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That was an Anchorman reference, not an Avengers one, in case you're bothered.

People may remember that when I got my Sonos set-up I resisted the temptation to get Spotify, instead just using my own store of music.

But I got a free 6 months Spotify membership recently, and seemed a shame not to use it. I have to admit I am fairly converted. The advantages of not having to have the computer on, and voice controls working properly I didn't think would make much of a difference - but it seems they have.

Anyway, very new to the use of the software. What tips would you give?

For a start, I have worked out how to build a 'radio station' from a single song. But I'm sure I read that these would be neverending - continually adding more songs as it got near to the end of the playlist. This doesn't seem to be the case for me. The playlists tend to only be 3-4 hours long and then cycle round to the start again. What am I doing wrong?
 

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I have similar experience with song radio (artist radio and album radio are similar in my experience).
You can set the radio to repeat (and shuffle so that the order changes) and it will continue going forever though - but after the third time you'll know it's time to change to another song...

I will routinely start one of the pre-fab release radar playlists (those have been getting way better than when I first started. I think they have updated the software and as my use of Spotify continues, they gather more data to base their choices on), when a song appeals to me, I'll switch to that song's radio.
 

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I did wonder whether the 'release radio' was filtered towards your preferences, or whether it was full to the brim with pop crap.

I have found each Monday the 'discover playlist' is enjoyable.

I did a bit of googling, and it appears that Spotify have removed the endless playlist model recently for no apparent reason.
 

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I see that you can download tracks. But I'm assuming that you can only then play them through Spotify - so I wouldn't be able to get them on to my car stereo.
 

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I am not sure what song I have liked which has led to my release radar being full of Swedish language soft rock.

Maybe the Swedes are the only ones releasing soft rock at all currently?
 

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I see that you can download tracks. But I'm assuming that you can only then play them through Spotify - so I wouldn't be able to get them on to my car stereo.
2 ways,
if you have an iphone, upgrade to a car stereo supporting apple car play.
Or stream the music over bluetooth with any modern phone. (Radio needs to support that)

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Here's a question:

Is there a way to save your position on a playlist so that you can return to it despite having gone off listening to something else in the meantime?

I have been rather enjoying for the last few weeks working my way through a massive "Film themes" playlist I found, but I don't want to miss checking my discover list each week, and I sometimes want to listen to something I've picked myself.

Every time I do that and return to the films, I have to remember what I last listened to on it. Unless there's a save functionality I've missed?
 

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Associated question:

How came every song Kenny Loggins did for a film was brilliant, and every other song he ever did was terrible?
 

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I don't think you can bookmark your position in a playlist. It would be useful though.

The playlist radio feature I find particularly mindless. It seems to base the whole radio selection on just one artist it picks randomly from the playlist which it then goes on to feature strongly. Pandora were doing this sort of thing much better 15 years ago.
 

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What's the playlist radio feature? I would have thought it was where you pick a cong to build a playlist from, but the context of what you go on to say suggests that isn't what you're talking about.
 

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Oh wait. Exactly the same thing but from a playlist rather than an individual song.

I haven't come across that because I've always picked a song to build from instead.
 

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Oh wait. Exactly the same thing but from a playlist rather than an individual song.

I haven't come across that because I've always picked a song to build from instead.
It seems that Spotify uses exactly the same mechanism to generate the radio in both cases and that's why they just pick one song/artist in the playlist. It does annoy me.
 

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I use spotify a lot and am generally very pleased with it...
..but the functionality and ease of use could be better, as in the examples mentioned above, and also the changes in the way the system operates across platforms. I use spotify on my iPhone, on my Mac and on Sonos, and all three seem to behave differently, in particular the search function seems best (easiest to navigate and most comprehensive) on the Mac version. They also seem to vary in what happens after an album/song/playlist you've selected has played to the end - the phone version goes into radio based on selection, in Sonos it just stops.
Not major gripes, but consistent behaviour across platforms would be good.
 

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I'm the same, except Windows PC instead of Mac, and my findings are identical.

The phone app can also sometimes be a bit spotty about identifying the Sonos speakers as available outputs, so I occasionally have to juggle between the Spotify and the Sonos app to get things working properly.
 

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I'm loving the playlist put together by the Red Rooster Festival people, it's called Blue Rooster and also Caffe Nero Afternoon Music. For any blues fans out there From The Delta To Chicago is worth a listen too.
 
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