Spotify Premium, Franz Ferdinand concert ticket contest

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This week Franz Ferdinand released their new album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, and it is now available for listening on Spotify.

Along with the release we have two great prizes to hand out to Spotify Premium members in Sweden. We’ll be giving out 2 sets of concert tickets to the Franz Ferdinand concert in Stockholm on March 21st at Cirkus.

If you’d like one of the prizes you’re going to have to do a little something for it. We’re looking for the two diehard Franz Ferdinand fans to give these tickets to and what we’d like to hear is your favorite Franz Ferdinand memory or moment. Did you meet the band or see them in concert, has a song of theirs somehow played a role in your life? If you have a special memory of Franz let us know, the most interesting and creative answers will win the tickets so post a YouTube clip, record a song or write a little poem and we’ll pick the winners.

The best entry will get three tickets to the concert, the second best entry will get two tickets and all the tickets come with an exclusive Franz Ferdinand box set that includes the latest CD along with a few other small goodies. Post your entries or links to them here on the blog and we’ll pick the winners in two weeks on the 13th of February.

Some important changes to the Spotify music catalogue

Next week we are going to be making some changes to our music catalogue that we feel are important to communicate clearly. Unfortunately we are going to be removing a number of songs from our catalogue and adding country restrictions to some tracks, which may make them unplayable for you.

Why are we doing this?

The changes are being made so that we implement all the proper restrictions that are required by our label deals. Some tracks will be restricted from play in certain countries, this means that if you share tracks with friends who are in other countries it’s possible that they won’t be able to listen to them. The reason for this is that our agreements contain strict rules as to what tracks can and can’t be played in various countries that we are now capable of implementing. These restrictions are a legacy from when most music was sold on tapes and CDs and they have continued over into streaming music, our hope is that one day restrictions like this will disappear for good.

Additionally, some of the music that has been delivered to us had been delivered by mistake even though the artist did not want their music to be included in a streaming service. In order to respect the decisions of the artist we now have to remove those tracks. We have not lost any licenses and no labels have stopped working with us, this is just a matter of updating our catalogue to be in line with the agreements we actually have. In hindsight it would have been better to remove this in October when we launched publicly, we realize this now and apologize to you for not doing it sooner.

How will this affect you?

A number of the tracks that you’ve listened to previously will no longer be available for streaming, these tracks have already been removed from the search function. If you have some of these songs in playlists we will try to automatically replace those songs with versions from albums that we are not removing so you don’t lose the song. If there is no replacement available then the song will appear in red on your playlists.

What’s next?

From this point on there are no plans to remove any more music and our catalogue will only grow from here. We already have music from all the major labels and a vast majority of the independent labels licensed, between them we have millions of tracks that we still can add into Spotify. Now it’s a matter of importing that music into our system, which we are doing on an ongoing basis in an effort to add thousands of albums a week. We continue to work hard to sign deals with more labels and will work with the labels we have signed to fill the holes in our catalogue.

Our dream is to create a music experience where users can play whatever music they want, whenever they want, it may take awhile but we will keep working at it. Please feel free to leave any questions you may have on the blog or join the conversation on our forum if you require more information.

Chris Brown concert tickets up for grabs

Chris Brown, the Grammy-nominated R&B star, is coming to Stockholm this Friday the 23rd, and we have one pair of tickets to give out to a lucky Spotify user. The concert is happening at Hovet in Stockholm and all you need to do to enter is leave a comment on the blog that you’d like to go and we’ll notify the winner tomorrow afternoon by email.

For more details about the concert you can check out the official website.

First Clubify event this weekend in Stockholm

clubify.pngThis Saturday night we have another great event here in Stockholm, the first ever Clubify is being held at Debaser Medis. Recently we’ve been having events on a regular basis and we hope to do more and more of these under the Clubify banner.

There’s going to be 3 great artists performing: Emmon, The Kid and Empire Dogs. Before and after the bands we’ll be having our resident DJs playing your favorite tunes from Spotify. The event is 20+, so leave the little ones at home, doors open at 19:00 and everyone who gets there before 22:00 gets free entrance and an invite to Spotify, after 22:00 entrance is 100 kr. For more details head over to the Debaser website.

U2′s new single, Get On Your Boots, now streaming on Spotify!

We’re really excited to let you know that the new U2 single, Get On Your Boots, is now available for listening on Spotify. The track was premiered on the radio yesterday and will be released as a digital download on February 15th with physical disks to follow on February 16th, but Spotify users can listen to it now, no restrictions. And, if you’re not a Spotify user there is no better time than now to find an invite and sign up.

We’re huge fans of U2 here at Spotify so we’re excited to listen to the new song. I’ve also put together a playlist of some of the best U2 tracks of all time that you could check out. The new U2 album, No Line On The Horizon, will be released on March 2nd.

Sharing is good, share your Spotify playlists

One of the most popular Spotify features is the ability to create and share playlists, it’s a great way to discover new music and organize your old favorites. Part of the fun of creating these lists is sharing them with others and since we launched we’ve seen a number of really cool websites pop up that make it easier for you to find and share playlists.

Most recently we’ve found Mixifier, a Facebook application to share playlists which we thought was pretty cool. A small selection of the other sites created for sharing and discovering playlists include Listiply, Specifyspot, Spotylist, Spotyshare and Topsify. All of these sites have been created by users that really love Spotify and want to make it easy for you to find new playlists and share the ones you’ve made.

There are more and more sites coming every week and we think it’s great. We’d like to hear from you if you’ve got a site to share so leave a comment on the blog and let everyone know about your site.

Bredbandsbolaget has Spotify invites

We get a lots of email and feedback from people looking to get an invite to join Spotify and we are sending out more and more every day so patience will pay off. But if you’re in Sweden and really want to join Spotify one quick option would be to go with our partner Bredbandsbolaget. Existing Bredbandsbolaget clients can sign up right away and get their service free until April 9th, if at any time you no longer want the Bredbandsbolaget service you can cancel at any point.

If you’re not a Bredbandsbolaget client but have a friend or family member who is, there’s a good chance they’ve recently been given invites for our free service that they can share, so don’t be shy and ask around.

Spotify at Fritz’s Corner

Saturday night, January 17th, Spotify is teaming up with Fritz’s Corner in Stockholm for another night of our favorite tunes. Our in-house DJs Max and Erik will be bringing their special DJ rack to mix music straight from Spotify and will open up the DJ booth to members of the audience so they can add their own tracks to the playlist. The night also includes two great artists, Jonathan Johansson & Marching Band who will be performing live.

Everyone is welcome so feel free to drop by, Fritz’s Corner members get a discount, doors open at 20:00 and for more information check out the Fritz’s Corner website.