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www.spotify.com

If you haven't been using this, give it a shot.


Spotify is basically an iTunes replacement for music. You log in with Facebook and then you instantly have access to nearly every song known to man. It streams all this music straight to you.

It finds all your iTunes playlists and local music too which is handy. When you subscribe to a playlist it keeps it up to date too, so if the playlist owner adds some songs, your playlist gets updated. I've found a bunch of playlists that look good like 'Rolling Stones Top 500 Songs', 90s mixes, dubstep mixes, best classical music and shit like that.

Syncing playlists to your phone has never been easier, just open the app on your iPhone/Android and tick 'Available Offline' on the playlist you want. It will download it over your WiFi and let you play the song without streaming it. Just to be safe you can turn on 'Offline Mode' and 'Dont Stream over 2G/3G' in Settings so you never get a surprise from your phone company due to excess data.

There's a queue function too, which is something iTunes has severely been lacking forever! I am so glad this exists and use it extensively.

On top of that they have 'apps' you can add, there's a Triple J has an app which is great as it has the 'Hitlist' which gets updates as they play new songs on the radio, as well as the Feature Album (and all previous ones) and all their Hottest 100s just a click away. There's a Rolling Stone app with music news, a The Legend Of app that focuses on a different legend every now and then like Bob Dylan or Hall & Oates and much more.

The social aspect is pretty spiffy too, you can share a song/album/playlist on facebook or just drag it onto a friend and it will pop up in their Inbox. You can right click > Copy URL and embed on these forums very easily which is useful too.

The catch: There's a subscription fee to remove ads and have all the features. It's ~$6 for standard or ~$11 for premium if you want it on your mobile. The good news is that you can activate a 30 day premium trial for free! Without it you'll get annoying audio and visual ads popping in every now and then and not be able to access all features.

Do you use it, like it? Will you subscribe after the trial runs out? Do you use it on your phone?
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Nice playlists, will try add to them when I hear a fitting song and remember.

I've made a new Spotify account to share with Stacey, just one subscription that way but as it's a new (empty) facebook account it's rendered most of the social shit useless as I don't have a friends list. Still seems like I can collaborate though, just can't send me songs and shit =/
kiral
Yeah I was in the beta for this, so for some reason I now have access to USA music licenses which means I can stream songs which the Australian license doesn't cover, boooyaaaah!

Also the best app to get is, 'We Are Hunted'. Then listen to emerging artists. The playlist below is for the current emerging artists.



Also with those playlists, only put reaaaaally good songs in them.
Stamps
I LOVE Spotify - best USD $9.99 I spend. I have a US based account and even though I live in Japan Spotify doesn't care.

I LOVE that if there are some tracks Spotify doesn't have I can have Spotify import them, and then they play along side Spotify tracks as if they were from them! You can even play this imported tracks in OFFLINE mode right in your Spotify Playlists!

They have done some good work with the Radio function. There is an app called DFX Radio that is pretty good at putting tracks together too - and the app FILTR is nice.

I use SpotOn on my iPhone for custom lists - its an iPhone only Spotify app, but they are working on other things - but it produces REALLY good playlists - that, of COURSE, you can save to Spotify and then play on your PC.

SO overall - yeah, its fucking AWESOME.
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Stamps wrote:
I use SpotOn on my iPhone for custom lists - its an iPhone only Spotify app, but they are working on other things - but it produces REALLY good playlists - that, of COURSE, you can save to Spotify and then play on your PC.

Sounds interesting, is it like Apple's Genius feature?
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Stamps wrote:
I use SpotOn on my iPhone for custom lists - its an iPhone only Spotify app, but they are working on other things - but it produces REALLY good playlists - that, of COURSE, you can save to Spotify and then play on your PC.

Sounds interesting, is it like Apple's Genius feature?



http://spoton-radio.com/

Kinda - you give it an artist or song, and it creates a playlist of similar songs. You can then thumbs up or down each track and the playlist dynamically adjusts. I like it because for Spotify it seems to make the best playlists.
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I really wish the TripleJ playlist got updated incrementally, not all at once. That way you'll be able to tell which songs are newer.

I also wish Spotify would have a "never play this fucking song again" feature. On your own playlists you can just delete the song but on subscribed playlists you can't so it's always in the random queue.
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Spotify iPhone app has finally been updated so it now looks sexy as hell on the iPhone 5.

The TripleJ playlist seems to be updated a lot more often now which is good, once it went 2-3 weeks without an update and got quite stale.

Though I'm still keen for a "never play this fucking song again" feature to be implemented.
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Clownshoes wrote:
They didn't say in the change log that they stopped it from being a slow pile of shit though.

I hope they did.


New in 0.5.9:
• Fixed: Stability and speed improvements.
• Fixed: Handling of playlist folders improved.
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What do you mean slow? When synchronising the music to offline? Or breaks in between songs? Or responsiveness of the menus?

The only slow part for me is the synchronising to offline mode, but it's easy enough to remedy by plugging it into power and leaving it to run overnight.
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Wifi Sync is terribly slow compared to 3G Sync.

It syncs 1 song about every 10 minutes, leaving it to run overnight is not really a solution that's acceptable for a paid service. And still not efficient if I add a playlist with 300 songs or more.
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