Spotify – the next generation

This morning we’re really excited to announce a major evolution of Spotify. Today we begin rolling out Spotify version 0.4.3 which includes the largest feature upgrade since our launch in late 2008.

To kick it off we’ve added a number of social features, centered on a fully editable Spotify music profile, with the ability to publish playlists, top artists and top tracks for public view. Discovering these profiles is simple as we’ve connected with Facebook so that you can instantly add your friends’ profiles.

As well as introducing a variety of new social features, Spotify is evolving into a total music management platform. We’ve added a ‘Library’ folder in the left side bar, enabling you to combine your own music library with ours.

But before we get into all the details, we’ve put together a little video which will walk you through some of the new features.

That’s a taste of some of the new features we’ve added but there’s a fair bit more, in fact we’ve added over a dozen new features and improvements to this release. The full list of new features, which will be made available to both free and premium users, includes:


  • Connect to Facebook: you can connect to Facebook inside of Spotify, instantly adding all your Facebook friends who’ve selected the same feature. Your friends’ profiles will appear in a new ‘People’ sidebar at the right of the screen, with your personal profile at the top.
  • Add usernames: you can also add people by typing their Spotify username, should you know it, into the Spotify search field. For example searching ‘spotify:user:username’ will bring up their profile (if their profile is published).
  • Publish your Spotify profile to the web: easily publish the link to your Spotify profile on your blog, Facebook page, website or anywhere else on the web and allow others to follow your musical journey. For example here’s a link to the official Spotify profile.
  • Inbox: a new ‘inbox’ folder on Spotify’s left sidebar lets you send tracks to friends directly within the platform, simply by dragging and dropping a track to their name in the People sidebar. Alternatively, just right click on the track and select the new ‘send to’ option.
  • Facebook feed: music your friends have posted on Facebook will be visible on the Spotify ‘What’s new’ page and via a new ‘Feed’ tab.
  • Popularity count for playlists: all playlists will show how many other Spotify users are currently subscribed to that playlist. By clicking on the number, you can even see the usernames of those who added the playlist.
  • Track playlist changes: see who and when a track was added to a playlist with the new ‘Added’ and ‘User’ columns in playlists.


  • Local files: missing any music in Spotify? Now you can import a link to all the music files stored on your computer with a simple click of a button.
  • Local file linking: we will check your local files and see if we have that track/artist/album in Spotify. If we do, we’ll make the file linkable so you can easily go from that file into an artist or album page. This allows for better sharing of playlists that contain a mix of your own music and Spotify’s.
  • Starred: every track and album on Spotify can now be ‘starred’ – allowing you to tag all your favourites into a special sub-folder.
  • Wireless sync: you can copy your music files to your mobile without connecting a USB cable with our new wireless sync feature.
  • Filter bar: the library has a permanent filter-bar at the top so you can easily type in what you’re searching for. In all other lists the filter bar is visible when pressing cmd-f (mac) or ctrl-f (windows).
  • Additional features

    • Mosaic images for playlists: the artwork from the first nine tracks in a playlist will create a cool mosaic image for your playlist
    • New toolbar in headers: Sharing music to Facebook/Twitter and your friends is much simpler. Easy to subscribe or unsubscribe to a playlist as well as view information about how popular a playlist is.
    • A share icon in ‘Now playing’ artwork: makes sharing what you’re currently listening to much easier.
    • Automatic track replacement: Spotify will now automatically try to find a replacement for any track you can’t play. So if a friend in another country sends you a playlist with tracks you can’t play or a local file, we’ll search our catalogue and link to a playable track when possible. A ‘link’ icon next to the track name represents replaced tracks.

    So how do you get the new version? We’ve started rolling out the update to users today, however, it will take us a number of days to get it to everyone. Once we’re ready to update your account it will happen automatically upon restart so you won’t need to do anything.

    We’ve been working long and hard on this for the past few months and we really hope you enjoy it!

    Update: For information regarding updating your account please go to our service status page.


    1. Where’s the album length gone that used to be at the top next to the title?

    2. Free accounts, the files stored on your computer have adverts between them. Well that sucks. Sort that one out.

    3. Automatic alpabetisation of playlist, playlist folders and song playcount would be a good idea too.


    4. Pleased to see the local file support; however can we please have track-number so I can add an album to a play-list or to the play queue in the original order rather than ordered alphabetically?
      This is needed for some genres of music more than others I know.

      Personally I’d like FLAC file support but I imagine the patent issues are a nightmare…

      So far – very good indeed. Good work!

    5. Awesome update but I liked the features that showed you how many tracks you had in one folder and how long the playlist is? Also if the album was no longer available it was empty now it’s confusing showing the artists but not being able to select the tracks!!! Could you please sort this out.. Other than that loving Spotify heaps.

    6. Definitely too much duplicate albums. I have Stop The Clocks by Oasis 7, yes seven differnt times under the Oasis page. If the track link worked better by working out say that’s track 7 and has 95% of the correct name, most of which was ruined by Gracenote anyway then it should link itself.

      I know this sounds a bit like moaning but maybe fix it for the next update, just my thought.

    7. Lots of crappy and/or useless features and still no support for headset controls for iphone…

    8. I wish you would give us an alternative to the curre ‘related artists’ feature. The old feature I believe, was purely based on genres, and my wish it that this is updated to mirror your catalogue and given as another option to discover new music. It introduced me to a lot of new bands within the genres I was listening to.

      Whilst the new function does this as well, it does this based on bands popularity, which, it seems to me, makes it harder to break a cycle of recomendations, and even harder to discover more related but less known artists.

      For example, while listening to the Beastie Boys, two related artists given to me were Wolfmother and the White Stripes. Sure, it might be a good piece of information for those who haven’t heard of the bands before. But to present them as related to the Beastie Boys, more than a whole bunch of other bands and artists out there, is pretty useless and can be aggrivating for someone trying to explore a genre.

    9. yeah. but you still aint got nuch OASIS have you?!
      not even wonderwall!

    10. Really Great Changes but one SMALL thing….

      I find the User top 5 tracks and Artists to be really inaccurate – My ‘top song’ is one i’ve listened to about 3 times and they never change order – does this update often? I mean, COLDPLAY are in my top 5 bands for gods sake after I simply used the song ‘Yellow’ for teaching. Listen to other stuff far more and yet apparently its my 3rd favourite song!? Help Please!!

    11. I like the new Spotify alot but why only ride piggy back on Facebook. Why not have a standalone social network. As it is now can’t edit my profile picture or details unless I have a Facebook account. I can add friends but I shouldn’t say it’s easy. Why not make it possible to add friends from other networks such as MSN, ICQ, Twitter or with just an ordinary e-mail address?

      Otherwise the new Spotify is really a step in the right direction.

    12. This week my spotify crashes everytime I click anything. I have a paid account and I have uninstalled and reinstalled 3 times now. There is no support for this and I am loosing my patience. I also get error 301 if I manage to get a rack to play and try to scrobble. The update is great but this needs to be fixed asap!!!

    13. Please add Facebook’s Friends Lists support :) For those with hundreds of fb friends :) Thanks! Spotify is great! :)

    14. I like the ability to add local files. I normally listen to local files and not being able to with Spotify has really limited it’s usefulness before.

      I immediately noticed some issues with it, though! There’s no way to customize the way local files are presented visually. I will give a practical example. I sometimes use multiple values in the artist field. An example could be the song “Islands in the Stream” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. This is useful to me when browsing my library in my “regular” media player because the song would then come up under both DDolly Parton and KKenny Rogers.

      Spotify doesn’t support multivalue fields which is a pity. I mean, it doesn’t have to be hard. Separate values could be separated in the artist column f.ex with a forward slash!

    15. The thing that used to tell me how long a playlist was seems to have vanished. I found that really useful……

    16. love it but can someone explain to me where i can find this special sub-folder where my Starred songs are? Thank you. =]

    17. Is there any radio support in Spotify?, I have looked everywhere and tried importing both m3u and xspf, but spotify don’t find em. So i need to use other music player when I want to change to radio. Will you add this in future release?

    18. When you right click a track, then choose ‘Send To’, then scroll to ‘Spotify People’, a ‘send to all’ feature should be included in that section.

    19. How about adding “Spotify Sync” to Spotify Social? This would play music to several connected users at the same time with each track being synchronized. It would allow users to play music to their friends and enjoy the track in sync. Would be beneficial for people connected through skype or other online voice chat. Have a conversation with your friends.. while listening to the same music. Have a video chat while dancing to the same in sync tune! Heck come on Spotify – you could even incorporate your own voice chat program! It’s a golden opportunity!