Spotify Connect is great, but I find playback volume varies too greatly, I seem to be constantly reaching for the remote or one of my Spotify applications to adjust the volume of my Speaker.
We really need normalized playback volumes to make the experience top notch!
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Could we PLEASE, PLEASE have the option to control playback so that it stops after the song you've selected. i know sometimes you want it to be continuous but also sometimes you search for a song and just want to listen to that song, not EVERY song that has your keyword in the title.
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When I am listening to symphonies (long pieces), sometimes a particular pop song comes to mind that I want to immediately listen to, then come back to wherever I am in the symphony. It would be great if I can pause the symphony, play that other song, then return to wherever I was in the symphony prior to the little detour.
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I and others have brought this up REPEATEDLY in the past. It has continously been ignored. So here's another go!
Spotify has literally the absolute WORST playback system I have ever used in any music player, including launch Winamp or the Win95 sound player. It's actually three very simple problems that could easily be fixed, but repeatedly the community managers/developers have brushed off all of the numerous complaints people have lodged at the current system.
First, the inability to remove/clear your play queue. I've seen dozens of posts requesting this, made a few myself, and it's always dismissed quickly as unwanted or impossible. That's stupid. I've never used a music player that doesn't allow you to remove songs from your queue or clear it altogether. As is there's no button to remove songs from your play queue and right-clicking a song listed in your play queue brings up a context menu with the word 'delete' ON IT, but greyed out. Why even have the useless button there? There was at one time a staff recommended workaround to create an empty playlist and then play it. That's no longer possible, so the ONE option to clear your queue is no longer valid.
That leads to the second issue Spotify has with queues: When an album or playlist finishes playing, the queue loops back to the very first song and then proceeds to play the whole thing back again. This is a horrible behavior. As a brief example, if I play an album and listen to it all the way through, then decide to listen to a single song afterwards, it'll play that single song and then start on the second song of the album, proceeding to play the entire album again. Same with a playlist. I was listening to a playlist a couple days ago and then this evening I decided to listen to a few single songs. It then, days after I initially listened to the playlist, started back into it.
The third issue isn't near as bad as the other two, but is still pretty terrible. When searching for something, double-clicking it will queue up EVERY. SINGLE. SEARCH. RESULT. This is the worst possible option considering there are often multiple songs with the same title or songs from the same artist and double-clicking is the default action 'to do stuff' on the Windows platform. This can be subverted by right-clicking and selecting 'play,' but if it's called a workaround it's a problem.
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Two options commonly found in many players: cursor follows playback, and playback follows cursor.
Cursor follows playback is described as when you have a playlist set to random and it skips to a different song, the playlist jumps to that section with that song highlighted.
Playback follows cursor is described as when you highlight a song on your playlist, that song gets played next whent he current song is done.
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So a pretty awesome feature on iTunes (possible on other music clients) is to set a soings "play boundary". You can specify at what time (in seconds) the track plays from and when until. This is particularly nice for some tracks where a skit, a sample or a "double track" (two remixes folded into a single track) exist and interupt the listening experience. This can also be seen when some songs bleed into another track in an album but the track you have is in a playlist and isnt going to lead into the next song . This utility lets you cutoff these artefacts to each persons liking.
I undestand how this could be abused and the only real way to avoid this is to force a "minimum play length" between the boundary which means it wont always fit perfectly but its better than no option at all and a fair minimum track length of three minutes would likely cover the majority of these cases.
A minor feature I agree but one that can make playlists more useful (and if this could work on mobile it would be epic).
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Well,I think Ads Playing Between Gapless Tracks is Annoying.
So,I have a suggestion:
In gapless albums,Play necessary Gapless Album without interruptions,Then,when the gapless album is over;Play a buttload of Ads!
Example:The Dark Side of The Moon,The Wall
Apply the same method to Gapless Tracks,that you won't play ads between them but you have permission to increment advertising with "Gappy" tracks. Example:There will be no ads between "To live is to die" and "Dyers eve" But there will be an increase of ads after that.
You can also mark which albums/tracks have gapless,and/or have the users choose which songs don't play ads and which yes.
(If you mark every single one,There will be TONS of ads after your playlist/album,so consider/discard/improve user choice!)
I mean it so you can keep your ad-supported free service! Spotify is far from finished,and i know it.
Waiting for responses.
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It's plain to see that Spotify's queuing system is currently one of the worst in any popular player. I'll go into detail later but for a quick bulletpoint list of why it's awful:
Literally NO WAY to clear your queue. It's always been a problem that you couldn't clear the queue, but you at least could create an empty playlist without a single song and "play" it to get an empty queue. Spotify has now removed the ability to play a playlist without a song, meaning you cannot clear the queue. Ever. This is more embarrassing since it was the developer-approved workaround to being unable to clear the queue.
It's exceedingly difficult to listen to a single song, occasionally impossible. Spotify currently auto-queues EVERYTHING in the search results when you double-click, and thanks to the inability to clear your queue, you can no longer right-click and select "queue" to get a single song that way.
Currently when the queue plays the last item it loops back to the first item. This isn't the largest problem, but it's rather obnoxious when considered in tandem with the fact that you cannot clear the queue anymore.
To go into further detail and use examples you can recreate yourself to show how horrible the current playback system is here's exactly what happened to me while I was using Spotify at work earlier today.
Last Friday I clicked play on a Reel Big Fish album. I got only a few tracks in and closed Spotify for the rest of the day. Today I open Spotify and the RBF album is still in the queue. I search for a single song, Wale's Mirrors, and play it. After Mirrors ended the rest of the RBF album started blaring itself out of the speakers which I didn't want to listen to. There was no way to remove the songs from the queue (right-clicking them brings up a grayed out 'delete' line) and so I simply had to sit there with one song paused until I wanted to listen to something else
Later on I decided I would listen to a single song. To find and play a single song you often have to be exceedingly specific, often searching for the artist, song, and album to get the exact song ONLY in search results. The reason behind this is because in a search result if you double-click a song, it automatically queues up EVERY SINGLE SONG IN THE SEARCH UNDER IT . I have literally never seen any other system that works this way and it doesn't make sense, especially when you have a common song title like "Fire Woman." Searching for this right now pulls up the intended The Cult song, however it does so three times for two separate versions. Beyond this it also pulls up several songs from Celtic Women, some Bob Dylan, and even (literally) something from "Adult Porn Fx 4." If I JUST want to listen to The Cult's Fire Woman there is no possible way to do that by just typing the song title, I now have to get specific and search for "The Cult Fire Woman Sonic Temple." Otherwise I will have every other song in the search result queued with it.
However, when searching for "Velvet Revolver Slither Contraband" earlier today, there are still TWO RESULTS with that exact same setup. One is from the explicit album and one from the censored one, but regardless of that it will queue up BOTH versions if you double-click the top version in the search results.
The last point I have is that when you finish your queue it stops all playback but still jumps to the top of the queue. If I were listening to an album and it finished, it would then queue up at the first track and place every other track next in the queue. This goes back to the inability to clear the queue and how horrible the queuing system currently is.
Please, PLEASE just add these three features:
The ability to delete items from the queue. This is the top thing, if you only add one feature make it THIS ONE! Developers inexplicably decided it was a "not right now" feature when requested at a different time: http://community.spotify.com/t5/Spotify-Ideas/Clear-play-queue/idi-p/11243
Stop auto-queuing search results from a double-click. Spotify used to do this when free users were time limited but now that they aren't it has made listening to a single track nearly impossible.
Automatically clear the queue after the last track has finished playback. If I want to look at what I just listened to there's the 'history' page.
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Way back when I first signed up to Spotify it would play JUST the song you double-clicked in a search, or on an artists page, only playing the full album if you were on the album's page.
Then it updated and would play ONE song in a search, but the ENTIRE artist page starting on the song you double-clicked. You could circumvent this by simply going to the album's page and playing the album you wanted to listen to there, but for a single song you were completely screwed.
Now Spotify has gotten absolutely HORRIBLE. If I search for a single song to play and double-click it, it plays that song. Then the next song in the search, then the next, and so on. If there was only one result for the song in searching, it will instead LOOP that song. I have shuffle turned off, and I have looping turned off, I've double and triple-checked this.
This really is the worst thing about Spotify now. When I want to listen to any one song one time through I can't no matter what I do or how I choose to go about it, whether a search or actually trying to listen off the album or artist page. I've looked in the options/preferences and there is NOTHING about this, it's not something I can toggle on my end. It's horrible functionality and borderline broken.
Please, for the love of God, put it back the way it was a year ago when I could search and listen to a single song without it continously playing all the other garbage that came up in the search.
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Firts of all: Physical STOP playback button in controls. Every "professional" media player software has "STOP playback" (in addition to Play/Pause).
Seconds: Definitely for those with multiple monitors in use and those who just like to see the controls, de-docking playback controls would be nice. Probably best referring point here is WMP compact/mini mode or another mode in Winamp where you only have one screenwide bar with playbacks, vol, track title, length etc visible.
If you want to stop/replay a track, it's not too practical to do that now present pause/rewind/play method. It can be done simply, why it has to be done the long way. Pressing spacebar twice works now as pause/play (while playing) or opposite (while not playing). Why it couldn't work as play/stop?
I as example would prefer stopping the track instead of pausing it when pressing spacebar. I don't "pause" music when I'm off to do something else for a minute, instead I stop the track and play it again from the start.
Also I do like mobility, also in my desktop. Movable and resizable playback controls with "Always on top" function would be definitely favored on my list. With multiple monitors, you can have window open in secondary screen and controls handy in your focused screen. Also, when it is NOT docked in main window, you could minimize the window without losing the playback controls.
Additional finetuning of those two ideas preferred. Cheers!
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I cant tell you howmany times I have been listening to a peticular station at my desk or laptop and want to continue listening to that same station on my phone without having to fiddle with radio stations etc. Why cant my play button just play from where I last stopped on the last active device? I understand this is probably a significant change in current behavior perhaps it can be a preference or setting. I would gladly forego yet another UI reshuffle for a feature like this.
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