Spotify: I love you, now change.
This is a love note. You’ve been sexy from the start. You’re foreign and I wanted you before you even came to this country. It’s obvious why Facebook loves you too - you’re fucking hot. Too hot just for one social network. Did I mention you make me smile like iTunes never could.
I purchased you before even knowing you well. I wanted you on mobile, anywhere I could have you. You rekindled my love of music by bringing my library together with the cloud.
All the music I could ever want at my finger tips. Beyond that you’re my friends’ music too - deliciously awesome proposition. So much so I’m willing to overlook your PDAing ways - broadcasting to all my facebook friend about our constant romance.
You’re amazing and my friends and I want to make you better. Not just for you, for us. Here are some things we’ve discussed.
In prioritized order here is what you need to do:
Real time notifications when users listen to your songs & playlists.
I spend time making playlists and curating my music. My buddies do too. I want to know when people are enjoying my taste and style and I want friends to know when I am enjoying theirs. This will have the exact opposite affect of facebook publicizing ‘stalker’ - it will further commit users to the platform and reinforce their love. Shared musical experience brings people together and friends listening to my curated music is one of the highest compliments they can pay and vice versa. Show the love Spotify.
Simplification of curating your friends via Facebook & adding other social graphs.
I totally get why you’re sync’d up with Facebook. Social graph goodness, virality of the application. Good for Spotify, good for me - more friends get involved. Its so good I’m even willing to overlook my privacy! (I know I can listen to music privately too.) But sweet Jesus make it easier for me to curate who is feature amongst my friends. I dont give a shit about the music tastes of 90% of the people I am friends with on FB - make it easy for me to remove them from my app! I know this is possible, its just a pain in the ass and given all of the FB data it should be better. Plus, would be nice if I could OAuth in with Twitter too as my twitter social graph is more closely aligned with my interests and music taste.
Better discovery a la music genome project & Genius.
I love exploring my friends’ music taste - its truly awesome - its like digging through a modern day record store for each of my buddies. Spotify, you know so damn much about what each of us like. You’re hot, but not smart enough yet! Tell me what I should be listening too. Like iTunes’s Genius you could use my starred songs, most listened songs AND closest friends habits you’d have something special. I would also love to see you do some sort of partnership with Pandora or get access to the music genome project (patterning of music as opposed to consumption) - I know that might be heresy or crazy talk or what have you, but please… do it for me (:
Ability to annotate playlists and tracks publicly.
Chatting/responding without sending a track.
Sharing playlists and songs is awesome, especially the ability to push to FB and Twitter. Let’s face it Spotify - you’re kinda your own social network too. Commenting on playlists and songs within Spotify for all to see is important. I have a more focused group of ‘music friends’ sharing on Spotify than I do anywhere else. Plus when someone sends me a track, I want to be able to comment without sending a track back always - I want to comment. Public, private whatever.
Native spotify remote for Mac.
(couldnt get this one to work, though I wish it did)
Can you help me? I just want to be close to you!
Better collaborative playlists experience.
Sometimes you’re confusing. I couldn’t even figure this out - how can I make a playlist collaborative without sharing it? Maybe I send it, but it doesnt appear on my public profile. Sorry girl, but this is not legit. You shared this on Twitter - http://www.spartify.com/ - I will try it with buddies.
Visualizations for music.
You might say I’m just being picky with this one, but I want you looking good girl. Show me something. No music visualization service surpassed my experience with WinAmp! Music is for the senses - all senses. Let’s get some heady visualizations. I’ll pay something for it. Please, just blow my mind.
Concurrent broadcast/silent disco.
This is my pipe dream, hail mary, whatever you want to call it. Let me broadcast what I am listening track for track, pause for pause with all my friends even mobile-ly. Silent disco everywhere - make it 3g so I could dance in the desert, or in a forest or anywhere. This is my cherry on top. Perhaps a 5 yr anniversary present?
Never leave me.
‘elsiguy’ on spotify
PS. For anyone that’s reading this with playlists on other platforms, http://playlistify.org/ is a great service for converting them to Spotify.