Simple: They can just adjust their thinking. After all, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” like the man says. And like we said, you can turn any album into a new playlist on Spotify by merely dragging and dropping it onto an empty playlist.
Slightly more complicated but possibly worthwhile anyway: You could use SpotiOrg, a web-based skin that lets you create a collection of albums within Spotify. Click the albums on SpotiOrg and they’ll play in Spotify. It’s not much easier than simply using Spotify, with a key distinction: If your brain thinks of music as organized by albums, you’ll find yourself on more familiar terrain than with Spotify’s playlists.
“We created SpotiOrg because we felt that the native Spotify app doesn’t handle albums very well,” SpotiOrg’s Shai Vure told Evolver.fm. “SpotiOrg makes it really easy to add albums to your collection and browse them using a beautiful iTunes-like grid interface. There are also a number of sort options so you can easily organise them by recently added [or] played, most popular or A-Z. Clicking on an album cover then opens the album up in Spotify on desktop or mobile.”
If you’re an album rather than playlist junkie, this alternate interface could be worth a try, although you have to add all your albums manually by searching for them, or by adding them from lists such as Most Popular or Recently Played.
The only cost to you: your Facebook log-in, which SpotiOrg requires. The app can see your birthday (assuming you were silly enough to tell Facebook your real one), your email address, and your basic profile information. In addition, it can post to your profile, but if you’re careful during the installation process, you can specify which subset of your friends can see those updates, all the way down to just yourself, which is about as private as it gets. Also, you can choose to skip the options for SpotiOrg posting to or reading your Facebook News Feed — it all depends on your view of Facebook and privacy.
In testing SpotiOrg, we found an extra click that doesn’t need to be there — the option to edit the name of the album or artist. This adds significantly to the time it would take you to add a whole slew of albums. SpotiOrg should really eliminate that extra click so that you could just hit the Add button to send an album to your collection — and it would also make it much easier to add multiple albums from the same artist. As things stand now, what is supposed to be a time-saving app actually adds work, which is never good.
Something like Moggles would be nice, for those of us with lots of CDs that don’t have a good home. Also, the album art didn’t always surface. However, it’s nice that you can also add albums directly by pasting in their HTTP link from Spotify itself.
SpotiOrg is not perfect, but if it’s always bothered you that Spotify doesn’t let you collect “albums,” and instead asks you to turn them into playlists, you might give it a try. It’s free in a monetary if not temporal sense.