Here are five things about the Spotify client that are either broken or are so basic they really could do with improving.
- Top Lists – the Top Lists section is supposed to list to top artists, albums, or tracks for me, for everyone, or in a specific country. The For Me lists only show a top 10, and although the lists do indeed contain entries I’ve listened to, they are certainly not the top played (I can compare with my Last.fm page). The other lists contain a full top 100 rundown, however these are quite obviously broken too: the Top Albums list even contains singles! And some of the top albums in the UK are not available in the UK.
Not My Top 3 Tracks
- Artists you may like – From the What’s New tab, the top six “artists I may like” may contain a few bands I’m interested in. Trouble is, when I click an artist there’s often only a blank page or only one or two tracks available. I’m all for the long tail in recommendation services, but it would be useful if there was something pinned on the end of the tail.
- Share To – The Share To Delicious/Facebook/Twitter options may not be completely broken, but they are as basic as possible. The new Share to Twitter feature doesn’t even use a URL shortener. A typical playlist URL is about 70 characters long (depending on your username) and that’s without the actual name of the playlist.
- Open Spotify webpage – The Spotify Resource page that pops into your browser when you click a Spotify link contains the Spotify logo, a cryptic unique ID and not much else. A much better implementation is from http://spotibot.com/betterlinks/ which shows the album art, artist, title, and other information about the release.
- Tracks being removed with no notice – I understand that artists and labels will change their minds and decide to remove their content from Spotify. But Spotify’s refusal to even hint at what might be being removed annoys many users and does not give fans a chance to petition their favourite bands or update their playlists with alternatives.