A selection of playlists for April

This is the second post in our series of playlists courtesy of ShareMyPlaylists.com. You can check out our March post and thousands more playlists at ShareMyPlaylists.com.

The Soundtrack to March 2010
This is a playlist brimming with absolute class. It is so full of quality music that it is hard to know where exactly to begin, so, deep breath. Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip’s new tune Get Better is inspirational, uplifting and catchy as hell. Plan B’s new single She Said showcases his new found penchant for soulful crooning beautifully. Goldfrapp are back with Rocket which is a slice of pure 80s synth joy, I Feel Better is another rhythmical triumph from Hot Chip and any collaboration between Gorillaz, Gruff Rhys and De La Soul can only end in total sonic success. And exhale, and then repeat the playlist as many times as necessary (lots).

Dadrock
If you combine Jeremy Clarkson’s dress sense, Mark Lawrenson’s hair, and Bruce Forsyth’s jokes, this freakish amalgamation of television personalises is unlikely to produce an avid fan of German underground minimal techno. Chances are, it will result in is a good old fashioned Dadrock fan. Yes, this playlist is held up by Phil Collins, Dire Straits and Cliff but there is also some tunes that do not require an embarrassing mid-life crisis air guitar to fully enjoy. The inclusion of James Brown, Talking Heads and Michael Jackson means that there is something for everyone here, although we do strongly recommend thick gauge corduroy trousers and an ill-fitting denim shirt to fully appreciate this play list.

ASOT Top 20 2009
If, like me, your a fan of dutch DJs with square heads and spikey hair, glowsticks, big fish, little fish and also cardboard boxes, then this is the playlist for you. All the big players in trance are present Cosmic Gate, Paul Van Dyk and the man who is, inexplicably, regularly voted Number one in DJ in the world in DJ magazine’s Top 100 list, Armin Van Buuren. LETS AV’IT!

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Get closer to Metric with Spotify

Spotify is very excited to be supporting Canadian rock band Metric with a campaign to bring the band to a wider audience. The band has enjoyed unprecedented success with their self-released album campaign in North America and they are now preparing to take the UK by storm. Check out the deluxe version of their latest album, Fantasies, available only on Spotify.

The band has also recorded bonus content exclusively for our premium subscribers. Already available are some great acoustic versions and remixes of their tracks and in early May they will be releasing some specially recorded covers of their favourite songs.

In a special offer, Metric fans can get also 25% discount on tickets to the band’s London show and can download the album ‘Fantasies’ for just £0.99. After promoting the tour on Spotify for two weeks the band have already sold out London’s Shepherds Bush Empire and have now added an extra date at Koko on May 23rd due to the high demand for tickets. This unique opportunity also includes a sponsored contest which has 10 VIP prize packages up for grabs – each comprising of 4 VIP tickets to the Koko show, a personally autographed deluxe edition of ‘Fantasies’ and a meet & greet with the band. For more details and to buy tickets or the album, visit the official Metric website.

Music Hack Day: Good bye Stockholm, hello Amsterdam

Remember the Music Hack Day in Stockholm back in February? We sure do, and that’s why we’re happy to announce that we’re going to Amsterdam to participate at the upcoming Music Hack Day during April 24th & 25th.

If everything goes according to plans, we’ll announce some updates to our libspotify library during the event. We won’t reveal more updates just yet, but we think that you’re going to like them.

What else then? Since we’re always impressed by nifty services and applications that are using our APIs, we’re going to hand out some prizes to cool hacks that are built upon our stuff. What a shame that someone just revealed a really cool hack the other day – it won’t be eligible for the prizes.

Last but not least – we know how much hard work it takes to make this kind of event to happen, why we’ll team up with the organizers to make sure that there’s breakfast readily available for those who need a pause from the intensive 24 hour coding marathon. You’ll need some energy if you’re building stuff as cool as this.

Hope to see you in Amsterdam!

Spotify for iPhone v0.4.1 now available

Spotify for iPhone v0.4.1, which addresses a number of critical issues that some users experienced with the previous update, is now available in the App store. This update should help users who experienced problems connecting over certain Wi-Fi networks and allow users to turn off iPod integration which was causing Spotify to crash in certain cases.

If you were experiencing crashes with the previous update please navigate to the ‘More’ screen and turn off iPod integration.

Spotify for iPhone v0.4.1 to fix critical issues

Some serious but rare bugs waited until the new version was out to the general public before showing themselves – despite every effort from our quality assurance team to ensure this doesn’t happen. We’ve identified most of these bugs and we’re going to submit a fix to Apple shortly for approval so hopefully we can get it out to users as quickly as possible.

So what’s been fixed?

  • There was an incompatibility with some makes of Wi-Fi routers causing DNS queries to never return. In practice, this meant that the app would hang forever trying to login or restore but this will now be fixed. A big thanks to the users at our support forums who helped track this issue down!
  • On some devices, when Spotify tries to find your iPod tracks to be able to play them, Spotify will crash just a few seconds after launching. We haven’t found the reason yet, but rather than keep you waiting until we find it we’re added an option to disable iPod integration on the ‘More’ screen until the issue is fixed. Also, Spotify won’t try to find your tracks until about two minutes after start, so you’ll have time to disable the option. Of course, the feature should work, and we are working hard to track down the bug.

We are sorry to those who have been affected and hopefully we can roll this fix out fast. If you’re

And finally – we wish everyone a Happy Easter and holiday weekend.

UPDATE: We’ve submitted the app to Apple and as soon as it’s available for download we will let you know. In the meantime we are going to pull version 0.4 from the App store in order to ensure that no one else experiences problems.

UPDATE 2: The new app has been approved and we’re just waiting for it to appear in the App store now.