Take a sneak peek at Spotify’s new experience with Running, activity-based playlists and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2015

An iDownloadBlog reader has sent in a number of gorgeous screenshots of Spotify’s major iPhone revamp. The software was just released to Spotify’s beta testers a few hours ago ahead of its impending public release.

You may have heard Spotify stepped on Apple’s toes with the announcement of new media types like news, video and podcasts, along with a flurry of feature additions like activity-based playlists, a cool Running feature and more.

With that in mind, we urge you to take a look at the screenshots included below and see for yourself how the new Spotify experience on mobile looks like. Read More

 

Spotify rolls out podcasts, video, news, Running feature, activity-based playlists and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2015

Spotify is determined to give Apple’s vertically integrated iTunes ecosystem a run for its money. At a media event in New York City, the Swedish streaming-music startup has moved into video, as previously suspected.

The service will now host video podcasts and other types of video content like news, much like Apple’s iTunes. According to TechCrunch, Spotify will also serve up playlists that are more personalized and relevant to what you’re doing at the time.

Apple-owned Beats Music also features activity-based playlists, mostly human curated, so this is another shot across Apple’s bow. Read More

 

Spotify and Starbucks sign multi-year streaming music partnership, should Apple be worried?

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2015

How times change. It used to be that Starbucks would partner with Apple on any relevant music-focused initiative. But as the balance of power has slowly but surely shifted from music downloads to streaming, Apple is no longer the preferred partner.

Announced Tuesday, a potentially far-reaching partnership between the U.S.-based coffeehouse chain and Spotify, the world’s leading streaming-music service hailing from Sweden, will see Starbucks promote premium Spotify subscription tiers while granting Spotify users access to Starbucks’ rewards program. Read More

 

Starbucks, Spotify ink big deal that gives employees Premium subscription

By Jake Smith on May 18, 2015

While it’s been a partner of iTunes in the past, Starbucks announced on Monday a big partnership with Spotify that will link its 7,000 stores in the US and 10 million My Starbucks Rewards loyalty members with Spotify’s 60 million global users.

Most notably, Starbucks’ 150,000 US-based employees will receive a free Spotify Premium subscription in the coming weeks, followed shortly thereafter by employees in Canada and the UK. Spotify Premium is priced at $10 per month. Read More

 

Music labels ostensibly applying pressure on Spotify to ditch free service for 3-month trial

By Christian Zibreg on May 15, 2015

In another sign that Apple may have conspired with major record labels to kill free music streaming, Digital Music News is now reporting that both Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment are pressuring Spotify, the leading subscription streaming-music service, to end its free, ad-supported service and instead limit music lovers to a three-month free trial.

As previously reported, Apple’s alleged backing of these efforts have prompted scrutiny from the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the European Union’s Competition Commission into Apple’s business practices in the music space. Read More

 

Spotify could move into video later this month as Apple targets streaming music

By Christian Zibreg on May 8, 2015

Spotify, the world’s leading music-streaming service with sixty million listeners on a free tier and fifteen million accounts on its $9.99 per month tier, could start integrating video into its service as early as this month, according to a report published Friday by The Wall Street Journal.

A video-streaming service should complement Spotify’s music platform. The company reportedly has the likes of Facebook and YouTube in its sight, the latter working on a paid subscription service of its own.

Google’s Music Key allows Play Music subscribers to watch ad-free music videos on YouTube and Jay Z’s Tidal includes access to music videos in its subscription and will soon live-stream concerts and related events to users. Rdio briefly experimented with video, too, but pulled that service over lack of interest.

Earlier today, the privately owned Swedish startup sent out invites for a May 20 press event in New York City ahead of Apple’s Beats Music relaunch at WWDC next month.

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How to control Spotify with Siri

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 14, 2015

As most of you guys know, I’m a huge Spotify fan. I’ve been using the service ever since it appeared on US shores, and it’s by far the best music streaming service in my opinion.

One thing that I’ve always missed about Spotify when compared to the stock Music app, is the ability to control my tunes via Siri. With the stock Music app, you can use Siri to play any song in your library, or play a music station using iTunes Radio. Spotify? Not so much.

That all changed a few days ago when developer Zaid Elkurdi released Assistant+. With a little finagling, you can get Assistant+ to interface with Spotify on a limited basis. But with Zaid’s new add-on called SpotifySiriControls, you can do a whole lot more. Read More

 

Sony’s PlayStation Music goes live in 41 countries with Spotify integration

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2015

After years of trying to make a dent in the music space with its ill-fated services like Music Unlimited, Sony back in January threw in the towel by announcing a partnership with Spotify, the leading music-streaming service.

Monday, the Japanese company has delivered on that promise with the launch of the new PlayStation Music service with Spotify integration. Available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 console as well as on Sony’s Xperia smartphones and tablets, the service brings 30 million songs to users in 41 markets around the world. Read More

 

Spotify announces Musixmatch lyrics integration in desktop apps and other goodies

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Spotify, the world’s top music-streaming service, on Thursday announced its desktop apps will be soon getting Musixmatch-powered lyrics engine, making it easy for music lovers to access song lyrics on their Mac or Windows PCs and sing along to their favorite tracks.

Established in early 2010 by Massimo Ciociola and a group of co-founders, the startup, which has offices in Italy’s Bologna, UK’s London and US’s New York, has more than seven million lyrics in 38 languages.

In addition to Spotify integration, Musixmatch is also available as a standalone iPhone and iPad application, available at no cost in the App Store. Read More

 

Spotify arriving to PlayStation as Sony axes its ill-fated Music Unlimited service

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2015

Sony has finally pulled the plug on its unsuccessful music-streaming service, Music Unlimited.

Destined to be shut down on March 29, 2015, it’ll be succeeded by a new Sony service called PlayStation Music and based entirely on the Spotify service and its backend.

From the get-go, the new service will have full access to over 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists on Spotify.

PlayStation Music will be debuting this Spring in 41 markets and be available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles, as well as on the Xperia smartphones and tablets. Support for other mobile and desktop devices will be added at a later stage. Read More

 

Spotify introduces Touch Preview for songs, albums, artists and playlists

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 22, 2015

The leading music-streaming startup Spotify on Thursday announced a better way to preview music using new gestures in its iOS app. Dubbed Touch Preview, the feature allows music lovers to get a sneak peek of any playlist, song, album or artist by holding down their finger to start the music playing instantly.

“It means less time looking for the perfect music, and more time actually listening to it,” wrote the company. Read More

 

Spotify now has 15 million subscribers, 60 million active users

By Jake Smith on Jan 12, 2015

Spotify now has 15 million subscribers paying for its premium features and 60 million active users total, the music streaming giant announced on its blog on Monday.

The new numbers on Monday compare to number two months ago when the company said it had 12.5 million paying users out of 50 million subscribers, showing impressive growth for the latter number. Read More

 

Spotify4Me, the Spotify Notification Center widget for Mac

By Lory Gil on Dec 31, 2014

Ever since Apple updated iOS and OS X with the ability to add extensions to Notification Center, I’ve been all about the widgets. On my Mac, I’ve got weather widgets, to-do lists, countdowns, and package trackers. I love them. I want more.

Spotify4Me is a Notification Center extension that adds song skip and volume controls to your Today View. It may not do much, but what it does, it does right. Read More

 

Spotify gains iPhone 6 support, adds new ‘Top Tracks in Your Network’ playlist

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2014

Better late than never: Spotify, the popular music-streaming service hailing from Sweden, today at last gave its iOS clientproper support for the new iPhone screen resolutions so it no longer runs scaled on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

More importantly, version 2.2 has added the “Top Tracks in Your Network” playlist which shows the most played songs among the people you follow.

Top Tracks in Your Network rolling out as we speak to all users and can be found under the new Top Tracks button in the Browse section of the Spotify app. Read More

 

New Spotify premium users: Your first three months will only be $0.99

By Jake Smith on Dec 3, 2014

Spotify is getting in the holiday spirit, announcing Wednesday that users can grab its Premium offering at only $0.99 for the first three months. Not a shabby deal.  Read More

 

‘Everest’ lets you control the Music app and Spotify using banner notifications

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 18, 2014

Everest is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows you to control your music via banner notifications invoked by an Activator gesture. Along with the stock Music app, you can use Everest to control music from Spotify.

If you’re looking for an alternative to controlling your music with Control Center, then Everest is a legitimate option. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what I mean. Read More

 

Spotify could soon start serving podcasts

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2014

According to code strings that developer Ethan Lee uncovered from a beta version of the Spotify 2.0 app, podcasts may be coming soon to the world’s most popular streaming-music service hailing from Sweden.

Code strings directly reference podcast subscriptions, giving hope that users will be able to listen to the latest episode of their favorite podcast, in addition to streaming their music, right inside Spotify’s mobile and desktop app. Read More

 

Spotify users can now control the tunes when in an Uber

By Jake Smith on Nov 17, 2014

Spotify has announced in a (now pulled) blog post that users can choose the music they hear when riding in an Uber, making the taxi-like service a bit more personalized. Now when you book a car with the ridesharing service, Spotify will be the soundtrack to your Uber ride and you’ll no longer have to sit through the driver’s taste in music. Read More

 

Artists now receiving more revenue from Spotify than iTunes in Europe

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2014

Spotify seems to have surpassed iTunes in Europe where royalty payments from the popular streaming-music service is now earning artists more revenue than Apple’s stagnant music store, which to this date continues to sell music downloads and does not offer all-you-can-eat subscriptions.

At least that’s the key takeaway from a survey conducted by Kobalt Music Publishing, which collects royalties on behalf of 6,000 songwriters and music makers in Europe.

According to the data cited Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, Spotify in Europe brought artists an average of thirteen percent more revenue versus iTunes during the first quarter of 2014.

The data seems to corroborate recent findings by the Recording Industry Association of America which found that digital music sales on iTunes dropped between thirteen and fourteen percent globally since the start of this year, with Apple officially confirming the drop in its SEC filing. Read More

 

Spotify for iPad overhauled with dark UI, gains Your Music feature

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2014

Spotify, the leading music-streaming service hailing from Sweden, gave its iPad app on Thursday a little love. For starters, the team has crafted Skype for iPad’s user interface around an all-new dark look.

As a result, Spotify at last has consistent appearance on the iPad, iPhone and Mac — down to the same dark theme, precise typography and rounded iconography.

Moreover, the Your Music feature which debuted in the iPhone edition in April 2014 is now available on the iPad, too. Representing a better way to save, organize and browse your favorite songs, Your Music is a replacement to user-generated playlists. With Your Music, you can add tracks which sync across every device, without having to create playlists or use the starring feature that lumps all starred songs into a huge list.

Download Spotify free of charge in the App Store. Read More

 
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