Spotify Technology: How Spotify Works Spotify uses some particularly clever streaming technology to deliver all that instant music. It’s been described in an academic paper by Spotify techno-wizards Gunnar Kreitz and Fredrik Niemelä, who included some very interesting statistics and analysis of their measurements taken during one week in the early part of 2010. It’s a pretty dense technical read, but there are some fascinating stats to be gleaned amongst the computer science. Ten Top Spotify Tips! Here are ten quick tips to help you get more out of Spotify… 1. Press Ctrl + F when listening to a playlist to display a filter option. Start typing into the filter box to narrow down the list of songs: 2. Press Ctrl + G when listening to a multi-artist playlist.
Stuff for Young Kids on Spotify Looking for something to keep your wee ankle-biters amused on long journeys? There’s plenty on Spotify to keep the pre-schoolers entertained, and with the help of, say, a SONOS system or an appropriate in-car head unit, it’s easy to send Spotify to your little tyke’s bedroom or car seat. Here’s five American and five British TV shows for young kids that have soundtrack albums on Spotify, as well as some suggested “classics” to keep the sprogs diverted while you fix yourself a gin & tonic. American TV Yo Gabba Gabba – Music Is Awesome!
Top 10 Spotify Games & Easter Eggs I’ve been surfing through the Spotify catalog for a couple of years now, and in my travels I’ve come across my share of strangeness and oddities hidden in the backwaters. I’ve also noticed some unusual quirks, serendipitous playlisting and even the odd game or two. Here’s a look at ten Spotify Games & Easter Eggs to keep you amused! 1. Ten Things You Thought Were Missing from Spotify (But Aren’t Really) There are many things I believe set Spotify apart from the competition. Chief of which is that Spotify focuses on the music and leaves many of the frills to 3rd parties. Whereas other music subscription services try to bake in as many bells and whistles as possible, Spotify’s open programing interface allows anyone to build apps and websites to compliment the service. This way Spotify can concentrate on what they do best – delivering the music – while benefiting from the vast community of external developers.
Ten More Top Spotify Tips! After Part I and Part II, here are ten more new Spotify tips to help you get to most out of the service! 1. Backing up Your Music The first rule on Spotify is: you don’t really need to backup anything. More Videogame Soundtracks on Spotify When Infogrames released PC adventure game Outcast in 1999, video game music was taken to the next level. No more bitpop or incidental music: Outcast had a full orchestral score, written especially for the game and performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and choir. Soundtrack music is now an integral part of the modern gaming experience, adding atmosphere, emotion, and tension to the game. These days most game companies release soundtrack albums to accompany a game release. truShuffle: An As-You-Listen Spotify Playlist Maker Spotify’s Related Artists tab may act as a basic music recommendation service, but it’s left to the 3rd-party webapps to provide a more personal experience. Sites like Spotibot, Spotiseek and even ShareMyPlaylists all offer a way to generate a playlist for you, either based on an artist name or by checking what you’ve been listening to via Last.fm. A cool new service - truShuffle – has just launched that raises the recommendation game. truShuffle is different as it auto-fills a live playlist of recommended music while you listen. Mashing up Spotify with Last.fm and AllMusic, truShuffle has several unique features you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll need a Last.fm account to use it, as well as a truShuffle login to get started. Once you’ve registered, make sure you’ve enabled scrobbling from Spotify (Edit > Preferences) then login to truShuffle.
Another Ten Top Spotify Tips! Following our recent post of Ten Top Spotify Tips, here’s another ten tips to help you get even more out of Spotify…. 1. Display All Search Results When you do a search in Spotify, it might seem that some of the results are missing (if say, you search then click to sort by artist or album name). Spotify only delivers about 60 results at a time, so press Page Down or keep on scrolling down to get all the search results loaded up. The Long Tail’s Role in Copyright Debates Hit songs, blockbuster movies, best-selling books — most creative industries are driven by sales of a small handful of the most popular releases. In 2004, Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson wrote that the internet would render this model obsolete. Physical limitations of the bricks-and-mortar world led to a focus on blockbusters in the first place.
More Stand-Up Comedy on Spotify There’s still a severe lack of British stand-ups on Spotify: for example, there’s no Michael Mcintyre, Kevin Bridges, Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle, or Al Murray. Missing too are the excellent Go Faster Stripe acts like Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Daniel Kitson and Simon Munnary. But American and Canadian comics are very well represented. I posted a feature on Stand-Up Comedy on Spotify about a year ago so thought it was about time to re-check Spotify’s humongous catalog to see who’s been added since then. Spotify on Facebook: An In-Depth Review Love it or hate it, Spotify is now firmly embedded within social network behemoth Facebook. The integration is so deep that new Spotify users are required to have a Facebook login to access Spotify. This upset a lot of people but for me it’s not really a problem: I already have a Spotify account (and I’ve not been forced to switch this to a Facebook one),I already have a Facebook account,There are many other services I subscribe to that use Facebook as the login mechanism.