Some of our staff and label friends have been kind enough to craft a number of spooky playlists for the Halloween weekend. If you’re looking for some music to get you in the ‘trick or treat’ spirit then look no further, check out the playlists from:
As part of the launch we’ve got some great prizes to giveaway to Swedish users. Just post a playlist of at least two songs that you want to remix in DJ Hero 2 to this blog post and you’ll be entered to win your own DJ Hero 2 game and turntables. The game is available for PS3, Xbox360 and Wii.
And for everyone else they’ve put together this really great web version of the game that you can play right here on the blog. Give it a try!
Our good friends over at Sharemyplaylists have recently revamp their site to make it even better. They’ve introduced a Playlist Generator, Playlist Recommendations and Playlist Partners to bring you even more great music.
ShareMyPlaylists.com now has over 27,000 playlist shared with just over 4 million tracks in their playlists which would take just over 22 years to listen to, now that’s a playlist!
To relaunch with a bang they’re giving away a Sonos S5 Wireless Music Player, and Apple iPhone and 6 x 6 month Spotify Premium subscriptions. Check out their House Party page to enter.
John Lennon would have been 70 years old this past Saturday. While he’s no longer here in person his music lives on and we are excited to have his remastered solo albums available for the first time on Spotify as of today.
The album was recorded in New York at Avatar Studios and produced once again by Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King. Come Around Sundown is the follow-up to the hugely successful Only By The Night, which sold over six million copies worldwide and garnered four Grammy Awards. It’s yet another bold and expansive statement by the Nashville, Tennessee-based quartet who, in the last two years, have become one of the biggest bands in the world; also one of the most creatively restless.
For a taste of what to expect from the new album be sure to check out the first single, Radioactive.
We kick things off this month with our good friend iamnottheenemy’s regular ‘The Soundtrack to…’ playlist. Amazing music from the inimitable UNKLE with Follow Me Down, Klaxons new tune Echoes and the infectious Boyfriend by Best Coast, alongside a whole host of feel-good, sonic, sensations, to highlight why these playlists are amongst our most popular. Summer’s not over yet!
Polydor Records – What we’re listening to September 2010
The good people over at Polydor Records like to keep us up to date with the tunes that are tickling their musical taste buds each month, which we, in turn, like to pass on to you. Some great music here, new and old, and not just from artists signed to their label – how very altruistic. Click here for an eclectic mix of The Velvet Underground, Joy Division, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Primal Scream, Goo Goo Dolls and many more.
We’re suckers for a good programming competition here at Spotify so we were really happy to be a sponsor of the Swedish National Programming Championships which took place this past weekend. The contest was held at five of the best technical universities across Sweden and was part of the larger Nordic Collegiate Programming Contest which is held in 15 cities across Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.
Some of the best and the brightest students and professional programmers take part and we were excited to see one of our own developers take home the top prize. In fact Erik’s team, Lag Bernhardsson, has won the competition an astounding five times which is quite an achievement.
We’re rolling out an update that adds two of our most frequently requested features to Spotify. First up is Inbox Messaging – now when you send a track to a friend’s Inbox you can add a short message to let them know what inspired you to send them the track.
Also added is a much improved sharing function to send tracks to Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live and your Spotify friends. Simply right-click any track, album or playlist and select “Share To…” to open the new sharing box. If you’ve connected Spotify with Facebook you no longer need to open a browser to share tracks.
We’ve also redesigned search history and moved them up into the search bar. To drop down a list of your most recent searches click the magnifying glass icon in the search bar.
We’ve been steadily working to add more devices to Spotify Mobile and we have an excellent addition to the family to let you know about. Earlier today our CEO Daniel took part in an event at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology along with Steve Ballmer of Microsoft to announce that Spotify is now available for Windows phones 6.x!
Over the past few months we’ve been working with Microsoft to develop the Spotify app for Windows Phone and we’ve put together a demo video for you highlighting some of the great features, have a look.
The full list of features for Windows Phone includes:
· Search, browse and play millions of tracks
· Stream over WiFi or 2.5/3G – All your existing playlists are available
· Offline playlists – Play your music without an internet connection
· On-the-fly sync – Every track you add to a playlist appears on mobile and computer
· What’s New tab
· Wirelessly sync your local files to your phone
· Starred tracks – tag all your favourites into a special list
Windows Phone users can download the new app directly by visiting m.spotify.com, and it will also be available for download on Windows Marketplace for mobile shortly.
And one last thing – we’re also very excited to announce that Spotify will be available on the upcoming Windows Phone 7, which from what we’ve seen is going to be just fantastic.