Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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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

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/ gets you straight in without an invite.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 07:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

I went in on that link above, no trouble at all. I'm in the UK tho - maybe there's a problem with the US, I dunno.

It's awesome, btw. Nearest thing to the "universal jukebox" I've seen for a long time.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 08:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think it's staggering. At least 95% of my track/artist searches to date have returned results. And I like the concept of shared playlists.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Spotify Premium is available in Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the UK. The Free version is only available in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain.

It amuses me to see the adverts briefly appear in last.fm (and permanently in your Spotify history).

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

This is impressive. There's a lot more weird, small stuff on than I thought there would be, thopugh also mystifying gaps too.

Someone should set up a shared ILX playlist for Jan (then we can move to Feb etc to stop it getting unwieldy). I'll do it tonight if no-one else does.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Excellent idea. I was thinking of doing one for the Pazz & Jop Top 50 singles, and maybe the Rocktimists poll tracks as well. But it'll have to wait until tonight.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

Gaps spotted so far: no King Crimson, very little UK Funky, no Aeroplane mix of Grace Jones "Williams Blood" (although their mix of Friendly Fires "Paris" is on there). Remixes are generally well represented, though.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

Remixes are generally well represented, though.

But not always listed as remixes, I've found. And they don't scrobble as remixes (sorry, I'll take that to the last.fm thread)

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

I also like the non-bloatiness: the software was running at around 14,000k on my home PC last night - so I could close iTunes for once, and benefit from the faster performance.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

I hope this thing a) goes global so the US can use it b) they make a mobile/iphone app c) ushers in a new era of music use.

I confidently predict big 4 will put a stop to it.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

All the majors have signed up in europe, though. I suppose it's whether the US ones are far-sighted enough.

It's also notable that most of the big digital music holdout bands aren't represented- no Beatles, Metallica, AC/DC.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Every Stones album is there though, yay!

Another thing I've noticed is that the service avoids any queueing problems, as you occasionally get on, say, last.fm.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 10:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Last.fm is screwed unless they can come up with something as wide ranging as this.

Billy Dods, Friday, 23 January 2009 10:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

The DJ Khaled selection is spotty and Denim aren't on there either.

I do like the way that you get to see all the crummy compilation albums that bands appear on. If you pick someone like The Sweet it takes about 5 mins to scroll through them all.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 10:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

i think that counts as a "social" feature therefore bewilderingly deprioritized by our spotify overlords

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 June 2017 15:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Who did this Salsa Nation playlist? It's meaningless to have a "contemporary salsa" playlist that includes "La Murga" (from 1971). I didn't just click on it to bitch about it either. I was curious to see what new material someone might think is worth highlighting. (Sadly there is almost nothing in the way of truly contemporary, of-the-moment salsa that is worth collecting in a playlist.)

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 17 June 2017 16:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Here's my data-analytical thing that finds new (or nominally new, at least) music by less-known artists that seems to be catching on among Salsa fans:

https://open.spotify.com/user/particledetector/playlist/6yrKLhh8PE0XVCq2LEnlky

There's no explicit editorial presence in this, it's just cohort statistics, so nothing forces the music to BE salsa, and if everybody who usually plays salsa spent the last week listening to nothing but death metal, this list would be death metal. But people never seem to actually do that.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 17 June 2017 16:43 (one week ago) Permalink

I've never listened to this one before, myself, and I don't know enough about salsa to say anything about the songs in context, but I'm playing it now and it's pretty great whatever it is.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 17 June 2017 16:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Thanks, that looks potentially interesting. If nothing else it might remind me of some Dominican merengue I've forgotten about, by the looks of it.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 17 June 2017 17:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Actually, the other similar playlists look like they'd be more useful to me. I'm just too fussy about salsa at this point.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 17 June 2017 18:04 (one week ago) Permalink

any thoughts on implementing back cover art and booklets in Spotify?

I find it interesting that atm you rarely (unless you still buy physical media) see the back cover art of even the most popular albums

niels, Monday, 19 June 2017 10:04 (five days ago) Permalink

Wait, what do you mean? The back covers are displayed already!

Oh, wait, are you using a device that doesn't have a back screen?

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 19 June 2017 14:03 (five days ago) Permalink

the depreciation of liner notes is my least favorite aspect of the shift to digital

maura, Monday, 19 June 2017 17:46 (five days ago) Permalink

like, across the board. digital promos rarely come with them

maura, Monday, 19 June 2017 17:46 (five days ago) Permalink

The back covers are displayed already!

Wait, what? Where? How?

Mr. Crackpots (WilliamC), Monday, 19 June 2017 18:42 (five days ago) Permalink

Whenever I've requested a pdf of a cd booklet after getting a download, the promoter has sent it to me. But no, they don't seem to include them by default. At any rate, I don't mind physical recordings maintaining an advantage as a multimedia object. In a sense, streaming and downloads fill the niche of cassettes, portability over collectibility.

Glenn's joking, but didn't iTunes have some sort of deluxe download offering with a digital "booklet" and such?

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Monday, 19 June 2017 19:02 (five days ago) Permalink

iTunes Digital Booklets yeah, that died a quiet death I think?

Siegbran, Monday, 19 June 2017 19:16 (five days ago) Permalink

This is such an irony: we go virtual, removing physical space-constraints, and end up imposing even more limiting virtual ones.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 19 June 2017 19:41 (five days ago) Permalink

I'd be happy just to consistently have the dates things were originally recorded.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 19 June 2017 19:45 (five days ago) Permalink

Artists should bundle an edited selection of their twitter feed with their albums.

Siegbran, Monday, 19 June 2017 19:54 (five days ago) Permalink

"On top of this, Spotify will also be removed from LG TV systems as we work on improvements. We hope to have a better version of Spotify on these in future. Watch this space!"

Well, fuck you, spotify

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:58 (four days ago) Permalink

Idiotproofing request: Despite queuing some tracks up these were removed after then accidentally launching a playlist from the browser. Ideally in this situation they would just get pushed to the back of the queue and then you can just remove any tracks accidentally queued manually?

nashwan, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:44 (four days ago) Permalink

there is an ilm edm 2017 playlist on spotify that i was listening to last night while playing resogun (i am currently 15th in the world on resongun:demolition on ps4) and i can't search for it for some reason. or remember the name. there were 3 (count them 3! yo brooklyn! 2017 year of da bonez!) frankie bones tracks and then this awesome track that i loved and i can't remember who it was by. so hot.

scott seward, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 19:39 (four days ago) Permalink

Is it this one?

https://open.spotify.com/user/forksclovetofu/playlist/2U7GYmh1qZ0YteaXhUezhf

Moodles, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 19:52 (four days ago) Permalink

https://watt.cashmusic.org/writing/thesecretlivesofplaylists

sleeve, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:15 (three days ago) Permalink

Tidal is actually very good at including track info on producers, composers & musicians in their tags. Any chance that Spotify might adopts such a policy? I'm trying to quit Tidal but stuff like that keeps me hanging on, paying for a sub I really should not need.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:38 (three days ago) Permalink

Showing more track info isn't my department, but I know it's a thing people are interested in...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:47 (three days ago) Permalink

Good article, sleeve. All of this vertical integration and payola (as well as the de-emphasizing of individuals' playlists and other social-networking features) seems like the same short-sighted decision-making that led to radio's irrelevance.

So far, it seems like Spotify has been pretty careful with rolling out some of the most craven of these features. My Discover Weekly playlist is mostly full of pretty obscure bands which don't seem like they are paying to play. This is good, because what I like about Spotify is that the machine-learning-driven playlists don't feel like they are being driven by payola (now, maybe I'm wrong/naive about this).

On the other hand, Spotify does seem to be making it tough to discover individuals' playlists. Even if you have a username, there are no tools to sort by latest-updated playlists, or to see a nice big list view of all of their playlists. This seems short-sighted to me. If Spotify was a place where its users could become tastemakers, organically, without the influence of big-label money, that would be better for the Spotify brand, long-term.

Of course, this stuff probably only matters to a tiny percentage of their userbase. I'm guessing most people are happy to pop on the Rap Caviar playlist and hear what everyone else is listening to. But I don't know. I've definitely shied away from Apple Music due to their feeling like some super-integrated corporate marketing exercise. Spotify has always felt like a much better service for discovering truly unknown (to me) bands.

Basically, if Ed Sheeran shows in my DW, I'm gonna be annoyed.

DJI, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:00 (three days ago) Permalink

Yep, good article on Spotify and its various tiers of playlists and how labels get songs on them

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:38 (two days ago) Permalink

lol i know elise. she talks like a seasoned spotify vet in that article but she was a radio producer until last year. these whippersnappers, they learn so annoyingly FAST!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:35 (two days ago) Permalink


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