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Click the link then register for this excellent (currently invite only beta) service. This is the page you get directed to after you type in your invite code - a bit of an oversight! You will get the "free" version which is ad supported but honestly you hardly ever see ads.

Spotify is a music service that gives users access to a huge library of music, through a lightweight application that looks like a mashup of the best parts of iTunes and Last.fm. Music is streamed, partly supported by P2P technology, but it plays instantly, like weve never seen before.

One of the software engineers at Spotify is Ludvig Strigeus, the creator of uTorrent. It is therefore no surprise that the application uses very few resources, just 12k memory when we tested it. The rumor goes that some of the money made when uTorrent sold to BitTorrent Inc., has actually been invested in Spotify, an application that competes with piracy.

When we asked Andres Sehr of Spotify to describe the service, he told us Spotify is a new way of enjoying music. We believe Spotify provides a viable alternative to music piracy. We think the way forward is to create a service better than piracy, thereby converting users into a legal, sustainable alternative which also enriches the total music experience.

The quality of the music on Spotify is comparable to 160kbps MP3s, which is more than decent for a streaming application. To fill its library, Spotify has cut deals with EMI, Warner Music, Sony BMG and three other major labels, which all responded positively to the new concept. Interestingly, Spotify also uses P2P technology to stream the more frequently accessed tracks.

Spotify uses a hybrid p2p system where music is delivered both by our servers and using P2P, Andres Sehr said. This allows us to deliver the long tail of music which may not be very popular, as well as quickly serve up the latest hits that the majority of users listen to. P2P allows us to both increase the speed that we deliver music and also lower the cost of streaming it.

Aside from being a music streaming application, Spotify also allows users to create and share playlists with each other, the top 100 tracks of 2008 according to Pitchfork editors for example. On top of that, the Spotify interface helps you to discover new artists with its similar artists and artist radio feature.

The overall response from Spotify users seems to be very positive, but can it compete with piracy? Time will have to tell, but Spotify invites are actively being traded within the BitTorrent community, and it has even been well received on some of the most elite music trackers.

One user at the music tracker What.cd wrote: Honestly its going to be huge. Ive been browsing and playing from its seemingly endless music catalogue all afternoon, it loads as if its playing from local files, so fast, so easy. If its this great in such early beta stages then I cant imagine where its going. I feel like buying another laptop to have permanently rigged.

Spotify is not perfect though. One of the mentioned downsides is that it is not compatible with iPods and other portable MP3 players. The Spotify team hasnt ruled out the option of an iPod compatible version in the future, but for now they will focus on optimizing the Windows and Mac application.
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#1
no download alternative :

http://www.we7.com/
#2
wow im likin this spotify :) although i cant see why the labels agreed - shurley ppl are gona record? (not me ofc)
#3
works great for all you limewire noobs that moan when they get viruses a legit way just to listen:)

p.s. i was not refering to myself some people i know;)

heat
#4
deadleg21
wow im likin this spotify :) although i cant see why the labels agreed - shurley ppl are gona record? (not me ofc)


how do you copy from the site??? not that i would but just wondering
#5
michael goulston
how do you copy from the site??? not that i would but just wondering


Can't copy or download tracks from this service - it streams all the content - there might be a way to hack it but not one I am aware of. TBH the tracks play so instantly that you don't need to download - although obviously this means you can't transfer tracks to your mp3 player.
#6
if you use a certain browser and able to access its cache folder then I am sure you are able to do this but I wouldn't as this is piracy.
#7
everything is stored in a cache but files are not named probs changing to .mp3 would do the trick but why?
#8
This program is amazing, with such a huge library and music that plays instantly.

Discovering new stuff already! Not heard any ads yet but I wouldn't care even if they were frequent. Worth it for music this immediate.
#9
This seems like a great service!

The music starts instantly, as if it were a local file

If anyone's wondering, it seems to work perfectly with Wine in Ubuntu 8.10
#10
Looks good to me, thanks OP! :thumbsup:
#11
Thanks so much mate!
#12
I downloaded this last night not really knowing what to expect.
I have been able to find loads to listen to.
Definitely hot
#13
This is looking good. I shall certainly follow this thread!
#14
The cached audio files are split, randomed and generally mashed up in the cache to make it hard to copy them from the files themselves. The codec spotify uses is every geeks favourite: Ogg Vorbis.

Nothing stopping you using an app that records system audio ;)

NOT THAT I EVER WOULD DO SUCH A HORRID THING OMG
#15
Great stuff this.
#16
dajg you are a f@ king GOD! This has everything on it from way back! This is brilliant, I only wish I wasnt going back to work in the morning. Might throw a sickie just to play with this all day.

Cheers
#17
lazygamer
The cached audio files are split, randomed and generally mashed up in the cache to make it hard to copy them from the files themselves. The codec spotify uses is every geeks favourite: Ogg Vorbis.

Nothing stopping you using an app that records system audio ;)

NOT THAT I EVER WOULD DO SUCH A HORRID THING OMG

no nor would I...[COLOR="Red"]but which app would do that[/COLOR]? Just out of interest of course.

Fabulous find!
#18
Absolutely bl**dy fantastic! Thanks very much!
#19
englishwhistler;3940381
if you use a certain browser and able to access its cache folder then I am sure you are able to do this but I wouldn't as this is piracy.
Check your logic again.

Their software gives your computer the music to play, storing it on your computer.

You go to where the music they have given to your computer is stored and copy it to another location.

Piracy how?

But this is besides the fact that the files are split into a different file format in the cache directory so they've made it a little harder to do.
#20
me_2008;3942731
dajg you are a f@ king GOD! This has everything on it from way back! This is brilliant, I only wish I wasnt going back to work in the morning. Might throw a sickie just to play with this all day.

Cheers
Take it easy, mate.

http://last.fm
http://hypem.com
http://elbow.ws
http://thesixtyone.com
http://rcrdlbl.com
http://jamendo.com
#21
jacquibaby;3942797
no nor would I...[COLOR=Red]but which app would do that[/COLOR]? Just out of interest of course.
Audacity.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
#22
ok cool
#23
You don't need a code, do you?
#24
awesome find - i think the main difference here is that the playtime is instant - really good like a free pub juke box at home - just plugged my laptop into the surround - all good - heat
#25
nah, course not
#26
Great find thanks
#27
solved my own problem...
#28
mr.velvet
Check your logic again.

Their software gives your computer the music to play, storing it on your computer.

You go to where the music they have given to your computer is stored and copy it to another location.

Piracy how?

But this is besides the fact that the files are split into a different file format in the cache directory so they've made it a little harder to do.

how can you do anything with those files? I'm thick at this!
#29
nicccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccce
#30
An alternative that requires no download or sign up is "grooveshark" (google it).

Not as slick interface - it is accessed via a web page but it does work via the Playstation 3 browser which is a bonus if you have one connected to an amp :thumbsup:

A quick registration will allow you to save play lists and mark your favorite songs for future reference. I usually set up my play lists on the PC and then play them via PS3.

Steve.
#31
Thanks H&R left:thumbsup:
#32
this trick has been known about in the blogger community for a while, I hope they don't close it now :(
#33
jacquibaby
no nor would I...[COLOR="Red"]but which app would do that[/COLOR]? Just out of interest of course.

Fabulous find!


Total Recorder
#34
Anyone have any idea how much bandwidth this will use?
#35
This is pretty fantastic!
Just wish it would scrobble.
#36
Titchimp
Anyone have any idea how much bandwidth this will use?


About 5-6mb per song on average. no big deal
#37
I've been using this since almost day 1 of the beta, and I really can't recommend it enough - huge library of music that streams well on even fairly slow connections.

Be careful If you have a small hard drive, though, as the cache can get a bit out of control if you don't limit it enough.

And I'm sure this workaround will be stopped soon, as it's been on a number of high profile sites this week - where dajg got it from, too, I would imagine.

brilloboy
Just wish it would scrobble.

Works fine for me. Check your login details maybe?
#38
RainbowWarrior

Works fine for me. Check your login details maybe?


Oh! Yeah I just assumed that it wouldn't be able to.
Hm, Iog in details should be fine, do I need a new plug in for last.fm? It's telling me 'foobar' but it still doesn't seem to work.
#39
It can scrobble it does not need plugin go into preferences in spotify itself.
Working for me, and you can see from my profile http://www.last.fm/user/Rickyc_88
#40
Ah, it's just started working, seems it doesn't tell me it's scrobbling, but does actually scrobble, cheers :)

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