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spotify: unable to play some playlists #471

hamptonmoore opened this issue Mar 26, 2018 · 3 comments

spotify: unable to play some playlists #471

hamptonmoore opened this issue Mar 26, 2018 · 3 comments


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@hamptonmoore hamptonmoore commented Mar 26, 2018


I am trying to play a spotify playlist I followed

Steps to Reproduce

  1. tizonia --spotify-playlist "Chill Hits"

Expected behavior: Play the playlist

Actual behaviour: Plays a random playlist

Reproduces how often: 100% I have never gotten it to play the followed playlist


tizonia 0.11.0. Copyright (C) 2017 Juan A. Rubio
This software is part of the Tizonia project
Debug Info:
* [Boost 1_66]
* [TagLib 1.11.1]
* [MediaInfoLib - v17.12]
NAME="Anarchy Linux"
PRETTY_NAME="Anarchy Linux"

Installation Method Used

Pacaur iirc

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@tizonia tizonia commented Mar 27, 2018

Hi!, thanks for taking the time to report this issue.

Yes, this is a genuine problem. It occurs with some of my playlists as well. I don't know why this is happening. I always attributed it to my poor understanding of libspotify, which is used by tizonia's Spotify plugin. The thing is that I decided not to invest a lot of time in libspotify because it has been officially deprecated by Spotify some time ago (see #395).

I think the best solution here is to ditch the existing spotify_source OMX component and add a spotify role in the http_source component. For that Spotify role, pyspotify sounds like the only option available right now. It also uses libspotify but probably it has this problem resolved plus it would allow tizonia to do spotify searches of other things than just playlists.

@tizonia tizonia changed the title Play followed spotify playlist spotify: unable to play some playlists Mar 29, 2018
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@juanrubio juanrubio commented May 10, 2018

Just as a note, libspotify does not seem to allow Spotify-made playlists to be played like it does with the playlists created by the user. I have not verified this with pyspotify, but I believe this is a shortcoming in the underlying (and unmaintained) libspotify.

@tizonia tizonia added this to the v0.15.0 milestone Jun 15, 2018
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@tizonia tizonia commented Jun 15, 2018

Closing this now. Spotify Web API functionality has now been merged to master.

@tizonia tizonia closed this Jun 15, 2018
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