Spotify Scannables

For my ‘sister project’ I had the idea to print physical albums for virtual Spotify albums. It works using the ‘new’ Spotify barcodes. Read the original blog-item.

My first attempt to create these was a very manual approach: I made a screenshot from Spotify on my phone (the only place where the barcode is shown), cropped the code, pasted this in a Pages-file (the Apple-equivalent of Word) and added an album cover + tracklisting I found on Wikipedia. This would take over half an hour per album!

Automatically creating album-covers with a Spotify code

In my 2nd attempt I tried to script as much of this process as I could. In addition, I decided to skip the tracklisting (keeping just the cover + Spotify code).

This means I no longer needed to print double-sided. Which in turn meant I can have the covers be printed as ‘square photos’, so they look great now!


I had to dust-off my scripting capacities and my first attempt went a bit ‘overboard’. I created a script that:

Which worked GREAT! Except that all albums returned by Glyr were kind of ‘meh’-quality. I introduced several improvements, but in the end it never was ‘great’.

You can download v1 here to play around with.

Version 2 of the Bash-script

I took my losses and re-examined my options. I found that the resolution of the cover in the Android-screenshot was actually a lot better than whatever Glyr returned. So I greatly simplified my Bash-script. Now it only:

Optionally, you can enable Tesseract to have a cool filename as well.

Ofcourse v2 is also available to play around with.

The end-result

Here’s some example albums. You can scan them with Spotify (on mobile: tap ‘search’ and then the ‘camera’ in the search bar).

Adele - 25 Anouk - Fake It Till We Die Fleshgod Apocalypse - King


I had them printed as ‘square photos’, they look great!

All covers

Generating JPG

If you plan to do this as well, you need to convert the PNGs to JPG before you can print them, which is easy with GraphicsMagick:

for f in result/*.png; do gm convert $f -unsharp 2x0.5+0.7+0 $f.jpg; done

This adds some sharpening as well, which looks a bit nicer when printing IMHO

album-covers obviously don’t fall under the Creative Commons license