Currently the artist page has the current sorting:
I would prefer to get rid of all the categories.
I want the singles and albums and "Appears on" to mix, with newest things at the top.
The reason is simple, I want to see the newest stuff from that artist! :)
The thing is lots of times artists release 1 off songs, or singles at first months before the album, or demos. I want to see that right at the top.
I think this used to be the way Spotify did things but a few months ago they redid the artist pages and made it the 3 categories worst method. I'd really rather change it back to mixed, rather than the 3 category method.
For me, Spotify would improve a lot if playlists would get a album or artist view, in which all the songs in the playlist get groupedby album or artist respectively. Just like iTunes does it. Spotify seems to be very song based rather than album based (which might reflect the modern way of thinking about music) but I still have plenty of playlists that rather are album based, e.g., a list of my favorite new albums at the moments. It would be great if there was a view option where songs would be clustered per album so that I, or one of the people who I share the playlist with, could listen to one album out of this playlist.
Alternatively, a different approach to playlists could also work for me, where you have one type of collection (let's keep calling these 'playlists') that contains single songs, and another type of collection (with a different name, e.g., 'crates') that are use to organise and share a collection of albums.
I think there should be a finer way to create a radio station you really like. You should be able to rate songs, artists, albums and genres on a finer scale, and then all the ratings would be considered for your personal radio station... The higher a song would be rated, the more often it would play, and broader ratings would carry over into the probability of songs playing, maybe skewed by the other recommendation factors now in place... So that the average assumed rating for otherwise unrated songs in an album, for instance would correspond to the rating of that album, but the individual songs still would play more or less often depending on how popular they generally are and all the other recommendation factors now in place.
There used to be a radio service called Launchcast some years ago which offered that level of customization (they used a rating scale of 0 to 100 for each item), but sadly they stopped broadcasting some years ago.
byB1G_Mac15-03-201206:13 AM - edited 15-03-201206:15 AM
I imagine most people hate hearing advertisements between individual songs when they're listening to an album in its entirety; but of course, advertising revenue is how Spotify survives. So, since an artist's work is already divided into album playlists, I am requesting a 'Listen to Album' feature, in which a longer-than-usual advertisement break (consisting of one long ad or a group of short ones) is played before playback of the album, which then continues uninterrupted until its end. To prevent cheating the system, if the user decides to listen to something else (from another playlist) mid-way through, the 'Listen to Album' feature is, of course, stopped or reset. On a related note, the user will not be able to "skip around" an album without stopping the 'Listen to Album' feature; the tracks must be played in order, which should still satisfy a number of users.
I'd like to have a separate feature for keeping whole albums that I like. My only option right now is to make playlists for them but then I get too many playlists, plus they mix with my other playlists (which are more like mix tapes). The way I see it these are two very different uses and it would be better to have a sort of "record shelf" for albums I like to listen to often
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