Spotify and Chromecast Now Play Together

There’s a new way of enjoying music in your home. Today, in collaboration with Google, we’re thrilled to announce one of your most requested features, Spotify coming to Chromecast.

With Chromecast, listening at home is easy. Simply plug in and cast music directly from your phone or tablet. Play, skip, browse and search using the Spotify app. Oh, and feel free to make calls, watch a video or play games – the music will keep playing. Even if your battery runs out.

We’ve also made it easier than ever to discover and connect to your devices. Whether it’s a PlayStation, Smart TV, or bluetooth speaker, simply select it from your phone and start rocking to your favourite tunes. Heading out for a run, or just moving into the kitchen? No problem. Switching between devices is seamless, ensuring you never miss a beat.

Spotify will be available on the new Chromecast, with existing devices receiving a firmware update over the next few weeks. Spotify Premium subscribers will also be able to play their music through the new Chromecast Audio, which is a great way to upgrade your existing speakers.

Spotify now supports hundreds of device models from the world’s leading brands, including speakers, home audio systems, Smart TVs and gaming consoles. And with the addition of Chromecast, more listeners than ever can enjoy music in their homes.

To learn more about how you can listen at home, head over to

Say hello to the new About Page

Spotify is always looking for new ways to bring artists and fans closer together. Throughout the years one of our most popular features has been the ability to dig deeper into the music, from reading up on the history of your favorite artists to discovering related artists that you might learn to love. Today, we’re excited to introduce our new About Page, serving you even more information and insights about your favorite artists.

Available as a tab across artist pages, the new About Page brings you:

  • Biographies with beautiful full screen image browsing
  • Monthly listeners
  • Global rank based on monthly listeners
  • Where people are discovering the artist, ranked by most popular playlists
  • Which cities the artist is most popular in


Spotify Running arrives to Android


Spotify RunningSince the launch of Spotify Running, millions of you have laced up and hit the road together with the best musical motivation out there.

Today we’re thrilled to be bringing the same great experience to our Android users.

With Spotify Running, we’ve combined the best music on the planet with recommendations based on your listening history, multiple-genre playlists as well as original running compositions.

Simply select your tempo and start running. We’ll match the perfect music in time to your step to help you go the extra mile.

Spotify Running on Android starts rolling out to users today. Learn more on

Top Community Rock Stars visit the Stockholm office

Rock Stars meet Daniel Ek

This August nine of our Community Rock Stars visited the Stockholm office for the second annual Rock Star Jam. 

These Rock Stars help answer questions posted by other Spotify users, gather feedback for Spotify in the Idea Exchange, report issues in Beta boards, and discuss music with fellow Spotify fans. The attendees of Rock Star Jam 2015 alone have answered over 70,000 posts in the Community. 
The nine Rock Stars, from seven different countries spent time touring Spotify’s Stockholm headquarters and having talks with Spotify teams to both hear about the future of Spotify and ask questions.
In addition to meeting with the Label Relations, Licensing, User Research, Customer Support, Running and iOS teams, the Rock Stars spoke with CEO Daniel Ek and CTO Oskar Stål. 
“It was an amazing experience to meet important people of Spotify like Daniel Ek and have the chance to ask them all our questions,” said Marco Hülf (@Marco) of Germany.
Rock Star Alejandro Oviedo (@OviiiOne) from Spain said his favorite part was learning more about Customer Support across the company.
“Rock Star Jam was awesome. It was interesting to see how Spotify manages the feedback and ideas they collect from the Community,” said Alejandro. “It was great to meet fellow Community members face-to-face.”
“The coolest part of the Jam is meeting Rock Stars and Spotify folks you’ve been talking to for a very long time, but have never met in person,” agreed Jordi Kroon (@Jordi) of The Netherlands. 
“My highlight was meeting the other Rock Stars,” said Texas-native Matt Suda (@MattSuda). “We chat online, but connecting with each other in the same room is what makes the Jam awesome. The vibe in the office was amazing and I had a smile on my face the whole time.”

Other Rock Star Jam attendees included Fred Johansson (@Fred)  from Sweden, Gerard Duchamp (@Soundofus) from France, Peter Doggart (@Peter) from the United Kingdom, and Kyle Brooks  (@kbrooksc) and Blake Durham (@blake) from the USA.

Rock Stars hanging out at the Spotify office
The Community Rock Star Program was launched in November 2013 and now has over 85 members. 
Seven Rock Stars attended last year’s Rock Star Jam with three attendees returning this year. Each year the group is selected by seeing which Rock Stars contributed the most to the program and Community over the past 12 months.

Privacy Policy Update

When our new Privacy Policy started rolling out two weeks ago, it created some understandable confusion. In a follow-up post, we did our best to explain the intent behind the changes in the Policy and our commitment to our users’ privacy. We also said that we would work to update the Privacy Policy to reflect what we promised in that post. As we worked to do that, we took note of many people’s comments that they appreciated the clear commitments in the blog post that were easier to understand than some of the details in the Policy itself.

So we’ve kept our promise to update the Policy, but we’ve also gone a step further by incorporating a plain language introduction in the Policy itself. The Introduction is intended to be a clear statement of our approach and principles about privacy. We hope it provides a healthy dose of clarity and context too. Yes, we still need to provide greater detail in the body of the policy, but those details are, and will always be, in keeping with the fundamental privacy principles we outline in the Introduction. The new Policy will begin rolling out to users in the coming days and weeks.

A little housekeeping: many users accepted the new Policy when we started rolling it out in some markets a few weeks ago. If you’ve already accepted that version, you will be automatically covered by this update, including the clearer language, additional privacy commitments and the new Introduction and its principles. All other users will be offered the opportunity to read and accept the new Policy over the coming days and weeks.

In the meantime, please give the Introduction a read; there’s a link to the whole Policy below as well.

Complete Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy Introduction

Thanks for choosing Spotify. This is our Privacy Policy. Before getting into the details, we’d like to highlight some of the key principles behind it. These principles are important to us because we know they’re important to you.

The Privacy Policy is here to do three things:

  1. Explain the way we use information that you share with us in order to build a great product and give you a great experience with it;
  2. Ensure that you understand what information we collect with your permission, and what we do — and do not do — with it;
  3. Hold us accountable for protecting your rights and your privacy under this policy.

**All the information we collect is related to providing the Spotify service and its features.**

Broadly speaking, there are two categories of information we collect: 1) information that we must have in order for you to use Spotify; and 2) information that we can use to provide additional features and improved experiences if you choose to share that information.

The first category includes:

* Registration information, including your name, birth date, address, and other information you provide when you sign up for Spotify.

* Broad, non-specific location, which we derive from your IP address. Our licenses to deliver music and other content to you are location-specific, so we need to know what country you’re in. This also enables us to make suggestions based on your general location, like concerts or performances.

* The music you listen to and your interactions with the Service. This allows us to make recommendations to you and suggest relevant content. You can choose whether or not to share this information with your friends, followers, or the public.

* Technical and sensor information necessary to operate Spotify. This includes the type of browser and device you use, data from the touchscreen, and information from your device’s accelerometer and gyroscope sensors. This enables you to control Spotify and allows us to do simple things like rotate videos and recommend music based on whether you’re sitting still or running.

The second category includes information that enables us to offer you additional features. We never receive any of the following information unless you expressly choose to share it with us. It’s as simple as that. Here are some examples:

* Your specific location: We will never gather or use your specific device location without first getting your explicit permission. This information enables us to create collaborative listening experiences (only with others who have also given permission), and to provide even better recommendations about locally popular music, live venues, and concerts.

*Your photos: We will only access images that you specifically choose, and we will never scan or import your photo library or camera roll. This allows you to choose individual pictures to change your profile picture or create cover art for a playlist. You can stop sharing photos and revoke access at any time.

*Your contacts: We will never scan or import your contacts unless you ask us to. If you choose to do so, we will only use your contact information to help you find friends or contacts who use Spotify.

*Your microphone: We will never access or use your microphone unless you give us explicit permission. This could enable you to control Spotify with your voice, and you will alway have the ability to disable access to the microphone.

The distinction between these two categories is important. Information in the first category is information you must provide in order to use Spotify. When you agree to our Privacy Policy, you give us the right to collect this information and use it for the purposes described. Information in the second category is information we will only collect if you explicitly give us permission to do so in the future. For this second category of information, we will ask for your permission before first accessing it, we will describe how we will use it if you give us permission, we will only use the information for the purpose we described, and you will always have the ability to change your mind and revoke that permission. Acceptance of our Privacy Policy does not mean you have granted us permission to access or use information in the second category; we’re just explaining to you that one day we might ask you for that permission.

**We will be clear with you about how and when we might share information.**

In some contexts, we will share certain information. For example, like most services, if you sign up for Spotify through a third party like Facebook or a mobile provider, we share some information with them and they share some information with us in order to enable your account. And we also share de-identified information with our music industry partners to help them understand how the content they license to us is performing, with marketing partners who help us with promotional efforts, and with advertisers that allow us to offer a free service. There also may be times when you want us to share information. For example, when you make playlists, you might want those playlists to be visible to your friends… and you might not. Similarly, you can ask us to share information (like your email address) with artists or record labels, or other partners who may want to directly send you news or promotional offers, but you can also revoke that permission at any time.


We hope this helps you to understand our privacy commitments to you. Now, the details await you below, but please remember that this Introduction is part of the Privacy Policy itself — it’s our promise to you. If you ever have any questions or concerns, then please let us know at

Spotify Predicts the Winners of the MTV Video Music Awards

Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” predicted to win Video of the Year; The Weeknd’s “Earned It” to take home the moonman for Best Male Video; Sia’s “Elastic Heart” to win Best Female Video according to Spotify streams

>Listen to the playlist

In anticipation of the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 30t, Spotify has predicted the winners for the top music categories including Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Female Video, Best Hip Hop Video, Best Pop Video, Best Rock Video, Best Collaboration and Artist to Watch.

The VMA winner predictions are based on which artists and songs have been most listened to by Spotify’s 75 million music fans.

The competition for Video of the Year is male-heavy, with some of today’s hottest artists in the running including Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar – with Sheeran (also Spotify’s most-streamed artist in 2014) coming out on top among Spotify listeners for Thinking Out Loud. The Weeknd beats out Sheeran and Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson for Best Male Video as the predicted winner for Earned It, with Spotify users predicting Sia to take home the moonman for Elastic Heart over Beyonce’s 7/11 and Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda for Best Female Video.

Newcomer Fetty Wap is predicted to sweep Best Hip Hop Video with his uber-catchy summer hit Trap Queen, which also nets out as Spotify’s most streamed song from all the VMA nominees combined in 2015 so far, making him the night’s prediction for Artist to Watch.

Spotify’s full list of predicted winners follows.


  1. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  2. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  3. Beyoncé – 7/11
  4. Nicki Minaj – Feeling Myself (If it were nominated)
  5. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
  6. Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood*


  1. The Weeknd – Earned It
  2. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  3. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  4. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
  5. Nick Jonas – Chains


  1. Sia – Elastic Heart
  2. Beyoncé – 7/11
  3. Nicki Minaj – Anaconda
  4. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
  5. Taylor Swift – Blank Space*


  1. Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
  2. Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – See You Again
  3. Sia – Elastic Heart
  4. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
  5. Big Sean ft. E-40 – IDFWU
  6. Nicki Minaj – Anaconda


  1. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  2. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  3. Beyoncé – 7/11
  4. Maroon 5 – Sugar
  5. Taylor Swift – Blank Space*


  1. Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance
  2. Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman
  3. Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
  4. Hozier – Take Me To Church
  5. Florence + the Machine – Ship To Wreck


  1. Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – See You Again
  2. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  3. Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – Love Me Harder
  4. Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
  5. Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – Bad Blood*

ARTIST TO WATCH ( ranked by total number of artist streams)

  1. Fetty Wap
  2. James Bay
  3. Vance Joy
  4. George Ezra
  5. FKA twigs

Spotify also ranked the most streamed songs from all the categories combined, creating a comprehensive VMA nominee playlist below to help viewers celebrate before Sunday.

MTV Video Music Awards Nominees – 2015:

    1. Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
    2. Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth – See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth)
    3. WALK THE MOON – Shut Up and Dance
    4. The Weeknd – Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) – From The “Fifty Shades Of Grey” Soundtrack”
    5. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
    6. Mark Ronson,Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
    7. Sia – Elastic Heart
    8. Beyonce – 7/11       
    9. Nicki Minaj,Beyoncé – Feeling Myself
    10. Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
    11. Ariana Grande,The Weeknd – Love Me Harder
    12. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
    13. Big Sean,Kanye West,John Legend – One Man Can Change The World
    14. Nick Jonas – Chains
    15. Big Sean, E-40 – IDFWU
    16. Nicki Minaj – Anaconda
    17. Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
    18. Colbie Caillat – Try
    19. Wale – The White Shoes
    20. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do – From “Fifty Shades Of Grey”
    21. Hozier – Take Me To Church
    22. Maroon 5 – Sugar
    23. Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
    24. Rihanna – American Oxygen
    25. Jennifer Hudson – I Still Love You
    26. Florence + The Machine – Ship To Wreck


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 We’re listening to you and we take your concerns very seriously.



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.


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