Sunday, March 23, 2014

Help testing the new classical radio

A small percentage of users now get revamped classical radio. Try it here: Use the skip button to flip through a few tracks.

If you only see soundtracks and greatest hits from not-so-great compilations and less than 10 composers, you are still on the old radio. Please ignore it like you did in the past few years.

If you see a wide range of selections from respectable labels, then play on. The more you listen, the more users will get the new version.

Your feedback will be much appreciated. Thanks.


  1. Yeah. That's gonna work heaps Spotify. "We need your help testing this" - there's no way for you to get it intentionally. Just go there be lucky. The "be lucky" part is very important, because if you don't, we're going to punish everyone else with bad old content too.

    1. Agreed. The best beta testers may be left in the cold.

      Back to the "Best of Mozart" for me...,shiver>

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  2. I still don't want radio, I just want useable metadata. Is anything being done to solve that problem?

    1. Sorry guys. To keep the test neutral I cannot control who get which version. And yes, you will see more useable metadata like with Harmonia Mundi.

  3. Radio is better, but I agree with Dave MacD. As a long time subscriber I would have recommended many classical music mates if Spotify hadn't treated us so badly.

  4. Hi from Spain.

    This morning playing with the Spotify iOS app, I was getting the same old bull***t. From my mac, with the desktop app, the result was the same (best chopin, yo-yo-ma on bach, relax with classical and the same soundtracks crap).

    I am a premium user, by the way. We don't have Rdio in Spain yet, can't compare. Thanks a lot for making a better Spotify, we need people like you with good taste and knowledge. And +1 to better metadata, please!!!!


  5. Just signed up. Whatever version I am using, it is not going to appeal to people who know much about classical music. Playing one track of a string quartet, then jumping to another piece entirely. Also told me that Maurice Ravel is "similar" to Herbert von Karajan. Invites me to listen to Eminem. Maybe your newer service does a better job - whichever version I am looking at, this doesn't cut it.

  6. Thanks for your efforts. Yes, I have ignored Spotify classical radio but will give it another try and see if I'm a 'lucky' one. It's one of the reasons why I kept an eye on your blog before you joined Spotify-- higher proportion of good recordings and good music.

    What sort of feedback would be most useful to Spotify? Or is Spotify simply tracking listening time to look for an increase?

  7. Tried this - sorry, still the same old rubbish! The version I am seeing is hot going to engage anyone who is interested in classical music. Guess I am one of the unlucky ones - but if Spotify have something better, I feel rather hurt ( or maybe insulted even) that they are keeping it back

  8. Regarding "Sorry guys. To keep the test neutral I cannot control who get which version."

    Your test is already biased, as the only people you are presenting it to, are people who currently listen to Classical Radio and are *satisfied* with it.

    There may be an audience of people who care about classical music who are NOT listening to Spotify Classical Radio, because, like I've just discovered, it's a limited collection of tracks, some of which are astoundingly mediocre. But you will never "test" this population, because they're not listening now.

    A better test would be to simultaneously offer both "Classical Old" and "Classical New", publicize it WIDELY and NOT just to the current listeners, and then see which gets more listen time and numbers.

    Hoping you expand the "test" soon, but currently unwilling to listen to the limited selection on Classical Radio.

  9. I wonder about these apparently different "audiences" of Spotify Classical. Has anybody noticed how many Classical recordings are in Forgotify (the website that plays tracks that have never been played even once). And many are not of the mediocre kind, but excellent recordings of well-known recording brands including DG, Decca, Chandos, etc.

  10. I don't know if you are still seeking feedback or testing this function . . . but I thought I would report that I don't think it's working yet. This morning I heard: Beethoven Sonata 23 (pretty standard repertoire), soundtrack, Pavarotti "Ave Maria," and that was enough of a test for me.

    Interestingly, I loaded the page again after closing it -- and it started back with the Beethoven Piano Sonata.

    I'm looking forward to this getting going.

  11. Nope still the same old classical 'hits' for me. I would actually like an interesting spotify classical radio. The fact there are no ads makes it very appealing

  12. Sigh - same here. I really like the sound of the expanded classical radio, but not seeing it at the moment.

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