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.

Mise à jour de Spotify pour Android – version 0.4.9

Notre application pour Android vient tout juste d’être mise à jour. Rendez-vous sur l’Android Market ou sur m.spotify.com à partir du navigateur Internet de votre téléphone pour la télécharger.

Cette mise à jour inclut les évolutions suivantes :

  • La possibilité de choisir l’emplacement de stockage sur les appareils ayant plusieurs cartes mémoire.
  • L’interface utilisateur est modifiée.
  • Le temps de démarrage est réduit.
  • L’application consomme moins de batterie.
  • Le volume contrôle maintenant toujours le volume des applications media, même si la musique n’est pas en marche.
  • Les boutons media sont compatibles et les APIs audio sont disponibles dans Froyo.
  • La synchronisation en WiFi a été améliorée.
  • La recherche par la voix fonctionne maintenant correctement lorsque vous utilisez Spotify.
  • Les problèmes avec le scrobbling ont été résolus.
  • Le bug empêchant les pochettes de s’afficher pour les fichiers locaux a été résolu.
  • Le bug de synchronisation quand l’écran est vérouillé est résolu.
  • Le bug de la musique redémarrant toute seule après un appel a été résolu.
  • D’autres problèmes de stabilité ont été corrigés.

Amusez-vous bien !

Update to Spotify for Android – version 0.4.9

Today we have an update for our popular Android app available. Just head over to the Android Market or m.spotify.com with you phone and you can download the latest update.

Changes included in this update are:

  • Ability to choose storage location on devices with more than one memory card.
  • Changes to user interface.
  • Reduced startup time.
  • Improved battery life when using Spotify.
  • Volume control now always controls media volume, even if music is not playing.
  • Support for media buttons and audio focus APIs introduced in Froyo.
  • Much improved music syncing over WiFi.
  • Voice search now works properly when in Spotify.
  • Scrobbling issues have been fixed.
  • Bug causing missing cover art for local files has been fixed.
  • Failing to sync with locked screen has been fixed.
  • Music starting by itself after a phone call has been fixed.
  • Many other stability and performance improvements.

Enjoy!

Spotify Premium – The Leisure Society returns

London’s The Leisure Society release their sophomore album, Into The Murky Water, on May 2nd. Starting today, Spotify Premium subscribers can listen to an exclusive 6-track sampler of the album before it’s release.

We’re also running a competition where users can win a pair of tickets to the Leisure Society gig in London and a signed LP. All you have to do is to subscribe to this playlist: Nick’s Compilation Of Good Vibrations and ‘Like’ the Leisure Society Facebook page.

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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Gagnez 2 places pour la soirée Versus 2.0 à la Gaîté Lyrique

Du 13 au 17 avril a lieu la Infiné Week à la Gaîté Lyrique (à Paris), l’occasion de donner carte blanche musicale et visuelle au label lyonnais, internationalement reconnu pour son bon goût.

Nous avons la chance de pouvoir vous offrir 2 places pour assister à la soirée Versus 2.0 Carl Craig, Francesco Tristano et Moritz Von Oswald demain soir (mercredi 13 avril). C’est un concert événement : la reformation du mythique Versus qui confronte le parrain de la musique électronique aux instruments classiques. Comme un jeu permanent entre les codes de la musique classique et ceux des musiques électroniques, les trois musiciens et leur orchestre virtuel se répondent musicalement et visuellement.

Pour gagner les 2 places, dîtes nous sous quel nom le producteur Moritz Von Oswald est-il également connu ? La 1ère bonne réponse gagnera les places, assurez-vous de pouvoir nous donner votre nom et coordonnées aujourd’hui et d’être disponible demain soir !

Spotify Premium – Metronomy en avant première

Pour son 3ème album, le groupe anglais Metronomy change de rythme et de ton, tout en gardant son côté Dancefloor comme fil rouge.
The English Riviera est un disque pop, littéralement époustouflant et truffé de chansons funk crépusculaires, langoureuses où l’on retrouve le feeling tant de légendes des 70’s que des clins d’œils à un diptyque “Early New Order & The Cure”.

The English Riviera sort lundi prochain (le 11 avril), mais les abonnés Spotify Premium peuvent l’écouter dès aujourd’hui et pourront en profiter tout le week-end !

Spotify for iOS v0.4.11 is now available

We have an update to our iPhone and iPod Touch app to let you know about today.

This update includes numerous improvements, an updated design and the following changes:

  • Localised into French and Spanish
  • The Edit button is back – use it to create new playlists, remove playlists, and mark playlists for offline use
  • Local Files playlist shows you all the mp3s and m4as you have wifi synced from your computer
  • Redesigned with a new colour scheme
  • Removed iPod integration feature. All your MP3s can now be easily synced using the Local Files feature.

The update is available in the App Store today, go forth and download!