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Show HN: JavaScript implementation of Spotify client (Chrome only) (spotifyontheweb.com)
65 points by EmielMols 1065 days ago | comments


brodd 1065 days ago | link

Why would anyone post their credentials to a site like this? It doesn't matter what the disclaimer says, I've got my credit card connected to my account. Also, the domain name (spotifyontheweb.com) is registered trough privacyprotect.org.

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daleharvey 1065 days ago | link

this half worked for me on the first attempt, not on the second, I pray to god that spotify pay you lots of money and you go make this official because it would be an awesome addition to spotify

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citricsquid 1065 days ago | link

I just signed up to Spotify premium to try this, excellent work! It would be nice to see Spotify launch an official web based client.

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EmielMols 1065 days ago | link

Thanks for the kind words!

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robin_reala 1065 days ago | link

What tech does this use that makes it Chrome only?

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justincormack 1064 days ago | link

Lack of ogg support would rule out Safari. Not sure what Opera and Firefox are missing.

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patrickaljord 1064 days ago | link

> US visitor, no Chrome or no Premium? Screenshot

Thanks, because Canada, Asia, Africa, South America, Antarctica and Australia do not have internet access ;)

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mikemaccana 1065 days ago | link

Pauses on 'Connecting...'. Chrome 11, OS X 10.6. Spotify premium account. Console log is:

main: stack state changed => keygen

all.js:122session: generating keys

all.js:123session: generated keys

all.js:157main: stack state changed => connecting

all.js:111protocol: connecting to 195.211.73.201

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augustl 1064 days ago | link

For the record, this also happens to me.

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EmielMols 1065 days ago | link

Hmm, that's weird. Second attempt also fails? For me it's still working.

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udp 1065 days ago | link

It's a shame this doesn't work for unlimited accounts. You'd have thought they wouldn't mind that, since unlimited has no ads either.

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gregschlom 1065 days ago | link

It kind of makes sense since the main difference between premium and unlimited accounts is that unlimited cannot play on mobile.

If their API was open for unlimited accounts, anyone could make own mobile clients, bypassing the restriction.

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udp 1065 days ago | link

Ah, good point! I didn't think about that.

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EmielMols 1065 days ago | link

Agreed. I can't do anything about it though :-( This is a Spotify policy decision.

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kilian 1064 days ago | link

Very cool, though if I was you, I'd put the "please don't use it for listening" somewhere more prominent and save yourself a lot of money ;)

Streaming is very fast. What are you planning to do next?

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estel 1065 days ago | link

I'm getting "Internal error message: Socket io error: Error #2031", which I'm guessing is a result of high traffic?

Edit: nevermind, stopped now. Might have been because I had the real client open?

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estel 1065 days ago | link

Though I do keep getting

"The Spotify Updater is trying to install the update, but didn't succeed

The error message is: The system cannot find the file specified. (2)"

From the actual application? In what way does the app interact to cause this?

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EmielMols 1065 days ago | link

Sorry, I had some issues with the traffic.. but that's now fixed. Spotify is updating right now, so that might explain the error.

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thisisblurry 1065 days ago | link

Since I live in the US, how about some screenshots?

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EmielMols 1065 days ago | link

Thanks for your interest. Trying to sustain the traffic now, but I'll upload some screenshots ASAP. Concerning look&feel it's close to the original client.

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balac 1064 days ago | link

which he has probably never seen because he lives in the US :)

Great work though, it would be awesome to have a browser based spotify client!

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SanjayUttam 1064 days ago | link

Unless he used a proxy...(picky, sorry, couldn't help it)

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ivh 1064 days ago | link

I have Spotify Premium and this works for me. Well done! Also just wrote feedback to Spotify to hire the maker and expand the web-client.

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pclark 1065 days ago | link

"Internal error message: Socket io error: Error #2031"

I have a premium account

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EmielMols 1065 days ago | link

Sorry, there were some traffic issues. Fixed now!

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snissn 1064 days ago | link

Can somebody post screenshots etc, for the poor souls that don't have the capacity to try this out?

edit: via @emiel (author's twitter) http://t.co/qE0s5hm

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guruz 1064 days ago | link

Works very fine for me here from Norway :) Congrats.. :)

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cleverjake 1065 days ago | link

Works wonderfully for me =] will the source be forthcoming?

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brugidou 1065 days ago | link

too bad it doesn't work behind a firewall... real nice work though :)

any idea if there's a way to use ports 80 or 443? I guess we need to ask spotify for that right?

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nubela 1064 days ago | link

how bout having the interface with grooveshark's APIs?

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petervandijck 1065 days ago | link

If you're looking for work you should let people in without having to provide credentials that they may not have.

(ie. I'm hiring and would like to see this but don't have Spotify credentials)

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estel 1065 days ago | link

That's pretty hard to do though: providing valid demo Spotify Premium details would be just the sort of breach of TOS that would cause spotify to come down on the site like a tonne of bricks; and non-real Spotify Premium details would be almost entirely pointless (the underlying library requires valid credentials to do anything).

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EmielMols 1065 days ago | link

It's not about the interface. It's about the technology behind it which can only be showcased by actually using it.

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chris_j 1064 days ago | link

For anyone in the UK, I recommend trying we7 (http://www.we7.com/) which is a similar service to Spotify and which which already has a web client.

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nickbarnwell 1064 days ago | link

Why would they use something that's similar to Spotify when they could use Spotify? The number of times I'm on someone else's computer and go "Oh, I'd really like to listen to some super obscure track not already on my MP3 player/smartphone/Kindle/what-have-you" are virtually nil, and competitors lack the huge selection of music that Spotify has.

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JCB_K 1064 days ago | link

It's not really similar at all. This is just another web radio service, whereas on Spotify you can listen whatever you want. Also, the UI is horrendous.

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chris_j 1064 days ago | link

That's not correct. We7 isn't just another web radio service. It absolutely is a service where you can listen to whatever you want, with a fairly decent selection of (major label) tracks. The major advantage over Spotify up until now has been the fact that it has a web interface, although I do take your point that the UI is pretty horrendous.

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