I primarily use Spotify daily while in my car because I am a Marketing Rep which requires my 9-5 is strictly behind the wheel. I've completely replaced my iPod with Spotify but I find it's hard to "Star" a song while on the road. I use my Star folder as a way to eventually organize those songs into my subfolders.
I'm sure you know the way to Star a song already so I won't delve into those details but there is definite room to add a "Star" button by moving the "Last Song - Play - Next Song" buttons more to the left/right and placing the button there.
I wrote an email about this a while ago and got a response back that it's something they would like to maybe do but they needed more interest in the idea before they devote time to it.
I'm not sure if this is for the other mobile apps too but I know my adroid app doesn't have this. Basically, there are a few music apps (not sure if I can mention the name but one I used to use a lot with the initials W.A.) out there that have check box in settings that lets the app use the headset/headphones to control play, pause, skip, etc. instead of controlling the phone.
Right now, if I try to use the controls on my headphones to play, pause, or skip while in the Spotify app it will simultaneously dial the last incoming or out going number in my phone.
It's just handy, especially in the winter so I don't have to haul my phone out of my pocket or dig in my bag for it, I don't have to haul off my gloves, mittens, or go buy special ones to use the touchscreen (I would imagine it would be a pain if your exercising or something like that too)...only have to click one of the buttons on my headphones.
I would like for Spotify bring back support for car stereos. I have read multiple threads under the IOS forum section, and it seems to be a general problem:
Cannot change track/songs via the controls on the radio/steeringwheel.
Cannot see song informations on the radio screens.
Though i have found out that people USED to have the support for all of this, but when updating to a newer version of Spotify it stopped working. Last known working version of Spotify was Version 0.5.8.73.
I would very much appreciate of Spotify to look into this, and bring back propper car controls. It wont only make for a great feature, but also save lifes (from people beeing busy changing songs directly on the phones).
Just some ideas for the Android app. First, the ability to change the order of playlists, and the songs in the playlist. Second, on the new ICS version the close application button has gone, which was useful for stopping it when wanted. Finally, official application for Android tablets, with more functionality like the desktop version.
Having only just replaced my iPod (80GB classic) with my phone (Galaxy S), I was hoping to receive similar functionality via Spotify. However, I find offline listening to be incredibly clumsy! I find that having one playlist full of music I wish to sync just does not work. In the mean-time, I have resorted to creating one playlist per album. This still isn't great, but is a marked improvement.
I think that there's a better solution to this problem.
I propose that browsing your offline files becomes a little more succinct, and similar to the functionality of other music players on the market. The simple ability to browse your offline artists/albums/genres would improve the usability of this app to a huge extent.
Something Spotify is missing is some sort of app or a part of spotify itself that allows users to see how similar their friends musical taste is to theirs. An app that could show this data, and also sort that list of friends by how compatible they are with you or other people would be a great innovation to Spotify. As it is now, the only way to gauge this is to actually look at what songs their friends listen to.
I know this is a really small thing, but that should mean it's easy to implement! One that I hate about the spotify iOS app is that it won't accept volume adjustments via the iphone buttons until after it's started playing a track. This causes issues in a number of situations, but here's the most common/worst: I launch the app and I know that it's going to be far too loud for my headphones because I had it plugged into my receiver last night to enjoy some tunes, so I push the down volume button a dozen times once I launch it. Then I start up a song. I still get blasted at full volume when the song starts, because the app is not catching the down volume button events yet (if I look at the iPhone, I can see that I'm instead adjusting the default system ringer volume). Once the song has started, I can adjust my volume down, but by then my ears are already ringing.
I've had an idea for an app for a long time. Not having the resources to make it, and most definitely not the time, I'm just going to throw it out there for anyone willing to take the challenge. The idea is very simple: the app just figures out your location, and lists up the artists coming from/based in the local area you happen to be in. London, Bergen, Brooklyn, doesn't matter. The most successful ones could perhaps be listed longer on top. An extension could be the ability to choose time periods too, giving you a view of when the different artists emerged in the scene in your current location. I guess the narrowest specification being practical here would be a city.
Another feature could be the ability to just browse places on a map embedded in the app on you own, and saving your favorite "music hotspots", sharing this with your friends, giving them tips on hotspots.
This would, I assume, require a database connected to the app. Perhaps this could be Spottily itself, or any other database having info on artist+founding place. I have no idea if this can or cannot be done, I just know I would love to have this feature. For travelers+music enthusiasts (which I guess there are a lot of) I guess this would be dream-app.
On the android mobile app, the "Playlists" screen shows the # of songs within each playlist. In my case, the number of songs in this particular playlist was 9. When I viewed the playlist itself, there was only 8 songs! What is going on here, what is this mystery song?! :smileyfrustrated:
Come to find out, when I went on Spotify via desktop, there was 1 song on this playlist that has become unplayable. via mobile, I wanted to move all tracks from this playlist to another (which will be my next "New Idea"), but I didnt want to lose whatever this invisible song was; maybe it was a really good one?
Long story short, there's no option on the android mobile app to show, or hide, unplayable songs as there is on the desktop version. I no longer want to be left in the dark!
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