SORRY.

A blog post by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek

We are in the middle of rolling out new terms and conditions and privacy policy and they’ve caused a lot of confusion about what kind of information we access and what we do with it. We apologize for that. We should have done a better job in communicating what these policies mean and how any information you choose to share will – and will not – be used.

We understand people’s concerns about their personal information and are 100 percent committed to protecting our users’ privacy and ensuring that you have control over the information you share.

So let me try and clear things up.

In our new privacy policy, we indicated that we may ask your permission to access new types of information, including photos, mobile device location, voice controls, and your contacts. Let me be crystal clear here: If you don’t want to share this kind of information, you don’t have to. We will ask for your express permission before accessing any of this data – and we will only use it for specific purposes that will allow you to customize your Spotify experience.

Photos: We will never access your photos without explicit permission and we will never scan or import your photo library or camera roll. If you give us permission to access photos, we will only use or access images that you specifically choose to share. Those photos would only be used in ways you choose and control – to create personalized cover art for a playlist or to change your profile image, for example.

Location: We will never gather or use the location of your mobile device without your explicit permission. We would use it to help personalize recommendations or to keep you up to date about music trending in your area. And if you choose to share location information but later change your mind, you will always have the ability to stop sharing.

Voice: We will never access your microphone without your permission. Many people like to use Spotify in a hands-free way, and we may build voice controls into future versions of the product that will allow you to skip tracks, or pause, or otherwise navigate the app. You will always have the ability to disable voice controls.

Contacts: We will never scan or import your contacts without your permission. Spotify is a social platform and many people like to share playlists and music they discover with their friends. In the future, we may want to give you the ability to find your friends on Spotify by searching for Spotify users in your contacts if you choose to do that.

Sharing: The Privacy Policy also mentions advertisers, rights holders and mobile networks. This is not new. With regard to mobile networks, some Spotify subscribers sign up through their mobile provider, which means some information is shared with them by necessity. We also share some data with our partners who help us with marketing and advertising efforts, but this information is de-identified – your personal information is not shared with them.

Again, we have heard your concerns loud and clear. We are also going to update the new Privacy Policy in the coming weeks to better reflect what we have explained above. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing us at privacycomments@spotify.com We’re listening to you and we take your concerns very seriously.

Daniel

 

Updated Terms

>An update on this privacy policy here.

Over the next few weeks we will be rolling out an updated Terms and Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy to customers so they can better understand our service. We want to be as open and transparent as possible when it comes to how we describe our business, how we work with advertisers, what information we collect, and what we do with it. We also want to make sure our terms are up-to-date with all the latest features we are offering.

We are constantly innovating and evolving our service to deliver the best possible experience for our users. This means delivering the perfect recommendations for every moment, and helping you to enjoy, discover and share more music than ever before. The data we access simply helps us to tailor improved experiences to our users, and build new and personalized products for the future. Recent new features include Spotify Running, which matches the BPM of your music to the pace of your run, or the new Discover Weekly feature, which curates a weekly playlist based on your tastes.

Here is an overview of what we have updated in the Terms and Conditions of Use:

  • Additional clarity around promotional offers and trials.
  • Clearer rules governing user-generated content.
  • Clearer guidance on how brands may interact with the Spotify service.
  • New section on the external Support Community.
  • Greater detail around the arbitration process for dispute resolution.
  • Streamlining policies into as few as possible.

Here is an overview of some of the new points in our Privacy Policy:

  • The Information We Collect section has been expanded to include new technical data such as additional cookies, device information, and network information.
  • We also note that we may ask for customer permission to collect information from new sources, such as address book, location, and sensor data from the mobile device to improve the customer experience and inform product decisions.
  • We provide more clarity on how we share data with partners who help us with our marketing and advertising efforts for both Spotify and our brand partners.

The new Terms and Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy will be rolling out incrementally across all Spotify markets over the next few weeks. When the update is released in your market it will be available here and here.

The privacy and security of our customers’ data is – and will remain – Spotify’s highest priority. We will always ask for individual permission or clearly inform you of the ability to opt out from sharing location, photos, voice and contacts.

 

 

Backstage with Florence + The Machine

On stage Florence Welch is a force of nature, dancing and swirling and throwing herself heart first into the music. But what happens backstage before and after these explosions? Florence tells us about a tour life filled with tattoos, clogs and mud.

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In the beginning of the summer, Florence + The Machine released the breathtaking album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and are right now turning festivals upside down with it. We are absolutely in love with the latest suggestive single  “Queen of Peace”.

– It such a triumph peace of music, but I wasn’t in a very triumph place when we wrote it. It’s about battles in ourselves, when it feels like love is just a war that you can’t win. Everytime you make peace you’re giving away a part of yourself.

It’s fascinating how a bizarre situation like performing in front of thousands of people can seem so natural to some artists. Florence Welch was born to conquer a stage.

– I feel free when I’m up there. Like I’m connected to something I don’t know what it its. I’m just in the right place. On a day to day basis I feel a bit scattered, when I’m on stage every piece comes together.

What do you always bring on tour?

– Tour guys with tattoos, haha! That would be the band. I pack lots of clothes, more than necessary. Clothes with colourful patterns and clogs. I love clogs and it’s worrying, because they’re heavy. Gucci are doing some really cool ones covered in fur. I got a lot of fuzzy clothes, my mum is really confused by them.

What’s the last thing you do before you go on stage?

– Huddle together with my band. We still haven’t figured out quite what to say to each other when we do it, so we sing a Beatles song or something. Get together and yell stuff. Also, I listen to other people’s music. Whatever I’m obsessed with right now, like Django Django. That always makes me want to perform.

What is the first thing that happens when you get off stage?

– Someone puts a cape on me. I usually have lost my top or gotten my feet covered in mud. Sometimes I even get carried off stage.

Tell us about your very first festival!

– My dad took me to Womad World Music Festival. I wanted a jester’s hat, otherwise you hadn’t been to a real festival in my opinion. To have a joke hat was the most important thing for me. Maybe it still is, haha!

 

Listen to How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful here:

Welcome to Spotify, Mr President

Today we are very excited to welcome U.S. President Barack Obama and The White House to Spotify. The White House will be regularly curating playlists based on what the members of the West Wing are listening to. Follow them below to stay connected!

More from the White House below

Today, the White House launched an official channel on Spotify, a music streaming service, with two playlists hand-created by President Obama. The President will announce his playlists with a tweet from @POTUS today. You will be able to listen to his daytime and evening playlist here.

Over the years, the White House has continued to grow its social media presences and find new ways to connect with people all over the country through a range of platforms. On Spotify, you can expect to see the White House share playlists created by administration officials, as well as playlists curated around events and issues to engage the public and acquaint them with the people working in the administration.

Full blog post from WhiteHouse.Gov

Nike Running delivers new ways to motivate runners through Music

Spotify is pleased to partner with Nike+ Running on its newest app update, designed to help runners enhance their running experience.

More details from Nike here.

Below is the full blog post, originally published by Nike

When it comes to running, music is motivation – just ask the earbud-wearing athletes pounding sidewalks, tracks, treadmills and tree-lined trails. Likewise, an ever-growing body of research has confirmed music’s performance-enhancing effects: it can reduce a runner’s perception of exertion and fatigue as well as increase happiness and excitement.

Nike+ Running’s newest app update, developed in partnership with Spotify, integrates these findings and builds upon the success of the Nike+ Run Club playlists already on Spotify by enhancing runners’ overall in-run music experience. Notably, the update introduces Nike exclusive Pace Stations, which invite users to input their pace goal and musical preference. This data then informs a target BPM (beats per minute), which in turn creates a personalized 100-song playlist designed to push the runner’s pace. The first-of-its-kind instructive experience then guides runners to their goals when they step in-beat to the prescribed songs.

“Since our launch as the original running app in 2006, music has always been core to the Nike+ Running experience” said Adam Roth, Nike VP, Global Running Brand Marketing. “Our partnership with Spotify takes that experience to a new level, leveraging personalized music as motivational fuel every run, for every runner.”

The update, which debuts July 20, allows users to stream Spotify’s 30-million-song catalog directly from the Nike+ Running app.

Spotify music is also an integral part of the Nike “Find Your Fast”challenge this summer. An eight-week program developed by expert Nike+ Run Club coaches, the challenge includes workouts, tunes and expert tips to help all runners, whether they are completing their first mile or realizing a personal best.

Nike and Spotify are combining forces to create the ultimate motivating experience for runners,” said Erin Clift, VP Consumer and Partner Marketing, Spotify. “Nike+ runners now have access to millions of tracks through Spotify to help them achieve their personal goals and find their fast this summer.”

To celebrate the IOS only premium Spotify experience of Nike+ Running Pace Station integration, Spotify is offering Nike+ users a seven-day free premium trial with no credit card. Individuals who choose to enter a credit card can receive an additional 60-day trial.

 

Hit the Road with Spotify in Ford Vehicles

  • Spotify Now Compatible with New Ford SYNC 3 Communications and Entertainment System

What’s a drive without Music? Yes, you’ll still get where you’re going, but will you truly enjoy the ride — we think not.   

To give drivers a more complete music experience in the car, Spotify has extended its partnership with Ford, to enable Spotify users (Free and Premium) with SYNC 3-equipped cars to control Spotify from the driver’s seat with several new enhanced features for iOS and Android.

Spotify, one of the first apps to integrate with AppLink, is the only on-demand music service available on the all-new SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, first launching on 2016 models of the Ford Escape and Fiesta this summer, and expanding to all Ford vehicles by the end of next year. This makes it easier than ever for Ford drivers to access Spotify and hit the road with a brand new interface designed for the car.

In addition to all the great Spotify AppLink integration found in Ford cars since 2013, this latest and greatest version, SYNC 3, for 2016 Ford Escape and Fiestas this summer, includes the following new features for iOS and Android users:

  • SYNC 3 includes a rich color touchscreen display for large cover art, plus Browse, Your music, Search, your playlists and all the other music and podcasts from your Spotify apps.
  • Drivers can now speak to choose playlists synced across any device, toggle shuffle on and off, save tracks to their music collection, and more, all hands-free.
  • Faster, more responsive, and easier to use via voice and dashboard controls.

For more information, click here.

 

The best in music and gaming: PlayStation and Spotify partnership reaches 5 million app downloads

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Just over a month ago we launched our exclusive music experience on PlayStation, making it easier than ever to soundtrack your gaming sessions with music. And today we’re thrilled to let you know that the partnership has already resulted in more than 5 million downloads since launch – making it the quickest launch adoption rate in PlayStation history.

But when it comes to big numbers, that’s not all. Since launch in March, you’ve streamed over 785 million tracks on your PlayStation 4 consoles. That’s more than 42 million hours of listening to your favourite tunes whilst playing your favourite games.

We’re also excited to let you know that PlayStation Music will be arriving in Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador this summer – and rolling out to even more markets before the end of 2015.

Game on.

 

Taste Rewind

Ever wonder what you’d be jammin’ out to if you were born during a different decade? Now you can find out!

Go back in time with our ‪‎Taste Rewind and explore the tunes you would have had on repeat throughout the 00s, 90s, 80s, 70s and 60s based on your musical taste. A throwback playlist for each decade will help you discover the sound of a different era, or re-live some questionable hairstyles :)

Fancy some musical time travel? Give it a spin here!

 

20 Million Reasons to Say Thanks

What a difference a year makes! At the end of May 2014, we reached 10 million paying subscribers and 40 million active users. Today, we have reached more than 20 million subscribers and more than 75 million active users. 10 million subscribers in our first five and a half years – and another 10 million subscribers in just a single year! That’s an average of one new subscriber every three seconds over the last year. Wow. And, more people listening on Spotify means more payouts to the creators of the music you love.  As we grow, the amount of royalties we pay out to artists, songwriters and rights holders continues to climb faster than ever. We have now paid more than $3 billion USD in royalties, including more than $300 million in the first three months of 2015 alone. That’s good for music, good for music fans … and good for music makers. Take a look at what it means for four different types of artists. The blue columns show average actual payouts over the last 12 months, which started with 10 million subscribers; the green columns show our projected average payouts over the next 12 months, starting from our new baseline of 20 million paying subscribers.

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Here’s how we did it.

We could have never achieved this growth without all of you: the music fans who listen, discover, share and celebrate music and artists every day. Thank you, 20 million X. 20 Million Reasons To Say Thanks

Spotify Reveals The Top Wedding Songs Globally

In many parts of the world, it’s Wedding Season! So if you’re still thinking about that perfect song for your first moments’ as a married couple, Spotify can help! Today, Spotify revealed that multi-award winning singer-songwriter John Legend’s ballad All of Me is the top choice for tying the knot around the globe. Mellow-rocker Jason Mraz is the world’s favorite artist for matrimonial music, with two of his tracks featuring in the global top 20 list.

Spotify analyzed over 400,000 wedding themed playlists worldwide, also identifying Bruno Mars’ Marry You, Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and even Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines as among the most popular wedding music.

Analysis of ‘First Dance’ playlists revealed that British crooner Ed Sheeran is the most popular artist globally for the all-important first dance, with his tracks Tenerife Sea and Thinking Out Loud featuring in the top 5, Jason Mraz, Etta James and Elvis Presley are also favorites.

Angela Watts, VP, Global Communications at Spotify, commented: ‘Weddings are one of the most popular life events we see playlists created for on Spotify. Not only does music have the power to tell the story of a couple’s relationship, it also – very importantly – encourages guests to get onto the dancefloor and strut their stuff’.

 Wedding planner Mindy Weiss, whose clients include Channing Tatum, Gwen Stefani, Heidi Klum and Ellen DeGeneres, commented: ‘The music is always a very big priority for all my clients when we’re planning their wedding. They choose the soundtrack based on personal moments they’ve shared together, keeping in mind what their guests will like, as well as make sure there is a good mix of golden oldies and modern hits to keep people on the dance floor all night long.’

 

Celebrity Wedding Planner Mindy Weiss. Photo credit Elizabeth Messina Photography