Developers, start your engines. We’ve launched a new version of the Spotify Web API that lets you put everything from album art to music previews into third-party web apps, with a brand new ability to create real Spotify playlists for your users.
Developers, marketers, ad agencies, music hacking gurus, product managers, design firms, and anyone else who wants to build a Spotify web app to further their goals now have a great new tool at their disposal, with more multimedia and baked-in smarts than ever before.
The new web API gives you the power to create powerful music apps on top of Spotify, except instead of founding the company and growing it for eight years, you get to jump right in and start building stuff on day one using our music and metadata, now with the ability to create playlists.
You also get the deep musical intelligence of The Echo Nest. We’ve been hard at work integrating the two APIs so that you can make awesome stuff like this. Your apps can build real Spotify playlists for your users, leveraging all of that Echo Nest data, and all without leaving the experience you’ve designed.
New features include:
- Rich Metadata. The new web API lets you retrieve extensive track, album and artist details from the Spotify catalog, including cover art and 30 second track previews.
- User Profiles & Playlists. With a user’s permission, developers can now access user profile information including playlists, display name, image, country, email, external URL, and subscriber status. Web apps powered by this new API can also build new playlists for users to enjoy later, in their Spotify apps.
- The Echo Nest: Integrated. We’ve been hard at work with new family members, The Echo Nest, to bring the two APIs together. The result: You can build your projects atop the world’s best music service and the world’s best discovery data.
For more information, click here.
We’ve become aware of some unauthorized access to our systems and internal company data and we wanted to let you know the steps we’re taking in response. As soon as we were aware of this issue we immediately launched an investigation. Information security and data protection are of great importance to us at Spotify and that is why I’m posting today.
Our evidence shows that only one Spotify user’s data has been accessed and this did not include any password, financial or payment information. We have contacted this one individual. Based on our findings, we are not aware of any increased risk to users as a result of this incident.
We take these matters very seriously and as a general precaution will be asking certain Spotify users to re-enter their username and password to log in over the coming days.
As an extra safety step, we are going to guide Android app users to upgrade over the next few days. If Spotify prompts you for an upgrade, please follow the instructions. As always, Spotify does not recommend installing Android applications from anywhere other than Google Play or Amazon Appstore. At this time there is no action recommended for iOS and Windows Phone users.
Please note that offline playlists will have to be re-downloaded in the new version. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes, but hope you understand that this is a necessary precaution to safeguard the quality of our service and protect our users.
We have taken steps to strengthen our security systems in general and help protect you and your data – and we will continue to do so. We will be taking further actions in the coming days to increase security for our users.
Please click here to read more.
Oskar Stål, CTO, Spotify
Starting today, we’re rolling out an exciting update to our Android users.
First off, we’re introducing our new darker theme, refreshed typography and rounded iconography. Playing your favourite music has never looked so good.
We’re not only improving our interface though. We know how much you love playlists, but that you’ve been looking for more ways to organise your favourite songs, albums and playlists. So over the past weeks we’ve rolled out Your Music: a feature that will help you save, organise and browse your favourite tunes.
We’re also improving our Browse feature. Regardless of whether you’re looking for something to fall asleep to, or the perfect playlist to get you geared up for your big night out, we got you covered.
The new update will start rolling out today and reach all Android users over the coming weeks.
Do you want to visit Barcelona, Edinburgh, Malta, Naples, or Amsterdam with British Airways? Choose from a list of B.A destinations, tell us your favourite music genre and the British Airways Music Travel Guide with Spotify will provide you with a personalised musical guide for each destination. Features include a bespoke playlist for your chosen destination, personalised recommendations of music events in the month you’d like to go, with an option to book tickets, and a snappy musical audio guide to the city of your choice.
To check out the Music Travel Guides on your desktop computer, click below.
Today, we unveil the arrival of Guilty Pledgers, which allows you to pledge money for a charity of your choice in exchange for adding a favourite song to a party playlist.
Any Spotify user can throw a Guilty Pledgers house party by signing in with Facebook. From here, guests can add songs to the playlist from any smartphone or tablet. Songs can be pledged from any browser on any device and sent directly to the Spotify app in near real-time with all donations going through Just Giving, which supports over 13,000 charities.
To use the app, go to www.guiltypledgers.com
We’re happy to announce that two new updates are coming to Windows Phone 8 users this spring. The first Spotify update brings the much-anticipated Radio, Browse and Discover features. This means that you will be able to listen to personalized radio stations, browse for what’s hot and what’s new, or discover more music.
The update also brings significant improvements and a brand new design and will be available to users later this spring.
This new update will be available for Spotify Premium subscribers at the beginning. But the recently announced Spotify Free for mobile will also be arriving on Windows Phone – follow us on twitter to keep yourself up to date.
In the meantime, you can also sign up for a free trial of Spotify Premium.
Love SoundHound? So do we! Today, there’s even more to love with the launch of a rich ‘Add to Spotify’ integration for iOS enabling users to convert SoundHound music discoveries seamlessly into Spotify playlists. Now you can add newly discovered and previously searched tracks to a playlist within Spotify without ever leaving the SoundHound App! It’s simple to set up – just link your SoundHound and Spotify accounts. Once linked, you can opt to have discovered songs added to your playlist either automatically or manually by tapping the Spotify icon. You can then listen to the full track, add it to other playlists or share directly with friends using your favorite social networks. The SoundHound app is available for free for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 devices.
DJing is great fun and full of creative possibilities, but often means having to buy expensive gear and be limited to only local files. Our friends at Pacemaker have launched today an iPad app where you can mix your own mp3 tracks with more than 20 million tracks from our catalogue.
Pacemaker for iPad is completely free. You also have the option to upgrade and buy effects, filters and extended functionality in the Pacemaker In-App Store.
You need a Premium subscription to use the app. If you are not a subscriber Pacemaker for iPad comes with a Spotify Premium trial so that you can start mixing right away.
Download Pacemaker from the Appstore.
We can’t get enough of the new Rhino App for Spotify. A trusted name in music curation for more than 30 years, Rhino is bringing their expertise to your Spotify.
The App re-creates the feeling of flipping through the racks of your favorite local record store – complete with playlists for every taste and genre, expertly curated by Rhino Musicologists.
Check out the Classic Rock, Just Can’t Get Enough: New Wave, Left of the Dial – College Rock playlists, plus weekly playlists curated by Aquarium Drunkard, Bob Lefsetz, and much more. Playlists are updated regularly, so there’s always something new to discover.
If you’re on your computer, click here to explore the new Rhino App on Spotify.
They always say a picture is worth a thousand words… well, how about a thousand songs? That’s where the fun new iOS app, Moodsnap, comes in!
Moodsnap is the world’s first image-based music streaming app, where deciding what to hear is as easy as knowing how you feel. Simply launch the app, click on a photograph that matches your mood, and presto!
That’s right, in Moodsnap, music stations are crowd-sourced collections of songs that users have collectively associated with emotive photographs. It is the community’s judgement of what songs feel right for each photograph, that fuels the listening experience for everyone.
Moodsnap is uniquely powered by Spotify and is free for Spotify Premium subscribers on iOS. Check out the app here!