The Black Spotify

Sweden is home to many things: The Pirate Bay, some fantastic trance and synthpop bands, and of course Spotify. Combine these together (OK, maybe not the bands) and you get The Black Spotify: a gathering of Swedish demo scene coders and hackers determined to crack open Spotify.

To date, several Spotify hacks and workarounds have appeared – these are listed below. NOTE: Use these resources at your own risk (and conscience).

Apps & Hacks

  • Despotify – Open-source Spotify client, ostensibly to open up Spotify to Linux and Mac OS users but used by many community sites to provide playlist details etc. This app has resulted in much fierce debate but has yet to be disabled by Spotify themselves. Despotify require a premium Spotify account.
  • Spotify DJ – a companion app (requires Adobe Air) that lets you broadcast live DJ sets to other Spotify users. Integrated with Last.fm and Twitter.
  • jotify – A Java Spotify client library. Source code on github.
  • A proxy server – The simplest way for US-based and rest-of-the-world users to get some Spotification, as helpfully explained by TechCrunch.
  • Lastify – Adds Last.fm “Love,” “Ban” and “Tag” options to the Spotify client.
  • spotifyripping.com – Tips on how to copy the audio stream coming in from Spotify. Also includes a page listing plugins, such as mirc add-on SpotAmp.
  • How to mute Spotify adverts – Pete at Designalism describes how to mute the commercials, provided you’re on a Mac and know how to install and modify scripts. As Pete says: “Running my mute script requires a specific operating system (OSX), downloading and installing two pieces of software (Soundflower and the output switcher), running a custom programming language (MacRuby) and finally, running a custom ruby script on the console.
  • Fixing Spotify Login Issues – FileShareFreak’s tips with lots of comments

Alternative Apps

  • Spot – An open-source Spotify client for the iPhone. Essentially deprecated by the official mobile app.
  • Droidify – An unofficial Spotify client for Android. Essentially deprecated by the official mobile app.

Invite Sites

There are many sites now offering free Spotify invites for those of you not in one of the supported countries. Here are some of the least-dodgy looking ones:

Thanks to snowlord for the initial heads-up. The Black Spot is of course from Robert Louis Stevenson. 

  • klokie

    Nice article. You should also check out FileRide, a free app for Mac and Windows which automatically pops up a little notification when you copy a Spotify URL or URI for a track, artist, album, or playlist, so you can bookmark and/or share it with others via Twitter or FileRide (free reg. required). It also works with local files (MP3s, photos, videos, PDFs, spreadsheets, etc) as well as YouTube videos and other links.

    http://www.fileride.com/

  • Anonymous

    I think SpotSave should be remove from the list. It hasn´t been working for a long time now because Spotify issued an updated that changed something to not make it work.

  • Hey, thanks for the mention!

    I am a huge fan of Spotify but I consider it my civic duty to remove the voices of Roberta and Jonathan from your playlists!

    Each week I help a lot of folks get my script up and running via email and twitter inquiries.

    But if you really like Spotify and want to support the musicians then get a premium account! I snapped and went premium last week, thanks to the lure of the iPhone app.

    Don’t worry tho – I’ll still happily answer queries about the mute script 🙂

  • Heh cheers Peter, good to hear!

  • I made software to automatically mute the adverts.
    Check it out at my site:
    http://gube.co.uk/Applications/

    Thanks, and enjoy my free software.

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