An update to Spotify for Symbian

We’re releasing an update to Spotify for Symbian. Version 0.3.23 (64201) can be downloaded from www.spotify.com.

Along with several bug fixes this release includes:

  • 4 new devices are now supported: Nokia X6, Nokia 6760 slide, Nokia 6700 slide, Nokia E55 and the newly announced Sony Ericsson Vivaz.
  • Text input on touchscreen devices has been rewritten. Supports special/unusual characters and hardware qwerty keyboards.
  • Text input optimizations.
  • Seeking on non-touchscreen devices is now much faster.

Spotify Premium, Ne-Yo live

Today we have a couple of opportunities for Spotify Premium subscribers to see Ne-Yo live in concert.

First off, in Norway you can win two tickets to a ‘meet & greet’ with Ne-Yo on February 27th in Olso at Spektrum. For more details and to enter visit the contest page.

For subscribers in Sweden you can enter to see Ne-Yo in Malmö at Baltiska Hallen on the 25th of February. Visit the contest page for details on how to enter.

Spotify Premium Norway, party time!

To help kick off our Spotify office in Oslo, we want to offer our Premium users in Norway a chance to attend a party and help celebrate!

The party takes place at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo on the 18th of February from 6pm. Food and welcome drinks will be served, and there will be live performances by Harrys Gym, Kråkesølv and Chris Lee w/band. DJ Hercules and DJ-colleagues Hoetell will make sure the music never stops.

So how do you get on the guest list? By being one of the first 50 to send an email to spotify@concom.no. Remember to put “Premium user wants to party” in the subject field. The invitation will allow you and a guest entrance to the party, the event is 20+.

Update: The party has been incredibly popular and we’ve filled all the spots, stay tuned for more events in the future!

January music playlist – courtesy of Drowned in Sound

We’ve got a new monthly playlist feature for you, put together by our good friends over at Drowned in Sound. If you’re not aware of DiS, it’s a music community which has been doing an amazing job in providing opinions and recommending records since 2000. Each month, the site’s founder will compile a link-laden playlist for you featuring 20 of the previous month’s finest releases, primarily from the ‘alternative’/indie-rock/electronic sphere.

So, here’s the first playlist in this series Drowned in January 2010 playlist and the commentary from Sean Adams:

1) Owen Pallett ‘Lewis’ Dream’

Plink, plink. Kicking off this playlist is something slight. This gentle and genteel track is from the violin-wielding former Arcade Fire and Last of the Shadow Puppets collaborating man formerly known as Final Fantasy, whose new album Heartland was released via Domino Records this month, read DiS’ 8/10 review of the album here.

2) Frightened Rabbit ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’

Fans of indie-rock royalty The Shins and The National who haven’t got The Winter Of Mixed Drinks (Fat Cat) scribbled in their diary on March 1st, do so now because if this song and a few others I heard live are anything to go by, these Grey’s Anatomy-soundtracking Scots have a real treat in store. Read our interview with the band about the album.

3) Paul Simon ‘Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard’

Brooklyn’s angular indie-popsters Vampire Weekend released their second album this month but try as they might, they still haven’t bettered this classic track from the legendary Paul Simon. However, they did write a a great director’s commentary-like guide to Contra for DrownedinSound.

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Spotify 0.3.23 – Related Artists

We’re in the process of releasing an update to Spotify, version 0.3.23. We’ve made some minor bug fixes and added password protection to download purchases which you can modify in the preferences menu.

The other main change with this release is the addition of a ‘Related artists’ tab to the artist view.

This feature is pretty exciting for us as it’s the first time we’ve used our own data to power recommendations. Previously we’ve used genre and artist tagging from AllMusic for related artists which worked well, but did not cover a large portion of our catalogue. What we’ve done now is to go through months and months of listening data and look closely at what people listen to.

This allows us to see that users who listen to a lot of The Rolling Stones, for example, are also big fans of Iggy Pop or The Byrds. The new feature pulls some of this information together to show you a range of related artists in one tab.

The ‘Related artist’ tab is the first of many uses for this data and we hope you’ll be able to find some great new bands you might not have otherwise heard of.

Spotify Premium Spain, ¿Quieres ir al concierto exclusivo de Amy Macdonald?

La conociste con ‘This Is The Life‘ y ahora te ofrecemos la posibilidad de ver a Amy Macdonald en directo el próximo lunes 8 de febrero presentando su segundo trabajo, ‘A Curious Thing’.

Sorteamos 2 entradas para el concierto exclusivo en Madrid. Si te haces una cuenta Premium ahora, o ya la tienes y te gustaría ir a ver Amy actuando por favor déjanos un comentario y entra en el sorteo. Si eres ganador, te informaremos el próximo viernes por e-mail.

Spotify maintenant disponible pour tous en France

A partir d’aujourd’hui, si vous habitez en France métropolitaine, vous pouvez librement vous inscrire à notre service gratuit, Spotify Free.

Pourquoi ouvrir maintenant ? Après plusieurs mois sur invitation, nous sommes sûrs de pouvoir maintenir la qualité du service pour un grand nombre d’utilisateurs.

Pour s’inscrire, c’est facile – rendez-vous simplement sur la page Démarrer et entrez votre numéro de téléphone mobile. Nous vous enverrons un code à entrer sur cette même page et vous pourrez créer immédiatement votre compte Spotify.

Cela vous permettra de faire un premier pas vers l’expérience musicale innovante que vous propose Spotify Premium : la musique sur votre mobile, même hors connexion Internet, où que vous soyez dans le monde, avec une meilleure qualité d’écoute et sans interruption, pour 9,99€ par mois. (Je veux en savoir plus sur Spotify Premium)

Votre numéro de téléphone sera uniquement utilisé pour vous envoyer le sms contenant le code d’inscription. Spotify effectue cet envoi gratuitement.