Most of the time when I'm searching for something it's either a song or an artist. The search has a dropdown that gets filled when typing, but it's really useless in it's current form. If I'm trying to search for an artist (for example In Flames) and type the artist's full name, I have to press down arrow EIGHT times to get down to the artists and the one I'm looking for (the only exact match sans one playlist). Personally, I couldn't care less about other people's playlists, especially since they are in no way related to me. Most of the times I feel the "top hit" is someone random's random playlist. Anyway, I feel the sort order is completely wrong. My suggestion:
Exact matches first in the 'top hit'
Order of the categories should be something like artists, tracks, albums, playlists (emphasis on playlists being last)
Top hit prioritizing works in the same order (eg. there's an playlist and a track with the same name -> choose track)
That would make the quick search a lot more useful. More so since the real search results don't even show playlists and usually have the thing I'm looking for in top 3 results.
Other option could be to allow changing the order of or hiding the categries with a setting.
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.
I would like to see an improvement with your searching page on Roku. I would like a more predictive generated list. I am a member of one of you competitors (while on a month trial with you) and find your search to be weak compared to the MOG search.
Example: Currently if I were looking for the group Songs Ohia I would get predictive results (none of which were the group Songs Ohia) up until the letter OH (in Ohia) and then it would go blank and tell me there are no results until I type the last two letters (IA) and then the group Songs Ohia would magically appear. Now MOG will predict the artiest within 5 letters or less (even the little known groups).
Now, I used a very short artiest name for my example but if I were to use a longer more indie group name it would be even more annoying to find them.
While I decide to switch or not this will be one that I will remember. I don't want to have to type every letter of the group if I don't have to. I know this may sound petty but I assure you that the ease at which MOG allows for search is far superior...and not just on the Roku but on all my devices. Now that is not to say that MOG is a far superior service but in this case it is.
Ever since the new update, i'm are not capable of searching for songs/artist/albums on my Android device if I am offline. This is incredibly frustrating because this means I have to scroll through me playlist (containing over 700 songs on each playlist) to find one indivisual track,arist, or album. Spotify needs to bring this feature back to android devices.
I listen to a lot of foreign music. I prefer not to change the tags to Romanized versions of the songs or, more importantly, musicians, so as to properly scrobble on Last.fm. On Winamp, I can easily edit the Notes section of a song's metadata and the results of a search will include matches of this data. However, this is not the case here. This makes it very difficult for me to use Spotify as a local player as scrolling through my ~400 locally stored albums isn't really an option, and I would rather not constantly switch between Winamp and Spotify. So, I propose the idea that Spotify local filter results also filter songs by their Notes metadata.
It is difficult to find a song within the search results. Even more when the search result is quite large. It would be easier if the spotify had another search tab that could filter songs within the artist (or albums, playlists, etc)
Spotify would be lot better if we could star Artists just like we star our best tracks. I think most of the users would feel easier by preparing a list of their favourite artists rather than having to search each time they want to play a particular Artist.
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