Top Five Reasons Spotify Kinda Sucks

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​Yes, we know, everyone loves Spotify (even us). Yes, we know, free music is really sweet, and we feel pretty spoiled for even bringing this up. But Spotify has a ways to go before it's our favorite music app. Here are five things about the new-to-America streaming service that are kinda sucky.

5. The ads are REALLY annoying.
Okay, okay, okay, so we should stop bitching and just upgrade to Spotify Premium if we don't want to listen to ads. We get it. But do they have to be so annoying?

Ads are actually one of the big differences between Pandora and Spotify. For Pandora, the ads can be about anything -- tequila, TV shows, and so on. On Spotify, all the audio ads are for music. On the one hand, that helps keep your listening experience intact, since hearing part of some song is presumably less annoying than hearing about a new show on Fox. On the other hand, we were pretty confused when the next song on Deadmau5's album was a country song (until we realized it was just an ad). It's disorienting.

4. The seemingly awesome "featured playlists" are impossible to find.
The other day we heard an ad for a playlist by some superstar DJ, some kind of ultimate party playlist. It sounded awesome, but we were busy, so we figured we could just go back later and find it. No dice.

Call us stupid, but we haven't figured out how to find a featured playlist without clicking on the ad while it's running. Playlists don't appear in search results, and the Top Lists page only shows the most popular songs, albums, and artists (more on this later). Ever since hearing about the elusive electronica playlist, we've been waiting eagerly for another chance to click on it, but we've only heard a promo for the best country music summer hits. No thanks.

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35 comments
nrcs1
nrcs1

The author is so stupid - the kind of stupidity you'd expect from someone that listens to deadmau5, and gets confused when they hear a different genre playing. Hope you don't get a stroke trying to figure it out.

cookiesandcrass
cookiesandcrass

you can check your listening history to see what song you liked if you missed it.  Same with the commercials for that DJ

geldofpunk32
geldofpunk32

Just wait until the first six months are over. That is when the limitations set in. Only 2.5 hours of music a week (if you don't use those hours, they rollover but you can only stockpile 10 hours a week in total) and you can only listen to a song 5 times each. After that, too bad.

switchingfromspotify
switchingfromspotify

the ads really, really suck

like, if you're playing for a room full of friends and all of a sudden an ad comes on for a movie phone sex?! WHAT THE HECK!!

manfly
manfly

This article is "kinda sucky." Regarding the music discovery, there is always a good 15 to 20 "artists similar to_____" in the upper right hand corner of the band / musician that you're currently playing.  And in regard to being "easy on the eyes" try posting your article on one page instead of three. Talk about annoying.

yaya
yaya

Yeah, I agree. I have found sooo many new artists and new songs with spotify. Admittedly, I googled "spotify sucking" to get here, because it's having major streaming issues right now. Pretty lame since I'm paying for it...

Bretttttttttt
Bretttttttttt

Somebody is a Spotify fan-boy/fan-girl. Geez. Taking a bit personally, aren't you?

Glenn
Glenn

it slows down my computer too!

Payton_vege
Payton_vege

Amazing write-up! This could aid plenty of people find out more about this particular issue. Are you keen to integrate video clips coupled with these? It would absolutely help out. Your conclusion was spot on and thanks to you; I probably won’t have to describe everything to my pals. I can simply direct them here!

Annoyed
Annoyed

Wow, you are a loser.  You shouldn't even be allowed to use music apps.  Also, Stop being a jew and get Spotify Premium

Ernest Burroughs
Ernest Burroughs

Here is where Zune Marketplace has a marketing adavntage..they need to go through Facebook like Spotify. Your music is better organized, advanced searching, and music is CHEAPER than iTunes. 

Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith

the new version of spotify fixes all of this, no?

Zundfolge
Zundfolge

You missed the #1 reason Spotify sucks; IT REQUIRES YOU SIGN UP TO FACEBOOK!

(followed by #2; no free app for Linux users ... but that's just a minor convenience, nothing like the pure evil that is #1)

SpotifySucks
SpotifySucks

Half the songs I want to listen to aren't even available on Spotify! Crappy! White Stripes' Little Cream Soda, Reverend Horton Heat's Devil Chasing Me and many more. 

Johndoe
Johndoe

You sir are too dumb to use spotify, stick using whatever service you were using before that did not suck. Dude really you are so lazy you don't even want to star tracks or add them to a playlist???

Jer White
Jer White

To easily search new releases on Spotify by genre, use New on Spotify.

To search back through songs you've listened to but didn't add to a playlist, click Play Queue.

For a better catalog search, use Spotify Super Search

To search playlists, use sharemyplaylists.com.

To get rid of the really annoying ads, well, you know the answer to that one.

The fundamental thing to take away is that Spotify does what Spotify does best: deliver on-demand music instantly. For everything else, there's a Spotify community app or website for that.

DjD808
DjD808

I dont think Dean Shaffer gets it.  Spotify doesn't seem to be for the passive listener.  That's what Pandora is for.I believe the site relies heavily on you knowing exactly the artist or album you are looking for.  If you are looking for the iTunes experience you are going to be upset.  Currently I'm equating it to a legal version of Lime Wire. 

And #5 shouldn't even be on this list. Look at your blog! I know that they are not audio ads interrupting your tunes but damn visually the ads take up more real estate that the article.

jediguy
jediguy

I do agree that Spotify seems to be for those who know exactly what they want to listen to.  However, I disagree that passive listeners should have to use another service in addition to their on demand service for passive listening.  This is why Spotify is not yet up to the level of it's competitors in features offered.  Unless you only plan on using the free service, why not opt for a service that enables passive listening as well as active listening?  For me, having both of these features in one place is indispensable.

Kim
Kim

Umm, your ads are annoying. How about posting the article all on one page?

DjD808
DjD808

100% agreement. It would appear that Hungry I and Little Darlings paid the most for ad space on this blog. 

Lillian Smith
Lillian Smith

Too many complaints! Add the songs you like to your Starred list, or as you said - make one master Playlist. The best way to discover new music is to click on an artist's name and then explore the Similar Artists that Spotify offers up... I did it for Pretty Lights and had a great time listening to 4 new bands' albums yesterday. As for the Adele exemplified sort feature, they're just providing the most popular songs on top (in case you're a new listener, I imagine) & it's as simple are reorganizing/resorting to see them listed by Album title. I like the ability to right click and "Share" to Facebook, Twitter, or other Spotify users and while the discovery is weak, it's not nil - you just have to be a little bit creative. I feel like it has a ton to offer and it's just going to take some clicking around and exploring to learn how to best optimize. UI could be better, but for those of us who love music I absolutely don't think it's worth giving up on. 

jediguy
jediguy

Other services handle music discovery through a radio feature where a user can play either programmed genre stations or play an artist's radio station where songs by the selected artist and similar artists are played.  Spotify's lack of a radio feature put it behind other services which do so such as MOG Music and Rhaposdy.  As for searches, other services feature search suggestions as you type which sometimes eliminates the need to even display a search results page.  Sure, you can find what you're looking for by doing a search in Spotify, but it is much less intuitive than what the competition offers.

Ryan Harris
Ryan Harris

It isn't lacking a radio feature, jediguy. Click on any artist to bring up their profile and "Artist radio" is at the top.

jediguy
jediguy

Okay great, they must have added it recently. This was missing when I tried it out a few weeks ago. That said, the lack of programmed stations is still a dealbreaker for me. Perhaps this will be added in the future. For now, there are still better services out there.

lau-Z
lau-Z

Artist Radio works in US. Even with a free subscription.

jediguy
jediguy

The artist radio feature is available outside the US, however that is of no use to users here in the states.  As I mentioned, other services also feature programmed stations based on a certain genre or theme.  Some stations feature hits you may hear on the radio while others feature much "deeper" tracks.  This is a good way to discover music that you might not encounter on a given artist's radio station.  Spotify doesn't offer programmed stations even outside the US.

jediguy
jediguy

Having been a longtime Rhapsody user, when I heard about Spotify's US launch, I requested my invite to find out what all the fuss was about.  When I received the invite code, I installed the desktop app and took it for a whirl.  In short, I still don't know what all the fuss about.  In fact I found the user interface to be inefficient in terms of being able to search, find, and play music when compared to other services.  As for those who have signed up because it's "free", keep in mind that in the US, the "free" service gains a 10 hours of listening per month limit after the first six months.  I have a feeling that many of the new users in the US that Spotify has gained are not aware of this.  Not to mention that the ads are terrible as the writer pointed out.

jorgene
jorgene

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aki
aki

You sir, are ungrateful. 

Josh
Josh

 Oh please. No corporation deserves your gratitude, no matter how cool the product. And every company deserves to be held to higher standards.

Eriklt
Eriklt

You guys really don't get it, do you?

lekram
lekram

I agree the discovery capabilities are sparse in the US, but you can search by genre.  In the search box, put genre:yyyyy (where yyyyy is the genre).  Other search syntax can be found here...https://www.spotify.com/us/about/featu...

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