Hallo Nederland

Today we’re delighted to introduce Spotify to The Netherlands. The Netherlands will be the seventh country that Spotify is available in and we’re very excited to bring you all a new way to listen to music.

For those of you who are hearing about Spotify for the first time and are curious for more information, have a look around our website where you can read all about us, check out our new social and local music files features and work out which of the products we offer is best for you.

And for those of you who have been dying to use Spotify in The Netherlands then the wait is over.

Go and sign up now!

Also, as part of our launch we’ve got a brand new track recorded by the duo Guus Meeuwis and Marco Borsato. The new track, Schouder aan Schouder, is the first time these close friends have worked together and is available exclusively on Spotify before it’s release..

Over the coming weeks we’ll be bringing you more information about what Spotify is all about and some of the news about what we’ve got going on in The Netherlands, so stay tuned…..

Introducing Spotify Open and Unlimited

A few weeks back we released the next generation of Spotify and today we’re excited to offer you even more ways to get the most out of Spotify with the introduction of Spotify Open and Spotify Unlimited.

First up is Spotify Unlimited, which offers you round-the-clock, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. Create playlists, build your own library, share music with friends – and all for only €5 a month.

Also available from today is Spotify Open. Open offers new Spotify users the chance to try out the service without the need for an invite, giving access to millions of tracks for up to 20 hours every month – that’s equivalent to listening to 25 albums or 300 tracks EVERY month!

So if you’ve got friends who haven’t managed to get an invite but have been dying to get on Spotify, let them know about Spotify Open.

We’re really excited to offer more choices for users and existing users who are happy with their current plan won’t be affected by these updates.

To view a full comparison of all the products that we now offer head over to the products overview page.

Win great Spotify prizes courtesy of Tutti Frutti

Do you have this summer’s best playlist? Then spread the joy of Tutti Frutti and win some great Spotify prizes!

Upload your best playlist on www.spreadthejoy.se and the more you spread your playlist the better chance you have of winning. Don’t forget to invite your friends on Facebook and Twitter to subscribe to your playlist!

The most subscribed playlist of the month will become Tutti Fruttis official playlist. Listen Tutti Fruttis official track list here: Spread The Joy

The two most subscribed to playlists will win an Android phone along with a Spotify Premium subscription.

Competition runs 1/5 until 31/8 2010th

Spotify for iPhone 0.4.5 available

We have a update of our iPhone app to let you know about – version 0.4.5 is now available in the App store for download. This update brings a few of the new social features that we’ve launched on the desktop to your mobile phone as well.

Some of the updates included are:

  • The new Inbox to received tracks from friends has been added
  • The app will now automatically try to find a replacement for any track you can’t play.
  • Facebook and Twitter sharing use in-app browser rather than opening Safari
  • Years are shown in artist and album views

Many of you have also been patiently waiting for new versions of our other mobile apps and they are on the way soon, stay tuned!

Spotify Premium, Happy Go Lucky

They’ve been away for a while. Rumors had it that they were quitting but Empire Dogs have never had any plans to go quietly. Now they’re back with a brand new album Happy Go Lucky, which is to be released on May 19th. But Spotify listeners can listen to the whole album from today!

The album is the much anticipated follow up to 2004’s Empire Dogs – Love Attacks!!! The sound has changed a bit but there won’t be any doubt that you’re listening to the same band. Even though they went to India for a few gigs in the summer of 2006. The long process of making the new album has meant that they have had time to set up collaborations with Swedish artists and producers like Fabian Thorsson, Jocke Åhlund (The Teddybears) and Ola Salo (The Ark).

Swedish listeners can also win Spotify Premium accounts and Premium users can also win signed copies of “Happy Go Lucky”. Find out more here!

Spotify Premium, Band Of Horses new album

Band of Horses, the Low Country’s premier rock n’ roll outfit, release their third full length LP, Infinite Arms on May 17th. Starting today Spotify Premium listeners in the Nordics, UK and Spain can listen to the album before its full release next week.

Band of Horses are Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds. Band founding member, Bridwell, himself concedes, “in many ways, this is the first Band of Horses record” as long time touring members Ramsey and Reynolds have only just officially joined the band since touring their last record ‘Cease to Begin’.

Infinite Arms was produced by Band of Horses with additional production from Phil Ek, mixed by Dave Sardy, and recorded over a 16-month period. The album songs project the essence of the different locales across America that became the setting for the recording and songwriting process behind the album. Enjoy!

Spotify Premium, Alexandra Burke in concert

Alexandra Burke won the British X-Factor competition in 2008 and has taken over the pop charts in Europe with her debut single, Bad Boys (feat. Flo-Rida). With the help of Swedish producer RedOne, Ne-Yo and Stargate she released her album, Overcome, earlier this year including the UK smash singles, All Night Long, and Broken Heels.

On May 15th Alexandra will be in Stockholm to perform at an exclusive showcase at Café Opera and Spotify users have the chance to compete for places on the guestlist (50 in total). In addition to that, Spotify Premium users also have the chance to meet Alexandra Burke in person and take a photo with the superstar after the show. To get you in the mood Alexandra put together her very own Spotify playlist which she would like to share with you. Click here to take part in the competition for free tickets.

Spotify Premium, Melanie Fiona tickets

Canadian soulstress Melanie Fiona released her debut album, The Bridge, last summer after gaining attention for the first single, Give It to Me Right, which showcases the album’s blend of soul, R&B, reggae, hip hop and pop. Over the last few months current single, Monday Morning, has topped the charts in various countries across Europe and the track has now started to climb the Swedish charts.

Therefore, the timing couldn’t be any better for a break on her tour with Alicia Keys as Melanie’s coming to Stockholm for an exclusive showcase on Tuesday May 11th. Head over to the competition site where five Spotify Premium users will have the chance to win a pair of tickets to see her perform live at Södra Bar, Mosebacke. Good luck! But hey, that’s not all. Starting Monday five remixes of It Kills Me will be available exclusively for one week on the premium service in Sweden.

Spotify Premium, Take Heart

After years of traveling around trying everything from being a monk to a piano man in Dubai, Ola Joyce has finally settled down in Sweden again just as he’s starting to get recognition as an artist. You might have heard his EP Window Shopping already as well as TV-known Pretty People Don’t Go to Heaven and his current single Beautiful Loser. Now it’s finally time for his debut album Happily Suppressed to be released which features all of the three mentioned titles and starting today Spotify Premium users in Sweden can listen to the album which is being released on Wednesday.

If you want check out Ola’s personal favourites check out his Digster playlist and if you head over to his website you can get a signed copy of the album when pre-booking .