Interactive audio novel from Hurts

Hurts and Manchester novelist Joe Stretch have created a wonderfully unique experience on Spotify in which you get to play the protagonist.

Narrated by actress Anna Friel, ‘Don’t Let Go’ is an interactive audio novel which utilises Spotify in a completely new and unexpected way. Each chapter of the novel has been published as a track on Spotify, and can be located by typing a unique code into the search field.

After listening to each chapter of the story you’ll be offered a choice of what to do next, along with the unique code for each action. Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to stop arch villain Guy Lockhart from distributing his heartbreak cocktail and condemning humankind forever to a loveless, empty existence.

Along the way you’ll also hear extracts of music from Hurts’ brand new album “Happiness”. If you manage to get to one of the story’s eleven possible endings without dying, you’ll be rewarded with an exclusive preview of an album track. So choose wisely…

Play These Playlists: The Year So Far, Reading Festival and more curated by DrownedinSound.com

Rather than an annotated playlist for the month that was, this month Drowned in Sound has compiled a selection of playlists to soundtrack your wet summer mornings and the turning of grey afternoon into indian summer evenings…

Drowned in August 2010

August was a strange month for releases. Festivals and the Arcade Fire (strangely absent from Spotify), the fantastic Scott Pilgrim film soundtrack (click to read our interview with the film’s star Michael Cera and director Edgar Wright) and Klaxons kind of overshadowed a lot of really interesting smaller releases but then again, there weren’t a great deal of album of the year contenders. Meanwhile, there were lots of great singles from the likes of Everything Everything and Gonzales. Click here to play and explore this month’s playlist.

Also, if you missed them, click for Drowned in July 2010 and Drowned in June 2010.

Drowned in Sound 2010 – Q2

Earlier this year, we compiled a playlist featuring the best bits of the first quarter of the year (you’ll find that one here) and due to the overwhelming response, we’ve compiled a playlist for Q2, which explores the swirled electronics of Ikonika, LCD Soundsystem and Emeralds before exploring the big guitars and broken hearts of The National and DiS’ one-to-watch tip for 2010/Mercury Music Prize nominee, Villagers.
Click to play this playlist

Reading & Leeds Festival 2010

If you’re heading to Reading & Leeds festival this week or plan to watch the coverage on TV/via the web, here’s a playlist with our picks from the line-up get you in the mood. Or if you have a premium account, to stick on your iPod in the car instead of listening to The Get Up Kids’ back catalogue. Click to play this playlist

The Neptune Music Prize 2010

DiS has announced the nominees for the The Neptune Music prize, our alternative to the Mercury Music Prize. You can vote for your favourite of our picks. If you’re not au fait with all of the nominees, we made this handy Spotify playlist to sample a little bit of each.

Lastly, if you have enjoyed this and/or any of our previous playlists, please take a second to vote for DrownedinSound.com in the BT Digital Music Awards. Thank you.

You’ll find plenty more Spotify playlists by DrownedinSound.com here.

Spotify améliore la gestion des listes de lecture

Les listes de lecture ont toujours été au centre du service Spotify. Depuis l’introduction de “Spotify social”, des millions de listes de lecture ont déjà été créées et partagées entre amis et en famille. Afin de répondre à la demande des utilisateurs d’avoir une utilisation toujours plus conviviale de l’application, Spotify inclut donc, dès aujourd’hui, une mise à jour permettant la création de dossiers et de sous-dossiers. Il sera ainsi beaucoup plus facile d’organiser les listes de lectures et de les partager.

Pour créer un dossier, il suffit d’aller dans “Dossier”-> Nouvelle liste de lecture ou de cliquer sur le symbole “+” dans la partie supérieure gauche de votre écran. Une fois que vous avez créé un dossier, vous pouvez simplement faire glisser et déposer les listes de lecture existantes et même créer des sous-dossiers pour mieux vous retrouver dans votre bibliothèque.


En complément de cette mise à jour nous avons également développé et inclus un certain nombre de nouvelles fonctionnalités:



  • Le fil d’actualités Spotify sur Twitter s’affiche en temps réel sur la page activité et news de l’application
  • Un nouvel aspect et une meilleure convivialité pour la recherche. L’artiste et l’album sont affichés en images pour rendre la recherche plus intuitive
  • La photo des abonnés aux listes de lecture a été également ajoutée. Elle sera visible sur l’en-tête des listes de lecture, afin que les utilisateurs puissent voir en un coup d’œil qui y a souscrit
  • Une compatibilité avec Windows 7 Snap, une prise en charge de la Jump List et la personnalisation de la barre des taches
  • La possibilité de partager sa musique et ses listes de lecture sur Windows Live Messenger


Nous allons commencer le déploiement de la mise à jour pour les utilisateurs aujourd’hui même.

Nous espérons vivement que vous aimerez autant que nous ces nouvelles fonctionnalités !

Spotify – now with folders!

Playlists have always been central to the Spotify service and with the recent introduction of Spotify social we’ve seen millions of playlists be shared between friends and family. With millions of great playlists being created and shared we’ve looked to make it even easier for Spotify users to manage them with today’s introduction of playlist folders in this Spotify update.

To create a playlist folder, simply go to the File -> New playlist folder or click the “+” symbol near the top left side of your screen. Once you’ve created a folder you can just drag and drop existing playlists into it and even create folders within folders to better organise your music.

Alongside playlist folders – which up till now has been one of our users’ most requested features – we’re also introducing a number of other cool new features in this latest update, including:

  • Official Spotify Twitter updates will appear for all users in the Feed to keep you up-to-date on all the latest Spotify and music news
  • A new look and feel for the Search view. Artist and album images are shown to make the search view more visually arresting
  • Newly-added picture of playlist subscribers to the header of each playlist, so users can see at a glance who’s subscribed.
  • Support for Windows 7 Snap, Jump list and Taskbar features
  • Added “Send to Windows Live” option

We’ll begin rolling out the new version to users today, you’ll be automatically updated once we are able to update more users. We really hope you love the new features as much as we do!

A selection of playlists for August

The summer is winding down but our friends over at ShareMyPlaylists.com provide us with yet another in their series of excellent playlist posts to get your week started. You can check out thousands of playlists at ShareMyPlaylists.com – they’ve got a little something for everyone.

Mark Webster’s The Soul Of The Beatles
Eve wondered what the Beatles would have been listening to from the early days in Liverpool to the hazy days towards the end of their career? Well this playlist by playdio gives us a small snippet of what would have been ringing in the ears of the Fab Four. From Isaac Hayes theme tune to Shaft to a live version of Slippin’ Into Darkness by War, it may surprise you. Fascinating playlist.

Soundtrack To July 2010
The first of the month saw iamnottheenemy take a look back to all the tracks that were making it big in July. All the big guns were out in force during the sweltering summer month including Mark Ronson & Business Intl, We Are Scientists, Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, Faithless, Danger Mouse and many many more. Finding all the good songs so you don’t have to, this playlist is hit after hit.

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Win tickets, travel and accommodation to see Muse live in London

One of the world’s greatest rock bands are playing at one the world’s greatest venues this September. And you could be there with them!

Muse are currently mid-way through their first worldwide stadium tour ever! And after playing incredible shows all over Europe, Japan, Korea and USA the band are back on home soil for three nights to play their final UK gig dates of the year.

Spotify, alongside Warner Music are giving you and a friend the chance to win tickets to the Muse gig at Wembley, London on 11th September. All you have to do is click here to register your details and you will automatically be placed in a draw to win tickets, travel, accommodation, as well as other Muse goodies. Not only that, the winner as well as nine other lucky runners up will receive a month’s access to Spotify Premium.

Good luck!

Spotify pour iPhone – nouvelle mise à jour

Aujourd’hui nous avons une bonne nouvelle pour les possesseurs d’iPhone. L’application Spotify a été mise à jour et est disponible dans l’App Store. Les nouveautés dans cette mise à jour incluent :

  • Partager des titres et des listes de lecture via SMS (exclusivement avec l’iOS 4)
  • Les posts Twitter ajoutés dans le fil d’activité
  • L’icône de l’application sur iPhone 4 en haute résolution
  • Appuyer sur le bouton “précédent” mène au début de la chanson, même si c’est la première chanson de la liste
  • Le message “Loading” n’apparaît plus en Mode Avion
  • Un bug avec l’onglet “What’s New” rencontré par certains utilisateurs a été fixé
  • Un problème avec la mise à jour des nouveaux titres reçus dans la boîte de réception a été fixé

Amusez-vous bien !

L’équipe Spotify.

Spotify for iPhone – new update

Today we’ve got some more good news for iPhone owners. Spotify’s iPhone app has been given a further update and is now available in the App Store. Enhancements in the update include:

  • Share tracks and playlists via SMS (iOS 4 only)
  • Spotify Twitter posts added to the News Feed
  • New high-resolution icon for iPhone 4
  • Pressing the “prev” button skips to the start of a track, even if you’re playing the first track
  • The “restore” message no longer appears when in airplane mode
  • Fixed a crash some users experienced with the What’s New tab
  • Fixed an issue with inbox not updating with new tracks in certain cases

Enjoy!

The Spotify team.

Gagnez des places pour le Workshop InFiné

Pour la 2ème année, le label InFiné investit la Carrière du Normandoux pour un Workshop inédit. Loin de toutes contraintes, les artistes invités en résidence posent leurs valises dans ce “lieu source” pendant une semaine pour initier de nouvelles expériences sonores.

Cette semaine se termine avec 3 soirées de concerts :
- Le 18 août, Fredo Viola & Scalde et Arandel
- Le 19 août, Vanessa Wagner & Sasha Rozhdestvensky et Murcof
- Le 20 août, Clara Moto & Mimu et Touré Kunda & Dorian Concept
Cliquez ici pour retrouver tous les détails de la programmation.

Nous vous offrons 2 places pour chaque soir.
Pour gagner les places du 18 août, dîtes-nous quel est le nom du premier album d’Arandel.
Pour le 19 août, dîtes-nous de quel instrument joue Sasha Rozhdestvensky.
Enfin, pour le 20 août, dîtes-nous de quel pays sont originaires Clara Moto & Mimu.

Les trois premiers à répondre pour chaque soir gagneront les places, vous ne pouvez gagner que pour un soir alors choisissez bien celui pour lequel vous jouez (soyez sûr de pouvoir assister à l’événement) !

Spotify extension for Chrome

We wanted to let everyone know about this neat Spotify Chrome extension that allows users to search and find music in Spotify directly from their browser.

Use your mouse to highlight the text with the name of an artist or group in your current web page. Click on the extension’s icon to listen to their music on Spotify.

A fun way to quickly start up music you’re reading about while surfing the web.