Best of 2010 playlist compilation

Yesterday we revealed our 2010 Music Retrospective, which looked at the most streamed tracks and albums on Spotify this past year. Today we have a series of playlists where labels and some of our music staff pick their favourite tracks of 2010 are.

Our best of 2010 playlists include:

Enjoy and be sure to let us know what your best of 2010 list is!

Spotify for Windows, Mac OS X and iPhone updates

We’ve got an update to Spotify for Windows and Mac OS X that we’ve begun to roll out to users today, version 0.4.9.

It includes a number of bug fixes as well as support for Mac media keys without interfering with iTunes, pausing when volume is lowered and we’ve re-added auto-play for all track links when clicked on from Twitter, Facebook, feed, etc.

As with all new releases for Windows and Mac you will automatically be updated in the next few days as we upgrade all our users.

We’ve also got an iPhone update available in the app store. New features and improvements include:

  • A much faster start up speed, Spotify loads 6 times faster than previously.
  • Spotify will not start playing after you hangup a call if you have removed your headphones during the call.
  • Retina display graphics for iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G.
  • Attach a message when sharing to your Spotify friends.
  • Improved how Spotify reloads your position after a restart. You no longer have to wait until you get online or tap to cancel before you can use Spotify.
  • Stability fixes related to log out, opening links, changing songs, login, and others.

Enjoy!

Spotify’s 2010 music retrospective

To celebrate reaching the end of another fantastic year for music lovers, we’re hitting the rewind button and revealing Spotify’s most streamed tracks and albums of 2010.

We’ve compiled lists for the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Spain, Netherlands and France. You’ll be able to compare musical tastes between countries as well as discover which music has topped the Spotify charts across Europe. You can also step back in time to check out what was topping the charts last year on Spotify.

To discover which tracks have topped the Spotify music charts in 2010 head over to the retrospective home page.

Drowned in… November + The Best of 2010


This month’s blog post from Sean Adams, the founder of Drowned in Sound, features several different year-end flavoured playlists…

Don’t be alarmed but that whooshing sound you can hear is your brain whirling at the thought that it is already December and yet it still feels like February. However, don’t worry that beeping sound isn’t some digital alarm bell ringing in your cerebral cortex, it’s probably some electronica or a sample in the depths of one of the year’s finest tracks. Speaking of which, what are the tracks of the year that you really should have heard? If you’ve kept up with my monthly playlists, you will hopefully know quite a few of these already but for the sake of completeness and optimum time-saving, a year’s worth of my listening to 500+ albums and digesting the music media, so you don’t have to, is compiled here…

Drowned in… November
It might be my imagination but I think each of my playlists have revealed both a shift in my taste and in the sound of the year – contrast and compare with each playlist below. From Daft Punk’s Tron soundtrack and Kanye’s critic-pleasing return to James Blake’s stripped down re-jig of Feist’s ‘Limit to Your Love’, November was awash with pianos, strings, beats and submergent synths, often within the first three seconds of a song. There’s a definite chill to this playlist but hopefully the electronic hum will bring some warmth to your ears. Oh and Nicki Minaj swears, a fair bit, in case you’re offended by talk of Dungeon & Dragons.
Listen/subscribe: Drowned in November 2010

Sean’s Songs of the Year
30 of my favourites from 2010 put together as a little mixtape. My number one is either Kelis’ ‘Acapella’ or Perfume Genius’ ‘Mr Petersen’ or maybe Blondes’ ‘Moondance’. Do I really need to pick a favourite?
Sean’s Songs of 2010

Drowned in Sound’s favourite albums of 2010
Last week on DiS we revealed our album of the year and you can flick through them as a playlist. Or listen to a track from each of the top 75, using the following links.
DiS Albums of the Year 2010
DiS Albums of 2010 – Sampler

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The perfect gift for Christmas

We’re delighted to introduce our special Christmas e-cards allowing you to give the gift of music to your family and friends this holiday season. Or feel free to treat yourself, you deserve it!

You can purchase either one, three, six or 12 months of Spotify Premium and send your loved ones a beautifully designed email or print out the gift to place under the Christmas tree.

Gift codes can then be redeemed on our site so you and your friends can enjoy classic holiday music ad-free and on the go. Merry Christmas!

Deck the halls! The Spotify Christmas playlist compilation.

December is upon us, there’s a chill in the air and Christmas is just around the corner. To get you into the holiday spirit we’ve got a selection of wintery playlists for you to enjoy all month long.

Be sure to subscribe to the following lists:

Happy holidays!

Spotify for Android updated

Today we’ve got a great looking update to our popular Android app to let you know about. The update includes a major rework of the look and feel to the app, numerous performance improvements and support for a number of newly supported devices including the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

To download the latest update head over the Android Market now.

Changes in the new version include:

  • All the graphics have been re-done and are now available in high-definition.
  • The overall design has been re-done.
  • Support for almost any screen resolution, rotation and density, even tablet resolutions.
  • On-the-fly screen rotation support, used on devices with fold-out keyboard.
  • Multiple performance improvements to increase applications speed.
  • Improved error messages with better descriptions.
  • Improved detection of network connection and faster reconnections.
  • Fixed the texts and controllers that were cropped in some places.
  • Fixed the album art view which was often inconsistent with what was playing.
  • Fixed when the widget was not showing the correct content.
  • Fixed an issue with the application not playing the next song in certain cases.
  • New devices supported: HTC Desire HD, HTC Desire Z, Huawei U8300, Motorola Cliq, Motorola Cliq XT, Motorola XT720, Samsung Galaxy 3 (Apollo), Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro, Sony Ericsson X8 and ZTE Blade

Enjoy!