No more time limits on Spotify – #freeyourmusic

Please note: This news only affects markets where time caps for free users existed. This does not affect the US, where free users have had, and continue to have no caps on listening time.

No More Limits

In case you missed the news, you can now get Spotify on your mobile or tablet, absolutely free. Find the right music and shuffle play it on any iOS or Android device.

But what about listening to music on your computer – with no time restrictions?

There have never been any time limits in place in the U.S., but in some other markets, users were restricted to some hours a month once a 6-month unlimited grace period had passed. But now, if you haven’t noticed, there’s no more time limit if you are using Spotify for free. We have removed these caps completely across all platforms – you can listen to your favourite songs as many times as you like, for as long as you want.

That’s right, no more time limits.

Music makes you happy – why limit your happiness? #FreeYourMusic

Spotlight on Country – New Artists to Watch for 2014

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Love Country music? Check out the artists we think will make it big in Country this year, including infectious newcomers Dan + Shay, Nashville-based songstress Brandy Clark, industry-favorite Frankie Ballard, hit songwriter Eric Paslay, and one of Music City’s most exciting young performers, Cole Swindell.

Listen now and get to know all the artists here!

Staff Picks – John Brophy

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 11.59.11 AMAre you a Daft Punk fan? Have you played Get Lucky one too many times? Today’s #FavoriteFollow has the perfect playlist for you. Get to know Spotify’s Web Product Owner, John Brophy, below, and catch up on his “Sounds Like Daft Punk” list after the jump!


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What is your role at Spotify?
I’m Product Owner for one of our web development squads in NYC. I work with a number of developers and designers creating our fantastic http://www.spotify.com.  It’s a pretty crazy fast paced role sometimes – but I love it – I have something new on my plate every day!

Where are you from and how did you end up at Spotify?
I’m originally from England. I joined Spotify in 2010 after 7 years running a social network for clubbers.

What about Spotify do you love most?
It’s great to be part of such an amazing team. We’re constantly growing and learning what makes our users tick. Everyone has a really entrepreneurial attitude towards work – there are no slackers, everyone loves to be here. I’m really proud to be working on something that is redefining an industry.

What has been one of your coolest moments while working at Spotify?
Shaking hand with Demi Moore in the office and her saying “Hi I’m Demi”. Like.. no shit?

What is your most memorable concert?
Daft Punk at Hyde Park in 2007. Mind blowing.

If you had to describe yourself in one song, what song would it be?
Firestarter – The Prodigy

What is the best band name ever?
Dananananaykroyd

 

Hello to our new friends in Europe and Latin America!

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We’re delighted to announce that Spotify is available in 20 new markets starting today:

Europe:

Hungary, Czech Republic, Malta, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Cyprus

Latin America:

Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, El Salvador, Paraguay, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, Peru, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Bolivia.

Do you know anyone in any of these countries that would love to have the best music for every moment?

Send them a playlist today!

 

Rock legends Led Zeppelin arrive on Spotify!

Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 3.48.48 PMWe’re very, very excited to announce that Led Zeppelin is now streaming exclusively on Spotify!

Nearly 45 years after the release of Led Zeppelin – the astonishing debut that catapulted the band to rock superstardom – Led Zeppelin’s legendary catalog is now available to stream on demand for the first time ever, only on Spotify.

We’re releasing two albums per day this week, starting today with Led Zeppelin and its almighty follow up, Led Zeppelin II. By Sunday, December 15,  the full Led Zeppelin album catalog will be available to play as often as you like. Follow Led Zeppelin on Spotify now and we’ll let you know as soon as the next albums drop.

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Turn up the volume and start listening to Led Zeppelin now.

 

Music for everyone. Now free on your mobile.

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You can now get Spotify on your mobile or tablet, absolutely free. Find the right music and shuffle play it on any iOS or Android device. Available to all today – Spotify’s new free mobile experience lets you shuffle play:

  • Your music: Listen to all the playlists you’ve created and playlists from the people you follow. Spotify lets you discover new music, save, shuffle and share.
  • Your favourite artists: Want to listen to a certain artist? Just hit shuffle play, sit back and listen to their entire catalogue. Don’t settle for something similar. Don’t settle for just one track from the artist you want to hear every 20 minutes.
  • Discover great new playlists: Going for a jog or to the gym? We’ve got the playlist to help you go the extra mile. We know you just want the perfect music for a specific moment in time – and we’ve got you covered. There’s something for every mood, genre or moment.

Sound good? Get Spotify on your mobile.

2013 – A Year in Review

We can’t believe it’s already that time of year. Time to reflect on what’s been an amazing twelve months in music.

Hit rewind with our Year in Review, and join us on an interactive adventure through space and time. From the wide Spotify Universe, right down to you and your personal year in music.

We celebrate the frankly jaw-dropping 4.5 billion hours of music streamed on Spotify this year. And reveal the artists and tracks that took the world by storm. We share some fun Spotifacts from across the globe. Finally, we show you the music that made your 2013, in your very own Year in Review.

Thank you for being part of our year. Here’s to sharing many more musical moments in 2014!  

 

New tools for artists on Spotify

We believe that giving artists more access to data gives them more power over their careers. So today we’re presenting a new set of tools to be as transparent as possible with the artist community.

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This new site offers guidelines for artists and managers on how to get the most out of Spotify. We also explain our business model in detail – with specific numbers and equations used to calculate monthly payments to rights holders. We are disclosing an average per stream rate as well as a detailed equation on how artists are paid.

Introducing Artists Dashboards

Verified artists and managers will able to access a dashboard we’re launching in partnership with Next Big Sound. The free dashboard gives real time access to loads of Spotify streaming data relating to their music.

Pre-registration begins this week and we will begin rolling out access to authorized artists in the coming weeks.

Buy Concert Tickets and Merchandise on Spotify

We will enable artists to start selling concert tickets and merchandise within Spotify. We are rolling out concert listings on the Discover and artist pages where you can already buy tickets immediately through Songkick. Over the next few months we will be rolling out merchandise listings.

@SpotifyArtists on Twitter

Our Artists Services team is available to speak directly to artists and managers who may have more questions. They can be reached on our new Twitter handle @spotifyartists or on spotifyartists.com

 

Spotify Teams up with Hahn Guitars

We’ve partnered with custom guitar-maker Chihoe Hahn, whose Hahn Guitars are becoming must-have instruments for a bevy of music’s most picky, including Steely Dan and Elliot Easton (The Cars). Hahn has made three custom axes for our NYC headquarters, two guitars and a Spotify-green bass, all featuring top of the line parts and Hahn’s unique craftsmanship.

The guitars are being put through their paces by visiting artists and Spotify employee-musicians alike to rave reviews. Check some photos out here!

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