Spotify just got louder. Here’s Metallica

With millions of fans the world over and nearly a dozen multi-platinum albums under their belt, Metallica are undoubtedly the most successful hard rock band in history.

We’re thrilled to announce that for the first time EVER, music spanning Metallica’s 30+ year career is now available to stream – only on Spotify.

We know. Incredible.

It’s yours to listen to right now.

So are you ready to rock? Listen to Metallica now!

Introducing a better way to discover music

We’re about to change the way you discover music forever. Now on Spotify, you can get closer to the music – and the artists – you love.

Make it better, please
“Dear Spotify, sometimes I don’t know what to listen to.” We know what you mean. Sure, having millions of songs in your pocket has changed the way you listen to music, but can you figure out what to play on a lazy Sunday afternoon?

So we’re thrilled to announce a new and entirely personal way of discovering music on Spotify.

Our latest, greatest upgrade will see a whole host of new discovery features introduced across desktop, mobile and our new web player over the coming weeks.

Put it this way, you’ll never be lost for music again!

The all-new Follow tab
We’re bringing artists and fans closer than ever before.

Now on Spotify, you can follow all the people who turn you on to the music you care about. Find out what friends and artists are listening to in real time, and check out the music that matters to the trendsetters in your life.

Want to hear Obama’s playlist as he prepares for a big speech? Or check out what David Guetta is listening to this week? Now you can.

Build your following
Share your soundtrack with the world, and people will follow you too. Post your playlists on your social networks and be part of the discovery revolution.

The all-new Discover tab
Your hunt for the right music is over! Spotify’s Discover feed continually seeks out personal recommendations for you. Get ready for:

  • New single and album releases from the artists you follow.
  • All the music and playlists shared by influencers you follow.
  • Recommendations based on the music you listen to – including music, reviews and concerts.

Introducing Audio Preview
With our new Audio Preview feature, you can dip into new music without moving away from the song you’re playing. If you like what you hear, you can save it for later or play it right away. The choice is yours.

Oh, and we’ve given our website a bit of a spring clean. You’ve probably noticed!

We’ll be telling you more about our latest features real soon. Until then, our Follow features will roll out as part of a desktop app update in the coming weeks, with a full cross-platform upgrade arriving next year.

Happy discovery!

100 Beats of 2012 by @thursplay


Here’s what you’ll listen to on this December Beats by our friends at @thursplay :

2012 was filled with great music releases!

From the anticipated album releases by Metric, Jens Lekman, Cat Power, Keane, Grizzly Bear, Miike Snow, The XX, Mumford & Sons, A Fine Frenzy, Passion Pit, The Shins, The Vaccines, The Walkmen, Regina Spektor, MIKA, Fiona Apple and many more, to the unexpected amazing new music by less known artists, such as: CITIZENS!, Alfred Hall, Fossil Collective, Icona Pop, Alabama Shakes, Lucy Rose, Atlas Genius, Of Monsters and Men, MS MR, Urban Cone, Turn off your television, Milano Sun, Jessie Ware and a lot more.

Music for all tastes, from all parts of the world in diverse genre: you pick!

As hard as it is to choose 100 songs to represent the music released in 2012, here you can find the selection:

Thanks to ALL the artists who gave us those amazing songs during this year!

What were your favorite tracks of 2012? Share with us today on Twitter using the the hashtag #thursplay.