Desktop scrobbler does not show now playing with Spotify

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When using the desktop scrobbler (Windows 10, scrobbler version 2.1.37) I can seen my scrobbles in the "Scrobbles" Tab as I would see them on the website.
What does not seem to work is the "Now Playing" tab.
Anything that can fix this as this is nice to see some background info about the current track.
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Posted 3 years ago

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Hans-Jürgen, Moderator

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You can still click on the currently playing track in the Scrobbles tab which will show you the details. The Now Playing tab does not work with Spotify anymore since they have changed their API about a year ago.
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James Joul

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Just wanted to add that I'm using a much older version of Spotify (version 0.9.15.27) which is over a year old and still has some of the key features that have since been removed (like CTRL + F searching in playlists, an equalizer app, push notifications etc). 

In this version the "Now Playing" tab on the Desktop Scrobbler still works, and I always have both the Spotify client and the Last.fm Scrobbler open on my second monitor.

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James Joul

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Yeah. I haven't used the latest versions of Spotify, but from what I've heard they've removed most of the really useful features. To stop an older version from automatically updating is very simple. You can find out how below:
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/how-to-downgrade-spotify

One of my favourite things about using this older version is that I can search for specific tracks within playlists using the CTRL + F shortcut. Some of my playlists have up to 9,000 tracks in them so this feature is extremely useful not just for finding tracks, but also checking for duplicates before I add more.

 I still get notifications too. When playlists I follow are updated I get notified with a number beside showing how many tracks were added and each new one has a blue dot next to it. I also see some new releases from the notification bell at the top too, but to be honest that feature never worked properly.

If you're interested in keeping up-to-date on new releases from artists you follow (and you're a Windows 10 user) then I highly, highly recommend checking out this free external app for Spotify: https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/companion-for-spotify/9nblggh5v1tt

You'll be notified of every single release from artists you follow, even if they feature in a track by another artist. It also has some other neat features like a playlist generator too.
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nope, win7 user, so i have to live with the bell... at least it works every now and then... ;)
i had to switch back again to a newer version (1.0.7.157) because in this old version there is no notification if you put a song twice in a playlist...
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Ah, yes. That would be a useful feature to have in my older version. If only we could pick and choose! 

There is a website you can use to remove duplicate tracks from your playlists. (http://paulvi.nl/deduplicator/) It's pretty useful, but not 100% effective. It only removes exact duplicates. So if you have two of the same songs from different albums they won't get picked up. But that's fairly rare.

However, I have many playlists with 3,000-9,000 tracks in them and it hasn't been an issue. That feature certainly wouldn't convince me to install the latest version!
If you ever upgrade to windows 10, I definitely recommend getting that Spotify Companion app. I couldn't live without it. Each day I get a collection of fresh releases from artists I love!

http://app.swarm.fm/ is a decent upgrade to the Spotify notifications, but it doesn't even compare to this app. 
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Ctrl+F does work in playlists again for several months, but it is not available on artist pages and in playlist folders. It also came back in local files recently.
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James Joul

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Oh neat. I asked two friends a few weeks ago and they said it doesn't work anymore. I guess they were wrong.