Introducing Bikini – free download of their EP for all Spotify users

Bikini is an electronic collective from British Columbia, now dispersed across North America. In the wake of their 2010 EP RIPJDS, band members converged from four points of the continent to write and direct their first music video, prep their live show and tour it in select cities. The year culminated with an unforgettable night at the Austin Museum of Art at SXSW, which ended a year of logistical pangs with a old fashioned band brawl. With renewed focus, Bikini’s Aaron Aujla and Kieran Magzul are working on a new LP to be released later this year. To date, the tracks have been built between Aujla’s New York City studio and the forests of northern British Columbia where Magzul treeplants. The yet to be titled LP is set to be finalized later this summer and should be released for the end of 2011.

Make sure to head over here where Spotify users can download Bikini’s RIPJDS EP (6 original tracks) + 5 remixes, as well as a bonus remixes from Grimes, and a exclusive, unreleased track, called “End of Mars.” Naturally, you can also stream the EP through Spotify here.

The sounds of July courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

The Soundtrack to June 2011

How was June for you? Yeah, ours wasn’t too bad at all, thanks for asking. Partly because it’s been another ace month for new music. What better way to summarise all of the brilliant tunes June brought us than with a rummage through playlist institution, The Soundtrack to… The latest edition features bangers from Toddla T, Tom Vek, Foster The People, Booka Shade, Art Brut and more.

Americana

The Spotify revolution is currently sweeping the US, which is why we created this mixtape featuring all of our favourite American artists – and a few guilty pleasures thrown in for good measure: John Lee Hooker, Leadbelly, Howlin’ Wolf, Gil Scott-Heron, James Brown, Miles Davis, Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley and far to many more to mention.

Funky USA – Welcome!

Our friends over at Acid Jazz Hispano make the best playlists, packed full of the coolest funk, soul, house, hip-hop and pretty much everything else in between. They’re also welcoming the US to Spotify with this little beauty; featuring Curtis Mayfield, The Salsoul Orchestra, Naughty By Nature, The Roots, Zhané and more. An amazing mixtape.

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Hello America. Spotify here.

We’re excited to let you know that today we’re bringing Spotify to the US.

This is a great day for anyone who loves music in the US and, of course, a real milestone for us at Spotify. I’m proud of the fantastic team who have been working tirelessly to bring what we think is the best possible music service to our friends in the US.

The Land of the Free, the Unlimited and the Premium

During our invite-only beta phase, we’ll be offering three great services – from absolutely free to paid subscriptions. The services we’re launching today are:

  • Spotify Free – the unsurpassed free music service. With an invite, enjoy on-demand, buffer-free access to million songs on your computer and great social features. Manage your own music files through Spotify, and sync with your cellphone or iPod. Features occasional advertising.
  • Spotify Unlimited – all the special features of our free service, but with uninterrupted, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. All for only $4.99 a month.
  • Spotify Premium – the top-of-the-range Spotify experience. Premium gives you access to all the music, all the time. Listen online or offline, on your computer, your cellphone and a whole heap of other devices. Enjoy enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers. Premium costs just $9.99 a month. (That’s the equivalent of a couple of fancy coffees.)

We’re launching in partnership with some of the biggest and most pioneering brands in the world, who all want to help us spread the good word of Spotify. Our exclusive launch partners are Coca-Cola and Sprite, Chevrolet, Motorola, Reebok, Sonos and The Daily. These brands will be launching innovative campaigns in partnership with Spotify in the coming weeks and months.

We believe that music is the most social thing there is and that’s why we’ve built the best social features into Spotify for easy sharing and the ultimate in music discovery. Even if you aren’t a total music freak, chances are you have a friend who is and whose taste you admire. I’m looking forward to connecting with some of you guys in the US through Spotify and discovering some cool new tracks.

If you’re in the US and you haven’t already signed up for an invite, feel free to do so now – we’ll send one to you as soon as we can. Of course, if you just can’t wait, you can jump the queue by signing up directly for Spotify Premium or Unlimited starting at just $4.99 a month.

Here’s to our American adventure!

Spotify Premium exclusively offers Paul Oakenfold compilation

The new compilation from UK legend Paul Oakenfold will be available for one week exclusively on Spotify beginning Friday 8th July.

“Never Mind The Bollocks… Here’s Paul Oakenfold” will see a digital release on iTunes on July 15th followed by the worldwide release of the double CD version on 22nd July. However, Spotify Premium subscribers will have the world premiere for the full mix from July 8th. It’s the first time that Dutch record company Armada Music and Spotify collaborate on an exclusive release.

Paul Oakenfold: “I am thrilled that such a forward thinking service as Spotify is allowing my fans full legal access to my new music, they are changing the game, Never Mind the Bollocks…this is the future.”

Listen to the album here!

Not a Premium subscriber yet? You can sign up right away over here.

Introducing… Hospital Records to Spotify!

Hospital Records is a legendary independent record label from South London. Primarily releasing Drum+Bass, the label was started in 1996 by Tony Colman and Chris Goss, and has grown in recent years to become one of the most well known labels within UK dance music.

The label is home to artists such as High Contrast, London Elektricity, Danny Byrd, Mistabishi, Logistics, Nu:Tone and Cyantific, but also releases tracks from a whole host of other artists across the D+B genre. Check out their Spotify playlist now.

The sounds of June courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

The Soundtrack to May 2011

We hit the ground running with the biggest of mixtape monthlies, The Soundtrack to… May’s edition is a suitably joyous symphony of eclecticism: there’s the devastatingly ace Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair from Arctic Monkeys; the long overdue return of Tom Vek on the infectious A Chore; the only British MC you need in your life, Ghostpoet with Survive It; and the singer-songwriter everyone’s talking about, Ed Sheeran on The A Team. All these and more await you in the best monthly round-up of fresh music you’ll find anywhere on the web.

New Releases – June 2011

Allow us to introduce to you our brand new, er ,New Releases playlist. You know that half-proselytizing, half-misanthropic blog post we do, Singles Club? Yeah you do, it’s the one where we say stuff about how listening to Jennifer Lopez makes you question whether we are "the lowest ebb in human history." Yeah, well that. You can listen to all the tracks we review on that, as well as the very best new release on Spotify, each and every month by clicking here. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Busy P Presents…

Ed Banger records got joined SMP this month, bringing with them a smorgasbord of mixtapes from their incredible roster of DJs and producers. This one’s from their head honcho, the top boy, the main man, Busy P. Not only is Pedro Winter an incendiary DJ in his own right, in Daft Punk he managed arguably the biggest dance music act of all time for over ten years – shifting six millions albums in the process – and, amazingly, he’s still only 34 years old. Including a handful of his own productions, his mixtape also features Metronomy, Panda Bear, The Strokes, James Blake and more.

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Spotify developers win programming awards

The two teams of Spotify developers and KTH students that were in the programming competition Challenge24 in Budapest this weekend won first and second place! Top talent from across the world participated in the 24 hour challenge. The competition included really old-school tasks (programming a 4-bit CPU with punch cards and navigating by stars), to more modern things (garbage recycling) and even some futuristic challenges (designing a galaxy for celestial navigation).

We feel extremely proud to have Jimmy Mårdell, Mattias de Zalenski, Fredrik Niemelä, Marcus Isaksson and Gunnar Kreitz as part of the Spotify team. Lukáš Poláček, PHD KTH, also participated in one of the teams – well done!

If you are a developer, check out the Spotify Programming Challenge in May and also our job site.

Royal Wedding Playlist

To celebrate The Royal Wedding, we’ve put together a playlist featuring all the highlights from the service! Listen now for a sneak
preview of the music that will be played during the service at Westminster Abbey on Friday April 29th :
Royal Wedding Playlist

There will also be three brand new pieces of music played during the service, which you will be able to listen to exclusively on the Official Royal Wedding Album, available on Spotify from next week. The album will include the music, the readings and blessings, and of course the exchange of vows between Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Also, please remember to sign the official guest book and leave a message for the happy couple.

www.officialroyalweddingalbum.com

24 hour programming – team Spotify

This weekend four of our talented developers will be participating in the programming competition Challenge 24 in Budapest, Hungary. 30 teams have qualified for the onsite finals in this 24 hour marathon competition. Last year a team of Spotify developers came in fourth place – we hope for an even better result this year!

If programming is your cup of tea then stay tuned for more details about the Spotify Programming Challenge coming up in May. And while you’re at it why not check out our jobs site for exciting career opportunities.

Upcoming changes to Spotify Free/Open

Spotify’s aim from the very beginning was to make music on-demand available to all. To give you the power to listen to, discover, share and manage your music the way you want to – simpler, faster, better – while making sure the artists whose music we all love continue to see the benefits as we grow.

Making Spotify available to millions across Europe has seen the service become incredibly popular. People are listening to more music and from a wider range of artists than ever before, and are giving up on piracy, which is exactly what we hoped would happen.

So it’s vital that we continue offering an on-demand free service to you and millions more like you, but to make that possible we have to put some limits in place going forward.

Here’s how the changes will work:

  • New Spotify users will be able to enjoy our unrivalled free service as it is today for the first 6 months.
  • As of May 1st, any user who signed up to the free service on or before November 1st 2010 will be able to play each track for free up to a total of 5 times. Users who signed up after the beginning of November will see these changes applied 6 months after the time they set up their Spotify account.
  • Additionally, total listening time for free users will be limited to 10 hours per month after the first 6 months. That’s equivalent to around 200 tracks or 20 albums.

The changes we’re having to make will mainly affect heavier Spotify Free and Open users, as most of you use Spotify to discover music – on average over 50 new tracks per month, even after a year. Plus, the average user won’t reach the limit on plays for 7 out of 10 tracks, after a year of using Spotify. For those of you using Spotify to find new tracks to enjoy and share with friends, these changes shouldn’t get in the way of you doing that. Rest assured that we’ll continue to bring you the biggest and most diverse music catalogue available.

For anyone who thinks they might reach these limits, we hope you’ll consider checking out our Unlimited and Premium services, neither of which will be affected, plus we have a 7-day free trial for Spotify Premium that we’d love you to try. Throughout May, we’ll also have a pretty nice 30-day free trial for Spotify Premium – more details on that in the next few days.

Above all, this means we can continue making Spotify available to all in the long-term. We’ll be bringing out some awesome new features as well as significant improvements over the coming months, which will make the Spotify experience even better.

Thanks so much, as ever, for your unbelievable support and I hope to come back with some exciting news in the next few weeks.

Daniel

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