Spotify goes social with huge new update

Spotify have announced a huge update to their music streaming application.

Dubbed the "next generation", Spotify's new update includes the ability to share music with Facebook friends and to sync local music librarys with Spotify. Spotify have also introduced a feed so you can see what music your friends are playing or recommending.

Spotify is a multi-platform application which provides access to a free and legal barrage of online music. It's a streaming music player which has a similar feel to iTunes. Through it a user can get links to a large number of albums and tracks. Spotify use a peer-to-peer network along with streaming servers to provide their music.

Spotify is available for Mac users with OS X 10.4 or later, Windows XP users or later and it can also be run using the application Wine if you have a Linux based system such as Ubuntu.

The advertising funded version of the software is completely free of charge and can easily be signed up for by UK users. Spotify ask that the rest of the world wait for an invite to register, you can visit their invitation page should you wish to join the waiting list. Advert free versions of the software are also available: £0.99 for a 24 hour ad-free pass or £9.99 as a monthly subscription should you wish to get going straight away. Adverts come along roughly every half an hour and last for around thirty seconds. Spotify consider this to be considerably less than the amount you would hear on normal radio.

Spotify is only available for selected countries in Europe at the moment but is expected to launch in the U.S. later this year. For more information on the new features check out the video below.

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TR1GG3R said,
wheres my update even the site is same version as mine .... i dont wanna wait!!!!!

http://www.spotify.com/uk/help/service-status/


We’re delighted to say that the demand for the next generation of Spotify has been overwhelming and in order to ensure that our systems can handle the additional usage we’re going to need to keep the roll out of the new version in check.
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Mobile and offline playlists are only available for premium subscribers. Wonder how much of the new features will be 'premium only'

Good update. Though didn't let Gracenote anywhere near my tagging. Hopefully they will implement an ablum/album-artist view with covers, similar to iTunes.

Septimus said,
Good update. Though didn't let Gracenote anywhere near my tagging. Hopefully they will implement an ablum/album-artist view with covers, similar to iTunes.

Hopefully Spotify can't get any worse than they already are in tagging their tracks. Currently a large percentage of their library is unplayable, if you care about your last.fm stats

whats the point of having an import from media player if it doesnt support wma my 3000+ music collection is turned into a total of 16 tracks lol
MP3 is very poor quality

the better twin said,
whats the point of having an import from media player if it doesnt support wma my 3000+ music collection is turned into a total of 16 tracks lol
MP3 is very poor quality

My question is, why on earth are you using WMA?

MP3 can be poor quality, yes, but not if you use a good encoder and high bitrate. Not much reason to use WMA apart from saving hard drive space. WMA isn't as widely supported like MP3 either.

TBH FLAC is the way forward, sadly FLAC Isn't widely supported either

mpmc said,

My question is, why on earth are you using WMA?

MP3 can be poor quality, yes, but not if you use a good encoder and high bitrate. Not much reason to use WMA apart from saving hard drive space. WMA isn't as widely supported like MP3 either.

TBH FLAC is the way forward, sadly FLAC Isn't widely supported either


you said it, saves on the hard drive space and is MUCH better quality than MP3 at the same bit rate. I'm not a huge audiophile but even to me the difference is noticeable. WMA is widely supported, doubt i would ever use anything other than windows and i cant stand iTunes so iPods are out. pretty much every non-apple player supports wma, far more than flac it has to be said.

mpmc said,

TBH FLAC is the way forward, sadly FLAC Isn't widely supported either

I blame Apple, for getting all sulky that no one was really interested in ALAC, and (it seems like) have no intention of introducing native FLAC support in itunes

the better twin said,

you said it, saves on the hard drive space and is MUCH better quality than MP3 at the same bit rate. I'm not a huge audiophile but even to me the difference is noticeable. WMA is widely supported, doubt i would ever use anything other than windows and i cant stand iTunes so iPods are out. pretty much every non-apple player supports wma, far more than flac it has to be said.

I never said WMA was higher quality than MP3 at the same bitrate, you assumed that because I said "MP3 can be poor quality, yes, but not if you use a good encoder and high bitrate".

It all depends on the encoder and settings, whether WMA is better than MP3 at the same bitrate, It's questionable as there are many factors to consider. Just use what you believe sounds better to you.

They need to work on local file management, a list of 19762 tracks is not really user friendly. And that's nothing compared to others collections I bet.

DARKFiB3R said,
They need to work on local file management, a list of 19762 tracks is not really user friendly. And that's nothing compared to others collections I bet.

Agree on this one, at the moment it's a big mess.
And seeing I have some files that are not recorded music, Gracenote made a big mess out of it and now I have to scan the whole list to revert the tag changes it did.

Also, it needs a way to select what Gracenote entry to use in some cases.

Edited by Heksesang, Apr 27 2010, 11:20am :

Heksesang said,

Agree on this one, at the moment it's a big mess.
And seeing I have some files that are not recorded music, Gracenote made a big mess out of it and now I have to scan the whole list to revert the tag changes it did.

Also, it needs a way to select what Gracenote entry to use in some cases.

There was no way I was letting it touch my tags lol, you should have chosen "No" when asked about that

Edited by FiB3R, Apr 27 2010, 3:49pm :

No US support. No good app. Period. When they finally get to the US, then I will finally appreciate this app, but I can't right now if I can't even use it to test it.

Decaytion said,
No US support. No good app. Period. When they finally get to the US, then I will finally appreciate this app, but I can't right now if I can't even use it to test it.

I feel the same way about products that are US only, most of which are never seen in the UK.
It's about time more products were UK based and not US for once so that everyone complains and everything becomes available in both areas.

n_K said,

I feel the same way about products that are US only, most of which are never seen in the UK.
It's about time more products were UK based and not US for once so that everyone complains and everything becomes available in both areas.

About time indeed!! In youre face yanks!!

Edited by duddut2, Apr 27 2010, 10:30am :

duddut2 said,

About time indeed!! In youre face yanks!!

Epic +1!, about time us Brits got something good first!

And also, No US, No Good App? Really? Or do we need to call the Waaambulance?

Decaytion said,
No US support. No good app. Period. When they finally get to the US, then I will finally appreciate this app, but I can't right now if I can't even use it to test it.

It's supposed to be coming to the US sometime this year according to this article > http://mashable.com/2010/03/26/spotify-us-launch/

However for the time being if you have 'friends' from one of the countries it IS available in, just get them to sign up for you and log into your account every week or so

You can get adverts more frequently than suggested in the article. My mate gets an advert or two after 1 or 2 songs. It's horrendous.

Harreh said,
You can get adverts more frequently than suggested in the article. My mate gets an advert or two after 1 or 2 songs. It's horrendous.

I can't quite remember since it's a while that I used Spotify, but I have a recollection of the same thing.
Maybe they fixed that. I wouldn't know, I didn't like it (spotify in general, not just the adverts) so stopped using it.

Edited by Nick H., Apr 27 2010, 10:59am : addition for clarity

"Spotify is only available in Europe at the moment"

You know that Sweden, Finnland, Norway, UK, France, and Spain are not the whole Europe, do you?

Kosh said,
"Spotify is only available in Europe at the moment"

You know that Sweden, Finnland, Norway, UK, France, and Spain are not the whole Europe, do you?

Still sounds right to me. It doesn't say that it's available in all of Europe, just that the only places it is available are in Europe. Maybe "Spotify is not currently available outside of Europe" would have been better?

What I want to know is have they improved the radio feature? It is laughably poor. For example recently I chose the "techno" genre. What did Spotify give me? Five songs of Moby in row, then 3 songs of Owl City, a song from Prodigy and then yet more Moby. It seems that no matter what the genre, it not only gives songs that are not in the genre but also keeps playing the exact same songs over and over. You can see this by just skipping songs and the same artists keep popping up. It's almost like they're getting their cues from all the ****ty format radios around the world.

Unimatrix Xero said,
shame it looks like a cloan of itunes, i guess the designers where lazy

Looks pretty much like a Mac application to me. About as different as you can get from iTunes for this kind of app while still feeling like a native Mac app.

Unimatrix Xero said,
shame it looks like a cloan of itunes, i guess the designers where lazy

Runs way way better than iTunes on windows though.

Unimatrix Xero said,
shame it looks like a cloan of itunes, i guess the designers where lazy

IMO the UI is pure, simple, and just awesome.
I also appreciate that it looks exactly the same on win and mac.

Kosh said,
I also appreciate that it looks exactly the same on win and mac.

Why on earth would you appreciate that? Keeping the OSX look while on Windows just makes their application look horribly out of place.

These guys need to take a long hard look at Microsoft's UX standards... same goes for Apple with iTunes and Safari. I'd be many times more likely to actually install them if they looked like native apps.

They're too lazy to follow Microsoft's UX specifications, I'm too lazy to install their software

StarLion said,

Why on earth would you appreciate that? Keeping the OSX look while on Windows just makes their application look horribly out of place.

These guys need to take a long hard look at Microsoft's UX standards... same goes for Apple with iTunes and Safari. I'd be many times more likely to actually install them if they looked like native apps.

They're too lazy to follow Microsoft's UX specifications, I'm too lazy to install their software

Something about cutting, a nose, there was some spite involved I think and it was detrimental to their face.