Enjoy DJ Shadow’s full album pre-release stream

DJ ShadowThe new album from DJ Shadow, The Less You Know The Better, is out this Monday and Spotify Premium users can listen to the whole album upfront exclusively now. The album features collaborations Tom Vek and Little Dragon.
Click here to listen now!

DJ Shadow is considered one of the most important, if not THE most important, artists in the history of instrumental hip hop, having pretty much defined the genre on his 1996 album, Endtroducing, in which he introduced the world to the idea that a whole album could be build up completely from samples.  Since then Shadow was part of the UNKLE line up that released Psyence Fiction and released 2 further solo albums, 2002’s The Private Press and 2006’s The Outsider, developing and changing as an artist with every move

DJ Shadow is currently on a year long world tour, on which, like his music, he is pushing the boundaries of DJ Culture, performing in a 360 degree, fully enclosed shadow sphere, swathed in projections making for a unique audio-visual experience.

Find out more about DJ Shadow, in his own words, here.

Look out for the Deluxe Edition of the album available from Monday.

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!

James Morrison The Awakening – Exclusive Album Premiere on Spotify

James Morrison releases his incredible third album The Awakening on Monday and Spotify listeners can hear it here first before anyone else! Listen to the album including an exclusive version of Slave To The Music here.

The album was produced by Bernard Butler and was recorded at Konk studios in London and follows the huge global success of James’s previous two albums Songs For You, Truths For Me and the chart-topping Undiscovered which, together, have sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide.

James Morrison said; “Working with Bernard Butler on this album has brought a whole new dimension to the songs. For me this album combines influences stemming from my deep love for classic soul – Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding – with a sound that is contemporary. Making the album coincided with some very big changes in my life and I think it’s very evident from the music that this is the album I not only wanted to make but that I actually had to make right now”.

The Awakening includes an amazing collaboration with one of 2011’s biggest breakthrough artists Jessie J on the track “Up”.

Listen to The Awakening now on Spotify!

Your chance to get 2 VIP Tickets to Last.fm Live Fridays

Last.fm Live Fridays
Last.fm Presents Live Fridays is coming. A night curated by Last.fm users from what they’ve been listening to on their hype charts. Taking place on 7th October at the Relentless Garage in London, the night will be headlined by CocknBullKid and supported by Jess Mills and I Am Harlequin, all sewn up with an indie pop tag for the night.

The Last.fm DJs will also be down there spinning some tracks for an indie disco afterwards. For more information on the gig head to www.last.fm/presents to listen to the artist radio to get you in the mood. You can also suggest what indie pop floorfillers you want playing on the night!

We have a VIP pair of tickets to offer for the show. All you have to do is post on the comments below the best playlist you have found thanks to a friend, and the reason why you think the playlist is so good!

We’ll contact the winner by email. You have until the 26th of September to participate.

Good luck!

Win a signed guitar by The Kooks and a year’s free Premium membership

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).

To win a signed guitar and a year’s free Premium membership, you just need to subscribe to their playlists.

Your chance to get free tickets, a year of Premium and check this week’s music news

This week we invite you to check CANT, the new project from Chris Taylor. The Fly said of it: “There’s little here that falls short of brilliance”. But don’t take their word for it, listen for yourself here.

We have also a pre-release of the new single and album of Ungdomskulen! Come and check them out.

And last but not least, two nice competitions for you to participate in.

To all Imelda May fans out there – this is your chance to win a More Mayhem party pack featuring signed music, vinyl and other Imelda May merchandise.

Click here to continue to the competition page.

And, if you are also a fan of Laura Marling, we’re giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets, including travel and accommodation, to see her perform live on one of her current UK tour dates, plus a chance to win a year’s subscription to Spotify Premium.

You can participate on this competition on Laura’s competition page.

Winners will be notified via email – good luck!

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.