Spotify now free on Windows Phone

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We’re all about bringing more music to more people. And we’re doing just that by bringing the best free music experience to Windows Phone users across the globe.

From today, Windows Phone owners can enjoy access to millions of songs across their smartphones for free. Listen to all your playlists, discover new music, or simply sit back and dig into your favourite artist’s entire back catalogue.

Updated for Windows Phone users today – Spotify’s free mobile experience lets you shuffle play:

  • All of the music. Listen to all the playlists you’ve created and playlists from the people you follow. Spotify lets you discover new music, save, shuffle and share.
  • Your favourite artists. Want to listen to a certain artist? Just hit shuffle play, sit back and listen to their entire catalogue. Don’t settle for something similar. Don’t settle for just one track from the artist you want to hear every 20 minutes.
  • Want the right playlist? Just Browse. Going for a jog or to the gym? We’ve got the playlist to help you go the extra mile. Hosting a dinner or getting ready for a big night out? We’ve got you covered. We even have playlists for different moods, so regardless of whether you need an upbeat boost or something more relaxing to wind down to – we’ve got just the thing.

We’re also introducing a series of additional improvements throughout the app. Search results look better than ever before, and we’ve made it easier to browse the artists you love and discover related artists you might grow to love.

Spotify is available to Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 users right now, and can be downloaded in the Windows Phone Store.  

Artists Can Sell T-Shirts, Experiences, and More on Spotify

Spotify and BandPage let artists sell merchandise directly to fans.

Music lovers, we know you often want to wear your favorite artist on your sleeve, and as of today, you can. Artists can now sell everything from band clothing to vinyl on Spotify, directly to their fans, thanks to our new partnership with BandPage.

Buying directly from artists on Spotify is another great way to support the people whose music fills your days. We’ve got amazing goodies from artists all over the world. To find them, simply head over to a participating artist’s page and see what they have to offer, in addition to the music you know and love.

Alongside physical merchandise, such as the beverage-insulating “koozie” and T-shirt offered by Miranda Lambert above, artists can sell their fans unique and potentially-wonderful offers in the form of ”experiences” — everything from private online concerts to real-world meet-and-greets, the chance to collaborate on a song, guitar lessons, and other non-traditional offers sometimes found on the likes of Kickstarter.

Spotify launched merchandise sales last year with TopSpin. Now, we’re taking things even further with BandPage, which helps over half a million artists make more money online. (Neither Spotify nor BandPage receives a cut of these merchandise sales.)

If you’re an artist who wants to start selling merch and experiences through Spotify, check out our artist blog.

Or, if you’re a music fan looking for some great physical items in addition to all the music you already love on Spotify, you know where to find them.

Fill your evenings with music – Introducing Dinner and Sleep categories to Browse

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We’ve been working hard on curating music for the moments that matter the most in your life. And the evening is one of those moments that is important and special to a lot of us. It’s the time of the day when we can unwind and spend time with the ones we care about the most. So today we’re launching two totally new categories – one dedicated to dinner time and another one to help you fall asleep.

For all those different, wonderful, noisy, life-changing nights.

Dinner can mean a lot of different things: it’s a three course meal with sparkling champagne, hot pancakes with ice cream or cold pizza on the couch in front of the TV. But food is not the whole experience – it is what you build around it that counts. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, dinner is certainly the least predictable. We want you to have the best possible dinnertime, whether you’re home alone with a sandwich, or out and about surrounded by all of your best friends.

As of today, you can find playlists for all kinds of dinners in Browse. You can host a Picnic in the Park, celebrate Taco Tuesday, or cook up The Perfect Italian Dinner. We have even Flaming Hot BBQ Classics, Breakbeat BBQ and Reggae BBQ playlists to choose from.

Everybody has to eat. So, why not invite your mom, your neighbour, or that hot new fling over to chew through the issues of the day while listening to music curated exactly for that moment? Even if you burn the sauce or overcook the potatoes, everything will taste a little bit better with great music.

The eight hours to save your life

We can fight it, crave it, miss it, or skip it, but, eventually, sleep can be the most rewarding gift in our daily lives. Such is its importance – and impact on us – that some scientists now argue that, since we are asleep for between a quarter and a third of our entire lives, our dreams themselves should be considered a very potent alternate reality.

With that in mind, we’re launching Sleep as a whole new category in Browse. Sleep is your new home for synapse-stroking, non-invasive, care-banishing, pillow-smoothing, muscle-relaxing playlists – the dream-ticket for those times when you need to turn it all off, relax, and float downstream. Sleep is the ultimate release from pressure, the ultimate retreat from the cares of the day. You’ve got eight hours to save your life – why not get started right now?

Head over to Browse on Spotify to find these two new categories. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed creating them for you.

 

Say Hello to Our New Web API

New Web API

Developers, start your engines. We’ve launched a new version of the Spotify Web API that lets you put everything from album art to music previews into third-party web apps, with a brand new ability to create real Spotify playlists for your users.

Developers, marketers, ad agencies, music hacking gurus, product managers, design firms, and anyone else who wants to build a Spotify web app to further their goals now have a great new tool at their disposal, with more multimedia and baked-in smarts than ever before.

The new web API gives you the power to create powerful music apps on top of Spotify, except instead of founding the company and growing it for eight years, you get to jump right in and start building stuff on day one using our music and metadata, now with the ability to create playlists.

You also get the deep musical intelligence of The Echo Nest. We’ve been hard at work integrating the two APIs so that you can make awesome stuff like this. Your apps can build real Spotify playlists for your users, leveraging all of that Echo Nest data, and all without leaving the experience you’ve designed.

 New features include:

  • Rich Metadata. The new web API lets you retrieve extensive track, album and artist details from the Spotify catalog, including cover art and 30 second track previews.
  • User Profiles & Playlists. With a user’s permission, developers can now access user profile information including playlists, display name, image, country, email, external URL, and subscriber status. Web apps powered by this new API can also build new playlists for users to enjoy later, in their Spotify apps.
  • The Echo Nest: Integrated. We’ve been hard at work with new family members, The Echo Nest, to bring the two APIs together. The result: You can build your projects atop the world’s best music service and the world’s best discovery data.

For more information, click here

 

 

 

 

 

New Samsung Wireless Audio Multi-Room Speakers: the first multi-room speakers with Spotify Connect!

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Exciting news! Samsung’s Wireless Multi-room speakers are the first wireless multi-room speakers to launch with Spotify Connect built in!

The Samsung Wireless Audio Speaker range (M7 and M5) lets you connect your music wirelessly across multiple rooms of your home.

With Spotify Connect built in, you can stream your favourite music and playlists directly from Spotify. Hit play on your mobile or tablet, and the music booms out in any room of your home. You can even play through multiple speakers at the same time.

Easy to position in any room, these fantastic speakers look great and sound even better!

Samsung’s Wireless Audio Multiroom can be used alone or wirelessly with other Samsung devices, including TVs, Soundbars, Home Entertainment Systems and BluRay Players via Wi-Fi to create a multi-room audio system. The speakers are controlled from a downloadable app and facilitated through easy plug-and-play installation. With NFC functionality, pairing has never been easier, allowing customers to simply tap their smartphone to the Wireless Audio Multiroom to instantly play music from their mobile device.

To find out more about the new Samsung Wireless Speakers, click here.

You’ll need Premium to use Spotify Connect – try it free here

 

 

Olá, Brasil! Spotify here.

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We are thrilled to announce that as of today, Spotify is available to everyone in Brazil. Your friends in Brazil can now join the 40 million people around the world who are enjoying a new way of listening to music.

Spotify is now available in 57 markets worldwide! That means it is easier than ever to share music with your friends around the world, as well as discover more global music than ever.

Know someone in Brazil? Send them a song today!

Important Notice to Our Users

We’ve become aware of some unauthorized access to our systems and internal company data and we wanted to let you know the steps we’re taking in response. As soon as we were aware of this issue we immediately launched an investigation. Information security and data protection are of great importance to us at Spotify and that is why I’m posting today.

Our evidence shows that only one Spotify user’s data has been accessed and this did not include any password, financial or payment information. We have contacted this one individual. Based on our findings, we are not aware of any increased risk to users as a result of this incident.

We take these matters very seriously and as a general precaution will be asking certain Spotify users to re-enter their username and password to log in over the coming days.

As an extra safety step, we are going to guide Android app users to upgrade over the next few days. If Spotify prompts you for an upgrade, please follow the instructions. As always, Spotify does not recommend installing Android applications from anywhere other than Google Play or Amazon Appstore. At this time there is no action recommended for iOS and Windows Phone users.

Please note that offline playlists will have to be re-downloaded in the new version. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes, but hope you understand that this is a necessary precaution to safeguard the quality of our service and protect our users.

We have taken steps to strengthen our security systems in general and help protect you and your data – and we will continue to do so. We will be taking further actions in the coming days to increase security for our users.

Please click here to read more.

Oskar Stål, CTO, Spotify

A (great looking) update for our Android users

Starting today, we’re rolling out an exciting update to our Android users.

First off, we’re introducing our new darker theme, refreshed typography and rounded iconography. Playing your favourite music has never looked so good.

We’re not only improving our interface though. We know how much you love playlists, but that you’ve been looking for more ways to organise your favourite songs, albums and playlists. So over the past weeks we’ve rolled out Your Music: a feature that will help you save, organise and browse your favourite tunes.

We’re also improving our Browse feature. Regardless of whether you’re looking for something to fall asleep to, or the perfect playlist to get you geared up for your big night out, we got you covered.

The new update will start rolling out today and reach all Android users over the coming weeks.

Spotify paints it black with new look

New Spotify Look

Today we’re launching the best-looking Spotify ever. Introducing a new darker theme, refreshed typography and rounded iconography, playing your favourite music has never looked so good. We’re not only improving our looks though. We know how much you love playlists, but that you’ve been looking for more ways of managing your music. So today we’re introducing Your Music: helping you save, organise and browse your favourite music the way you want to. All in one place, and across all platforms. Building your personal music collection just got a lot easier.

  • Content is king. Our new design makes accessing your favourite music smoother than ever before. The new dark theme and refined interface lets the content come forward and ‘pop’, just like in a cinema when you dim the lights.
  • It’s Your Music collection. Save albums and browse their beautiful cover art, gather your favourite artists and create playlists for every mood and moment. Found a song or album that you like? Just hit save to add it to your collection. It’s that simple.
  • We know you’ll love it. We’ve listened to all your great feedback to ensure that everything looks and feels just right. You told us you preferred a darker interface – so here it is.

We’re also improving our Browse feature, delivering even more relevant and localised content. So regardless of whether you’re looking for something to fall asleep to, or the perfect playlist to get you geared up for your big night out, finding the right music for every moment is easier than ever. Our new design, Your Music and the updated Browse will roll out gradually to our iPhone, desktop and web users from today, and will soon be available across all platforms. Welcome to the dark side.

 

Welcome to our new friends from The Echo Nest

The Echo NestExciting news everyone! Today, we’re joining forces with pioneering music company, The Echo Nest.

The incredible team at The Echo Nest has been on a mission, just like us, to make music listening better for everyone. Together, we’ll be able to improve music discovery by bringing you amazing people to follow, better radio stations, and great playlists from friends and music experts.

Over time, The Echo Nest technology will enhance every aspect of the Spotify music experience.

So here’s to new friends!

For more info, read here