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!

Everyone’s loving Spotify Apps

It’s now been three short months since we introduced everybody to Spotify Apps.

The apps have opened the door to a whole new world of music discovery and engagement for our users, who have now spent a total of 1500 years within the apps since their launch.

A few highlights

Soundrop lets you discover, listen to and share music with friends in ‘rooms’ created by genre or theme. Users listened together to 15 million songs in February alone – the equivalent of our entire catalogue, or 100 years’ of music.

Visitors to Tunewiki can sing along to the lyrics of the song they’re playing. Users have now edited or synced more than 100,000 songs in the ‘wiki’, helping create content for others to enjoy and sing along to.

Moodagent, which gives you instant playlists to match your mood, generates over 3.5 million playlists a week, with the ‘Happy Quick’ mood proving to be twice as popular as ‘Angry’ mood.

And SpotOn Radio, which was built on the Spotify mobile platform, went all the way to number six on the Swedish iPhone app store.

It’s been a great start. Watch out for more exciting news regarding Spotify Apps coming very soon!

Start streaming with Donkeyboy today!

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Norwegian pop sensation Donkeyboy and Spotify invite you to a Nordic “Battle Of The Fans”. Starting today until the 15th of March, we will be running a massive streaming competition.

The winning country will get an exclusive fan showcase with the band, in the country’s capital. Spotify users from that country can win tickets to the showcase by spreading Donkeyboy’s music trough the Spotify Share function.

Donkeyboy are back at the top of the charts with City Boy, lead single from their sophomore album Silver Moon. Their debut album Caught In A Life, won several Norwegian music awards, and even a Swedish Grammy for best international new act.

Here you can follow the progress, and see which country is leading.

Start streaming
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#MusicMonday’s playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s music recommendations.

This #MusicMonday kicks off with a new favorite indie-pop darling: Sheffield-based “Standard Fare”. I fell in love with their song “The Look of Lust” from their secound album “Out of Sight, Out of Town”

As usual, I try to add a few good singer/songwriters to the playlist every week. This week the chosen ones are: “Scott Matthews” with “Eyes Wider Than Before” from his first album “Passing Stranger” I´m still in love with his first single from the same album called “Elusive” Do you remember that song? Also,”Ben Howard” with “Old Pine” and “Damien Rice” with “Dogs”. All amazing songs and artists.

There is always a mix between genres and new findings. In the latest edition of by:larm in Oslo, last week, “Tomorrow We Move to Hawaii” made a great live impression and their song “Underworld” got stuck in my head. From Malmø, a new shiny Swedish favourite called “Turn Off Your Televition”. And last but not least: Astro. Their song “Ciervos” is strange and very catchy.

If you have song suggestion for next weeks playlist feel free to drop them in my Spotify Inbox!

Here you can find the playlist: http://spoti.fi/music-mondays – Subscribe and you will get a mix of twenty new feel-good tracks every Monday.

Enjoy!

February Beats presented by @thursplay

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Our friends at @thursplay have compiled this playlist for February.

Time to reveal the songs we played on repeat this February here at #thursplay! On this playlist, find 25 tracks of hand picked indie music, some of them just released.

To start with, Sleigh Bells with their addicting “Rill Rill”, because even though they just released a new album , that’s still our favorite!

Meet Alfred Hall, Team Me, Ask Embla, Deportees, Simian Ghost and Anna Järvinen : our findings at the music festival called by:larm that happened in Oslo last week. They gave great live performances and got us hooked with their songs!

Get lost on Doug Burr‘s voice with his “Chief of Police in Chicago” and check out The Shins latest single “Simple Song”. Still on this playlist, The Kills, Iron & Wine, Young Galaxy and more!

Enjoy it!

Spotify Platform and the ‘Viva’ client

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen a number of great uses of the Spotify Platform that have enabled wonderful new musical experiences. In-client experiences such as Songkick’s integration and Last.fm’s discovery engine. Third party mobile apps like SpotOn and Soundrop. And now we have another great project to let you know about.

One of our Mac OS X engineers has released a libspotify-based desktop client for OS X Lion, Viva, that he’s built to test libspotify and CocoaLibSpotify and as an interesting ‘side project’.

While this isn’t an official Spotify client it is another example of just how powerful and easy it is to build upon the Spotify Platform. If you’re running OS X Lion feel free to check it out, it’s a little rough around the edges but still great to use.

If you’re a developer and want to learn how to build something yourself using the Spotify Platform check out our developer site now.

Join our Tech Meetups in Stockholm and New York

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Millions of users listen to Spotify’s streaming music service world wide. And behind the scenes we have a world class technology organization, continuing to make Spotify the best music service available.

If you are interested in meeting some of our great engineers and more people who have taken the time to do develop something cool with our service, you are welcome to join any of our groups!

We have Tech Meetups in Stockholm and in New York. And we have two upcoming events this January. Check them out on the next links:

Click here to join the New York Meetup group.

If you want to join the Stockholm Meetup group, come this way.

Submit the Best Track of 2011

This year has been a very musical one. New artists, great new album releases, amazing covers, surprising comebacks and plenty or surprises.

And you guys were there to listen to all of that! We’ll be showing you very soon which ones were the most popular tracks of the year 2011 on Spotify in each country. But before we’d like to make a playlist that includes your favourite tracks os this year.

Which one was the track that marked 2011 for you? Drag and drop the URL in the box below and in a few days we’ll post the playlist created by all of you!