The next disruption of the music industry?

by @edent | # # # # | 3 comments | Read ~130 times.

Another short – and probably incorrect – prediction about disruption. Spotify, for all its tech, isn’t magically disruptive. The business model is similar to a radio station. It pays music publishers based on what songs its listeners’ request. (This is grossly oversimplified. Stick with me.) Spotify buys a product wholesale and then sells it retail.…

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How can I launch a Spotify album from an NFC tag?

by @edent | # # # | 2 comments | Read ~323 times.
Spotify screen showing options.

This is annoying me. So I’m posting in the hope someone can tell me what obvious thing I am missing. I want to tap my phone against an NFC tag hidden in LP sleeve. Then I want my phone to automatically launch the Spotify app and for the app to display that album. This should…

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The Uncanny Valley of Consent – when advertising gets creepy

by @edent | # # # | Read ~623 times.

Music streaming service Spotify has launched a new range of adverts which have gathered mixed reactions. On the surface, they seem like the usual bland corporate attempts at chumming down – trying to cynically pass off advertising as friendship. It’s kinda funny, right? At least a funny way to display the privacy we're allowing companies…

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Linux Spotify Keybindings

by @edent | # # # # | 17 comments | Read ~9,914 times.

Hurrah! Spotify have released a native Linux player which works with free accounts! These notes show (which are mostly for my benefit) show you how to install it and configure your multimedia keyboard so the play/pause key controls the music on Spotify. Download Spotify for Linux. It’s available in 32bit or 64bit. Double click on…

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Fixing Spotify In Wine – Remove Facebook

by @edent | # # # # # | 1 comment | Read ~908 times.

For the last few weeks I’ve been unable to run Spotify in Linux using WINE. I was continually getting a crash with this error message: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x00000068 at address 0x7bc34e57 After lots of fruitless digging around, I discovered that the issue is with the Facebook integration! The fix is…

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