I’ve recently changed my music buying/listening and I think its for the best. Mostly, I have done away with MP3 downloads which mostly came from emusic. For my favourite music I am now largely buying vinyl but this is quite expensive so Spotify is playing the role of providing music when I don’t have an album yet or want to check out a new release. Spotify also acts as new release notifier so I don’t miss anything new that isn’t covered by podcasts. The reason for this change was that I feel that the quality of MP3’s sucks and I really don’t see why we have to continue putting up with a low quality sound file. I am however, sticking with Bandcamp for music not available else where possible as the Ogg file format is available.
Thankfully Spotify has a linux desktop client but its still labelled as testing or something like that and the most recent version is only available for 64 bit due to problems with the 32bit so I am stuck with an older version. I also the android versions but the desktop version is better of keeping order. One thing that is obvious is that certain features aren’t very well documented. One of these is the ability to categorise the playlists. I was finding that the more albums I liked the longer and more messy the list got. I few weeks ago I found that I could organise them.
First go to file>new playlist folder (shortcut – control+shift+N), to make a new list such as symphonic metal, this will now appear as a playlist and you can drag albums into that playlist. While they are in that folder you can choose to play them all or pick an album and just play that as before. So, I am wondering what else is hidden away. The new tidied playlists will also be shown in the android apps as well, the tidy up thus appears across all applications for the service.