SXSW, here we come!

For a third, fantastic year, we will be painting Austin green. From March 10th through the 14th, the Spotify House will be your go-to venue to unwind and discover the best in new music.

This year, we’re moving to a brand new venue with more room to check out bands and catch up with friends.

Our 2014 lineup boasts 30+ must-see acts – including emerging stars G-Eazy and MØ, along with Glass Animals, Tove Lo, Jungle and Betty Who, to electro rockers Phantogram, St. Paul and The Broken Bones and many more – we’ve got something for everyone! In years past, Spotify has hosted a number of break-out artists during SXSW such as Kimbra, Haim, Kendrick Lamar, Tom Odell and St. Lucia and this year will be no different. Get the full line-up day by day here.

The CW Network, partner of The Spotify House and home of shows including The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and Supernatural, will have stars from the upcoming sci-fi drama The 100 and other hit series stopping by to hang with some of the coolest new bands.

For even more awesomeness on the ground, we’ll be introducing a music-themed mosaic photo booth created by The Brigade, an interactive playlist generator as well as music trivia installation created by Beak Labs.

RSVP now and follow us on our dedicated SXSW Spotify handle @sxspotify to stay up to date on the latest news and giveaways! You can also subscribe to our text line [Text YES to 61235] to get up-to-the-minute updates from all the activity on the ground.  With so much on the go, be sure to follow us on Vine and Instagram for more information about our SXSW plans this year.

See you at SXSW!

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Repeat One

You asked and we listened! Today we rolled out a highly requested feature from our users, repeat one . That’s right — you can now listen to that favorite song over and over and over again.

Clicking on repeat now toggles between “no-repeat”, “repeat-all” and “repeat-one.”

We’ve rolled it to 100% users, available right now on Desktop 0.9.7+.  Android and iOS will be supported in upcoming releases – watch this space!

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Say hello to Pacemaker for iPad. The only DJ app with a Spotify connection.

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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.

Game On! Win awesome Sonos gear this Super Bowl

It’s game time! We’re going to make a cameo in Sonos‘ ad during the First Half  and to celebrate, we’re giving away some amazing Sonos gear and Spotify Premium!

Up for grabs:

  • Grand Prize – One (1) Sonos Playbar soundbar, two (2) pairs Sonos Play:1 Wireless Speakers, and 6 month Spotify Premium Membership.
  • Five First Prizes – One (1) Sonos Play:1 Wireless Speaker and 1 month Spotify Premium Membership.
  • One Hundred (100) Second Prizes – 1 month Spotify Premium Membership.

Want in? Simply re-tweet our tweet to get in on the action. See competition Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be sure to follow @Spotify and @Sonos on Twitter throughout the game as we live playlist the inaugural Spotify #MusicBowl.

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Denver and Seattle Mayors Share Their Super Bowl Playlists

The big game is this Sunday, and whether your preparations include refreshing the latest Broncos and Seahawks news or gathering all the chili, guac, wings and beer you can get your hands on, you’re going to need a solid pump-up playlist and Spotify has you covered.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray teamed up with Spotify and created exclusive playlists to rev up fans of both sides before Sunday’s showdown. Their playlists span many decades and genres, showcasing the unique culture, musical talents and fighting strength of each city – while also revealing the eclectic musical tastes of each Mayor.

Some of our personal favorites on the lists include John Denver, Queen and The Osborne Brothers on the Denver side, and Jimi Hendrix, Sir Mix-a-Lot and Phish from Seattle. So which city do you think has the best taste in music? Take a listen to each playlist below and decide for yourself.

Denver Playlist:

Seattle Playlist:

Get on-demand music streaming on Last.fm with Spotify

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We’ve teamed up with music recommendation experts, Last.fm, to bring on-demand playback to their popular site. Yes, you read that right — you can now play our entire catalogue on Last.fm using your Spotify account. 

Starting today. Last.fm ‘s users, spanning over 50 countries, will now be able to listen to the entire Spotify music catalog  on-demand, including individual tracks, full albums, playlists and Spotify recommendations.  It’s never been easier to get access to both the music that you know and love, and all of the music we know you’ll love. 

To use the new integration, Last.fm users can either sign-up for a Spotify membership or sync their Last.fm profile with their existing free or premium Spotify account. They’ll then be able to:

  • Browse Last.fm’s database of 60M+ artists and 700M tracks with streamable tracks from Spotify highlighted with a play button
  • Simply press play to launch the Spotify player
  • Load all tracks  on a Last.fm page as a Spotify playlist with play control through Last.fm 
Try it out now! 

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Want to know more? Get the lowdown on this exciting partnership here!

 

Yamaha we go!

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Another innovation from our friends at Yamaha! They’re the latest hardware brand to take up Spotify Connect. They’re providing new firmware that will work with Spotify Connect, giving you a better way to enjoy music at home.

What is Spotify Connect? Simply put, it’s a way to play Spotify tunes wirelessly through your sound systems, using the Spotify mobile app as a remote.

Yamaha are integrating Connect into RX-Vx75 / RX-Ax30 network AV receivers. For more details, visit http://smarturl.it/yamahaconnect

Spotify Connect is a Premium feature. Like to test-drive a Premium account? Get a 30-day free trial.

 

Featured App: Rhino

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.

 

Meet Peter – one of our community’s Rock Stars

Peter+Daniel(1)Have you ever wished you could reach out to an expert with questions about Spotify? The Spotify Community has your man.

A few months ago, we were incredibly happy to have our top community Super User, Peter Doggart from the UK, visit our headquarters in Stockholm. Peter alone is responsible for answering almost 30,000 questions for customers in our community! Peter received a tour of HQ, a day trip around Stockholm, and one-on-one time with Daniel, Martin and several top members of our organization. He was thrilled to be there and so appreciative of the opportunity to really get to know the Spotify team!

When asked why he helps out in the community so much here’s what he said:

What was the first time you came to the community like?

“I am almost certain I came to the community like the majority of current Spotify customers, looking for some help. Even now as a Super User, we need help with new features on occasion, but we are the lucky ones who can bug the staff team directly for answers! Whilst I was on the community myself, I noticed a topic from another community member which I could answer, so I did! The rest is history.”

Why did you keep participating in the community?

“I know music is an important part of peoples’ daily lives, knowing that I have helped someone overcome an issue which means they can enjoy their music, or anyone who says thank you for helping, those are the people who make me smile and make what I do worthwhile.”

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What was the best part of your journey to Stockholm?

“The best part of my trip was definitely meeting the people who live and breath Spotify. I have never been in an organization where I have seen so much passion and energy from the people before. It was really a dream come true to meet the founders of the company, as well as the product teams and of course to finally meet the wonderful community team I interact with daily. I feel like I am even more part of the Spotify family now!”

To find out more about how to contribute to the community and earn rewards, check out our new Spotify Rock Star Program.

 

Artists can now list their merchandise on Spotify

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We’re excited to announce that, from today, any artist can now list their merchandise within Spotify, for free!

In partnership with Topspin, artists will be able to display t-shirts, vinyl, posters, bundles and other merchandise to all of you.

There are zero fees or commissions from Spotify or Topspin and artists don’t need to change how they sell merchandise.

We’re really excited that all our music-loving users can now see merchandise and concerts whilse listening to your favorite artists, and that we, in turn, can provide additional revenue opportunities for artists of all sizes.

If you are an artist and want to sell your merchandise on Spotify click here to see the information on how to get started.