I made this a few days ago while brushing up on my UI/Photoshop skills. I wasn't going to post it anywhere until a friend mentioned it might be of interest to other Spotify users.
The idea came about, after I kept maximising and minimising Spotify just to see my play queue and sometimes jump down a few . This is my solution making it a less obtrusive way of seeing what's coming up and track jumping.
I'm sure there are lots of limitations as to why this can't be made into a real working taskbar item, but any feedback is still much appreciated.
The image is still awaiting approval so it might not be showing up for some. You can view it online here: http://forr.st/~UMb
I would like to be able to hide the "User" column on playlists which are not collaborative (or have never been collaborative) since the column will always say the same name the whole way down the playlist, and that users name will be at the top anyways!
This is not such a problem on a widescreen computer like my laptop above, but on my desktop with its extra little 15" screen the User column just takes up unneccessary space which introduces horizontal scrolling.
In my eyes the duplicated data is just not needed!
One thing that I think could really make Spotify better is a way to add notes or a user description of sorts to songs once they're added to a playlist. For example, I created a playlist called Trailer Tracks that has a number of songs featured in popular movie trailers. However, there is no way for me to tag each song with the trailer it was featured in.
A way of doing this, or allowing the admin of the playlist to add a description of why a certain song was added or what it means to them could really add a new twist on Spotify and take music sharing to a whole new level.
When I search for songs in library, I don't know where the song are saved. And when I search for songs there is no way of knowing if you've already have that song, unless you check every playlist by filtering...
Also, not all songs appear when I search for it. Why? When I filter the playlist it comes up, but not in library filter. I think I have found this problem in a playlist search also, but I'm not sure.
This problem appear with collaborative playlists as well as normal playlists. Library should list everything, even if it's from subrscribed plalists.
A third problem I've found is that when you press the album cover (playing now) and you queued the song, you are redirected to library rather than the playlist. This would be fine as long as I knew where the song came from.
Are your playlists as long as mine are? I like variety. Only problem is that Spotify users have to manually scroll to get to an artist they want to listen to right then and there. When you have tons of artists in a certain playlist, that gets to be quite the time-consuming task. I think it would be extremely helpful to be able to key "G" and jump to that place in the playlist, if I want to listen to an artist/song/album I know starts with the letter "G." Hopefully you feel the same.
For the Iphone and other smart phones, one of the only features that Spotify app is missing in comparison to Rhapsody is the freedom to create playlists without distracting the current playback. For example, while the music is playing you should be able to search for a new song, which you can. But what you can't do is add that song that you find to a playlist without disrupting playback on Spotify. As it is now, you have to click on the song to start it's playback, and then click the "..." in the top corner, then press add to playlist.
The way it could/should be is here:
1. Your music is already playing
2. You use the search feature and find a new song that you want to add to the current (or any) playlist
3. When you find that song you HOLD DOWN on it, bringing up a new menu that allows you to add the song to a playlist without disruption the music that is currently playing.
I use the Android App to listen to music in my car. When I stop Spotify it forgets which playlist I was listening to and which songs I already heard (I usually have my playlist on random). This causes Spotify to play some songs over and over again and skip other songs completely.
Why have a widget with a big play button when it won't start playing your music?
For some playlists the order is important, and isn't defined by sorting by field.
For example, right now I just went to click the first song of a playlist, but clicked Track by mistake and now my playlist has been sorted, and there's no way to undo. I just want to return to my custom order I had created.
There is Undo in the Edit menu, but it doesn't undo playlist sorting. Hope this can be quickly fixed!
I Know this is not my idea, but I think it will be a good feature for Spotify because of it's popularity.
Just like Sony branded products such as Media GO, Playstation and Walkman, SensMe playlist is a good feature to have a playlist full of same mood.
Addiotional info for SensMe:
SensMe works by mapping music to a dual axis map based on the mood and tempo of music tracks. Mood and tempo is determined by using the appropriate Sony compatible software which analyzes music tracks individually and computes the relevant track information. Analyzed tracks can then be plotted onto an intuitive dual axis map through which the music library on the device can be navigated, and playlists can be generated based on relative speed and mood. The horizontal axis is based on mood and the vertical axis is based on tempo.
I always play spotify on my daily commute, which on a good day is 35 minutes but can stretch beyond an hour when it's busy.
It's on those longer commutes that I run into problems as most of my playlists are albums and as such rarely longer than an hour. I play from my phone over bluetooth in the car, so when the playlist ends it ends and I can't restart or select another as legally I'm not allowed to operate my mobile while driving.
Now my idea is to have an additional option with each playlist, allowing you to select which of your playlists it should play once that one finishes. Either choose something else or the same if you want to keep that playlist on repeat.
If you delete a playlist, the chaining for playlist that had that one as next playlist could default to self so it would repeat them.
A chat box (kind of like what is used in Sound Drop) is practically essential in the collaborative playlists. The whole reason for sharing music is so you can enjoy and discuss it together. Let me know if this is possible! :)
Also the capabilities to comment on all people's playlists, songs, etc....but im sure thats in the works already...
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