What’s new in Spotify

Lots of exciting changes in Spotify recently and we thought we’d walk you through all the latest features!

Turn up the Radio

Yes, that’s right – in addition to Artist radio, you can now serendipitously discover your next favorite song with Radio.

Just click on the Radio tab and select a genre of your fancy to get the tunes flowing!

Share Button

We’ve added a Share button within the client to make sharing the music even easier. Spot it next to all your tracks and playlists!

Playlist Sharing

You asked for it and we listened! You can now share an entire playlist too! Simply click on the Share button which will open up a dialog box for one click sharing to Facebook, Twitter and all your Spotify friends. To share with the buddies on your People list, click on the Spotify tab within this box and start typing your friend’s name – autocomplete will make the process simple and instant.

Smart Inbox

Our Inbox now has a set of icons to indicate whether the shared goodie is a track, an album (disc icon), or a playlist (note icon). We also pumped up the Inbox tab notification to a vibrant red so you can easily see when someone has sent you something!

What you share and how to control it

Spotify is all about sharing and discovering new music. It’s entirely up to you what you decide to share and what you keep private.

To control your sharing settings, just go to your Spotify Preferences. Here you’ll see an ‘Activity Sharing’ section. To share the music you listen to with Facebook, make sure the box is checked. If you’d rather not share, just uncheck the box. It’s that simple.

Who can see my music?

Your public playlists can be seen by all your friends.

Your “Top artists” and “Top tracks” are also visible. If you want to remove a playlist from your public library, click on your own name at the top of the People list, select “Edit” and then turn off the playlist you don’t want people to see.

If you only want to share a playlist with a specific person, just click on the share button on the playlist view and choose the Spotify people tab.

Share Playlist

To save yourself time, you can choose to automatically publish all your new playlists, or none of them. Just go to your Spotify Preferences and tick the box in your Profile section.

Update: Many of our users have told us that they like to share what they’re listening to, but also want an easy way to hide their occasional guilty pleasures. So we’ve now added a new ‘Private Session’ mode to our latest update.

You can turn it on from the Spotify menu and it will stop sharing what you’re listening to until the next time you log in.

Great news for new Spotify Open users

It’s all good news at the moment. First, we become better friends with Facebook. Now we’re removing time limits for all new users. It seems only right to give you more time to discover more music!

So, from today, there’ll be no more Spotify Open. Everybody who listens to Spotify for free will simply have a Spotify account.

All Spotify accounts come with a 6-month time-limit honeymoon! During this time, there’s no limit to the amount of ad-supported music you can enjoy. After 6 months, you’ll be limited to 10 hours of streaming a month and a 5-play limit for any individual track. Unless, of course, you’ve subscribed by then!

How does this affect existing Spotify Open users?

If you’ve had your Spotify Open account for less than six months, you’ll discover that your time cap has gone. And it’ll stay gone until your account reaches its six-month birthday. Enjoy the extra music.

If you’ve had your Spotify Open account for more than six months, you’ll still be limited by time. As you’ve been with us for a while, the chances are you also enjoyed a six-month period without time limits when you first joined.

What about paid accounts?

There’ll be no change to our paying subscribers – Spotify Unlimited and Spotify Premium will carry on giving joy as normal.

Happy listening!

Any questions, please take a look at our Help section.

Spotify introduces music to your social life

Today, September the 22nd, is a big day for everyone who loves music.

Music is one of the most social things there is. That’s why for the past couple of years, we’ve been obsessed with what the next generation music service should look like.

We knew that the service had to be free to draw people away from piracy. Helping them to listen to even more music. To do that, we also knew that the service would have to be inherently social. There couldn’t be a better place to do this than Facebook.

We’re very excited to have been asked by Mark Zuckerberg to showcase this new experience at the f8 conference in San Francisco today. Take a look at these amazing new features in our video.

You’ll now start seeing new music posts and play buttons all over your newsfeeds. Hit a play button and the music starts. Right there. Spotify fires up to give you a new soundtrack to your social life. Check out your new Music Dashboard and your real-time ticker to discover the music that’s trending with your friends.

This integration with Facebook will help everyone to discover more free music than ever before. Thanks to our unrivalled, truly free service, users can just hit play to enjoy the music, no hassle, no gimmicks; month after month after month.

We hope many more people can enjoy the musical journeys that this integration will bring. Like the thrill of looking through a friend’s music collection and finding a track that blows your mind. Or sending birthday playlists across the planet.

Having free access to music on Facebook also gives us an opportunity to express ourselves in a new way. We’re proud to share pictures of our lives. Now we can say something about ourselves through music. “Hi I’m Daniel – here’s some Daft Punk.”

We know that Spotify’s users who connect to Facebook listen to more music on a weekly basis. They listen to a wider variety of music – in fact we have more than 400 million playlists created in Spotify now. Because these users are more social, they’re more engaged. Because they’re more engaged, they’re more than twice as likely to pay for music.

Social discovery on Facebook means that we’re bringing people back to paying for music again. And that‘s how the brilliant artists who create this music can continue creating it for us to enjoy.

Enjoy the soundtrack to your social life!

The Kooks new album – Exclusive version on Spotify Premium

The Kooks

The Kooks return with their third album Junk Of The Heart, their first since the No. 1 album Konk in 2008. Produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air) who also produced the band’s first two albums, Junk Of The Heart is undeniably The Kooks at their best.

Having spent the first 6 months of the year recording and preparing the release the band will spend the next 6 months touring the UK, Europe and the USA before heading to Japan and Australia at the start of 2012.
Highlights from the album include the singles Is It Me and Junk Of The Heart (Happy) plus Rosie, Eskimo Kiss and the simple yet poignant Petulia.

Click here to listen to Spotify’s exclusive version of Junk Of The Heart (only for Premium subscribers).

New Update on our Spotify Mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch

We have just released an update for our iPhone and iPod Touch app. It includes many fixes, among them, Spotify used to remember your location in the app and the currently playing track when being restarted; it now does again.

Here is the full list of changes in version 0.4.19:

* Fixed: Inbox unseen markers and app badge would not update when playing a previously unseen track.
* New: Can now open links by pasting them into the search field under the Search tab.
* Changed: Links are now always opened on the Search tab.
* New: Prevent screen from locking when device is connected to charger and Spotify is playing a track (e g when in a car mount).
* Fixed: Now playing speaker icon is now shown on the correct track in the Inbox and Starred playlists.
* Fixed: Opening a track link as a non-Premium stalled forever.
* Fixed: Crashed when swiping the “All Tracks” meta-playlist.
* Fixed: Was missing cover art on albums and artists sometimes.
* Fixed: Crashed when playing a track after logging out and back in again.
* Fixed: Spotify used to remember your location in the app and the currently playing track when being restarted; it now does again.
* Fixed: bugs related to opening links.

We hope you enjoy using it as much as we enjoyed updating it for you!

You can update to this latest version in your iPhone and iPhod Touch through the iTunes App Store.

The sounds of September courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

The Soundtrack to August 2011

This month’s The Soundtrack to… is "musically looted and resold for twenty quid in the backroom of your local pub". It’s a bargain at twice the price, as our premier monthly mixtape is once again a beacon for fresh new music. Featured on this edition: the brilliant new Chicago house-indebted track from The Rapture, dancefloor destroying ragga from Toddla T, some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear from King Creosote & Jon Hopkins and the finest electronic music courtesy of Bugge Wesseltoft & Henrik Schwarz.

September 2011 – Acid Jazz Hispano

If you’re yet to get your listening gear around this month’s Acid Jazz Hispano, what the hell have you been playing at? If you have never heard of Acid Jazz Hispano, seriously, what the hell have you been playing at? Never mind, there’s always time. Have a look at this month’s edition for lashing of funk, soul, jazz, blues, house, hip-hop and pretty much everything in between.

Barclaycard Mercury Prize: 1992-201

Few could argue with decision to award PJ Harvey this year’s Mercury Prize. She’s also the first person to take take the title for a second time – after wining in 2001 – getting the judges’ vote for her incredible, strange, beautiful and eerily prescient album, Let England Shake. Click here for tracks by her and many of the artists nominated since the prize’s inception in 1992.

I LOVE THE 90’S – Over 1000 tracks!

Ah yes, ‘the 90s’: the label historians have come to place upon a particularly primitive era in human history. A time when internet was dial-up, mobile phones only made calls and Phillip Schofield was, well he was exactly the same. Thankfully some pretty ace music came from this time: Beastie Boys, Beck, Daft Punk, Edwyn Collins, Nirvana, Placebo, The Chemical Brothers and tons more feature here.

Resident Advisor Top 50 August 2011

Featuring a gorgeous, simmering deep house banger from Osunlade – with Ame on remix duty; another super production from Motor City Drum Ensemble; the incredible Solomun Vox remix of Haze & Noir’s Around; and big, big, dancefloor destroying tracks from Larry Heard, Die Vögel, Mendo, Butch, Loco Dice and stacks more besides, this playlist is a must for all electronic music heads.

Big Lebowski Mix

People went crazy for this playlist on our Facebook page this month. And we don’t blame them. This mixtape, as endorsed by The Dude himself, features the likes of Gipsy Kings, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Booker T. & The MG’s, The Rolling Stones and Nina Simone, among others; all of which are begging for you to listen to while sipping on a Caucasian. The Dude abides…

The BEST BRITISH songs of all time

Rule Britannia, marmalade and jam, five Chinese crackers up your… Anyway, aside from that charming little ditty, the good people of Britain are responsible for some of the greatest music ever put to record. This is indisputable. But do you agree with these selections for The BEST BRITISH songs of all time: Joy Division, The Clash, The Kinks, The Jam, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Blur and Arctic Monkeys, to name but a few. Well, do you?

The Best Covers of Bob Dylan

"Few Bob Dylan recordings are on Spotify," says the creator of this playlist. "But his music is still here. Here are some of the greatest songs by America’s most iconic living songwriter, as performed by other artists." Those other artists include The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jeff Buckley, Nina Simone, Solomon Burke, The Flying Burrito Brothers and stacks more besides. Incendiary covers all-round. Top playlist

Covers In a Different Genre

We get a lot of really good playlists dedicated to cover versions here at SMP, but this one is all bout covers with a twist. All of the songs here have taken the original track and changed its respective genre. Featured: Marilyn Manson doing Personal Jesus, Alien Ant Farm’s version of Smooth Criminal, Ben Folds take on Bitches Ain’t Shit, Jimi Hendrix’s brilliant All Along The Watchtower and stacks more covers from the likes of Iron And Wine, Nouvelle Vague, The Vines, Antony And The Johnsons, Patti Smith Group and more.

New Releases – September 2011

We end, rather egotistically, with a playlist of our very own. But wait there, hear us out, we haven’t gone all power-mad; this is the must-hear mixtape to stay up-to-date with the very best new music released each and every week on Spotify. We update this playlist regularly so keep your peepers peeled on it at all times. All. Times.

Drowned in September 2011 plus playlist picks by Drowned in Sound.

Founder of UK-based music community and alternative music authority, Drowned in Sound, returns with his playlist featuring this month’s release highlights of an indie-rock/electronic slant, plus provides a hand-picked selection of playlists he’s enjoyed.

Drowned in September
September is a strange month. In the UK festival season is coming to a close and students are about to get their loans, which means a swag bag full of quality releases. There’s the heart-stopping elegance of St Vincent’s new album Strange Mercy (front-runner for my album of the year!), the return of that sea-sickness sneezing bourbon surfer Tom Waits, the soaring softness of Apparat, New Look’s glorious future-pop debut LP and the small matter of a new album from Feist. That’s not to mention a Patti Smith greatest hits, Jesus & Mary Chain re-issuing their records and some album called Nevermind having some anniversary or other. Click here to hear this playlist

Recent Playlist Picks

Record Label Love
Amidst the scenes of hooded hoodlums ransacking UK high streets last month, there were shots on the news of a huge warehouse burning in the north London suburb of Enfield. I woke up to discover that this was the SonyDADC depot, which houses PIAS who distribute records for 200+ independent labels including XL, Domino, 4AD, Ninja Tune, Warp, Chemikal Underground and also my DiS label. Whilst in shock, and aware that something needed to be done to help, I set-up http://recordlabellove.com for a series of ‘developer challenges’ to create web apps and useful tools to help music fans support the independent music community. Meanwhile, I made this playlist featuring some tracks by some of my favourite acts on the affected labels. And you can find playlists for the individual labels here.

The Neptune Music Prize 2011
Drowned in Sound’s annual alternative to the Mercury Music Prize (which has a playlist here) serves up a selection of our favourite UK releases, ranging from the lush ambience of Luke Abbott to the genteel dubstep womps of Mount Kimbie and the strangely absent from the Mercury list, Wild Beasts. Find out more and vote for your favourite, here.

Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)
With Spotify finally arriving in the US, it didn’t take long for the uncrowned king of social media to share a link to his profile, which features playlists like (real men wear) Parachute Pants (Gary Numan, Soft Cell, Human League, Talk Talk) and also this great NIN set change playlist from their farewell tour that has everything you’d expect Trent to blast at his fans before a show, ranging from David Bowie and Bat for Lashes to M83, Magnetic Fields and Peaches .

Kill Rock Stars’ 2011 sampler goes some way to showing how fantastic this rock fire starting, riot-grrrl pioneering, Portland Oregon based label is.

Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster, has an ‘interesting’ selection of playlists.

The New Yorker’s pop critic Sasha Frere Jones’ playlists are every bit as enlightening and mind-expanding as his writing.

Reading & Leeds Festival 2011 Last weekend saw the likes of Muse, Deftones, Pulp and The National, ripping it up in a field in Berkshire. We made this playlist to soundtrack it.

So, those are my picks, have you heard or made any good playlists lately?

By Sean Adams @seaninsound