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Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 9:13 am
by ryan
Spotify's just become officially available in Australia. Out of interest, I'd previously been using it occasionally after setting up with a VPN to the US version although I haven't really been using it that much as I haven't been listening to that much music while at home the last few months.
Anyone going to add it to the roster of Pandora, LastFM, Grooveshark etc for their streaming options?

Re: Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 10:26 am
by Marcus
Used to love Pandora, haven't tried spotify, use LastFM but mainly just for scrobbling :)

Re: Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 11:01 am
by ryan
Spotify's a standalone program and not browser based like other streaming options and new accounts require a facebook account to setup so those reasons alone may deter some people from trying it out (prior to a deal with fb, you could access just using an email/username). You can turn off all the social sharing options or alternatively use a junk/spam account if you're worried aboot privacy.
I tried LastFM but didn't get enough value out of it to continue beyond the free trial. Pandora is good in principle but I tend to listen to albums rather than the random radio style of changing through artists. Signed up to Grooveshark the other day but haven't really got around to checking it out.

Re: Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 12:33 pm
by Belial
I've been using Rdio for a few months. Trying Spotify now - it's a bit cheaper and (seems to be) higher quality.

Ben

Re: Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Tue May 22, 2012 2:03 pm
by droenn
I'm loving it, but I think thats because I haven't seen any ads yet. Think its 48 hours of Premium access when you first install.

Re: Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:16 pm
by theeyealtering
I've signed up for 1 month of supposed free premium access.
I'm wondering about the quality though. I've enabled "high quality" in the preferences menu, which should be 320kbps, but all tracks still sound like a lower bitrate than that. I've also compared it to some flac rips I've got and the Spotify streams is clearly inferior.

Maybe its an issue with the linux version.

Re: Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:43 pm
by DevenK
Remember, not all tracks are available in 320kbps.
That's possibly why it sounds inferior.

Source

Re: Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:24 am
by dion
Am I missing something ?

I thought there is supposed to be a free version with ads. It just keeps popping up though that only premium users can stream ?

Re: Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:49 pm
by theeyealtering
DevenK wrote:Remember, not all tracks are available in 320kbps.
That's possibly why it sounds inferior.

Source
Sounds to me like almost none of the tracks are 320kbps.
Why would I pay for that?

Re: Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:57 pm
by dingostolemyipod
got onto spotify today, a lot of friends have been using it, and seem to love it

SQ seems poor, as mentioned above. No low bass, or upper treble, and sounds pretty meh in between.
using the high quality streaming option or locally cached content, so should be getting 320kbps & according to their support forums this should be most of the catalogue. But this being the case, the music quality is nowhere near up to what 320kbps standards should delivered :(

as for above mention of facebook being mandatory, it gave me the option of using facebook or setting up one based on email only - it does default to facebook though.

It still seems like a decent option for trying music out, and if the proxy at work lets me connect to the spotify servers with my iphone, i think that alone will be enough for me to stick with it after my 1 month premium trial is up.

Hopefully they can improve the SQ as time goes on, as currently lacklustre.

EDIT: Further on SQ...
ok been testing this out on my iphone, and quality seems better on the iphone than through windows.
So the streaming quality turns out to be ok, but the player they use is a bit of a turd, perhaps partly due to the fact you are forced to use directsound, dunno just yet haven't had much of a chance to look into it that much. Seems to be some 3rd party programs out there that use spotify but get better quality out, will have to check some stuff out and update at a later stage.

Re: Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:25 pm
by kimbo
I am a pretty happy customer. I'd previously been using iTunes match to stream my library, but after using Spotify, I haven't used iTunes match at all.

SQ can be variable, but in most cases, I've had decent sound from my iPhone.

One thing I'd like to see on the iPhone are the apps that are available on the desktop version.

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:16 pm
by theeyealtering
Yeah I've since begun paying and the SQ seems pretty good now. Mostly through Windows.

It's obviously better sounding than it used to. But some music is still LQ.

I only wish they'd sort out the bugs in the Linux version. Segmentation faults on my HTPC constantly.

Re: Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:27 am
by dingostolemyipod
OK so i think i'm going to give spotify the flick as i have found MOG.
The main reason for MOG in my book is unmetered content for my telstra mobile. This carries the most weight in swaying my decision.
MOG also seems to have slightly more songs/albums that i like when looking for them, but only just, still a lot that aren't there. Its music suggestions seem slightly better than spotify so far.
SQ seems slightly better on average compared to spotify, but still doesn't seem as good as 320kbps streaming should be in my mind.

downsides would be its pretty average browser based and windows apps, but hopefully these get better in future
- the MOG iphone app seems rather decent though, much better than its windows one
it doesn't have as many funky features as spotify such as apps and what not, but i'm not sure this bothers me too much
less compatibility with 3rd party devices than spotify, but same story as above

I guess the real thing with a lot of these streaming services will be longevity. We'll just have to wait and see which stick around and which get the best support, but until things change looks like i'm going be MOGing it up.

It's MOG, MOG, it's big, it's heavy, it's wood (or perhaps digital music streaming)
It's MOG, MOG, it's better than bad, it's good!
Everyone wants a MOG! You're gonna love it, MOG!
Come on and get your MOG! Everyone needs a MOG!

Re: Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:33 am
by Felix
It fits on your back, it's good for a snack?

Re: Spotify available in Aus

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:46 pm
by theeyealtering
Hmmm, this MOG business has me interested. A couple of qtns Dingo...

What's the diff bw the Basic and Premium plans?
Do you know if it available to non-Telstra customers?