New update for iOS devices

We’re happy to announce we have updated our App for iOS 5 devices. This update includes:

  • New: Music notifications. Find out who’s listening to your music, when subscribed playlists get updated, and lots more. Control your notifications in Settings.
  • New: Interactive Guide. Helpful stuff for new users.
  • Fixed: We welcome the missing retina graphics on the iPad login screen.
  • Fixed: Retina album art will stay in sync when you offline sync your playlists.
  • Fixed: No more unresponsive tantrums when you scroll and navigate at the same time.
  • Improved: Facebook login, screen locking when offline syncing, performance and stability.

If you haven’t tried our app yet, you can download it to your iOS device from the App Store.

Enjoy!

Win your tickets for the Hellfest Festival in France !

Hellfest Festival is coming soon ! Don’t have your tickets yet ? We offer you a chance to win your passes.

The Hellfest, the first festival dedicated to extreme music in France, will bring together 160 groups, including Guns N’ Roses, Megadeth, Mötley Crüe, Refused, Dropkick Murphys, Machine Head, Within Temptation, Trivium, Lamb of God, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dimmu Borgir… and tens of thousands of festival from Friday 15th to Sunday, June 17, 2012, in Clisson (near Nantes).

We offer five 3-day passes for 2, and 6 1-day passes for 2.
To enter the competition, create your ideal metal playlist and post it below in comments (specifying the type of pass for which you are playing) and then share it : the playlists with the most subscribers will win the passes ! You can play until next Tuesday (June 6) – winners will be contacted the next day (watch your spam!).

Check out and get inspired by the official Hellfest playlists in Spotify. For any question, please contact us at concours@spotify.com. Good luck !

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We kick off a new week with a new indie electronic band from Canada: “Purity Ring”. I really like their first single “Obedear” from their debut album “Shrines” which is to be released in July.

We continue with a song called “Holy Moses” by Megan Washington. Megan is an Australian musician and songwriter who records and performs under the single moniker “Washington”. “Holy Moses” is from her first studio album “I Believe You Liar” that came out in 2010. You should also check out some of her previous EPs like “How To Tame Lions” from 2009.

Next one out this week is a playful pop duo from Los Angeles: “Pepper Rabbit” with their song “Older Brother” from their album “Beauregard”.

Last band in this week’s playlist is the rare and beautiful “Exitmusic” and their song “The Night”. The New York based duo just came out with a nice debut LP called “Passage” now in May.

If you have song suggestion for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Enjoy!

May Beats presented by @thursplay

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May comes to an end. A lot of artists have released new albums and most of them will soon be touring in many music festivals during Summer. Check out this May Beats playlist by our friends at @thursplay to get a sneak peek of what’s just around the corner for this Summer.

Artists with new releases: Metric with their single “Youth Without Youth”, The Temper Trap with the very addicting track “Need Your Love” from their latest album with same title. The track “Genesis” by Grimes that will get you on your feet rehearsing your best dancing moves.

Even more? Digits came out with the amazing album “Death and Desire” and “Because it’s Wrong” is the track you should listen to. New single by “Mr. Little Jeans” called “Runway” has just the perfect balance between beautiful vocals and electronic beats. Another goodie: “Animals” by Creep featuring Holly Miranda is a must!

There’s some of the good old corkiness by the forever hippies Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros with “That’s What’s Up”. The Maccabees album keeps delivering great surprises, this time, the song to fall in love with and listen to on repeat is “Unknown”, just beautiful.

There’s also new Cranberries for you to check out – what did you think of their new album? A shorter playlist this time.

What are you listening to these days? Share with every Thursday on twitter with the hastag #thursplay.

G’day Australia. Spotify here.

Spotify is available in Australia from today. We’re very happy to be here.

Simply search for any artist, song or album and start playing. Create playlists, share music with friends and check out what others are listening to. Spotify’s seamless Facebook integration takes enjoying music with friends to a whole new level. Music has never been this social.

Our new Australian friends can choose from three great Spotify services – from absolutely free to paid subscriptions.

Spotify Free – the unsurpassed, totally free music service. Enjoy free, on-demand, access to more than 16 million songs on your computer. No gimmicks. Just listen and love it, month after month after month. All Spotify users enjoy unlimited free, ad-supported music.

Spotify Unlimited – all the special features of our free service, but with uninterrupted, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. All for only $6.99 a month.

Spotify Premium – the all-singing, all-dancing, 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 mobile phone, tablet and a whole heap of other devices. Enjoy enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers. Premium costs just $11.99 a month.

A special occasion deserves a special playlist. Here’s one we’ve put together just for you.

Spotify is available right now. Simply visit our homepage to sign up, or click on any of the play links you see in Facebook to get started for free.

Happy listening!

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

It is Monday and time for a new playlist! First band out this week is a two piece indie pop band from Sweden; “Palpitation” with their song “Ready Set Go”. A nice dreamy start on a new week!

We continue with “Peter & Kerry” and their song “The Shadows” from their latest EP “Clothes, Friends, Photos”. And then time for “Eternal Summers”. “Millions” is the first song from the band’s forthcoming full-length LP “Correct Behavior” (coming out in July)

“Rebekka Karijord” just came out with a new single “Use My Body While It´s Still Young”. Like always very nice lyrics and an amazing vocal.

Last song in this weeks playlist is by an American indie pop band; “Throw Me The Statue”. I really like their song “Lolita” from their debut album Moonbeams (2007).

If you have song suggestion for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Spotify Exclusive – An interview with the The Temper Trap

Hello Temper Trap, how the devil are you?
Lorenzo Sillitto: We’re very good, thank you! In the middle of a three-week press junket…
Dougy Mandagi: We’ve been doing press for the last three weeks and we’re off to Paris tonight.

So you’re due some time off before doing anything else?
Joseph Greer: No! Dougy flies to Cuba to finish a video tomorrow then on Monday we start rehearsing for the tour.

Which I see begins in the UK in Cornwall – is that a surfer thing?
LS: No, it’s just a place we’ve never been.
JG: And we hear there’s some great food down there…

Everyone likes food right?
DM: Oh, well we certainly do!

Your new album, The Temper Trap, was written straight after you came off touring the last one for two years. Can you write on the road?
LS: Only one song was, we actually write a lot better in the studio.
JG: We like to be uninterrupted! We can’t write in sound-checks or when we’re meant to be doing other things.
DM: Touring makes you a better musician as you soak up so many new experiences, but we like to be in the studio when we get to work on those experiences. Basically, we like to be surrounded by our gear.

The first two tracks we’ve heard have been quite different to each other. Rabbit Hole is kind of gentle, while Need Your Love is kind of not at all gentle.
JG: Ha! Well, Rabbit Hole is four years old. It didn’t make the last album, so in a way it’s the old us.
DM: While Need Your Love is definitely the new us.

Why did you release the single to Spotify first?
LS: It felt like great way to get people interested in us again. The single showcases both sides of who we are; it’s a gateway in for people.
JG: People often tell us about hearing our music on Spotify or in films or TV shows. It’s great that there are these new ways for people to hear our music.
DM: All bands need alternative ways to reach people now – it’s not just about selling records now so having our music in a film or on Spotify is a fresh way for people to discover us.

What should Temper Trap fans know about this second album?
LS: They should know we went in with a completely blank slate.
JG: All we really knew is that we wanted to write the best songs we possibly could.

Do you have your own individual favourite songs?
LS: For me it’s Leaving Heartbreak Hotel. Dougy builds up these amazing layered vocals and there are all these intertwining guitar parts. I also really like how it grows from this minimal electro start.
JG: I really like The Sea Is Calling. The lyrics really speak to me. It’s one of those songs that you can take your own thing from, but it could still have an impact on anyone.
DM: My choice is Dreams. It has a lot of different layers of harmonising and drones and monotony – it’s hypnotising. People associate monotony with things that are boring, but it’s a good thing! Dreams is kind of shoe-gazey and I was never a shoe-gazey sort of guy, but this really is!

As professional musicians, do you know what the greatest record ever made is?
LS: I would vote for George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. There’s just so much in there to enjoy.
JG: The one I love right now is Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The songs and stories are so raw and cool; it’s a very affecting record.
DM: It’s got to be the first Strokes album. I played that for a year and a half when it first came out and I never once got bored of it. It’s an aural orgasm – an eargasm! – over and over again and the songs are short you never get a chance to get bored.

The sounds of May courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

We present you the music selection that our friends from Sharemyplaylists have handpicked for this month.

Ultimate Pop Playlist

Pop. Bit of dirty word, that. But it shouldn’t be, as this playlist, “An ultimate pop playlist from the Guardian … a history of pop music in 50 key moments, as chosen by Guardian and Observer writers,” highlights. From Frank Sinatra, Al Martino and Lita Roza, to the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Cee Lo Green, via Prodigy, Kraftwerk and Sex Pistols, this is the most consummate pop playlist we’ve ever received. A must-hear by Guardian Music.

Decade of Get Physical

Get Physical, the Berlin-based dance label setup in 2002, is the focus of this playlist created by SMP user Steven Marshall. “Get Physical has a very distinctive sound,” he says, “combining elements of house, minimal techno, electro and disco. This mix has all the highlights from the last ten years from the very first record (Steve Rachmad – Strings of Life) to the latest release (Tim Green – Gum Stew).” And we can’t get enough of it.

NME’s 100 best songs of the 80′s

As you may already know, the good old NME is 60 this year! To mark the occasion, they’re celebrating with the best music from each decade of their lifetime. On this playlist, they count down the greatest tracks of the 1980s – Joy Division and New Order, the Smiths, Talking Heads, Eric B. & Rakim, the Stone Roses, Public Enemy, the Jam, Bowie and more. Check out more ace NME mixtapes here.

The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air

Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down, and I like to take a minute, just sit right there, listen to all of the music from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. As well as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, this playlist features Michael Jackson, Sam & Dave, Tom Jones and more. Another brilliant creation by in-from SMP member Agent3613.

Loser: The Sub Pop Anthology

Next up, a playlist dedicated to Sub Pop, the Seattle based label founded by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, famed for signing such luminaries as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney, and more recently Fleet Foxes, Foals, and The Postal Service. Check out these bands and more on this ace playlist. Well done, Robert Locke.

Deep Steamy Techie House

How could we resist a playlist with a description like this: “House. But only when it’s deep, steamy, loungy and techie. The type of stuff you get lost in. Berlin afterhour sh*t. Hypnotizing drums. Arousing synths. Inconceivable grooves.” Wow! You had us at “deep”. If this one from Reckon doesn’t get you revved up, check your pulse.

French Dance – Sacre Bleu!

This playlist by Lizarazu got a good reaction when we posted it on the SMP Facebook page this month. So, why not warmup your weekend with the best collection of Franco beats around – Daft Punk, Busy P, Justice, M83, Sebastien Tellier, the late DJ Mehdi and more. Sacré bleu indeed!

LL Cool J – The Samples

We’re not calling it comeback. We know he’s been here for years. And this playlist, by the on-form agent3613 is an incredible collection of the samples LL’s used throughout his career. Like this? Check out Beastie Boys – The Samples, 2Pac The Samples and Biggie – The Samples.

BBC Sessions

Next we have a collection sessions from the likes Cream, T. Rex, Hendrix, Bowie, Nirvana, PJ Harvey and Amy Winehouse, to name but a few. An amazing selection of classic live recordings from the BBC archives, put together by Robert Locke. A must-hear playlist.

Beastie Boys. MCA Tribute

We round things off with Kieron‘s fitting tribute to the great Adam Yauch – better known as the Beastie Boys’ MCA. Musician, songwriter, film director, humanitarian and environmentalist – MCA was many things. But we’ll always remember him as the legendary MC he was, and for the incredible legacy he’s left behind…

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

I keep getting a lot of nice music tip in my Spotify inbox. Thank you so much for sharing your best findings with me!

We kick off a new week and a new playlist with Xylos. A synth-driven electro-pop quintet from Brooklyn, NY. “Summerlong,” is the first single off of their second LP, set to be released later this year.

We continue with Cheers Elephant, a rootsy, psychedelic pop rock quartet from Philadelphia. I really like their song “Leaves” from their latest album “Like Wind Blows Fire”. Next one out this week is an old favorite; Spanish singer-songwriter, Russian Red, with her catchy song “Cigarettes”. Rebekka Karijord is a Norwegian actress and artist and I chose to add her beautiful song “Wear It Like A Crown”.

Last one out this week is an American singer-songwriter, Eric Hutchinson, with his catchy song “Rock & Roll”.

If you have song suggestion for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.