Some new Spotify community sites

It’s been a little while since I last highlighted some of the community sites built around Spotify. Lots of new ones have appeared and some significant improvements have been made to existing sites so here’s a short list of a few recent sites.

  • We Are Hunted have created a dedicated Spotify chart with top tracks and artists. Another neat feature is the constantly changing playlist of the 99 hottest songs in the world right now.
  • Share My Playlists have done a major new release incorporating all sorts of cool social features.
  • Spotify Mac Remote lets you control Spotify using the remote that came with your Mac.
  • FoxyTunes has added Spotify support to their application.
  • SpotifiTunes is a tool that allows you to take your iTunes library and create Spotify links for your music collection.

If you’ve created a Spotify related website or tool that we haven’t seen let us know – post your site in the comments and we’ll check it out.

Music catalogue updated with 2,168 tracks

Just a small update today to our music catalogue to let you know about. We added 259 albums and singles, in total 2,168 new tracks are now available.

A highlight includes a number of releases off the Sound Explosion label.

For a full listing of today’s additions please have a look at the Google Doc. As with every update not all albums listed may be available in your country and some tracks previously available may no longer be playable due to regional restrictions.

Music catalogue updated with 5,464 tracks

Quite a bit of excitement yesterday but we still managed to update our music catalogue. We added 494 albums and singles, in total 5,464 new tracks are now available.

A few highlights include:

For a full listing of today’s additions please have a look at the Google Doc. As with every update not all albums listed may be available in your country and some tracks previously available may no longer be playable due to regional restrictions.

Spotify for iPhone

Late last week we put the finishing touches to a very special project we’ve been wanting to share with you for a while now. After many weeks of burning the midnight oil at Spotify HQ in an effort to squeeze into it every drop of musical goodness, we’ve finally completed work on the Spotify app for the iPhone and sent it over to the nice people at Apple.

We thought it might be nice to show you a video of what we’ve built for you.

Our iPhone version is very similar to the Spotify you’re already familiar with and will allow you to listen to your music even when you’re not connected to a network. The application should be available in a few weeks for premium subscribers – we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as it’s in AppStore.

Update: Spotify is now available on the iPhone.

Spotify Premium Sweden, Way Out West

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Way Out West is an absolutely amazing festival taking place in Göteborg on August 13-15th of this year. It’s got a stellar line up with acts such as Bon Iver, Amadou & Miriam and Lily Allen performing.

We have four pairs of VIP tickets to the event to give away to Spotify Premium subscribers in Sweden so if you’re interested in winning leave a comment on the blog. For a list of all the acts head over to the official website and check out the playlist that Mattias put together for us with tracks from most of the confirmed artists.

Spotify and IODA ink deal

ioda.pngOne of the challenges all music services face is providing a wide range of music for users with all sorts of different tastes. We’ve worked hard to add classical, punk and indie content from different sources and adding more music is an ongoing process that we continue to work on.

As part of this process we’re really happy today to let you know that we’ve reached an agreement with IODA to bring their extensive catalogue of music to Spotify. IODA is a leader in digital distribution, marketing, and technology solutions for the independent music industry and is a great addition to our growing catalogue. IODA will provide Spotify users with music drawn from a catalogue of nearly two million tracks from over 50 countries and spanning a broad variety of styles including rock, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, indie, world, latin, jazz and classical.

Just some of the great artists covered by IODA include: The Prodigy, Burial, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Bashy, Frank Black, Vieux Farka Touré, Broken Social Scene, Easy Star All Stars, Aventura and Stephen Fry. IODA also brings its growing number of international partners into the deal, including Nordic territory partner Bonnier Amigo Music Group, which adds artists such as Ane Brun, Madcon, Hello Saferide, Sunrise Avenue and The Third Degree to the catalogue.

We’ll be adding the tracks over the coming months and are really excited to start working with IODA.

Music catalogue updated with 73,142 tracks

It was a beautiful weekend and the office is a little quieter than most weeks but we have updated our music catalogue today. We added 5,998 albums and singles, in total 73,142 new tracks are now available.

A few highlights include:

Additionally, the audio book Free which was previously only available in the UK is now available for all users.

For a full listing of today’s additions please have a look at the Google Doc. As with every update not all albums listed may be available in your country and some tracks previously available may no longer be playable due to regional restrictions.

Spotify Premium, Speech Debelle single and Q&A

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British rapper Speech Debelle released her debut album, Speech Therapy, earlier this year to rave reviews. She was kind enough to do a little Q&A with us in support of her latest single, Better Days, which Spotify Premium users can listen to starting today. Also, check out Speech’s official website for news and info about upcoming gigs.

Update: Just wanted to congratulate Speech on her Mercury Prize nomination, well done!

Where are you?
South London, UK

Describe a typical day?
Wake up and check emails, head out to an interview followed by time in the studio then maybe go to a friend’s.

How’s the European tour going?
The tour is in October and at the moment I’m on the festival circuit, playing at Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival and the Secret Garden Party.

Best/worst ever gig?
The best gig was Pussy Parlour at Glastonbury a few weeks ago, mad fun! I guess the worst was Dirty Boots at Glastonbury, only because it was the seventh gig in three days and I had lost my voice, not nice!

Describe your musical style in three words.
Neo melodic rap.

Who are your biggest influences?
Michael Jackson, Sizzla, Prince, Madonna.

What makes you happy?
Food, good company, classic songs not the new shit!

What makes you sad?
Choice FM, the top 10 UK singles and albums charts. Michael Jackson’s death.

What was the last lie you told?
I don’t tell lies!

Your last single – Go Then, Bye. Sounds like a tough situation. Did things resolve themselves?
Time resolves things, we still talk every once in a while but it’s not always appropriate anymore.

Favourite place to hang out?
The studio, and it seems the mechanics for the last week cause they can’t seem to fix my car stereo that they fitted!

Favourite city and why?
Right now I’d say London because it’s where the pound is. Saying that though I’ve been to St. Lucia and although pounds are what they don’t have and what they want, they still seem so much happier than us London folk!

Name us your three desert island discs? The albums you couldn’t live without.
SizzlaDa Real Thing‘; Me’Shell Ndegéocello ‘Bitter’; 2Pac ‘Greatest Hits’

Fancy putting a playlist together for us?
Speech Debelle’s Tribute To Michael Jackson

Human Nature
My favorite song of all time, this is what my song ‘Daddies Little Girl’ is based on. The tempo and drum pattern at the beggining is identical.

Will You Be There
It’s such an emotive song, the words, the passion in which he sings it, the choir, the progression and the constant snare! I also love the line, “I’m only human.”

In the Closet
From one of my fave Michael albums, the very underrated ‘Dangerous’. I love how he’s dancing, it’s hot!

Who Is It
Again off the ‘Dangerous’ album, Teddy Riley did his thing, the beat is on fire!

Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough
If this don’t wanna make you dance, something’s wrong with your body! He was also so good looking in this video and he looked so happy.

Remember the Time
One of the best videos of all time. Teddy riley again on production, they were an amazing team.

Dirty Diana
This is Michael showing us that he can do any type of music and better than most. Michael doing rock.

This Place Hotel (a/k/a Heartbreak Hotel)
The strings and trumpet section make it a triumphant break up song.