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I really wanted to move away from writing technical stuff, and be more of a Spotify music site. But, I am so tired of seeing all this “copy and paste” sh*t, that all these fake bloggers are doing, and not contributing real thoughtful information. I’m reading more and more of users complaining about the kinds of music that Spotify suggests to listeners. Because of this, users hastily assume that Spotify isn’t a good service. Hello? There’s a reason why there’s over 140+ million active users a month. Not only there’s a technical reason for it, there’s an easy fix for it too. You need to not just know how to play music on Spotify, you need to understand how it works too, in order for you to have the best user experience. People are so focused on getting free music, that people aren’t invested in understanding it, ’cause most don’t care, and you should. As a whole, the most important thing you MUST understand about Spotify, is that it is solely driven by algorithms. It is your own PERSONALIZED music discovery service. This is something that should be attractive to older folk; who only have interest in a particular genre. You absolutely cannot use Spotify the way you use YouTube; Spotify is a TRUE music discovery service by way of extremely complex algorithms! If you don’t understand what algorithms are, you can just google it. Algorithms in the context of Spotify, is a complex method of figuring out your musical tastes in music, and tries to predict (and does a darn good job) new music that you may like to listen to, by associating artists, music tempo, genres, and so on. They do this by inserting new music when creating radio stations, listening to genres & moods, your “Discover Weekly,” and “Your Daily Mixes,” etc…. For Spotify to suggest the best music for you, it takes in to account the following:
- Music you thumbs up
- Music you thumbs down
- Personal music (DRM free) sync’d from MS MediaPlayer or iTunes playlists (premium members)
- Music from your personal CDs, imported into Spotify from your entire music directory
- Albums you save from Spotify
- Songs you save to a playlist
- Music you’ve Shazam’d directly to your Spotify playlist
- New playlists created from existing playlists
- Playlists you follow
- Artists you follow
- Genres most collected and listened to
- Music you listen to for longer than 30 seconds, is recorded as a listening pattern
So, I want you to memorize the list I’ve given you above. What can you conclude from the above list? Be careful of the playlist you follow. If it has 5,000 songs in it (or a collaborative playlist (even worse)), with a playtime value of more than one week— Don’t save it!!! I guarantee you, that so called playlist is not worth the name it was given. No human being would invest that kind of time to listen to a playlist that claims “it’s the greatest you’ve ever heard.” No one would invest time listening to that playlist, I don’t even think if your boyfriend made it for you. Spotify will think that you like all the songs in that 5,000 song playlist. You can’t complain if Spotify is suggesting garbage to you. Personally, I have a rule of thumb. If an album has less than <4 songs I actually like, those songs get put on a playlist instead of saving the whole album. Get it? That will also eliminate users complaining about the 10,000 song limit on albums. The reality is, most people don’t like all songs on every album. Why would you save the whole thing? Duuhhh? It’ll actually take you longer to sift through albums, cause you probably can’t remember the songs you do like. If you still want to save the song as an album instead of a playlist, just click the check mark for that song only. That’s it!! You keep doing what I’ve suggested, and you’ll probably see a difference in about a week (or perhaps more), depending on how much disliked music you’ve listened to, and or saved or both. Why will it take so long? Each time you listen to a song, your behavior/patterns are recorded as data (NOT data saved to your local computer or cellphone, but data collected and stored on Spotify), it’ll take awhile for that to offset. Think of it as changing a point average on a group of numbers. So, listening to a couple of songs you find out later you don’t like will not effect anything much. But following an entire 6,000 song playlist worth of random and meaningless garbage may affect your account.
UPDATE: I had another CD I had to RIP to my iTunes, and for a minute, I actually forgot how to do it!! Oh my goodness!! I actually forgot how to RIP a CD!! That’s how long it’s been!! LOLOLOLOL. A couple of weeks ago, I purchased an old school CD house mix (used, & nice ‘n’ cheap) from Amazon. The CD/album was basically out of print. I finally gotten around to ripping it in to my iTunes. Wow, I’d never thought I would feel this way but, when I popped my CD in to my computer, it felt like the equivalent of putting a record on my turntable. I’ve been downloading my music for so long, that ripping my CD felt so damn strange! Ripping music feels so ancient now it’s not even funny. LOL. But you know what? I got the music I was looking for and that’s all that matters really.
The nice part was, as a collector of rare and classic music, it was really a joy to be able to purchase the CD from a vendor, when none of the internet music streaming giants had it. This is one of the big problems we sometimes have with music licensing (especially with older music we know and love). I really do hope seasoned folks wake up, and start using services like Spotify, so we can relive our classics.
I was thinking about how we’ve come a long way in terms of radio. Everything about radio has dramatically changed since it’s inception. Since about the early 1910-1920’s ’till now, we have started from one radio broadcast, to literally millions around the world today. OTR (Old Time Radio) back then consisted of mostly news, and “made for radio” variety shows & television shows that were specifically redesigned for radio; this was important, because they had to account for sounds and gestures that could not be seen via radio.
In my opinion, this probably was one of the best time in our history, because before television, radio allowed us to use our imagination. Talented actors and actresses were now getting work to “act” on radio. It also brought families closer together, the entire family would all come together at a specific time to listen to their favorite radio show. Radio was that one important element used as an excuse to create good quality with their family (unfortunately this doesn’t really happen anymore, it’s as though quality time, teaching your kids morals and respect is now a legend).
Today, we have all kinds of content available on mainstream radio, from celebrity interviews, stations dedicated to specific genres of music, College radio, and stations solely dedicated to sports. We then emerged out of the “dark age” of traditional radio to Satellite radio. Satellite radio blew my mind, because first off, I never could understand the concept of “paying for radio” when I could easily get it for free somewhere else. However, as advertisements grew and became more and more prevalent amongst all radio stations, suddenly the thought of paying for the privilege of not having to be bombarded with heavy unwanted ads every 10-15 minutes was very attractive to me. Many years back, I was with a friend in his car, and I was playing around with his Sirius Radio device. I’m not going to lie, I absolutely loved the fact that companies such as XM and Sirius Radio had great commercial free stations with great selections of music, however, it also gave me a headache, because it appeared that there was too much of a selection. I found myself flipping through channels even more, just to hear what the other stations were playing.
Now, we are in the age of “Internet Radio” (not to be confused with music on demand). As a person that comes form the older generation, I find it very interesting how “skips” are a big concern in terms of Internet radio. Because traditionally speaking, “real radio” didn’t allow you to skip or choose songs, we had to just listen to what was offered. Today, if a radio Internet provider states “unlimited skips”, that could be a huge motivating factor as to whether someone signs up with them or not.
The other interesting thing is, even when you look at traditional radio from the past I’d say 20 years, they’ve been using computerized playlists just like Internet radio. However, the one true benefit that Internet radio can provide that traditional local radio doesn’t, is international access to many other stations around the world. Another great benefit with Internet radio is that, it truly allows us to not only discover new music, but you can view the full name of the artist and album cover, and or easily purchase the song from your computer or phone. As a music lover, I can definitely say that both computer and Internet technology has changed the way we view and receive our entertainment for the better.
© 2013 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com
As a kid, I remember having house parties at least a minimum of 4 times a year. The parties usually would take place at our house or my grandpa’s house. If it was not a holiday, it was someone’s birthday, or wedding, or communion celebration. We didn’t have much growing up, but what we did have is a lot of love, and LOTS, and LOTS, and LOTS, of music. Literally every week we’d go out and buy a new album, or 45, or 8-Track. If I did not have money for that latest song, I would spend hours next to the radio, on the look out so that I can record them. I used to always curse at the dj’s when ever they would talk over the song being played LOL. In terms of music, based on my age, technically I guess you can say I was more an 80’s child. However, I also grew up listening to a lot of music form the 50’s through the 70’s as well. Music from the likes of, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons; Neil Sedaka; Brooke Benton; Carla Thomas; Herbie Mann; Ken Boothe; Peter Tosh; and so on. I really missed that era, and I really wish todays music had that same essence that the 60’s/70’s did. Now, todays definition of “real” music, is all about wailing, moaning, and howling, about how bad a guy want’s to get in girls pant. Actually, according to most young kids today, as long as it has a good beat, they couldn’t care less what the lyrics say. Hmmm then why have lyrics at all if that’s the case? I guess that’s a whole nother Oprah Winfrey Topic huh?
Growing up (it’s hilarious looking back), I remember when we always had a full house of guests dancing. It was like watching a stampede of some kind, because no matter how many quarters you put on that damn turntable needle, it would still randomly jump all over the place. I remember my grandma usually yell “don’t dance so hard”! Then shortly after, it would appear that our guests would start dancing on their tipi-toes… LOL. The limitation of using vinyl really took the fun out of dancing and having a good time. You’d spend so much money on turntables that promise a “bounce free” experience, but they never worked.
Now we are in the digital age. Sometimes I have a hard time accepting the fact that most of this generation has never seen a record player before. Makes me feel even more old 🙁 . For those of us who cherish our oldies, we have a lot to thank digital technology for; or at least it has given you another reason not to be so scared of technology. Technology has allowed us to once again, hear and see all those old music and movies we’ve thought were gone for ever. You know that old favorite album you’ve lent to your cousin and you’ve never got back? Or your favorite Michael Jackson album you’ve lent your best friend, and by the time you’ve got it back, it was far less than mint condition? Damn if you were lucky enough to play it (with all the scratches on it)? Today, not only can you find and play all your old music again @ affordable prices, music that were once out of print, came back in to circulation as the direct result of digital technology. In addition, sometimes you can find special extended versions of the same songs you already love, movies have been re-digitized and enhanced with stunning quality. Most importantly, you never have to worry about your needle jumping anymore, or fiddling with your TV controls to get a better picture LOL. However, I guess there is that drawback of a collector not being able to physically purchase the original album/film; but then again, the shear volume of music and movies that are now available to us, we don’t have the space to contain them all anywayz.
I am not always able to find all of my treasures on line, but hopefully one day we all will.
©2013 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com
The song called “Stormy Weather” was one of Lena Horne’s first recordings, and has made her an international success. The song still remains to be one of her most memorable recordings. It also happens to be one of my favorites songs from that era. Many of my blog members may not know that, a lot of African American people hated Lena early on in her career, because it was said she tried to pass as white, therefore her audience base was primarily Caucasian. Keep in mind in those days they still had “colored” bathroom signs, so it was quite a bit of tension between the obvious black people and the “passable coloreds”. The average person today can’t fathom the unbelievable amount of pressure, that African Americans of film had, to represent people of color as real human beings; beings with emotion, passion, whit, and true acting ability. People of color not only had to deal with levels of unconceivable racism outside television and theater, but also type casting within the theatre; to be seen more than just a maid, butler, slave, a shield, or a brainless dummy who can be used as bait. Listen to the original recording of “Stormy Weather” Taken from the titled movie “Stormy Weather (1943) Click Here. Enjoy.
I absolutely love this group. Shalamar consisted of 3 people; Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel (later on Miki Free), and Howard Hewett. Some of their biggest hits were, “Second Time Around”, “dancing in the streets”, “A night to remember”, “full of fire”, and more. They have taken on the pop/rock era by storm in the 80’s. Check out their stuff on itunes.
Too my understanding, they all went solo. Jody Watly has done more dance music, and Howard Hewett has gone on to do gospel. Although I’m not sure what has happend to Miki Free & Jeffrey Danial. I am assume they is/was working in the background, song writing etc.,