Spotify Knows You...

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darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 2364
One of the cool things about Spotify, is that with regular listening, it remembers your tastes and builds themed dynamic playlists called "Daily Mixes" around them.

I found it illuminating to look at the general genre of each one, and was curious as to what everyone else got....

Here's mine...

Daily Mix 1:  Indie/Britpop (no surprise there)
Daily Mix 2:  Music across genres made by attractive women plus some soft rock (nope, not surprised)
Daily Mix 3:  Harder alt rock and grunge (Foos, QOTSA,Nirvana)
Daily Mix 4:  Soundtracks
Daily Mix 5:  Classic Rock (listening to this now trying to promote it so I look cooler...)
Daily Mix 6:  Indie rock but a bit weirder (Anna Calvi, Let's Eat Grandma etc.)

Quite an education, a bit like the annual "most listened to" playlists!
Warning: this post may contain overtly affectionate references to Mary Spender
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 19337
    Mine are all slightly different flavours of metal and a category based on Weird Al & Richard Cheese.
    I am the juice of four limes.
    Trading Feedback

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  • SporkySporky Frets: 14740
    1: (mostly American) punk and post-hardcore
    2: Ambient and "modern classical"
    3: Post-rock
    4: Heavier post-rock, some hardcore, some mathcore
    5: Post-metal and ambient black metal
    6: Assorted non-dance electronica
    Parachutes are great, for dogs and Frenchmen. 
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  • This works well, until you start sharing spotify with your partner and she mostly listens to The Greatest Showman soundtrack for pre hospital shift motivation! I do like the occasional new item it throws up though.
    "As with all things, some days you're the dinosaur, some days you're the monkey." Sporky
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 2364

    This works well, until you start sharing spotify with your partner and she mostly listens to The Greatest Showman soundtrack for pre hospital shift motivation! I do like the occasional new item it throws up though.
    Spotify family fixes that... got seperate accounts for all the shite my kids listen too (those f**king sharks etc.)
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  • LegionreturnsLegionreturns Frets: 5399
    Mine are similar, with the exception of a showtunes one, and shit modern stuff. Those two are attributable to my YBTB sessions where kids choose the music. 

    Fortunately this hasn't infected the annual "Your top songs of 2017" list...but I suspect it will this year! 

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  • CountryDaveCountryDave Frets: 147

    It was this very function that grassed me up for sponging off my daughters account.

    'Dad, have you been listening to Rush on my Spotify?'

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  • markblagdonmarkblagdon Frets: 841

    This works well, until you start sharing spotify with your partner and she mostly listens to The Greatest Showman soundtrack for pre hospital shift motivation! I do like the occasional new item it throws up though.
    Spotify family fixes that... got seperate accounts for all the shite my kids listen too (those f**king sharks etc.)
    is that a more extreme version of Them Crooked Vultures ? Sounds bit hardcore for kids ;)
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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 2364

    This works well, until you start sharing spotify with your partner and she mostly listens to The Greatest Showman soundtrack for pre hospital shift motivation! I do like the occasional new item it throws up though.
    Spotify family fixes that... got seperate accounts for all the shite my kids listen too (those f**king sharks etc.)
    is that a more extreme version of Them Crooked Vultures ? Sounds bit hardcore for kids ;)
    You lucky man not knowing, or previously not knowing anyhow ;) ....

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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7383
    My memory of Spotify was it always seemed to be playing me something that was obviously sponsored that I didn't particularly like. It didn't know me.  
    Dum dum dum, dum dum de dum, dum dum dum, dum dummmm.
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  • LegionreturnsLegionreturns Frets: 5399
    My memory of Spotify was it always seemed to be playing me something that was obviously sponsored that I didn't particularly like. It didn't know me.  
    Spotify premium is excellent. I wouldn't go back now

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  • mli3mli3 Frets: 203

    This works well, until you start sharing spotify with your partner and she mostly listens to The Greatest Showman soundtrack for pre hospital shift motivation! I do like the occasional new item it throws up though.
    or if you have young kids.. i get inundated with disney soundtrack suggestions !! D'oh !
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  • RedRabbitRedRabbit Frets: 261

    This works well, until you start sharing spotify with your partner and she mostly listens to The Greatest Showman soundtrack for pre hospital shift motivation! I do like the occasional new item it throws up though.
    Spotify family fixes that... got seperate accounts for all the shite my kids listen too (those f**king sharks etc.)
    is that a more extreme version of Them Crooked Vultures ? Sounds bit hardcore for kids ;)
    You lucky man not knowing, or previously not knowing anyhow ;) ....

    I'm not going to click on it but I'm assuming that it's baby shark?  I picked my niece up from a wedding so her mum and dad could stay and have a drink.  My niece was tired and grumpy so we ended up with baby shark playing on a loop all the way home.  Didn't bother me much at the time but that was 3 weeks ago and it's still going around in my head.

    As for spotify - I seem to be limited to 4 daily mixes recently.  

    1 - Classic rock
    2 - Metal & hard rock with the odd Police track thrown in
    3 - Modern (ish) rock
    4 - Rockabilly

    5 & 6 used to be blues and jazz - maybe I'm not listening to enough of them to warrant their own playlists at the moment.
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 3405
    Mine are:

    #1 - mainly indie or garage bands from the early 00s... No surprise certainly
    #2 - seems to be Eagles, The Band, Carole King... Not entirely sure where that comes from
    #3 - indie folk I guess it's called, Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale, Johnny Flynn etc. That's fair enough
    #4 - Third Man Records artists, which makes sense as I have a playlist called exactly that already.
    #5 - seems to be a selection of Greek bazouki music such as that you might hear in Greek restaurants as background music. Not a clue why this one is there?!

    Water, come drown me, I'm done

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  • uncledickuncledick Frets: 237
    Just installed Spotify thinking it would be useful when various band members say "Let's have a go at ....."  It's dreadful.  I compiled a playlist with 3 songs and it defaults to Shuffle' mode unless you pay them a tenner a month.  It also won't let you go back to the start of the song you're on.  
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 14740
    uncledick said:
    It's dreadful. 
    I would say that there is a marked difference in opinion between people using the free version and those with a subscription.
    Parachutes are great, for dogs and Frenchmen. 
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  • DefaultMDefaultM Frets: 1981
    The free version is shit, but I think it's worth £10 a month to be able to listen to almost any music whenever you want.
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  • ReverendReverend Frets: 1739
    I've still not seen the point in getting Spotify. 
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 3405
    edited August 31
    Reverend said:
    I've still not seen the point in getting Spotify. 
    Convenience when traveling in particular, ability to try before you buy, saves you having to carry multiple devices everywhere, and in my case preserving my iPod classic now they don't make them any more. Recommendations, the mixes this thread is about etc . Also good if you have to write quiz music rounds.

    It may not be for you, but there's plenty of point to it. Save yourself the tenner

    Water, come drown me, I'm done

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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 2364
    edited August 31
    It's (nearly) all the music in the world wherever you have a reasonable internet connection for £10 a month is the point to it.  The free tier is bluddy awful, I'm amazed anyone copes with the ads and shite, but then to me its worth £10 a month, a lot of people don't think it is, and fair play.

    If you want to "own" any and all music you are interested in, then it has limited utility, but I used to be like that and had over 2000 CDs before I cleared most of them out.  Too much unwieldy plastic for me and my very average sized house.

    Ironically, I missed buying music so much I've started a vinyl collection, but you would still need to prise spotify premium away from me very reluctantly.
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  • GrangousierGrangousier Frets: 180
    Daily Mix 1:
    UFO, King Crimson, Yes and more...

    Daily Mix 2:
    Fiona Apple, Beck, Nick Drake and more...

    Daily Mix 3:
    Supertramp, Talking Heads, Donald Fagan and more...

    Daily Mix 4:
    Faith No More, Rush, Pink Floyd and more...

    Daily Mix 5:
    Cabaret Voltaire, Thomas Dolby, Scritti Politti and more...

    Daily Mix 6:
    Neil Cowley Trio, Nels Cline, Charles Lloyd & the Marvels and more...

    The actual playlists are a lot more interesting than the three artists quoted, though. Don't really understand the FNM and Rush one, as I think I listened to one song by each over the last couple of months, and one album by Fiona Apple. I actually listen to a lot more low-profile music than the things it lists there. What I usually do is listen to the tracks on the playlist I've never heard of. What I really want is one übermix which combines all six, but that appears to be beyond Spotify's algorithms. 

    I've got some great stuff from their Release Radar recommendations over the last couple of years, and another good way of finding odd new music is artist radio. Thing is it thinks I want to listen to Dream Baby Dream by Suicide and I really don't, and it won't take no for an answer. 
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  • ReverendReverend Frets: 1739
    I don't trust phone batteries to last so prefer my iPod. 
    I've probably got over 5000 physical albums and I also have haulix so I'm getting free new digital albums every week. 
    As for recommendations, i find plenty of recommendations on Facebook.

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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 2364
    Reverend said:
    I don't trust phone batteries to last so prefer my iPod. 
    I've probably got over 5000 physical albums and I also have haulix so I'm getting free new digital albums every week. 
    As for recommendations, i find plenty of recommendations on Facebook.

    Sounds like you arent the target market!

    Facebook recommendations for music all seem a little skewed to me, I get...

    Putin on the Ritz
    Crimea River
    Ukraine (if you want to hang out, you must let us invade Ukraine... ")
    Georgia on my mind
    The Baltics on my mind

    Etc...
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4968
    I've only got four Daily Mixes, it seems:

    #1  Graveyard, Spiritual Beggars, Spirit Caravan and more...
    #2  Y&T, Winger, UFO and more...
    #3  Green Druid, The Ugly Kings, Ruff Magik and more...
    #4  Ten Years After, Rick Derringer, Eric Gales and more...

    I guess in each case it picks up a few things you actually have listened to and then tries to find similar stuff.

    There's also the "Discover Weekly Playlist" which seems to be more of a mix of different things.
     
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  • RobDaviesRobDavies Frets: 1839
    It's bloody brilliant just to have on in the background during the day.... my genres are lazy descriptions but you get the drift....

    Best thing is to get Spotify Family - five completely separate accounts for £15.  This means I don't end up with Trivium and Killswitch Engage amongst my saved albums, thanks to my lad.  ;)

    1. Recent Metal - C.O.C., Gojira, Machine Head, Meshuggah etc
    2. Thrash - Whiplash, Death Angel, Agent Steel, S.O.D. etc
    3. Older Punk - UK Subs, The Rezillos, The Adverts etc
    4. Various Dance, Pop, Indie - Prodigy, Carter USM, Orbital, Shamen etc
    5. Hardcore-ish - Terror, Power Trip, Turnstile, Brutality Will Prevail etc
    6. Hair - Crue, Van Halen, Twisted Sister, Love/Hate etc

    Lots of rumours about a Hi Res version coming soon...... 

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  • strumjoughlampsstrumjoughlamps Frets: 1962
    edited September 1
    Spotify Family here too family of 5, no way I am having Icicle Works, Tom ODell and modern rap/grime mixed in with my superior choices

    1.Inspiral Carpets, The Sundays, Gene

    2.Screaming Trees, Counting Crows, Afghan Whigs

    3.INXS, Kajagoogoo, The Pretenders

    4.The Moody Blues, Neil Young, The Band

    5.Gene, The Dylans, Ned's Atomic Dustbin

    6.Rancid, Stiff Little Fingers, Eddie and The Hot Rods

    its not bang on the money for my weekly listening tho as at least 50% of what I listen to is via Vinyl
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  • uncledickuncledick Frets: 237
    To get around the always-on shuffle feature I had the brainwave of making multiple playlists with just one song.  Great - except it adds a whole load of unwanted songs onto the playlist and proceeds to shuffle its way through.  I looked a having a family account like with Netflix but it closes you down to single user when it detects usage in multiple postcodes.  Back to Youtube it is...
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1719
    Necrobump..

    1.Marcus King, Robben Ford and Dave Lee Roth(!)

    2.Allman Brothers, Jeff Beck and The Black Crowes

    3.Barr Brothers, Yo La Tengo and My Morning Jacket

    4.Bowie, Dire Straits and Dylan

    5.Primal Scream, New Order and Joy Division
    6.Pixies, Radiohead and Television

    Very interesting as I've been listening to Megadeth's Rust in Peace and The New Mastersounds lately - not showing up here but present in my end of year list.
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 18285
    Sporky said:
    1: (mostly American) punk and post-hardcore
    2: Ambient and "modern classical"
    3: Post-rock
    4: Heavier post-rock, some hardcore, some mathcore
    5: Post-metal and ambient black metal
    6: Assorted non-dance electronica
    We should swap play lists .. :-)
    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • Tone71Tone71 Frets: 290
    I listen to music for a minimum of 4 hours a day at work and would be lost without Spotify, £15 for all the family is brilliant value, today's playlist are;

    1 Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips

    2 Lou Reed, David Crosby, The Faces, The Who

    3 Black Mountain, The Flying Eyes, Samsara Blues Experiment

    4 The Asteroid, The Black Angels, Psychic Ills


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  • SporkySporky Frets: 14740
    Fretwired said:
    Sporky said:
    1: (mostly American) punk and post-hardcore
    2: Ambient and "modern classical"
    3: Post-rock
    4: Heavier post-rock, some hardcore, some mathcore
    5: Post-metal and ambient black metal
    6: Assorted non-dance electronica
    We should swap play lists .. :-)
    Tell me how and I'll happily do it. 
    Parachutes are great, for dogs and Frenchmen. 
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