HiMaybe this is old news, but I just read that the new "iTunes-killer" Spotify (http://www.spotify.com/en/ )uses Ogg Vorbis (q5, ~160 kb/s) for their streaming service.(reference: http://getsatisfaction.com/spotify/topics/soundquality )Nice to see that they're using an open source encoder! smile.gifregardsMagnus
I got an invite through today. Is anyone using this service? I understand the music collection is impressive...I was a little reticent to install yet another application though.
Invites from here:http://spotify.fleo.se/
It is almost surreal to listen music from artists like MGMT, Laurie Anderson (O Superman), small Finnish underground artist Risto, M.I.A (Paperplanes) and The Smashing Pumpkins for free, totally legally and using Ogg Vorbis q5.
It's so easy and convient to use, it is even faster than utorrent, which can't usually be said of many online things. So no 14-year-old needs to use torrents anymore. So far torrents have always been the most convenient way to get things, they work in every pc/mac/linux with no drm or any other bothering difficulties.
Why haven't I seen more fuzz of this superb service at HA?
Doesn't have a native linux client, although runs fine in wine. Is it possible to download tracks? I don't want to be using their player.
EDIT:And no, no download tracks, you stream them. Once a song is fully transfered to your thingy, spotify caches it on hard drive (cache from 1GB to 10%of free HDD)
Quote from: kerminen on 21 April, 2009, 04:19:51 AMEDIT:And no, no download tracks, you stream them. Once a song is fully transfered to your thingy, spotify caches it on hard drive (cache from 1GB to 10%of free HDD)Well, that makes it uninteresting to me, means I can't control my music the way I like or listen to it on my portable. It does seem like an ok concept but the adverts are annoying (both visual and audible) and the sound isn't great; I'm getting occasional interruptions. Don't know if that's my internet connection, that I'm using it in wine, the service itself or a combination of the above.
My impression is that the sound quality varies quite a bit, and especially on older tracks I think it sounds compressed, I guess rightly so as they normalise all their tracks. I wonder what method they use. I'd also love to be able to get a plugin for squeezebox. If they start selling lossless/high bitrate music as well it would be a wonderful way to explore/discover new music and buy it.
You can turn off normalization from player preferences, if you so wish click Edit-Preferences
1. It's not avaliable in the U.S or Canada as of yet (This I strongly disagree with and think it's a huge mistake)
I have tried Spotify and must say i'm very impressed. I have been praying for a license model like this for YEARS!The collection is excellent, but still a few "important" artists are missing (say Fatboy Slim and Groove Armada).
Although I hope they improve the interface a bit. It needs a rating system, and instead of just creating playlists, I would like a collection view of some sort i.e. choose entire albums and select albums you want to hear from a visual view.
I would like to get better "similar tracks" (alá MusicIP) instead of just chosing a genre.
It will be.
It looks like a great service from what I have heard and can tell: 1. It's not avaliable in the U.S or Canada as of yet (This I strongly disagree with and think it's a huge mistake)
Just like how many of us disagree and think its a huge mistake that Pandora is not available outside the U.S.
HotshotGG, it's mostly because of licensing / royalties.
QuoteHotshotGG, it's mostly because of licensing / royalties. I have yet to find a paper or person who can explain how this works in different countries to me. I am also very curious about this. Maybe a Google search "will" turn up something.