Obviously, I am of the opinion that automatic media playback is a "no no" and I personally dislike the practice. The use of automatic media playback is a red flag in my mind that tells me, "This website is not primarily user-preference driven and is likely something that is about to show me a marketing pitch. The owners of the website do not have a problem with surprising me and/or others nearby due to an oversight or marketing interests."
This thread deserves to be at the top as a reminder to web services and design staff. I realize that decisions for auto-playback likely come from above. If I were in a position of subservience and the directive came from above, I would offer my advice that this behavior is pushy and may turn away users.
I'd appreciate it if web sites asked me before blurting out music - it seems with HTML5 people have forgotten the annoyance of Flash banner ads.
I wish there was a history of the pairs. I really liked some song snippets but before I could hit space to continue playing, it disappeared...
When I select the active tab it cycles through locations every ~3-5 secondes.
I remember back when I delivered pizzas, it was not uncommon for most of us drivers to all be humming the same song as we are getting stuff inside, since we all listened to the same stations.
If it was a really good song ending as I got back to the store, it was not uncommon to find that I waited it out in the parking lot along with at least two other drivers. :)
Pretty friendly guy, helped me out via email with some questions I had when I was playing around with facetracker.
And I can't find anything in https://www.spotify.com/us/arts/serendipity/scripts/serendip... that would change when you switch tabs.
Together creating a stereo system with friends & or those in the crowd around them.
Anyone else interested in such a feature?
Turntable was definitely a slick site, yet there was a lot of interaction needed and personally I got tired of having need to interact to listen to music. Listening to music for me is more a passive past time.
If not +1.
I think Spotify getting this feature working wouldn't be trivial as syncing audio perfectly across different Internet devices (labtop, PC, tablet, phone, etc) doesn't seem doable. Also, music licensing issues would probably be an issue too.
You'll find out why it's hard in a way that no amount of explaining will do, and you'll find reality less amenable to argumentation than comment boxes.
(If you do try it, make sure you've got two different devices, ideally two different types, and be sure to be streaming from somewhere at least 50ms away on the network, ideally with at least a few ms in variance between requests. Though odds are pretty good that even trying to stream the same song to two identical devices over a local Wifi network would only work most of the time, you'd find...)
hmmm, so i guess it can be done!??!
It just isn't as easy as it looks.
In fact, things that are a great deal more complicated can also be done, such as really fantastic real-time echo cancellation or feedback prevention in a large room with many speakers and many microphones. It just isn't as easy as you would naively think; everything that just leaps to mind (especially if you aren't particularly knowledgeable about signal processing) don't work. You'll pay big bucks for the system that can do that, and there's a reason for that.
You'll discover I'm not inventing problems, I'm oversimplifying.
But even beyond that, American are so good at exporting their cultural products I'm pretty certain that american music is the most popular international music. I mean, even in non-english speaking countries many (most?) new bands sing in english to try and emulate them.
EDIT: That said, there's something magical about knowing that people in Majorca and San Pedro de Alcantrata were listening to Boston "together."
Is there any sophistication behind the sound clip selection? Just a certain static point in each song, or some kind of algorithm to get to a recognisable part?
Anyways, fantastic execution! Great visualization. My only super-minor complaint is the fade in/fade out could be a little less abrupt when the songs change :)
Imagine incorporating a PA system so a coach could talk to and track his athletes on all their training runs...
Or you can click the background to listen to it on play.spotify.com.