n roses and ozzy osbourne and terence trent d'arby and huey lewis and lionel ritchie &&&&. madonna's the only one of that group to make the list.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 1 October 2017 17:38 (one month ago) Permalink

my adolescence resists algorithms, feel so punk

ogmor, Sunday, 1 October 2017 18:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Mine is great, but I've already playlisted 99% of it. It's a very nice mix of late 80s-early 90's, though. The only song on it I never sought is Corona by MInutemen - not my favorite genre, but cool song. May have heard it on a Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack or something.

beard papa, Sunday, 1 October 2017 19:39 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm guessing this algorithm is more accurate the more nostalgic a person is.

beard papa, Sunday, 1 October 2017 19:40 (one month ago) Permalink

The first half of mine looks a lot like my classic rock-flavored Daily Mixes -- a few deeper cuts, some I've pulled up/played before. The second half is a bunch of '70s AOR warhorses that I never need to hear again (I'm 56). Having said that, my Discover Weekly continues to get better and more interesting each week.

Jeff Wright, Sunday, 1 October 2017 20:10 (one month ago) Permalink

in contrast to the Time Capsule, my weekly Discover list is dead on as usual - Michael Hurley, Moondog, Wire, and a bunch of older soul stuff that def reflects my Spotify usage

sleeve, Sunday, 1 October 2017 20:13 (one month ago) Permalink

It's almost like they tried to mod out the other playlist algorithms such as DW and go in an orthogonal direction, but there were no more eigenvalues left.

Two-Headed Shindog (Rad Tempo Player) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 October 2017 20:22 (one month ago) Permalink

My Time Capsule is an entertaining mix but not representative of what I listened to in my teens or early 20s. It's heavy on Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Talking Heads and a variety of 70s classic rock singles, with a strong infusion of 60s jazz. Of these I only listened frequently to Talking Heads as a youngster, and I rarely play them now (though I did go through their discography on Spotify prior to the ILM poll).

Brad C., Sunday, 1 October 2017 20:44 (one month ago) Permalink

What I assumed this would try to do is find music that you don't play much these days but might have played when younger. Obviously this is really hard to infer! But "music you listen to that is old" is kind of pointless.

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Sunday, 1 October 2017 20:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Not sure how people think this thing's going to literally hop in a time machine to see what you were actually listening to as a teenager. Obviously it can only infer based on your spotify listening habits (I mean, if you, like me were a teen before spotify existed).

Kind of proud of mine, weirdly. It's a good bunch of songs!

Dan I., Sunday, 1 October 2017 21:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Feel like it did hop in a time machine but went back to some other person's distorted conception of me- What Mad Universe-style- instead of the actual me.

Two-Headed Shindog (Rad Tempo Player) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 October 2017 21:26 (one month ago) Permalink

i think we can all agree that discover weekly remains a wonder of modern music listening. for real

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 2 October 2017 12:29 (one month ago) Permalink

^^^^ real talk

stet, Monday, 2 October 2017 14:48 (one month ago) Permalink


niels, Monday, 2 October 2017 15:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Hahaha mine is both fun and terrible but also otm... I think they pick songs that were hits in your country from age 10 to 15.

Mine has Ace of Base, Paradisio, Fey, a song from Shakira’s 1995 album, Cardigans - Lovefool, basket case, pretty fly dor a white guy, santeria, gettin jiggy wit it, short dick man, vengaboys, ode to my family, closing time... I don’t know how they do it but I do have very vivid memories with all of those terrible songs growing up.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 2 October 2017 17:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Other than some Maiden stuff that my kid has been listening to/learning on guitar, my Time Capsule list was pretty good. I've engaged in some nostalgic listening, though, so the algorithms probably had more to go on.

DJI, Monday, 2 October 2017 19:30 (one month ago) Permalink

regarding what i posted up-thread. edited my card on-flie to the Quicksilver card and got a $5 credit, so getting it now for half off.

Bee OK, Thursday, 5 October 2017 00:11 (one month ago) Permalink

50% Credit for Spotify Pr

Transaction Date
Saturday, 9/30/2017

Posted Date
Tuesday, 10/03/2017


Appears on your statement as: 50% Credit for Spotify Pr omo on 09/30/ 17

Bee OK, Thursday, 5 October 2017 01:24 (one month ago) Permalink

How wondrous to live in the age of the celestial jukebox!

Dan I., Thursday, 5 October 2017 01:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Huh, honestly had no clue until now that that phrase was commonly used--thought Mark S. made it up!

Dan I., Thursday, 5 October 2017 01:33 (one month ago) Permalink

This isn't a huge deal but recently I've noticed that the track timer sometimes stops working. Track plays fine but timer stays at at 0:00.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 5 October 2017 13:56 (one month ago) Permalink

Does anyone else experience songs randomly getting removed from their library? It's been happening so long that I just take if for granted now, but it is a persistent mystery. I've got an IFTTT set up to save every song I manually add to the main "Songs" library while listening to a separate playlist (e.g. "Saved on Spotify")--so logically every song in that playlist should also appear in my "Songs", right? And they do, at first, but sooner or later a not-insignificant number of songs (at least 10%) in that "Saved on Spotify" playlist become unchecked, meaning that they've been removed from my "Songs" library--and I'm definitely not manually unchecking them.

I had assumed for a long time that this occurred because my "Songs" library had hit the 10,000 track limit, but it hasn't (it's at ~8,900), and anyway I have heard that when you do hit the 10k limit you get a pop-up message explicitly saying so, which I've never received.

It's not really a complaint, and I know opening a support request for this kind of thing would be fruitless anyway, I'm just wondering if this is a common thing that other people have experienced, or if I'm just some kinda weirdo

Dan I., Thursday, 5 October 2017 20:38 (one month ago) Permalink

I see albums, especially from smaller indie labels, go unavailable all the time, and just assume it's that the track licensing goes wonky for a few months until someone pays up.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Thursday, 5 October 2017 20:45 (one month ago) Permalink

There is a setting, at least in the Windows and Android versions (with different wordings for some reason), where you can choose whether unavailable tracks should be hidden or visible (and grayed out).

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 5 October 2017 21:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's not what's happening to me. For example, I saved La Bouche - Be My Lover (yeah, yeah, I know) four times over the last year, and three times it has become unchecked. I saved it an hour ago and it became unchecked just since then. It's not unavailable.

Dan I., Thursday, 5 October 2017 21:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Ah right sorry, I see now that's what you were saying. (It didn't quite register because I don't use that save functionality myself.)

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 5 October 2017 22:55 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

also cool easter egg if you play on the website or desktop app and just let the playlist play for a few without touching the mouse

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

At the weekend I was trying to add to the queue mid-play & no matter how hard I tried, more than one time in ten I started playing the track instead of adding it. So much for being mr cool dj.

Monogo doesn't socialise (ledge), Monday, 30 October 2017 13:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I realise I'm probably the only person here who uses Spotify a lot but still uses the free service, but has anyone else noticed recently the soundtrack to the ad that sits at the bottom of the page playing over the top of the track you're listening to? It's happened a couple of times to me in the last week.

Jeff W, Monday, 30 October 2017 16:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That's definitely not supposed to happen! I've reported it to the ads team, I expect it will get fixed quickly...

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 30 October 2017 17:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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