In this earlier posting, I wrote that I had acquired a ‘Roku’, and that one feature which was glaring at me, was that button with the ‘Spotify’ logo, which was designed to launch this music-streaming app, but which was also designed to attract Roku customers to Spotify.
The tremendous allure of this finally melted my brain, and one button on the remote which did not work just had to be fixed. I signed up for a Spotify account, of which I am being offered a Premium subscription, the first 30 days of which are free.
Because I was already a customer of Google Play Music, I accept that there will be some duplication of services, and for the moment have decided that this is here to stay.
I must say though, that the Roku Spotify channel specifically, strikes me as a bit unstable. I find that the Android app is 100x better, because to have reliable responses to taps and clicks and button-pushes, helps me with my experience. I think their Roku app needs a little updating.
But that can easily happen with some of the Roku channels. Their ‘Netflix’ channel is a highly polished app, that seems to work like a charm. But OTOH, there exist numerous so-called ‘Private Channels’, which were designed by amateurs, and which do not work well – or which do not work at all! But then again, we usually do not pay for those Private Channels.
Even though I am willing to pay for it, I find that the way the Spotify channel works on Roku, is a bit more like one of the Private Channels. I am looking forward to some future improvements in its stability.
At first I was experiencing that playlists, which I had created using the Web-player in my PC browser, did not update to the Roku channel. And just this evening it was happening to me, that the streams would not start to play. I would select to shuffle my main playlist, the channel would go to a random song within the playlist, but then the music would just not start to play.
And this cannot have a consistent explanation because at random, playback would start working again, without my having applied any sort of solution to the problem.
P.S. What seems to have solved this problem for the time being, was to log the Roku channel out of my Spotify account, and then to log in again.