Introducing mobile radio you can save

It’s not every day we get to tell you about a great new radio experience in Spotify! Starting today, all Spotify users in the US with an iPhone or iPad can tap into millions of songs for free.

Our latest app features free radio – the only radio where you can save the songs you love. Now you can discover, save and enjoy an unlimited amount of music on the go.

Here’s how it works
Create stations based on any song, artist, album or playlist, and let Spotify bring you one great song after another.

When you like a song, give it a thumbs up and it’ll be saved to a Spotify playlist on your desktop. So you can listen whenever you like.

Get busy with your thumbs
By liking songs, you’ll help to personalize your stations – meaning they’ll play more of the music you want to hear.

Premium users can enjoy a premium radio experience that’s ad-free. Free users, you’ll hear occasional ad-breaks just like you do on your desktop.

So get the free app now to enjoy mobile radio – Spotify-style!

Download the free app

Free radio in all its glory

  • Free radio is powered by the entire Spotify catalog, the biggest of its kind.
  • Unlimited songs and stations – listen forever!
  • Like a song? Save it to your Spotify playlists with a thumbs up.
  • Great music choices from our shiny new recommendation engine.
  • Don’t like a song? Skip it.
  • Make radio even better by liking songs.

Spotify App of the Day: The FADER

If you are interested in the best of new and emerging music, we have the app for you! The FADER, the Emerging Music, Culture and Style publication, today launches its new app on Spotify.

With playlists centered around artists and content featured in issues of The FADER, this Spotify app delves deep inside archives of the publication’s 13-year history. Each of The FADER editors have curated playlists that highlight a new release of their choosing, giving listeners a guide to that artist’s web of influences and peers. The editor’s letter from each issue adds extra flavor.

Visit the app here and enjoy!


United States of Music

For the month of May, we looked at the top 10 tracks across 18 U.S. cities that had us all singing along. Here are some highlights:

  • Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” was the most popular song in nearly 80% of cities tracked
  • Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” became the Northeast’s summer anthem, coming in at #1 in New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Boston
  • Kanye West’s “Mercy” struck a southern chord, landing on the top 10 lists for Dallas and Houston only
  • One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” kept teens across America sighing, with the track holding firm at #5, #6 or #7 in each city

Check out the top 10 tracks for each of the cities below – what do you think? We
challenge you to make your own city playlist if it doesn’t represent!

Top 10 for May 2012

Check out the new, improved ShareMyPlaylists apps

We’ve been enjoying the new apps from our friends at ShareMyPlaylists.com. They’ve revamped their iOS and Spotify App with cool new features and a new redesign.

Here’s what’s new and better on the Spotify App:

- The “Recommended” feature scans your play history and suggests playlists tailored to your tastes.

- The souped-up playlist generator – now powered by Echonest – gives you even better playlists based on your tastes. Simply enter an artists’ name and, quick as a flash, you’ll have a playlist full of similar musicians.

- Their “Genres” section allows you to search their full catalogue of playlists, organised by genre, from alternative to world and everything inbetween.

- Their “Featured” section, curated by their editorial team, showcases the very best playlists in SMP’s library. You can also order playlists by “Most Played” and “Latest”.

- Sharing your playlists has never been easier. Simply drag your creations into the “Publish a playlist” section at the bottom of the app and, hey presto, you’ve added your playlist to our library.

- On their iOS app, you can now filter the more than 90,000 playlists by featured, latest, most played or genre from your iPhone or iPad.
Plus, you can listen to the playlists in-app or open them in Spotify and save them in your Spotify account – perfect for building up your own collection of classic SMP playlists.

Click here to download the new SMP iOS app and here to check out the SMP Spotify app.

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.

Your Glamorous Soundtrack to Summer

The ever-stylish team at Glamour is powering their July issue with music to glam up your summer.

With curated playlists by some of Glamour’s favorite people – editors, celebrity trainers and even July cover star, Julianne Hough – your summer soundtrack is set to sizzle!

Get in on all the action here!

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

Monday and yet again I have prepared a new playlist for You!

We start with a dreamy song called “Never Follow Suit” by a favorite Swedish indie pop band: “The Radio Dept.”

We continue with one of the hottest new bands out there right now; “Citizens!” and their catchy single “Reptile”. They just released their debut album “Here We Are” a few weeks ago.

Next one out is a band from Belfast, Northern Ireland; “Cashier No. 9″ with their sparkling and catchy song called “Goldstar”.

I had to add a song by “The Stone Roses” this week! I’m very satisfied with the fact that they gathered together again and touring. I’m really looking forward to see them live next week during the festivals! “She Bangs The Drums” is the song I chose from them.

Last song in this week’s playlist is by a Swedish singer: “Sarah Assbring”, better known as “El Perro Del Mar”. I really like her song “Change Of Heart”.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.

Enjoy!

The first… a bunch of musical firsts.

…singer to refuse a Grammy: Sinéad O’Connor won Best Alternative Album prize in 1990 for I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. She declined the award to protest the Grammys’ “extreme commercialism.”

…foreign-language #1 pop song: “Sukiyaki,” by Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto. It went to the top of the Billboard charts in 1963.

…double album: Benny Goodman’s Live at Carnegie Hall, 1938. First rock double album: Bob Dylan’s 1966 Blonde on Blonde.

…pop album with printed lyrics: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967.

…American pop band to tour the Soviet Union: the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, in 1977.

…musical guest on Saturday Night Live: Billy Preston. He beat the debut show’s other guest, Janis Ian, by about 20 minutes.

…recorded yelling of “Free Bird!” at a concert: 1976, at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The show was being taped for Lynyrd Skynyrd’s live album, One More From the Road.

…music book published in the United States: Seven Songs for Harpsichord or Forte-Piano, by Francis Hopkinson, in 1788.

…first African-American recording artists: Pianist Willie “The Lion” Smith of Newark, New Jersey, who played on the 1920 song “Crazy Blues” by Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds.

…British musician with a #1 single in the United States: It’s not the Beatles—it’s Mr. Acker Bilk, whose clarinet instrumental “Stranger on the Shore” topped the American charts in 1962.

…band to rock Antarctica: Nunatuk, a band made up of resident British researchers, who performed in Antarctica as part of a series of environmental awareness concerts in 2007.

…album released on CD: ABBA’s 1981 album The Visitors.

Originally published in Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges into Music”. Translated from original text in English. Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader books are currently printed in English only.