Spotify and Virgin Media: A Perfect Duet

We love a musical collaboration! That’s why we’re so excited to announce that Virgin Media has launched a range of new offers for broadband and mobile, which include a Spotify Premium subscription.

The new bundles will allow customers to enjoy our catalogue of millions of tracks on their computers, their mobile devices or through the exclusive Spotify app on Virgin Media’s brilliant TiVo powered digital TV service.

New or re-contracting customers choosing Virgin Media’s fibre optic broadband service will be able to enjoy Spotify Premium at no additional cost for six months as part of their bundle.

For Virgin Media broadband customers taking a new pay monthly Virgin Mobile contract, Virgin Media will include a three-month Spotify Premium subscription as part of their service.

Customers new to Spotify, as well as those already with Spotify accounts, will be able to redeem the offers of a three- or six-month extension to their current subscription for no extra cost.

You can also enjoy a range of exclusive content through a new ‘VM Music’ tab in Spotify.

To celebrate this great new double act, Virgin Media have put together a wonderful “Duets” playlist for you to enjoy.

Win tickets to the Manic Street Preachers at The O2 in London

To celebrate the release of National
Treasures – The Complete Singles
, Manic Street Preachers will play a unique, once in a lifetime Christmas party at The O2 in London and we are offering Spotify listeners a chance to win tickets to the show!

For your chance to win a a pair of tickets to this very special one-off Christmas show at The O2 in London on Saturday 17th December 2011 simply enter here.

The band promise “Glitter, glamour, special guests and a ticker-tape celebration. A never to
be repeated one-off visual experience encompassing 21 years of MSP with 38 songs – from
1990’s ‘Motown Junk’ to (but not in order!) 2011’s ‘This Is The Day’. ”

You can check out the album as well as playlists created by the Manics on their Spotify profile.

New Android Preview adds Facebook sign-in and sharing

It’s a Happy Wednesday for our Android users! We have just released a new Preview version that adds Facebook sign-in into the mix. The update will also enable Facebook sharing and, for those moments when you don’t want to share what your guilty musical pleasures, a Private listening mode. You can simply activate Private mode from your settings.

If you’re new to Spotify, first-time users will now be able to log in and create an account with Facebook credentials.

In order to install you must set your phone to allow installation from “Unknown Sources” by going to the Settings > Applications > Unknown sources menu. Once that’s done, you can then download the file to your Android phone.

Try it out now! Please report any feedback you have regarding this Preview on our community forum.

Update: This preview is now available in the Android Marketplace for all users.

Submit your questions for Justice now!

Emerging from the creative cocoon that has enveloped them since wrapping up promotional efforts for their 2007 grammy-nominated debut, Xavier de Rosnay & Gaspard Augé, the influential Parisian duo known as Justice, are set to release their second album on Monday.

“Audio, Video, Disco” was created in the duo’s home studio, with all instrumentation performed by the group themselves. The duo crafted an epic masterpiece that exchanges the ‘night in the city’ setting of their debut with an ‘afternoon in the country’ atmosphere.

To celebrate, we will be interviewing the band this Monday and invite you to ask them any questions! Just submit your question as a comment below!

You can also listen to exclusive playlists and the band’s back catalogue on the Justice profile.

Introducing Spotify for your BlackBerry

Blackberry Preview for Spotify

We’re excited today to announce our first preview release of Spotify for BlackBerry. As our sixth mobile app, BlackBerry comes packed with great features to keep you listening to your favourite music wherever you are.

Features included in this release are:

  • Million of songs available instantly on your BlackBerry.
  • Offline playlists – listen to music with no mobile connection and avoid using your data allowance
  • Create and sync playlists
  • Star your favourite tracks
  • Search tracks, artists, album
  • Browse “What’s new” and “Top tracks”
  • Scrobble tracks to Last.fm
  • Receive music from friends via the inbox

As with all Spotify Mobile apps, a Premium subscription is required in order to stream songs from our catalogue.

We’ve tested our app on the following devices: 9780 Bold, 9700 Bold, 9300 Curve, 9000 Bold, 8520 Curve. Currently the app only supports phones running on GSM networks. CDMA-network phones and Torch 9800 are not currently compatible.

The app is available now as a preview for those of you who want to give it an early try and as soon as we have a final, fully tested version we’ll release it to the App World. Enjoy!

NME’s 150 best tracks of the past 15 years

NME 150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years

It’s hard to believe, but NME.COM is fifteen years old. The site launched in 1996, back when people still listened to music on Sony Discman, DVDs were the hot new thing from Japan and Google didn’t even exist yet. Much has changed in music since then but NME.COM is still going strong.

NME has decided that it was a good time to look back and reflect on some of the best music that’s been released over the site’s lifetime. Obviously settling on a top 150 involved some heated debate, but we hope you enjoy reading the feature, and listening to the playlist on Spotify. Here’s to the next 15 years of incredible music.

Spotify and Boxee, together at last

Today we’re excited to announce that Spotify is available on Boxee.

For those of you who don’t know about Boxee yet, it’s a great device that finds many of your favorite shows and movies on the Internet and puts them on your TV. Now you can add music to that list.

Thanks to the custom Boxee app, it’s never been easier for Premium subscribers to enjoy on-demand access to Spotify’s vast music catalogue directly on their TV.

So what are you waiting for? Put your feet up and get the tunes flowing!

Come see Kina Grannis at the London Spotify office

Kina Grannis Spotify performance

On October 20th rising star Kina Grannis is stopping by the London Spotify office for an exclusive live performance. You and a friend can win the opportunity to come and enjoy this show with us and meet Kina.

All you have to do is answer the following question: What is the name of Kina’s upcoming single. a) “The One You Say Goodnight” to or b) “The One You Say Goodbye To”. Post your answer to here on the blog and we’ll pick winners early next week.

Hej Danmark. Spotify er her.

Hello Denmark. Spotify here.

We’re excited to let you know that today Spotify is crossing the Øresund and bringing a world of music to Denmark.

We’ll be offering three great services – from absolutely free to paid subscriptions. The services we’re launching today in Denmark are:

Spotify Free – the unsurpassed free music service. You can enjoy on-demand, buffer-free access to millions of songs on your computer, and great social features. Manage your own music files through Spotify, and sync with your mobile phone 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 49kr 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 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 99kr a month and is also available in all 7-Eleven stores in Denmark.

To celebrate our launch our staff have created a playlist of tracks just for you to enjoy.

Spotify is available right now. Simply visit our homepage to sign up or click on any of the play links you see in Facebook to get started for free!

Happy listening.