Spotify gives, Spotify takes away

Spotify is tying podcasts and music close together. The company announced today that it’s testing a new podcast format that’ll allow podcast listeners to hear entire music tracks during a show, as opposed to a brief sample. Hosts will also be able to create shows in this format through Anchor, the Spotify-owned podcast creation app. The new format effectively makes Spotify the only podcast platform where hosts can include entire songs in their shows without having to worry about copyright… More here.

A clever way to use what they have to gain a clear edge over the competition.

Unfortunately, as of SongShift v5.1.2, you will no longer be able to create transfers from Spotify to another music service. We understand this will be a disappointment for a lot of you. We wish we didn’t have to.

Why then? The Spotify Developer Platform Team reached out and let us know we’d need to remove transferring from their service to a competing music service or have our API access revoked due to TOS violation. While this is not the news we wanted to hear, we respect their decision… More here. Thanks to Kirk.


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  1. By coincidence, my team at work decided to start playing with shared playlists yesterday – “heads down” music, that kind of thing. I wasn’t sure if I would be left out because I don’t have a paid Spotify account, but as long as I’m willing to put up with the ads between some songs it’s fine. (Admittedly I had to use the desktop client instead of the web version – the web version looked polished but the “add to playlist” button for the shared playlist (once I realized i had to add that playlist to my library) didn’t work… desktop version was fine tho)

    I was thinking about the evolution of this kind of thing… starting with the wild west of Napster… I’ve always been happy to pay $1-$2 for a song I liked, but Napster had some deep cuts the music stores didn’t. (Now youtube seems to have very similar “damn near everything” coverage, old stuff recorded over by fans).

    Then Napster went away and it kind of stunk. Never tried the limewire type stuff… Pandora was pretty cool, but they placed a lot of restrictions on what music you could request on purpose (like you could start a playlist on recommendations based on a track, but the track itself wouldn’t come up or at least not for a bit into the list) I guess Spotify has overcome that? Don’t know how deep the library is for old old stuff… also aware that artists get almost squat per playback,,,

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