Slicker, faster, better: the new Android app is here!

Great news! The amazing new Android app is here. It looks great, moves fast and is packed full of new features. It’s available to everyone from Google Play.

The preview we released a few weeks back got rave reviews – and we’ve sneaked in even more new features since then. You’ll love it!

Here’s what you get:

  • Totally new app with full support for Android 4.0
  • Top-to-bottom redesign
  • All-new slide-out navigation
  • Even more social – check out friends’ profile pages and playlists on the go
  • Artist imagery in high resolution
  • Related artist view – available for the first time on mobile
  • ‘Extreme’ sound quality setting for 320kbps listening
  • So much faster!

Plus, since the preview release we’ve added:

  • Play queue
  • Last.fm scrobbling
  • Crossfade/gapless playback settings
  • Widget – control Spotify from the home screen
  • Folder support

As with all Spotify Mobile apps, you’ll need a Premium subscription to get your music on the move. If you haven’t tried Spotify Premium yet, then upgrade now with a 30-day trial for free.

G’day Australia. Spotify here.

Spotify is available in Australia from today. We’re very happy to be here.

Simply search for any artist, song or album and start playing. Create playlists, share music with friends and check out what others are listening to. Spotify’s seamless Facebook integration takes enjoying music with friends to a whole new level. Music has never been this social.

Our new Australian friends can choose from three great Spotify services – from absolutely free to paid subscriptions.

Spotify Free – the unsurpassed, totally free music service. Enjoy free, on-demand, access to more than 16 million songs on your computer. No gimmicks. Just listen and love it, month after month after month. All Spotify users enjoy unlimited free, ad-supported music.

Spotify Unlimited – all the special features of our free service, but with uninterrupted, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. All for only $6.99 a month.

Spotify Premium – the all-singing, all-dancing, 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, tablet and a whole heap of other devices. Enjoy enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers. Premium costs just $11.99 a month.

A special occasion deserves a special playlist. Here’s one we’ve put together just for you.

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!

DJs Ingrosso and Alesso throw first ever Spotify house party

DJs Ingrosso and Alsesso throw first ever Spotify house party

… and everyone’s invited! The party kicks off on June 1st at 19.00 BST.

Two of the world’s biggest DJs, Sebastian Ingrosso from Swedish House Mafia and Alesso, are inviting fans to an exclusive Spotify house party.

By setting up a special room in the Soundrop app on Spotify, the DJs will be sharing some of their favourite tunes ‘live’ inside the app, including the single ”Calling (Lose My Mind)”, due to be released in the UK on May 27th. Fans can then vote directly in the app to decide what tracks will be played next. The two DJs will also be chatting directly to their fans inside Soundrop with the party in full swing.

The party takes place on June 1st at 19.00 BST. All European fans can join the event on Facebook from today, where they can keep up to speed with all the party plans.

Join us now on Facebook.

Introducing the lean, green, music machine – Spotify for iPad

We’re buzzing today because we’ve brought your favourite music service to one of your favourite devices. Say hello to the Spotify iPad app.

Now you can play, discover and share music like never before. Check out our video and some of the great features below.

Simply beautiful. Beautifully simple.

Our iPad app looks great. We’ve included Retina graphics and high-definition album art to make browsing a pleasure. Enjoying all the world’s music instantly on your iPad has never been easier. And with the brand new full-screen view and AirPlay integration, Spotify and your iPad are perfect for each other, both as your pumped-up living room stereo and your lean, green music machine when you’re on the move.

The full set of features includes:

  • Retina graphics for iPad – dazzling display, razor sharp images, richer colours
  • Even easier to browse and explore Spotify’s entire 15 million song catalogue
  • New ‘Now Playing’ full-screen view with high-definition cover art
  • Search for playlists, users and music – all from the same view
  • Check out what’s hot and find trending playlists & songs amongst your friends
  • Inbox grouped by user for easy searching
  • Gapless playback and crossfade
  • AirPlay integration

Give it a try for free

Head over to the App Store to get your hands on the new Spotify iPad app. If you’re not a Premium subscriber yet and want to give it a spin, just sign up for our 30-day free trial and try the app today.

We’ve worked long and hard on this app and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Introducing our new Facebook Timeline – an ongoing history of music.

Our friends over at Facebook recently released their Timeline feature to fan pages like ours. It’s a great new way to tell stories and share and highlight memorable posts.

We’ve decided to take our page one step further and turn it into a destination where you can discover and listen to the history of music. If you’re looking to learn when Frank Sinatra released his first album, what year Monteverdi was born, when Britney released …Baby One More Time, what were the biggest music stories in 1969, or just how old you were when L’il Wayne put out Tha Carter III then we’ve got you covered.

Of course, all this is just the beginning. We’ll be adding more and more huge historical landmarks in the coming weeks as well as keeping you up to date with the freshest and most important music moments of today.

And feel free to let us know what dates in music we’re missing. Who should we be celebrating? What incredible records have we forgotten about? Who’s been left out of the party? Drop us a line in the comments and we’ll add them in. Enjoy!

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!

Mind the gap! Spotify now with gapless playback and crossfade

Here at Spotify, we’re always looking for ways to improve the music you hear. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce the release of gapless playback and crossfade – coming soon with your next Spotify upgrade.

Gapless playback lets the tracks flow seamlessly, one to the next, without any silence between. Perfect for classical music, live recordings and concept albums.

It’s such a useful feature that the new release of Spotify will have gapless ‘On’ by default. If you want to turn it off, it’ll be right there in your Spotify Preferences.

Get the party started with crossfade

Another much-requested feature is crossfade – fading out one song as you bring another in. Now you can DJ to your heart’s content!

We’ve left this one for you to flip the switch yourself – go to your Spotify Preferences to turn it on.

Paul Oakenfold’s already a fan! “I use Spotify daily. Many of my own releases are mixed so I’m delighted to hear Spotify will now offer gapless playback and crossfade so my fans can experience the mixes on Spotify in the way they normally do in the clubs.”

To check out what a difference gapless playback makes give Paul Oakenfold’s latest compilation album a spin: Four Seasons – Winter (Mixed Version).

The full features list for this release:

  • Gapless playback (‘on’ by default)
  • Crossfade support (‘on’ via Preferences)
  • Faster artist browsing
  • New save and restore feature for ‘Now Playing’
  • Improved Subscribe, Buddy List and Favourites options
  • Drag & drop fixed on Windows
  • ‘Hide purchase buttons’ option (Premium-users only)
  • ‘Offline Mode’ via Spotify menu

When will you get all this?

We’ve started rolling out the new release of Spotify today. As soon as we’re ready to update your account, Spotify will ask you to restart.

Here’s to more music and less silence!

Catch Emili Sandé live on tour and preview her new album

In a sea of ‘hot for 2012’ artists, the music of Emeli Sandé stands clearly and confidently miles ahead of the rest. It’s not often you find artists with such versatile songwriting abilities as this young lady, let alone for it to be combined with such a stop-what-you’re-doing-and-listen voice, interesting beats and down right addictive melodies.

Check out a Spotify exclusive track-by-track album preview for a taste of what’s to come next week, when the full album is released, over here.

That’s not all we’ve got for you from Emeli. How do you fancy winning tickets to one of her April UK tour dates as well as the chance to meet the songstress herself backstage? Well just enter here to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!

Improvements to Spotify and offline sync

If you’ve recently noticed the odd track re-syncing in your offline playlists, there’s no need to worry. We’re currently working on some exciting improvements to make Spotify even better.

This means that you may need to re-sync a small number of tracks as we update our catalogue.

Please bear with us for a short time while we work to improve Spotify. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Spotify Review of the Year

How was 2011 for you? It’s been an incredible year for Spotify – we launched in new countries including the US, made music more social than ever with Facebook, and opened up Spotify to a new world of apps. We liked 2011!

But how was 2011 for music? What were the most popular tracks of the year? Find out how your favourites fared in our Review of the Year.

Check out our Review of the Year, which includes the Top 100 tracks by country and playlists from the likes of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Willow Smith and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

Thanks for listening to Spotify in 2011. We wish you a very happy New Year!