Say hello to Spotify Apps

We’re introducing a new world inside Spotify. It’s a world where there’s even more music for you to discover and a ton of new experiences to be enjoyed. Spotify Apps are here!

Spotify Apps are a bunch of cool, exciting and integrated apps inside Spotify, created by some of the best and brightest in the world. Each app brings you a new music experience tailored to you.

The joy of apps

Thanks to Spotify Apps, the best music reviewers can help you discover great music to listen to. Help yourself to recommendations through Last.fm and We Are Hunted, and expert tips from Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and Pitchfork.

But that’s not all…

Let’s say you’re listening to a new track and you’d like to know the lyrics. Just click over to the TuneWiki app and see all the words of the song perfectly synced as you’re listening.

Maybe you want to see a gig this weekend? Check out the Songkick app to find out if any of the artists in your library are performing near you. Then get your hands on tickets with a few clicks.

The apps you’ll discover over the next few days are only the beginning. We’ll surprise you, and probably be surprised ourselves, with many more new and wonderful experiences that will make Spotify even better.

How do you add apps?

In the left sidebar of Spotify, you’ll find a section called Apps. Click on this to bring up the App Finder. Go forth and find the apps for you.

For more about Spotify Apps, come this way . As always, we’d love to hear what you think about our new apps.

Happy Apping!

Note: You need the Spotify Apps Preview version to link to these apps directly. Get it here!

Spotify introduces music to your social life

Today, September the 22nd, is a big day for everyone who loves music.

Music is one of the most social things there is. That’s why for the past couple of years, we’ve been obsessed with what the next generation music service should look like.

We knew that the service had to be free to draw people away from piracy. Helping them to listen to even more music. To do that, we also knew that the service would have to be inherently social. There couldn’t be a better place to do this than Facebook.

We’re very excited to have been asked by Mark Zuckerberg to showcase this new experience at the f8 conference in San Francisco today. Take a look at these amazing new features in our video.

You’ll now start seeing new music posts and play buttons all over your newsfeeds. Hit a play button and the music starts. Right there. Spotify fires up to give you a new soundtrack to your social life. Check out your new Music Dashboard and your real-time ticker to discover the music that’s trending with your friends.

This integration with Facebook will help everyone to discover more free music than ever before. Thanks to our unrivalled, truly free service, users can just hit play to enjoy the music, no hassle, no gimmicks; month after month after month.

We hope many more people can enjoy the musical journeys that this integration will bring. Like the thrill of looking through a friend’s music collection and finding a track that blows your mind. Or sending birthday playlists across the planet.

Having free access to music on Facebook also gives us an opportunity to express ourselves in a new way. We’re proud to share pictures of our lives. Now we can say something about ourselves through music. “Hi I’m Daniel – here’s some Daft Punk.”

We know that Spotify’s users who connect to Facebook listen to more music on a weekly basis. They listen to a wider variety of music – in fact we have more than 400 million playlists created in Spotify now. Because these users are more social, they’re more engaged. Because they’re more engaged, they’re more than twice as likely to pay for music.

Social discovery on Facebook means that we’re bringing people back to paying for music again. And that‘s how the brilliant artists who create this music can continue creating it for us to enjoy.

Enjoy the soundtrack to your social life!

Win a VIP trip to meet David Guetta in Ibiza

Who wants to meet the hottest DJ and producer in the world?

Superstar DJ, David Guetta, released his latest album, Nothing But The Beat, yesterday. This fantastic album includes the smash hit, Little Bad Girl.

To celebrate, we’re offering you and a friend the chance to win a VIP trip to meet David as he performs his final Ibiza show on September 15th. Like the sound of that? We’ll pick up the tab for your flights, accommodation and tickets.

Spotify listeners are also be treated to an exclusive version of the new album with track-by-track audio commentary from David.

To enter the competition, just click over to David’s personal Spotify page. There’s also exclusive video footage to enjoy, as well as his impressive discography. Good luck!

A selection of this week’s hottest music news

Starting today Spotify will give you the latest and hottest music news right here on our blog. New releases, exclusive playlists and more will be posted every week – watch this space!

This week’s news include:

  • Following on from her multi-million selling, multi-award winning, global smash of a debut album Lungs, Florence returns with the new single What The Water Gave Me, available to listen on Spotify now. Also, stay tuned for more information about the forthcoming, as yet untitled album.
  • Earlier this month our friends over at [PIAS] had their distribution warehouse burnt down in the London riots. PIAS is home to some of the world’s leading independent artists and labels so be sure to give their great indie artists a listen – check them out here!
  • We also have three great artists who are all nominated for the Mercury Music awards.

  • King Creosote and John Hopkins with an Spotify exclusive track “Aurora Boring Alias” here!
  • Anna Calvi with some exclusive live tracks here.
  • Also check out this personal Katy B playlist where she lists some of her playlists and what she’s listening to right now. You’ll find it here!

The sounds of August courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

New Releases – August 2011

Each and every month we’re creating a playlist dedicated to the very latest Spotify releases. Updated weekly – or any other time we discover tracks we think you’ll like – this is the best place to check out the best new music around. Currently ready and waiting for you on this month’s edition are tracks from Blink 182, Ed Sheeran, Among Brothers, Yuck; a killer Serban Ghenea remix of Björk’s Cosmogony and the new, incredible Balearic-indebted release from Paul Weller.

The Soundtrack to July 2011

The beginning of the month is always a particularly exciting time here at SMP Towers, as our favourite monthly mixtapes make their way from your brains to our hompage. The granddaddy of all of our regular playlists is The Soundtrack to…, by Phil Wilce. The best of a brilliant collection of new music, as far as we’re concerned, comes in the shape of Maverick Sabre, The Horrors, The Chemical Brothers, Toddla T, Sbtrkt and Tom Vek.

August 2011 – Acid Jazz Hispano

The Acid Jazz Hispano series seems to get better and better each month, turning in the coolest cuts of funky, jazzy, soulful, housey, hip-hop beats. This month is no exception. Featured here: Mark Ronson feat. Kasabian, Los Amigos Invisibles, Prince, Roy Ayers… need we go on? We will anyway: Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye, Alabama 3, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Joe Smooth, Amy Winehouse and tons more. If you only listen to one playlist today – don’t, listen to loads! – make it this one.

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Crystal Fighters and Ghostpoet perform at the Spotify Studio @ The Big Chill

Just over a week has passed since the Big Chill Festival and we hope you all had a great time – we sure did! In case you missed the festival or if your memory of it is slightly blurry we’ve compiled videos with some of the great artists who performed to jolt your memory…

One of the bands that popped in were Crystal Fighters who were nice enough to sing their song “Follow”.

Ghostpoet also stopped by to sing us “Survive it” – great stuff!

Also, check out interviews with the bands below. Enjoy!

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CSS La Liberacion – Exclusive Pre-Release for Spotify Premium

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that you’re at a festival. What do you see around you? Badly constructed tents caked with mud, greedy mits spilling-over with goblets of pear cider, flustered looking dinner ladies serving what’s purporting to be a lamb burger. Check, check, check. But something’s missing.

And that thing is CSS. Yes the five headed, Sao Paulo art-pop masters embodied the joyful, free spirit of festivals ever since their 2006 debut. Armed with day-glo cat-suits, judicious amounts of glitter and two albums (Cansei der Ser Sexy and 2008’s Donkey) that were filled with such four-to-the-floor bounders like Move, Alala and of course Let’s Make Love And Listen Death From Above.

Luckily the band are officially back with their third offering La Liberacion available to listen to now exclusively for Spotify Premium users. The full-length album, the band’s third, is a true melding of their debut’s riotous anarchy and Donkeys grungey maturity. This single is bubbling over with some serious pop nouse, something the band have always had in bucketloads but now feel newly empowered to express it fully and freely.

Lovefoxxx attributes their new zest for songwriting to being relaxed and at home “Being in São Paulo helped a whole lot. I don’t like being a foreigner for too long. I was in love with my life. Feeling energetic. I was feeling inspired and happy.”

Check the album out here and tell us what you think of it to be in with a chance to see the band perform live in the UK plus some new merch.

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.

Modestep releases new single Sunlight – win tickets to their Summer Carnival!

Modestep will release their new single Sunlight on August 15th. Fierce yet accessible, Sunlight combines the rugged elements of dubstep with the energetic power of the hardcore rock acts that the band grew up on. Check them out here.

To celebrate, the band will be bringing Modestep’s Summer Carnival to London’s Garage venue on August 11th, ensuring the high-energy vibes from their ferocious festival sets come to North London for one night only.

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the gig – to enter the competition simply comment on this post answering the following question: Which animal appears in the video for the new single?

For more information on the carnival click here.

Simpson showcases Young Pilgrim

To celebrate the release of Charlie Simpson’s debut album Young Pilgrim, the former Busted and Fightstar frontman has generously decided that Spotify Premium listeners deserve to hear 5 tracks from his album two weeks before everyone else. So here it is, 5 songs, taking an exciting new direction. Includes the singles Down Down Down and Parachutes, released on Monday.

Young Pilgrim is released and available on Spotify from 15th August.

Click here to listen to the Premium sampler