Spotify's completely fixed! (Almost)

April 2015

Spotify version 1.0.3 is being rolled out and AppleScript seems to be working as it should again! Well, almost. Everything works, except the album artwork. So while Denied will once again save your ears from the scum music of the earth, you can’t see what the album cover looks like.

Spotify no artwork

While the black hole of despair is actually looking quite fitting in Denied, I’ve contacted Spotify once more to go in and fix the AppleScript stuff for good this time.

Fixing Spotify

March 2015

Spotify released a pretty major update a little while ago. While they introduced all kinds of interesting new features, they also broke some old ones, like support for remote controlling the desktop client using ‘AppleScript’.

Denied uses AppleScript to retrieve information from Spotify and tell it to skip to the next song. Needless to say without AppleScript Denied is pretty bad at saving your ears in Spotify. Note that Rdio and iTunes are unaffected by the way.

Luckily the bug is pretty simple to solve and Spotify has said they’re planning to release a definitive fix pretty soon. Until then, you can use this little patch I wrote that will re-enable AppleScript with the click of a button. Super simple.

Spotify AppleScript Patch

So, if you’re experiencing any trouble using Denied with Spotify, download the patch and start saving your ears from crappy music again!

My favorite tracks

February 2015

Instead of focusing on songs I detest, let’s talk about some that I love; totally compensating for all the negativity on this site.

I’ve made my starred playlist public so you can browse through tracks I’ve saved. I also religiously ‘scrobble plays’ to my Last.fm profile. Do you guys still do that? If not, I highly recommend it. Browsing through the 90.000+ tracks I’ve listened to over the years feels like an incredible trip down memory lane. Plus it allows me to compare my musical taste to Japie.

Upon analyzing my Starred playlist, it seems to be a combination of all-time favorites and spur of the moment stuff that sounded perfect at the right time. An example from the first category would be Glycerine by Bush. It’s become sort of a ritual to put it on when I’m testing one of my other apps, called Porthole. Your Love by The Outfield I also never get tired of hearing.


Last.fm indicates that I also listen to an ungodly amount of Punk.


More recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Chiptune and Synth Pop. I tend to alternate between periods of listening to guitar music and electronic tunes. Computerized songs seem to be winning at the moment — although I thoroughly enjoyed that Black Label Society concert last Saturday!


I’m always on the lookout for new awesome music to listen to, so I’d love to hear about your Starred playlists on Twitter.

More features for Denied

January 2015

Add songs from the Now Playing info

Denied version 1.2.1 is out today, but last month I shipped a major update that I haven’t posted about on here. It introduces awesome new features and a radical new design. Here’s a short list:

  • Skipping songs that contain explicit lyrics.
  • Skipping songs that you’ve heard before in the past few hours.
  • Seeing which song is currently playing and..
  • Adding rules straight from the Now Playing information.

Also:

  • The rules adding/editing interface has been completely revised.
  • Cool animations have been added.
  • Bugs have been fixed and things tweaked.

The best animation is probably the one you’ll never see. It happens when you pause or un-pause your music player.

Animations in the latest build of Denied

The gif above also shows the flow of adding a new rule based on the song that’s currently playing. The final version shows the amount of rules you’ve setup. Pretty neat.

Skipping repeating songs and tracks that contains explicit content are the two major new features. Both are disabled by default, but introduce powerful new methods to passively skip over music you don’t want to hear.

With the repeating song feature, you can set a timeout (between 30 minutes and 24 hours) and Denied will automatically skip over songs that have been played before in the set amount of time. I love this option when I listen to some Spotify Radio stations that have a limited amount of tracks.

Automatically skip repeating songs

The explicit content filter checks if songs are labeled as containing explicit lyrics. If you’re listening with kids, or other sensitive ears, this feature will surely come in handy. Note that while it works with Spotify, Rdio and iTunes, the song has to be available in Spotify’s library and you need to be connected to the internet.

Automatically skip explicit songs

New design & new features!

December 2014

I’ve teased the 1.2.0 update of Denied in a few previous posts and I’m super stoked to tell you that it’s finally here!

Add songs from the Now Playing info

To start of this off, let’s list everything that’s new or changed in this huge update.
Denied now lets you:

  • Skip songs that contain explicit lyrics.
  • Skip songs that you’ve heard before in the past few hours.
  • See which song is currently playing and..
  • Add rules straight from the Now Playing information.

Also:

  • The rules adding/editing interface has been completely revised.
  • Cool animations have been added.
  • Bugs have been fixed and things tweaked.

The best animation is probably the one you’ll never see. It happens when you pause or un-pause your music player.

Animations in the latest build of Denied

The gif above also shows the flow of adding a new rule based on the song that’s currently playing. The final version shows the amount of rules you’ve setup. Pretty neat.

Skipping repeating songs and tracks that contains explicit content are the two major new features. Both are disabled by default, but introduce powerful new methods to passively skip over music you don’t want to hear.

With the repeating song feature, you can set a timeout (between 30 minutes and 24 hours) and Denied will automatically skip over songs that have been played before in the set amount of time. I love this option when I listen to some Spotify Radio stations that have a limited amount of tracks.

Automatically skip repeating songs

The explicit content filter checks if songs are labeled as containing explicit lyrics. If you’re listening with kids, or other sensitive ears, this feature will surely come in handy. Note that while it works with Spotify, Rdio and iTunes, the song has to be available in Spotify’s library and you need to be connected to the internet.

Automatically skip explicit songs