I accidentally clicked the circle with a line through it icon and a song that I enjoy has been removed from my playlist.
The first time I hit the button, I wasnt sure what the message said. So I tried clicking it again so that the notification would reappear and I noticed that yet another good song was removed from the playlist. Then, I clicked the banner at the bottom of the screen, and now the artist is completely removed.
I think there should be an option to reset the "banned" songs and artists in the daily mix. Or even an notification should display the first time the button is pressed (for new users) to state what the button does and ask "are you sure?".
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The Star feature should be complemented with a way to mark tracks as excluded. Those tracks would then be skipped even when included in the current playlist. This way the enjoyment of a good album wouldn't be disrupted by tracks you don't like, while the album in its entirety can still be kept in the playlist. The Anti-star can easily be implemented as a flipside to the regular star as they are mutually exclusive. Click the star once, the track becomes a favorite. Click again, the star icon changes to the anti-star and click a third time and either flag is gone. A no-brainer to me.
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Dear Spotify --
Meet me: I am a 32-yr old classical musician, and typical of your frustrated (yet somehow still optimistic) classical music listening audience. We need two very specific things from you (at the bottom of this post) in order to fully take part in this awesome community. Please hear me out.
First, why should you want more classical music lovers?
1) We pay for the music we love (translation: more paid memberships for Spotify)
2) We passionately share our love for classical music (i.e. more potentially social Spotify users)
3) We teach others about classical music; we are music teachers in schools and universities and conservatories everywhere. We have the power to make Spotify-listening a requirement in our classes (i.e. more new, young users for Spotify)
4) We fight hard for the music we love (this is why we keep writing even after you've determined our posts "case closed")
What you need to know about how classical musicians currently use Spotify:
1) First, we buy memberships immediately (well, immediately after the first symphony we try to play is interrupted by an ad). This is fine! Totally worth it. Incredibly cheap, even. (I donate much more to my local public radio station per year.)
2) Next, we immediately realize we have to search elsewhere for composer/songwriter info -- leaving Spotify and often finding another place to hear what we were searching for (i.e. not returning to Spotify)
3) If we DO come back to Spotify, we discover there's a Classical app called Classify. Classify is cute, but you can't be serious. There are exactly two composers listed in the Contemporary Classical category (Glass and Pärt... good choices, though, I'll give you that).
Why you and I don't know each other yet:
Spotify doesn't yet know how to quantify what I'm listening to, because I'm listening to my favorite composers over and over again, and you don't require your labels to give attribution to the composer. So you have no idea how to predict what I will like.
This has major implications for your "targeted" advertising, featured artists, and email recommendations -- these are never remotely relevant to my musical tastes. I never click them. Which means I'm only coming to Spotify to listen to specific things I already know I love (once I've determined the particular album or performer's name in order to search for it). I listen and I leave. I'm not exploring Spotify's other artists, not getting involved in the Spotify community, and not using any additional features -- social or otherwise -- that Spotify has to offer. Plus, neither are my classical-music-loving friends, so why bother.
But Classical fans actually really NEED Spotify right now! Why?
1) To find like-minded fans. Classical music lovers have fewer and fewer places to "geek out" with each other. Our orchestras are going under, our non-profit organizations are seeing diminishing donations, our school programs are being cut... we are aching for a place to share our love for classical music.
2) To keep up with a quickly-changing genre. Classical music is blurring more boundaries than ever. It is being infused with so many rich and exciting influences and cultures. It's changing every day and we desperately need a place to keep up with it.
3) To pay our beloved, favorite artists. With no other alternative, we're uploading our performances (even commercially-released tracks, often illegally) to YouTube, which (unlike Spotify) doesn't pay the artists and is not a sustainable business model for our industry. We're shooting ourselves in the foot providing so much free content there. But, unfortunately, that's where our classical community is listening to music right now.
The Two Things Classical Fans Need Are:
1) Consistently-labeled track titles, particularly for multi-movement compositions like symphonies and operas. We need you to demand that this title metadata be streamlined, organized, and consistent across all your labels so that we can hear multi-movement works the way the composer intended them.
Andy Doe at Naxos has the best description I've found for how classical track labeling should work. Note his asterisked editorial at the bottom of his post:
* Spotify doesn’t show you the composers. Just try to find a specific classical recording on Spotify, and you’ll quickly see how maddening this is: the content is all there. You just can’t sort through it. Spotify is, though, a relatively young company, and I think they’ll probably fix this in time. If you want a really good classical streaming experience, you might prefer to use Naxos Music Library or Classics Online.
2) A designated "Composer/Songwriter" (or Writers) column, and for Spotify to put pressure on your participating labels to use it. This column needs to be:
LEGIT and CONSISTENT: It should be implemented without a 'hack' (i.e. without adding composers into the track field or artist field) so that this metadata can be consistent from here on out. And so labels know what Spotify requires so they can submit it properly.
TRACK BY TRACK: Must be implemented at the track level (not a composer assigned to the entire album, for obvious reasons.)
SEARCHABLE: Searching by composer name should bring up their songs. I understand horizontal space is at a premium, especially for mobile users, so I wouldn't be surprised if this "composer/songwriter" column is optional to view (which would be fine). But it still must be searchable data, even if the user has hidden the column.
SORTABLE: Just like the other columns, which are fantastic.
CONNECTED: This is a wish-list item, but it would be the most awesome to click on a composer name and have their info pop up from All Music Guide, or wherever (but All Music Guide is excellent), just like the performing artist does.
How our world changes as soon as you do this:
Not only would these changes drastically improve Spotify's search results, and open up the Spotify experience to an entire music-loving audience (and over five centuries of music!), but these improvements would change the way Spotify is used socially. For the first time, we music creators ourselves will be able to find and promote our OWN Spotify tracks to our fans.
If that sounds crazy, it is. But because of the way music licensing works, most published classical composers (yes, we're still alive) don't even know our music is on Spotify. To put it in pop-music-speak: all our songs are "covers," so -- since we can't find our names on Spotify as a composer -- we need to search Spotify by title. (Heaven help us if we've written an "Alleluia" or a "Sonata No. 1" or an arrangement of "Joy to the World" with gobs of search results to listen to, just to see if it's the one we wrote!)
I spend a lot of time doing two things: composing new music, and trying to build a fan base for that music. If composers like me could simply search our own name to find our music on Spotify... wouldn't we (who are increasingly entrepreneurial) and our fans be all over social media, advertising tracks, asking people to listen, and asking friends and fans to join Spotify to share new compositions?
And classical fans are just the tip of the iceberg... wouldn't jazz and folk and musical theater composers & songwriters all immediately change their marketing models when they realize they can search for the music they wrote on Spotify?
We can't hear the music we love, and we can't share the music we love, until we can FIND the music we love.
PLEASE improve track titling, and PLEASE add a Composer/Songwriter (or Writers) column.
And, above all, thank you for Spotify. It's a great concept and I am thrilled that it's available in the USA, and licensing music legally. Now please make it classical-user friendly and let us help you grow your membership even further -- for the benefit of all of us.
You build it, Spotify, and we will come!
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This has been my top request and I was sort-of stunned when I realized the spotify desktop client doesn't have a toolbar like the itunes one (you know, minimize it and it will go onto the task bar with a play, forward, backwards, volume control and a button to go back to full size). I use the downloadable desktop client a lot and it would be very helpful to be able to have this toolbar at the bottom. I can control the itunes toolbar with my headset's skip and pause features but I have to painstakingly open the full spotify client up to pause or select the next song. If such a toolbar is made, it should work with my headset and that would make be very happy. : ) I'm using Windows 10 Home x64. The attached picture is an example of what I want.
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Example: My files in "Local library" the columns are the following:
Track, Artist, Time, Album, Added
Not editable at all, thats a shame.
I want to see folderpath also so i can sort from that too, would be great.
Just implement some options for us to choose from (e.g. year, genre, etc.).
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I use Spotify when I'm at home (connected to wifi) and also when I'm away from home (connected to limited data connection - 100MB per day), and every time I must remember to change the streaming quality from settings (Android app).
It could be useful to have a setting for choosing wifi streaming quality and another setting for data connection streaming quality
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There should be a option to see a full list of who you are following as well as an option to see just the Artists you follow as well as just your friends who you follow. Throwing them best into one list isnt really helpful
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I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking this, but Spotify should absolutely fix their tags. For example, they use brackets instead of parentheses when tagging songs, and if you don't understand what that means, for a song they'd use they use [Remix] instead of (Remix) . Also something common is the use of hyphens instead of parentheses such as " - Remix" instead of (Remix). When scrobbling this to last.fm, it messes with the consistency of the stats on last.fm. Unless otherwise noted, such as what a band officially prefers brackets or hyphens, use parentheses instead.
Another thing is spotify should get rid of "2011 digital remaster", "Explicit Version", tags and such. We, as listeners don't need this, and it again messes with the consistency of last.fm stats when scrobbling of spotify. These should be eliminated, because they are unnecessary, aside from the expicit version tags where we could replace those with an explicit label on the track. Instead of "Explicit Version".
Users suggesting these corrections would also be ideal, but Spotify doing by themselves would be alright too.
Let's change this to greater improve our integration with last.fm, and to perhaps boost listens of each track so spotify and respective artists can get more green!
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