Website update - 14th December

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How are ya?

Today we released Sprint 173 (finally, right?). Here's what's in it:
  • A redesigned header
  • A redesigned gallery page
  • Image uploading
  • Image voting
We're also almost done with Sprint 174 which contains some library page design changes. We'll hopefully release that later this week. 

Cheers,
Team Last.fm
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James Scott, Web dev lead

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Merowinger

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HALLELUJAH! Thank you, man.
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damarys_eira

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Thank you so much!! Keep up the good work! :-)
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James L.

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Image uploading, literally one of the few most important things at this point, thank you.

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"We'll hopefully release that later this week."

See you in a month.
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Chris

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Not ashamed to say I actually laughed out loud ;-)
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_Δ_

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Scotch & Soda! 
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Sharon K

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I just uploaded my first Album cover since the Beta came out! Thank you!! :)
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Jor1ss

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  • "Do not upload anything which you do not own or are fully licensed to upload."
"You must only upload images that you have created yourself or that you are expressly authorised or licensed to upload."

How does this work for album art?

I can't just create my own art and say it's the cover for an album?
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Kloner

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Easy. Draw your own version and upload it.

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damarys_eira

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:-D :-D :-D
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James L.

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I'm sure that's just for copyright issues. I mean when you think about it, that's pretty much everything on the site. I think any normal artist wouldn't really give a shit if just their ALBUM COVER is on a site, how else are people suppose to know about it otherwise?

Just as long as they aren't Robert Fripp it shouldn't really matter.
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Jor1ss

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yeh I mean I'm sure too but I don't want my profile to be deleted because I uploaded the album art which is a big part of this website haha
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abigwater

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I love your avatar that has a triangle and a chinese word literally means “triangle” beneath.
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Merowinger

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By the way: it works not perfect. Escpecially the redirect to the english page is a little bit annoying.
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Mac Rebant

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@jdawg70 they mentioned API in the last update from Nov 19. https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/website-update-19th-november
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_Δ_

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I believe RD70 is commenting in relation to an unanswered question by an uninformed Champion; who said there were no specifics in these issues. This update is needed, I am happy, but the exchange of information here is horrendous. 
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They talk about fixing API account creation.  And, again, they remain utterly silent about the state of the API itself.

My comment primarily revolves around the API itself, the endpoints that are non-functional (for 4 months), the reporting from the userbase that those endpoints are non-functional (for 4 months), and the fact that any discussion revolving around the API and those endpoints is resolutely ignored by Last.fm (for 4 months).

Not even a "we are aware that there are bugs in the API, we're going to fix them, but it is a low priority and not being worked on at this time."  <---- That right the f**k there is what we generally refer to as "communication," and Last.fm staff are f**king that one up pretty damn hardcore.

Nope.  We get *nothing*.  At this point I'd probably jump for f**king joy if they just posted an image of a middle-finger with the text "Screw you, developers!  Our API is broken and that's the ways we likes it!" - at least that would be acknowledgement of our damn existence, and at least kind of hilarious if nothing else.
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_Δ_

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something like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wRHcfF1Sqs lol killer flick
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_Δ_

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lol

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Matthew Lowery

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For sharp .png artist image and album art image uploads, what is the recommended image resolution? It used to be that 500px wide for artist pictures and 500x500 for album pictures was ideal, but now I'm not sure because they look blurry.1
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holland25

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I shed a manly tear. I've uploaded my first image.
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Donyvi

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Haha, I thought about you when I read "Image uploading" =)
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holland25

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You know what's funny? It took them 4 months and now, when it's finally here, I don't have access to my HDD. It died a week ago and I still need my files back.
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Merowinger

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Murphy's law?
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holland25

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Something like that, yeah. Irony at its finest.
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Merowinger

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Next: Please add an option to sort the pictures by date!
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Farah

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I agree. Been looking for my pictures among the big collection of a certain artist and it's taking time.
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mais5minutos

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OMG I CANT BELIEVE :')
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Ryan

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Image voting does not register my thumbs up or down.
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jusO6

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Ya! Exactly! Jolin Tsai, Namie Amuro but I also can't vote on images for Acid Black Cherry or T.M.Revolution even though they both use Latin characters... I find that part strange...
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Amanda Carvalho

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Exactly.... Really annoying. I've reported that Jessica picture
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garynotrashcoug

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I had this same problem. You click on the buttons to upvote or downvote, the number changes and then quickly reverts back to the previous number.
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Tanner C

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same deal, only noticed it with artists with hangul in their names
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_Δ_

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Now, now lets be fair lol
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El_Paulo

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Looking forward to the library page design update.
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Marcus Vinicius

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oh my god i literally cried when I clicked on the upload button and the image of that empty cd became the cover of the album on my albums charts

SO MANY FEELS!!!!
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64DC

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User library in a grid, in a GRID.
About Me with html/bb code.
That's all I care about.
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Marcus Vinicius

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I hope the part of "library design changes" will mean they'll be back with the grid version of it
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jusO6

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AMEN to that! A grid would be fantastic!
And bbcode for About Me Section for the 100th time, please!
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rentstrike

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bbcode
bbcode
bbcode
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pizzicatoiv

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Most of the contributing projects for the bbcode sidebar have died by now. That's how last.fm rewards its most dedicated users.
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Paul Celan

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"A redesigned gallery page"

Wait, what's the gallery? The library seems unchanged.
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jdawg70

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@Chris:
Well, for me, it's primarily library.getalbums and library.gettracks.  So I'm not sure if there really are any alternatives save for web scraping, which I'm quite certain no one at Last.fm would appreciate.

And...just to reiterate.  My main source of irritation isn't the fact that these endpoints don't work (yes, I still find it rather strange that endpoints so basic don't work, but I don't know the backend so it's certainly possible that the DB is so monumentally complex that fixing those is extremely time-consuming, and that they got past regression testing by...magic).  It is the fact that Last.fm just.  Doesn't.  Say.  Anything.  At.  All.

Fear not - the only thing that'll really happen if they don't provide any information is more vitriolic bullshit words on a Get Satisfaction forum.  This has not disenfranchised me enough to warrant anything beyond me being a jerk on an internet forum.  Again, if they want to be assholes, that is their business, but honestly, I don't think any organization that depends on having users wants to actually be an asshole.  So I am just reminding them that, yes, they are being assholes, and if they do not want to be assholes, they can stop acting like assholes.

Oh, and in case it isn't clear - Last.FM, you guys are acting like assholes.
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jdawg70

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This probably sums things up in my noggin:
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Chris

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Ha! Ah fair play. Tbf I was only joking, you don't seem unhinged enough ;-)
So if those EPs are offline, I wonder how all these listening habits style apps got around it? Scraping? Seems a bit inefficient.
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http://www.factmag.com/2015/06/05/last-fm-redesign-beta/ 

The Beef Franks? 
'unhinged, I can't even make it out?

@Abigwater bIG THX :The Clash 'Julie's been workin' for the drug squad'


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http://www.factmag.com/2015/06/05/last-fm-redesign-beta/ 

The Beef Franks? 
'unhinged, I can't even make it out?

@Abigwater bIG THX :The Clash 'Julie's been workin' for the drug squad'


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Thank you for the update.
Problem is even if the album has an image now, it doesn't display correspondingly in the recent tracks, which has been reported almost a month ago in the last update, please fix this.
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More ideas on "albums".
Could you bring back the feature that sorts out recent tracks in albums, which I remember have to listen like 3 tracks from the same album then it would come out, that would make the page aesthetically readable for album listeners and totally no harm to single lovers. I've also read other users' demand for this.

And I'm not sure if many people would use this, but the old site provide a monthly snapshot of the albums you played, which was very helpful and delightful to me. Here's a little screenshot. Hope this would come back too.
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I really liked this feature too - but to clarify: you had to listen to at least half the album before it would register on this page.
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abigwater

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One more about Compilation Albums.
Since Rob_209 isn't here now I'm gonna quote his words from like under every update,
Any chance of the Various Artists tag problem being looked at ? 
https://getsatisfaction.com/lastfm/topics/various-artists-compilation-albums-album-artist-tag-not-be...
 Been over 2 months since I posted this = (
A few of us posted screenshots to explain whats happening in this thread.  
Please stop ignoring *him*, say something back, tag the problem? Whatever.
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Wow, thank you, finally! But why is it that some pictures look so damn blurry no matter how good quality the picture I upload is? Shaking the Habitual by The Knife & for example, it used to look great before Beta :(

Anyways, please give us the ability to delete tracks/artists form our libraries. I need to get rid of stuff but I can't because they're "Unkown Date" -scrobbles. Oh, and fix the album art thing please!
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Mac Rebant

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You CAN delete tracks from your library but maybe I'm misreading what you're saying
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Elliot Robinson

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I imagine Chadion means the ability to delete scrobbles/artists (and albums, for that matter) with one click. Presently, you can only delete scrobbles for a track one at a time, which is very laborious if you have several tracks to delete with many plays. We need the ability to "remove track", "remove artist", and "remove album" again, as a single operation rather than lots and lots of individual scrobble deleting.

Furthermore, if you have imported your play counts when you set up your profile (like I did), these scrobbles can't currently be deleted.
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Vlad_Dieckmann

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Finaly! Thanks, But why be possible downloan album on the site?
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Elliot Robinson

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First off, thanks for successfully bringing back image uploads and voting, but I have noticed a couple of issues.

As others have noted, there seems to be some very harsh compression going on during upload - a crisp artwork can end up looking fuzzy when uploaded. Is it possible to look at removing this compression element, or at the very least minimising it please?

I've also noticed that the file upload seems to be less fond of PNG files - it seems to upload them, but initially throws up a "whoopsie" error page. Large-ish images also seem to cause time-outs; e.g. I tried uploading a couple of images around 1400x1400 (~1.5MB) and they timed-out, but after resizing down to 600x600 they uploaded without an issue.
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Thanks
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But when cover arts at profiles will be working just like at the old Last.FM website?
I mean they were always based on ALBUM tag, instead of picking most popular album which contains scrobbled track - it seems that this is happening right now. Take a look at screenshot.




Sorry for my English and thanks for a reply in advance.
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This, please! It's really annoying to have 12 tracks from the same album and they display different covers in your charts (the actual cover, especial edition covers, single covers, compilations covers, no cover, etc.).
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pizzicatoiv

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I've uploaded an image to last.fm. *faint*
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Michael Markoff

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This is Super Update! 
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It's amazing how the tone of these threads change from week to week. ;)

Thanks as always for the update. Great stuff this week. Looking forward to the next!
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Thank you for the update. Better late than never. But as always, there are bugs that need fixing.  
As I mentioned in a reply to another person's post, image voting is fidgety. I will vote on an image (whether I had already voted on it awhile back or not) and it will highlight the button I click in green/red but only for a moment, then it cancels. I tried voting again, refreshing the page and voting again, navigating back over and voting again and it still won't work.  Strangely enough, I CAN in fact vote on some images for other artists but if image voting doesn't work on one image for an artist it seems to not work for any other images in that artist's gallery.  
The image gallery used to have the option of organizing images by popularity OR the date they were added.  This was really convenient for voting up on brand new images.  Now there is no indication of where new added images are located and it is impossible to navigate to the end of the gallery unless you continuously click to the right for God knows how long.  That is terrible design right there, please fix that ASAP.  Basic image gallery knowledge.
Regarding image uploading, I seem to be having no problems. I have uploaded 4 images and everything was fine.
My beef with the album artwork in recently played still stands.  I cannot click on a particular track and add album artwork for that track if it isn't registered under an album on your site. We used to be able to do this because there are many albums not registered.  Please bring this option back ASAP too.
One last thing..."redesigned header"? You mean that ugly drop-down menu under the awkwardly placed "More" link?  Why change it from the links across the top? That looked fine and only required one click to get to where you wanted to go.  Now I have to click, then scroll down and click again. 
Overall, I'm not very impressed with this update. :(

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