I feel the social side of spotify is somewhat lacking at the moment. Firstly, I can't connect with my Twitter friends, who, let's be honest, have much better music taste than my facebook friends, who are mostly people from my high school that I never spoke to. Also there doesn't seem to be a way to find anybody that's not one of your Facebook friends. There should be a way to search for people who have Spotify accounts, regardless of what other networks they're on. It seems like the only way to find people is to search 'spotify:user:usernamehere' which isn't really the most intuitive, and requires trial and error to guess what their username is.
I think the 'People' tab should show a list of people that you're subscribed to, with a stream of activity showing playlists they've made, albums they've listened to etc. and perhaps the ability to post statuses: recommending songs to your 'followers'. Which brings me to another point. There doesn't seem to be any way of knowing who is subscribed to you (as a user, not just a certain playlist). How many 'subscribers' do I have, and who are they? I guess some of these features may be in there already, but if they are, it's not obvious or easy to find.
I think these features would really help make Spotify more engaging, which would be useful now that Rdio is a competitor in the UK, and does social things very well.
As a spotify user I want to set different streaming qualities for 3G and wifi. Currently I have to enter the preferences and chance it manually, each time I arrive at home. When I leave me flat and don't have any wifi available a high streaming bitrate is a problem due to bad connectivity, high load and possible limitation in connection with a limited monthly download capacity.
I think this is an an awesome product but I just had an idea which I always feel would be implemented but as the days pass I do don't see it.
I feel like the friend stream takes up a fairly large portion of the interface real estate but is the most under-utilized area.
It's great to see what my friends play but so much more can be built off this section to make it more engaging and interactive.
It would be awesome to "like" (internally through Spotfiy or through the Facebook API) a song that my friend plays. As multiple people like a specific song or artist, it should show or give an option to show who else likes a specific song and/or artist so that I can have a good sense of which of my friends or group of friends like the same songs or artist. This would make it more likely for me to take the time to listen to a particular artist/song as well as allow for the person who played the song on the feed to see that I liked the song they played and get friend-support. Once you like a particular song, it would be permenantly associated to that song (so you don't have to like it multiple times). I'm sure this could also help with the radio product.
On the biz end, artists/spotify can use or sell this info to see what their fan-base enjoys.
Just an idea I had where I think multiple parties can benefit.
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