Hi and MTV Mobile with Spotify – sign up now and enjoy 6 months of music for free!

For only 10 Euro per month, users can now sign up for access to Spotify Premium as well as 500 MB of mobile Internet usage. As an introduction offer, users that sign up for the bundle during February will enjoy the first 6 months free of charge.

The Spotify bundle can be purchased as an additional subscription with Hi or MTV Mobile and allows users to enjoy millions of songs through the Spotify library – whenever they want, wherever they want.

For more information on the bundles, please go to Hi or MTV Mobile.

Zeg hallo tegen Spotify Apps

Vandaag introduceren we een nieuwe wereld binnen Spotify. Een wereld waar je nog meer muziek kunt ontdekken en van nog meer nieuws kunt genieten. Vandaag presenteren we Spotify Apps.

Spotify Apps zijn handige en geïntegreerde applicaties binnen Spotify, gemaakt door een aantal van de besten en slimsten ter wereld. Iedere app geeft je een nieuwe muziek ervaring die precies bij jou past.

Genieten met Apps

Dankzij Spotify Apps kunnen de beste muziekrecensenten je helpen met het ontdekken van nieuwe muziek. Laat jezelf muziek aanbevelen via Last.fm en We Are Hunted of ontvang de laatste muziektips van Rolling Stone, The Guardian en Pitchfork.

En er is meer..

Stel dat je naar een nieuw nummer luistert en de songtekst wilt weten. Met de TuneWiki app zie je de tekst van het nummer perfect gesynchroniseerd terwijl je luistert.

En wil je binnenkort naar een concert? Check de Songkick app en kijk of er artiesten uit je muziekbibliotheek bij jou in de buurt optreden, en bestel kaarten met een paar muisklikken.

De apps die je de komende dagen kunt ontdekken zijn slechts het begin. We hopen jou – en wellicht onszelf – vanaf nu regelmatig te kunnen verrassen met nieuwe apps die Spotify nóg beter maken.

Hoe voeg je een app toe?

In Spotify vind je in het linker menu de Apps sectie. Klik hier op de App Finder voor een overzicht van de beschikbare apps. Voor meer informatie over Spotify Apps, klik hier. En zoals altijd horen we graag wat je van onze nieuwe apps vindt.

Happy App-ing!

Introducing Bikini – free download of their EP for all Spotify users

Bikini is an electronic collective from British Columbia, now dispersed across North America. In the wake of their 2010 EP RIPJDS, band members converged from four points of the continent to write and direct their first music video, prep their live show and tour it in select cities. The year culminated with an unforgettable night at the Austin Museum of Art at SXSW, which ended a year of logistical pangs with a old fashioned band brawl. With renewed focus, Bikini’s Aaron Aujla and Kieran Magzul are working on a new LP to be released later this year. To date, the tracks have been built between Aujla’s New York City studio and the forests of northern British Columbia where Magzul treeplants. The yet to be titled LP is set to be finalized later this summer and should be released for the end of 2011.

Make sure to head over here where Spotify users can download Bikini’s RIPJDS EP (6 original tracks) + 5 remixes, as well as a bonus remixes from Grimes, and a exclusive, unreleased track, called “End of Mars.” Naturally, you can also stream the EP through Spotify here.

Alexis Jordan debut album on Spotify – compete and win three months of Spotify Premium!

With all of the stars that fill our sky, there are very few that shine as bright as Alexis Jordan. With flowing red hair, just as vibrant as her personality, 17 year-old Alexis possesses an emotive, awe-inspiring voice that is packed with a power strong enough to brighten our entire world.

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Alexis embodies the new spirit of America with her rich cultural background that includes her father’s Puerto Rican heritage and her mother’s African American, Native American and European ancestry. Singing since she began to speak and songwriting since she was in 3rd grade, at age 11, Alexis moved with her parents and three younger siblings to Santa Clarita, California to pursue a career in the arts. After performing the National Anthem for the United States Air Force Academy, the extremely talented, young singing phenomenon started to attract a ton of attention. Soon, she was asked to sing at the start of various professional baseball games, which quickly gave way to bigger and better opportunities.

Alexis first single “Happiness” is a beautiful up-tempo song about self-joy and empowerment. The debut track reached platinum status in The Netherlands. The second single “Good Girl” is on the playlist of several radio stations. Click HERE to listen to Alexis Jordan’s album on Spotify.

Also, if you are a premium user or if you sign up for a Spotify premium subscription during the month of August, you can enter the competition and compete to win three free months Spotify premium subscription. Click HERE to compete!

The sounds of July courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

The Soundtrack to June 2011

How was June for you? Yeah, ours wasn’t too bad at all, thanks for asking. Partly because it’s been another ace month for new music. What better way to summarise all of the brilliant tunes June brought us than with a rummage through playlist institution, The Soundtrack to… The latest edition features bangers from Toddla T, Tom Vek, Foster The People, Booka Shade, Art Brut and more.

Americana

The Spotify revolution is currently sweeping the US, which is why we created this mixtape featuring all of our favourite American artists – and a few guilty pleasures thrown in for good measure: John Lee Hooker, Leadbelly, Howlin’ Wolf, Gil Scott-Heron, James Brown, Miles Davis, Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley and far to many more to mention.

Funky USA – Welcome!

Our friends over at Acid Jazz Hispano make the best playlists, packed full of the coolest funk, soul, house, hip-hop and pretty much everything else in between. They’re also welcoming the US to Spotify with this little beauty; featuring Curtis Mayfield, The Salsoul Orchestra, Naughty By Nature, The Roots, Zhané and more. An amazing mixtape.

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Hello America. Spotify here.

We’re excited to let you know that today we’re bringing Spotify to the US.

This is a great day for anyone who loves music in the US and, of course, a real milestone for us at Spotify. I’m proud of the fantastic team who have been working tirelessly to bring what we think is the best possible music service to our friends in the US.

The Land of the Free, the Unlimited and the Premium

During our invite-only beta phase, we’ll be offering three great services – from absolutely free to paid subscriptions. The services we’re launching today are:

  • Spotify Free – the unsurpassed free music service. With an invite, enjoy on-demand, buffer-free access to million songs on your computer and great social features. Manage your own music files through Spotify, and sync with your cellphone or iPod. Features occasional advertising.
  • Spotify Unlimited – all the special features of our free service, but with uninterrupted, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. All for only $4.99 a month.
  • Spotify Premium – the 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 cellphone and a whole heap of other devices. Enjoy enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers. Premium costs just $9.99 a month. (That’s the equivalent of a couple of fancy coffees.)

We’re launching in partnership with some of the biggest and most pioneering brands in the world, who all want to help us spread the good word of Spotify. Our exclusive launch partners are Coca-Cola and Sprite, Chevrolet, Motorola, Reebok, Sonos and The Daily. These brands will be launching innovative campaigns in partnership with Spotify in the coming weeks and months.

We believe that music is the most social thing there is and that’s why we’ve built the best social features into Spotify for easy sharing and the ultimate in music discovery. Even if you aren’t a total music freak, chances are you have a friend who is and whose taste you admire. I’m looking forward to connecting with some of you guys in the US through Spotify and discovering some cool new tracks.

If you’re in the US and you haven’t already signed up for an invite, feel free to do so now – we’ll send one to you as soon as we can. Of course, if you just can’t wait, you can jump the queue by signing up directly for Spotify Premium or Unlimited starting at just $4.99 a month.

Here’s to our American adventure!

Spotify Premium exclusively offers Paul Oakenfold compilation

The new compilation from UK legend Paul Oakenfold will be available for one week exclusively on Spotify beginning Friday 8th July.

“Never Mind The Bollocks… Here’s Paul Oakenfold” will see a digital release on iTunes on July 15th followed by the worldwide release of the double CD version on 22nd July. However, Spotify Premium subscribers will have the world premiere for the full mix from July 8th. It’s the first time that Dutch record company Armada Music and Spotify collaborate on an exclusive release.

Paul Oakenfold: “I am thrilled that such a forward thinking service as Spotify is allowing my fans full legal access to my new music, they are changing the game, Never Mind the Bollocks…this is the future.”

Listen to the album here!

Not a Premium subscriber yet? You can sign up right away over here.

Introducing… Hospital Records to Spotify!

Hospital Records is a legendary independent record label from South London. Primarily releasing Drum+Bass, the label was started in 1996 by Tony Colman and Chris Goss, and has grown in recent years to become one of the most well known labels within UK dance music.

The label is home to artists such as High Contrast, London Elektricity, Danny Byrd, Mistabishi, Logistics, Nu:Tone and Cyantific, but also releases tracks from a whole host of other artists across the D+B genre. Check out their Spotify playlist now.

The sounds of June courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

The Soundtrack to May 2011

We hit the ground running with the biggest of mixtape monthlies, The Soundtrack to… May’s edition is a suitably joyous symphony of eclecticism: there’s the devastatingly ace Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair from Arctic Monkeys; the long overdue return of Tom Vek on the infectious A Chore; the only British MC you need in your life, Ghostpoet with Survive It; and the singer-songwriter everyone’s talking about, Ed Sheeran on The A Team. All these and more await you in the best monthly round-up of fresh music you’ll find anywhere on the web.

New Releases – June 2011

Allow us to introduce to you our brand new, er ,New Releases playlist. You know that half-proselytizing, half-misanthropic blog post we do, Singles Club? Yeah you do, it’s the one where we say stuff about how listening to Jennifer Lopez makes you question whether we are "the lowest ebb in human history." Yeah, well that. You can listen to all the tracks we review on that, as well as the very best new release on Spotify, each and every month by clicking here. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Busy P Presents…

Ed Banger records got joined SMP this month, bringing with them a smorgasbord of mixtapes from their incredible roster of DJs and producers. This one’s from their head honcho, the top boy, the main man, Busy P. Not only is Pedro Winter an incendiary DJ in his own right, in Daft Punk he managed arguably the biggest dance music act of all time for over ten years – shifting six millions albums in the process – and, amazingly, he’s still only 34 years old. Including a handful of his own productions, his mixtape also features Metronomy, Panda Bear, The Strokes, James Blake and more.

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Exclusief op Spotify Premium – beluister het Beyoncé album “4”

Na het Grammy Award winnende album ”I Am…Sasha Fierce” en de hitsingles “Run The World (Girls)” en “Best Thing I Never Had” brengt Beyoncé haar lang verwachte nieuwe album “4” uit in Nederland op 24 juni.

Sony Music biedt Spotify Premium gebruikers de kans om het album 24 uur lang exclusief te beluisteren. Het album is een verzameling van nieuwe stijlen, geweldige ballads en, natuurlijk, de unieke stem van Beyoncé. Luister nu hier!