Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

How on earth are they going to make any money out of this model? I can only imagine that once they've got a critical mass of people using it, they're going to radically increase the amount of advertising.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 23 January 2009 12:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

That and premium subs I guess.

zero learnt from nero (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 12:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

At the moment, the advertising is pretty unobtrusive so I can't see why anyone would want to be a paying subscriber. Which is why I'm guessing they'll up the advertising once they get enough people hooked.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 23 January 2009 12:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

Indeed, at the moment the advertising is infrequent enough not to annoy but I'm sur it'll increase in frequency. Service is good but not quite thorough enough, some bizarre gaps in artist's discographies e.g most of Sparks 70's output and their most recent work but little from the 80s/90s. Once they can plug those gaps, get on board the digital refuseniks and most importantly provide a mobile service then £10 a month would be very tempting.

Billy Dods, Friday, 23 January 2009 12:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

Getting enough people hooked should mean they don't have to up the advertising - advertisers will simply pay more for a bigger audience.

Maybe if they get enough people hooked they'll be able to offer ad-free for £4.99 instead of £9.99.

I wonder how much artists are paid through this. We could have weekly campaigns where we all play obscure tracks from some almost forgotten band so they get surprise royalty cheques.

I do like the way that you get to see all the crummy compilation albums that bands appear on

So true - the other night I found myself marvelling at how many "a tribute to" albums Sigue Sigue Sputnik have appeared on (from memory: NiN, Soft Cell, Smashing Pumpkins, Madonna, KMFDM, Prince...) - who keeps asking them?

onimo, Friday, 23 January 2009 12:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

We could have weekly campaigns where we all play obscure tracks from some almost forgotten band so they get surprise royalty cheques.

Or those bands could just set up a computer with their songs on repeat!

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 13:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

I wonder how much artists are paid through this

Maybe, John D could answer. Hopefully I made him a few cents when I listened to 'Palmcorder Yajna' earlier this week.

Billy Dods, Friday, 23 January 2009 13:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

Well last.fm's royalty rate is $0.0005 per play, and presumably something similar in Europe too.

zero learnt from nero (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 14:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

So a million plays required for a measly $500? I don't think mobilising the ILM masses will be enough to get J0hn D that rockstar mansion.

onimo, Friday, 23 January 2009 14:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

I didn't think that the artist would get much from each play but $0.0005 is shockingly low.

Billy Dods, Friday, 23 January 2009 14:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

My guess is that record company gets half a cent and the artist get 10%.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 15:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

Here's a collaborative ILX playlist. just click on the link to get it going. I've called it ILX Feb 09 coz January is nearly over. Have at it.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 19:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

Here's the Pazz & Jop Top 100 singles list. Only 10 tracks are missing.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

both those links give me "playlist not found" ;_;

talk me down off the (ledge), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

Me too any chance of a re-up?

zero learnt from nero (Neil S), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've just re-checked, and both links are valid; indeed, I picked up Patrick's ILX playlist earlier today and added to it, and someone else has added to it since.

You have already got Spotify installed, yes?

mike t-diva, Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

no King Crimson

Eh? The first album I listened to on it was In The Court of the Crimson King!

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

x-post yeah all that's fine, it says "playlist not found" when the link prompts the software. Ah well.

zero learnt from nero (Neil S), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeh, I tried the Pazz and Job playlist just there and got "Playlist not found", too. (And, er, yes: I think most of us posting on the Spotify thread about how we use Spotify etc have got Spotify installed ;)

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

Er, Jop. Obviously.

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

xpost Just re-checked, and there's still no King Crimson. The nearest you get is "The Court of the Crimson King" by 21st Century Schizoid Band.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Whit? Hang on ...

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Try this in the Spotify search window?

spotify:user:miketd:playlist:2zYHbXxldh3YIti4SM3doz

mike t-diva, Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

And also this:

spotify:user:raw_patrick:playlist:5QqAXZcbQtPFL0w1ShUiem

mike t-diva, Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

xpost

... fuck me, yes. It's all gone. But there is still a ghost page for them -- put in King Crimson and you'll see their name comes up in the little cluster of artists at the top left. Click and you get a pic and a biog but absolutely no tracks.

That's a fucker, because there was a tonne of their stuff up the other week. I thought I'd seen some other stuff disappear, too -- can't remember what, but I just put it down to not having paid attention. But no, some bands are obviously being taken down. Wow.

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

Ah bollox, that wasn't the P&J playlist - try this one instead:

spotify:user:miketd:playlist:2tpQvA2ojTVgOLr6fozpFh

mike t-diva, Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

Hang on: Mike, are you a subscriber?

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

... 'cos I can't get any of these shared playlists going. It's either a subscriber thing or a Mac thing, I reckon ...

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

can you (mike or grimly) see
http://open.spotify.com/user/ledge/playlist/1KqRMynsECGZ0Q4JTJ0sHJ

talk me down off the (ledge), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yes: I can, Ledge. You Mac or PC?

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

pc.

talk me down off the (ledge), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yes, I can see that one, Ledge.
I'm not a subscriber - I'm on the free version.
And I'm PC.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

Works on my PC too.

zero learnt from nero (Neil S), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

can't see yours, grimly.

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talk me down off the (ledge), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

Can someone try mine again now? I've just thought of something ...

xpost ... ah! Got it. Two seconds, Ledge ...

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Right. Ledge: can you try again now?

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Grimly, I get "playlist not found" on yours. Weird.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Try again now, Mike ...

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

nope. i mean, nope still can't see it

talk me down off the (ledge), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

what did you try?

talk me down off the (ledge), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

xpost

Oh, OK. That's fucking weird, and puts paid to my incredibly simplistic theory, which was: it works when the sharer has Spotify running, and not when they don't.

Hmm.

Special topics: Disco, The Common Market (grimly fiendish), Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

Still get "playlist not found".

mike t-diva, Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've just changed the Pazz & Jop list to "collaborative". Does that make a difference?

http://open.spotify.com/user/miketd/playlist/2tpQvA2ojTVgOLr6fozpFh

mike t-diva, Saturday, 24 January 2009 18:41 (nine years ago) Permalink


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