Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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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, 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 (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 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

fails Boredoms test :(

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

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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 last.fm 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 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

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

Er....

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

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.

Please!

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

(advert)

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

wtf 2 adverts in a row (the 2nd was for that White Lies album)

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

See what I mean about them? The Killers meet Editors big wowz!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

can i get a spotify invite

dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

― kaiser, Tuesday, January 20, 2009 7:55 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark

can i get a spotify invite

― dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, January 20, 2009 11:03 PM (19 minutes ago) Bookmark

Have any of you actually tried the link posted? Quite a few of my friends in the UK have used the link and joined today. Maybe it doesn't work in other countries...

\o.0/

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm in the US and that link asks for one of two things:

1)an invite code

or

2)your email address so they can notify you when it goes "public"

I wonder what their excuse is. Don't they want more people to hear their stupid ads?

I am a vampire, therefore I take garlic pills (Bimble), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

is it UK only?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

mr bimble check your email

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's odd and a fucking pain how Spotify often doesn't specify that tracks are remixes in any way.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

i'm in the US and unless something changed in the last few days, we can't use spotify and all the workarounds have been blocked

miss precious perfect (musically), Wednesday, 21 January 2009 00:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

2)your email address so they can notify you when it goes "public"

I selected this a couple of weeks ago, and got an invite from them within the same day. May not be the case now, of course.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 23 January 2009 06:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

It said I listen to "18% Trap Music". AI still has a long way to go :-(

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 13 July 2017 23:31 (one week ago) Permalink

Premature reverb

calstars, Thursday, 13 July 2017 23:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Mine told me I was very diverse, and then gave me a playlist almost entirely of dub. It was very GOOD dub, though.

Glenn question: Do the algorithms go by artist or break things down to the individual track level? If you play a lot of wonderful single tracks from otherwise dud albums, will you keep getting recs based on those artists?

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 14 July 2017 00:20 (one week ago) Permalink

Actually, just tested that last question by generating a 'Create Similar Playlist' from a playlist of great songs from otherwise mediocre albums, and got a playlist of almost entirely mediocre songs.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 14 July 2017 06:53 (one week ago) Permalink

oh that rating songs thing is addictive as hell

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 14 July 2017 07:35 (one week ago) Permalink

RIYL is basically why i scan the genre threads so hard

― Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses),

I don't have spotify but I had hopes this might have been RHYL music, the woman in greggs gets a lot of her records there

saer, Friday, 14 July 2017 08:44 (one week ago) Permalink

We do a wide variety of track-based and artist-based recommendations. It's basically a tradeoff: the more you aggregate, the less precise your data becomes but the more accurate. Discover Weekly is very track-centric, but has artist-level filtering to get mostly artists you don't know. Daily Mix and Release Radar are very artist-centric, but then also have very particular track filtering and ordering rules. "Related Artists" and most of the other stuff on the Discover page are artist-centric. "Create Similar Playlist" is actually track-based, but track- and artist-based results are often very similar unless you intentionally try to make them different.

I've done some experiments where I pick two fairly different songs by a single artist and try to find the music that is most distinctively popular among just fans of each song, but mostly what I find is that listening patterns don't actually break that way. Most people who listen to electric Dylan also listen to acoustic Dylan. Most people who listen to Pat Benatar or Cyndi Lauper's post-pop work also listen to their popular records. Most people still listening to early Ulver records are also listening to the later Ulver records.

So you think you're listening to only the "good" songs from bad albums, but in fact most people who like those songs probably actually like the rest of those albums. "Good" is, statistically speaking, your own solipsism showing.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 14 July 2017 17:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Your Top Artist: Markus Guentner - Express Yourself

Your Top Track
School Of Fish - Pete Namlook

Then it basically goes on to say I listen to nothing but death metal when BBQing, which is... not entirely untrue.

beard papa, Friday, 14 July 2017 23:20 (one week ago) Permalink

Cheers, Glenn, that makes sense.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Saturday, 15 July 2017 00:20 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah great stuff glenn!

niels, Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Anyone else have Spotify launching automatically on start up even tho you've set it not to?

And I've seen the spinner so much more lately - can take minutes to access playlists (only after auto-launch I think).

nashwan, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:14 (five days ago) Permalink

Anyone else have Spotify launching automatically on start up even tho you've set it not to?

yep, this has been happening on my work laptop for the last week or so. strangely, I have another Windows laptop with Spotify installed at home that does not have this issue.

fffv, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:50 (five days ago) Permalink

That spinner goes on and on and on

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:42 (five days ago) Permalink

The Spots! The Spots!

Under Heaviside Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:05 (four days ago) Permalink

My top genre is Fourth World. I don't know what that is?

kraudive, Thursday, 20 July 2017 19:33 (four days ago) Permalink

lol there's a whole thread for it :p
fourth world music

Mordy, Thursday, 20 July 2017 19:47 (four days ago) Permalink

Ok thanks for that. Not sure I'm much wiser though.

kraudive, Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:28 (four days ago) Permalink

I thought it may have been my listening to a lot of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Klara Lewis and Alice Coltrane.

kraudive, Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:40 (four days ago) Permalink

is there sponsored content on Release Radar?

niels, Friday, 21 July 2017 08:12 (three days ago) Permalink

No. Personally, I think Release Radar might be a pretty good place for promoted tracks if they were relevant and labeled. By it's nature it's already inherently a sampler rather than a playlist you just start and leave on expecting a focused listening experience (unless you only listen to one thing), and we have a pretty decent idea of bands you might like (or might already know outside of your Spotify listening) that we're not currently including in your Release Radar but could.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 21 July 2017 14:11 (three days ago) Permalink

Yeah, I wouldn't mind as long as it was relevant and labeled. It's such a useful playlist!

Is the list "front loaded" so the most relevant new music is at the top or is it more of a random sampler?

niels, Friday, 21 July 2017 14:31 (three days ago) Permalink

Seems front loaded to me - clearly based on artists I've made a point to follow or I can say I've listened to at least once in the last few months. But I guess that criteria isn't enough to make a fully new playlist every single week. Often the bottom 1/3 of my Release Radar playlist is tracks by artists who were also on the playlist the week before, but now they've moved down.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 21 July 2017 18:51 (three days ago) Permalink

Release Radar is pretty strictly ordered: first artists you Follow, then artists you don't Follow but have played a bunch (in descending order of how much), and then potentially some Discover-Weekly-style suggestions if there aren't enough artists from the first two categories with new releases. And this pattern then repeats for releases from the previous week or two.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 21 July 2017 18:53 (three days ago) Permalink

Just noticed that. Happy to receive a weekly email, I feel like they haven't been sent in awhile.

calstars, Friday, 21 July 2017 21:18 (three days ago) Permalink

rely pretty heavily on Release Radar ever since they stopped notifications so I'm happy with minimal messing

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Friday, 21 July 2017 22:48 (three days ago) Permalink

is there a way to browse labels in Spotify?

niels, Monday, 24 July 2017 08:43 (three hours ago) Permalink

Label:name in search e.g label:Warp

Dan Worsley, Monday, 24 July 2017 08:50 (three hours ago) Permalink

c:\run autoexec.bat

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 24 July 2017 09:01 (three hours ago) Permalink

nice, thanks!

niels, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:08 (three hours ago) Permalink

If the label is two or more words put the search term in quotation marks otherwise you'll get lots of unconnected crap.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:13 (three hours ago) Permalink

I suppose it's been discussed already but the thread is so huge...
So, I've noticed lately that the spotify app on my iphone takes much more space than it's supposed to (even when removing all the "downloaded" stuff).
After checking online, it appears the issue is well known but the only way to really fix it is to erase the app and dl it again (indeed it reduces the space to a fraction of what it was before, like 10%).
the problem is that it then "grows" again quickly, even without downloading anything...
is erasing the app regularly the only way to keep it under control ? seems very primitive !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:16 (three hours ago) Permalink

xp roger that

just did a label:rhino search and man they have a nice catalogue

would be nice if it was more incorporated, also for browsing compilation series...

niels, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:30 (three hours ago) Permalink

re:size if you've an android phone I think you can just manually erase the spotify cache through explorer (way I did it: connect your phone via usb then scan for large folders using Treesize)

niels, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:32 (three hours ago) Permalink

I've got some album only playlists. Is there anyway to collapse them so they only display the album names rather than listing 400+ songs it lists the 35 albums?

Dan Worsley, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:37 (three hours ago) Permalink

xpost
thanks but unfortunately I have an iphone... no way to empty the cache... other than to delete the app altogether each time apparently !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 24 July 2017 09:46 (two hours ago) Permalink

Same issue here, just deleted and re installed yesterday.

calstars, Monday, 24 July 2017 11:21 (one hour ago) Permalink

I think the old trick of attempting to rent a movie (on iTunes Store) that is larger than the amount of space you have left on your device still works to free up room from space hoggers like Spotify. You can do it multiple times in a row to free up more space. Just be careful because after a few attempts they switch up the rental dialogue on you, apparently to trick you into letting the rental fully go through

Dan I., Monday, 24 July 2017 12:06 (thirty-one minutes ago) Permalink

People online saying it doesn't work anymore, but it do, I think

Dan I., Monday, 24 July 2017 12:09 (twenty-eight minutes ago) Permalink

such an idiosyncratic Apple thing to not allow users/apps access to cache cleaning

niels, Monday, 24 July 2017 12:20 (seventeen minutes ago) Permalink

(I know Spotify and every other app could/should just include it in their programming but since they don't it would be nice to be able to use 3rd party apps for this purpose)

niels, Monday, 24 July 2017 12:21 (sixteen minutes ago) Permalink


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