2013 – Eindejaarsterugblik

We kunnen bijna niet geloven dat het alweer deze tijd van het jaar is. Tijd om terug te blikken op de fantastische muziek van de afgelopen twaalf maanden. 

Kijk terug met onze Eindejaarsterugblik en doe mee met een interactief avontuur door tijd en ruimte. Van het immense Spotify-universum tot jouw persoonlijke jaar in muziek.

We vieren de ongelooflijke 4,5 miljard uur gestreamde muziek op Spotify dit jaar. En we onthullen de artiesten en nummers die de wereld veroverden. We delen wat leuke Spotifeitjes van over de hele wereld. Als laatste tonen we ook de muziek die jouw 2013 omlijstte, in je eigen Eindejaarsterugblik.

Bedankt dat je deel hebt uitgemaakt van ons jaar. Op het delen van nog meer muziek in 2014!

“What a blast!” Sebastian Ingrosso on the Spotify House Party

Following tonight’s live house party on Spotify with Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso, we caught up with Sebastian to ask a few questions. Check it out below!

So, how do you feel? Happy with tonight’s house party?

Absolutely! The most important part for me is to constantly interact with my fans, and this was an innovative and cool way of doing so. We played a lot of good music and the listeners could vote on what to hear next and chat with us. It was great to play our new song “Calling” as well!

It was awesome that so many of our fans joined us and we hope they had as much fun as Alesso and I did!

It seems like a good way to interact and chat with your fans.

Oh, it’s a blast! It’s always nice to be able to use new technology and social media as a way to reach out to our fans. Tonight they even got the chance to participate and decide what music we played, which is even cooler. Plus, we get the chance to reach out to a much wider audience, whether they are at a pre-party or in the basement of their mother’s house – Stockholm, Amsterdam or London? It doesn’t matter!

A large chunk of tonight’s audience dream of becoming DJs themselves, what’s your advice to all those who want to become the next Ingrosso?

Becoming a DJ takes a lot of time and it won’t come overnight, you have to do your own thing and never give up. I’ve been doing this for over ten years and I’m still evolving. You have to find your own unique style and that takes time.

Remember, there are so many people out there who want to become DJs. It might be easier to get started with all the technological development, but ultimately it’s not enough to be able to beatmix to become a good DJ, it’s about having fun, having a feeling for the music and the audience you’re playing for. You have to feel what gets them dancing!

Who’s your ideal pre-party guest?

It would be my friends, because I don’t see them enough. But yeah, it would be really cool to sit and chat with someone like Paul McCartney and listen to the same music and have a beer together!

What do you think is the future for artists wanting to connect with fans?

That’s impossible to predict – just look at how much everything has changed in the past five years! I just hope a lot of cool new ways appear, because the fans are the most important thing for me.

You can listen to all songs recorded during the event by clicking the link below!

KPN Mobiel en XS4ALL klanten beluisteren hun favoriete muziek nu met Spotify

Deze week is de actie ‘gratis Spotify Premium’ bij XS4ALL en KPN Mobiel van start gegaan. Met deze online muziekdienst hebben XS4ALL en KPN Mobiel klanten toegang tot meer dan 18 miljoen nummers op hun laptop, tablet en smartphone. Een wereld vol muziek binnen handbereik, altijd en overal toegang tot je favoriete muziek! Daarnaast kun je met Spotify Premium al je Spotify afspeellijsten synchroniseren op je smartphone en deze heel handig afspelen in de ‘Offline Modus’, zonder internetverbinding dus.

XS4ALL klanten krijgen een jaar lang gratis Spotify Premium bij een Lite, Basic of Glas 100 abonnement, KPN Mobiel klanten krijgen de eerste drie maanden Spotify Premium gratis bij een datalimiet van 500 Mb.

Lees meer over de XS4ALL ‘een jaar lang gratis Spotify Premium’ actie op..

Lees meer over de KPN Mobiel ‘3 maanden gratis Spotify Premium’ actie op.

Even voorstellen: de Spotify Afspeelknop

Vandaag presenteren we met trots de Spotify Afspeelknop: een simpele, maar o zo doeltreffende manier om Spotify-muziek te integreren in blogs, websites en sociale netwerken.

Muziek ontdekken en delen wordt nu nog makkelijker met deze kant-en-klare Spotify-speler, die je in no-time kan toevoegen aan je website. Of zet de Spotify Afspeelknop op je Tumblr of sociale netwerkpagina en maak het er gezelliger met muziek. Je kan elk lied, album of afspeellijst kiezen. Om te genieten van de muziek hoef je alleen maar op afspelen te drukken. Gratis, supersnel, en helemaal geweldig.

Muziek wordt nog persoonlijker

We hebben samengewerkt met de beste en coolste sites om het delen en ontdekken van muziek nog soepeler te maken.

Zet met een paar klikken je favoriete muziek op je Tumblr-blog, en vind je lievelingsnummers via de audiobalk in Tumblr.

Tover je Facebookprofiel of artiestenpagina om met FanRx. Je profiel oppimpen was nog nooit zo makkelijk. Maak de Facebookpagina van je band nog levendiger met FanBridge en zet er nummers, hele albums, nieuwe releases of exclusieve demo’s op.

En dan kun je met de Spotify Afspeelknop ook nog luisteren naar de muziek van je favoriete websites. Op de sites van het Algemeen Dagblad, HLN.be, Mashable, The Huffington Post, Time Out, Rolling Stone en nog vele anderen vind je ook een Afspeelknop, waarmee een wereld aan muziek voor je open gaat, en dat alles met een simpele muisklik.

Blader door afspeellijsten op ShareMyPlaylists.com en luister wat je wil horen simpelweg door op Afspelen te drukken. Wil je meezingen met je favoriete liedjes, zonder dat je ze eerst moet zoeken? Ga naar TuneWiki en blader, klik en luister.

Voor meer informatie over de Spotify Afspeelknop, volg deze link.

Hello Germany. Spotify here.

We’re excited to say hello to our new friends in Germany!

Yes, today sees Germany become the thirteenth member of the Spotify family. Our German friends can choose from three great Spotify services – from absolutely free to paid subscriptions.

Spotify Free – the unsurpassed free music service. Enjoy free, on-demand access to millions of songs on your computer. No gimmicks. Just listen and love it, month after month.

Spotify Unlimited – all the special features of our free service, but with uninterrupted, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. All for only 4.99EUR a month.

Spotify Premium – the top-of-the-range Spotify experience. Premium gives you access to all the music, all the time. Listen online, offline, on your computer, your mobile phone and a whole heap of other devices. Enjoy enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers. Premium costs just 9.99EUR.

A special occasion deserves a special playlist. Here’s a playlist of tracks we put together just for you. Hallo Deutschland. Hier ist Spotify.

Spotify is available right now. Simply visit http://spoti.fi/h0l-dir to sign up, or click on any of the ‘play’ links you see in Facebook to get started for free.

Happy listening!

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.

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 and the Grammis

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On January 7th the Grammis are being handed out in Stockholm and you can be a part of it. The Grammis are Sweden’s biggest music awards event of the year and Spotify has 5 pairs of tickets to hand out to our users for the gala ceremony. The awards are being held at Hovet and all you need to do to enter is send your Spotify username along with your address and phone number to contest@spotify.com and we will notify the winners with instructions on how they can get their tickets by the 6th of January.

To get a taste of who’s up for this year’s big awards check out these playlists on Spotify:
Årets album
Årets låt
Årets grupp
Årets kvinnliga artist
Årets manliga artist