Preview release: Spotify Desktop 0.8.5 - Gapless, crossfade, offline mode,...

Jude
Spotify Legend
‎2012-02-24 09:54 AM

Spotify 0.8.5 is now on preview release. We should start rolling out the automatic upgrades soon. If you want to try out the new features now, you can jump right in.

 

Download: Windows | Mac

 

You can read about some of the new features on the Spotify Blog. I'll go into a little more detail below:

 

 

Gapless playback

 

Tracks that are intended to play continuously, with no gap, will now do so. Where there are silences between tracks on an album, they will be as long as intended to be. In short, albums will now play as intended (as they would do on a CD). It worth noting that "gapless playback" doesn't mean that all tracks in your playlists will play with no gaps between them.

 

Tracks will play back gaplessly when

  • played from an Album page
  • played from playlists or queue, where any pair of sequential tracks from an album appear

Since this is an important feature where it applies, and doesn't really detriment play from randomly composed playlists, the feature is turned on by default.

 

 

Crossfade

 

This one explains itself. Try it out.

You'll find these features in Preferences (Win: Edit > Preferences | Mac: Spotify > Preferences )

 

 

 

Offline mode (Premium only)

 

You can now choose to go offline in the desktop application, just as you can in the mobile apps. Some customers have asked for this. It means that you can listen to offline synched playlists and imported local music files without any P2P complications that can sometimes arise if you are, for instance, using a corporate network, or using a mobile 3G dongle.

 

You'll find the setting under the File menu in Windows, and under the Spotify menu in Mac.

 

 

 

 

 

Hide purchase ("Get") buttons (Premium only)

 

Many of our subscribers are happy with having all of your music in Spotify's catalogue, and don't feel the need to regularly buy music to "own". These buttons are visual clutter. You can now hide them.

 

If you do feel like buying a track, or re-downloading a track that you have already bought, you can

  • show the buttons again, or
  • right-click any track, selection of tracks, etc

 

 

 

Playlists - View as album list

 

This isn't actually a new feature, but it was previously hidden behind the keyboard command, Ctrl+G. Now it's on the View menu too. Use this command while viewing a list, and it will show you album art thumbnails (Repeat the command, to go back to the basic view). This is available in all lists, apart from Search results, Inbox and Play queue.

 

 

 

Notes

 

  • Local files are aren't yet supported for gapless playback. The status on that one is "Working on it".
  • The entire catalogue has not yet been re-encoded for gapless playback. The tracks are being re-encoded in order of popularity. This means that practically all Spotify "plays" will be gapless-enabled. You may still find some music that does not play gaplessly, if you have exquisitely obscure taste. Please don't report any such tracks for the time being.

 

 

 

 

29 Comments
Community Legend

Aha, so the big re-encoding job that's causing lots of resyncing and for which no one was allowed to tell us the reason for, is to enable gapless playback, as I originally suspected.

Sean27Forester
Music Lover

So what is this "Purchases"? You can buy tracks inside of Spotify?

Jude
Spotify Legend

Yes, Sean, but the Download store isn't available in the US just yet.

rrkelley
Garage Band

Any time frame to expect the US downloads store to come to fruition?

jayy
Garage Band
It would be nice if the last song played and the song history would be a preference settings instead of it being forced upon your users.

I don't want to login to see that I have 30 seconds left of the last song I was playing nor do I want to login each time to see a huge long clutter of song history. Why don't you guys make this as a preference...
Community Legend
The links about are to a version 0.8.2 - not the 0.8.5 mentioned. Is this right?
Nullgrad
Roadie

I like the gapless feature it's great for live albums, however I seem to be getting a lot of breaks in the  tracks whilst playing which has only started since I took the update.

mvdv
Music Lover

Great new features! Thanks Spotify! Especially Crossfade a very welcome addition :)

Now add a way to delete duplicate tracks in a Playlist already, for god sake!

 

Community Legend

If I enable both options "Gapless playback" + "Crossfade tracks" at the same time, which option will take precedence? Will I get the gapless playback or crossfaded tracks?

miskidomleka
Garage Band

My Spottify client  just upgraded to the new version.

 

Sadly, "gapless playback" is still not as it should be. While there are no gaps between tracks now, I still hear a click on almost each track boundary. Frankly, this is pathetic. Users have been asking for a year or two for this feature, which is one of the most important features of a music player, and now it turns out it has not been done right.

 

My Premium Free Trial expires in 2 days and obviously I am not going to pay for such a faulty product. (That in many albums only some tracks are available, is another reason).

George
Agent

What do you mean by click??

 

Do clicks appear between specific tracks? Or all tracks which should playback gaplessly??

miskidomleka
Garage Band
Click is a click. A very short sound.

I tried several classical albums in which music plays continously over track boundaries. I think there was a click in most cases, sometimes more, sometimes less prominent.
Try, for example Schumann's Piano Concerto played by Kissin spotify:album:0CjRmvLs8eDLbAQ89nlwtl transition between track 2 and 3.
Or Don Giovanni under Giulini spotify:album:3vhY9UTmXbabK67IidIe0n transition between track 2 and 3 on CD1
George
Agent

Okay, I see what you mean.

 

I think the problem here is with the specific tracks.

 

To allow gapless playback, a huge amount of the Spotify catalogue had to be reencoded. This isn't complete yet. The functionality has been released because the majority of the catalogue has finished being encoded.

 

It's quite possible that you're listening to tracks which haven't been re-encoded yet. If this is the problem, then it will be fixed when the rest of the catalogue is finished re-encoding for gapless playback.

 

I can understand your frustration, but you're going to have to be patient while the remaining portion of content is sorted out.

 

To give you an example of gapless playback working as expected you can listen to the transition between tracks 1 and 2 of Coldplay's album Mylo Xyloto: Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

 

I appreciate it might not be your taste of music, but it should prove to you that it does work, and that it is a content problem.

 

Regards

 

George

miskidomleka
Garage Band

OK, I guess I'll keep checking using Spotify Free until I see that a good part of the music I am interested in does play trully gapless, and then I'll reconsider switching to a paid account.

 

And my decision will also depend on how often I see albums with inaccessible tracks, like Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique & John Eliot Gardiner – Beethoven: 9 Symphonies or Krystian Zimerman & Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan – Schumann / Grieg: Piano Concerto...  or Dame Joan Sutherland & Marilyn Horne & Luciano Pavarotti & Martti Talvela & Wiener Staatsopernchor &...

orion
Gig Goer

should gapless playback work on tivo as mine does not.

Community Legend
Just listening to Solti's Wagner Ring cycle - it seems that the gaps have gone but there is still a fade out and in again at around 2-4 seconds into each new track? Could this be a case of needing re-encoding - I notice the first disc (Das Rheingold) of the recordings available separately doesn't have a problem but the combined box set does?
tomharding
Garage Band

I was just coming on to moan about the greatest gapless playback album - The avalanches. Having just tried this out on Spotify, there's still a gap.


HOWEVER, I understand there's a huge encoding job going on, so I'll be patient. (A is pretty high up alphabetically though ;-))

David
Spotify Legend
The encoding is going well, but there's still a way to go yet. Hopefully that album will be done shortly.
tomharding
Garage Band

My bad, I forgot I had the album linked up. Tried it again and it's great :)

 

So glad you've got this sorted finally. Just makes me love Spotify all the more :smileyvery-happy: 

hitgirl11
Music Lover

Hey there Spotify board. I'm a premium user for a few months now and have been so happy, until recently. When I use Spotify on my HTC Inspire or on my PC it keeps telling me that I cannot use it in Offline Mode. But I can't get to Online Mode! Please help. I've missed my music so... Thank you!

 

Hitgirl