Spotify archive

  • Spotify phones coming soon?
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    Spotify phones coming soon?

    By 8 October 2009

    Spotify has announced that it has signed a deal with Swedish broadband supplier and mobile network Telia. The two companies have agreed to "co-operate" for 2 years, with Telia helping to develop the streaming music service on computers, mobile phones...

  • Spotify is 1 year old
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    Spotify is 1 year old

    By 7 October 2009

    Gosh - how time flies. Streaming music service Spotify is 1 year old today. The company opened up its service into private beta on 7 October 2008, and was roundly ignored by most of the world's media. Following hyperbolic blog posts from the few people...

  • Unlimited music service Sky Songs hits beta
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    Unlimited music service Sky Songs hits beta

    By 2 October 2009

    It's been well over a year since UK broadcaster Sky officially announced plans to create an unlimited music service, and it's only now just about to go into a limited beta testing phase. Called "Sky Songs", there's a website up and running now with a...

  • Spotify brings offline playback to desktop
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    Spotify brings offline playback to desktop

    By 1 October 2009

    Spotify has announced that Premium users will shortly be able to access on their desktop the same "Offline mode" that exists on mobile versions of the streaming music company's software. Subscribers will be able to right-click their playlists and select...

  • Spotify adds PayPal payment option
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    Spotify adds PayPal payment option

    By 30 September 2009

    Spotify has finally caved in to popular demand and added a PayPal payment option to its subscription services. Until now, the site only accepted Visa and Mastercard, meaning that many people without credit cards weren't able to switch to Premium. PalPal...

  • Spotify iPhone app gets updated
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    Spotify iPhone app gets updated

    By 28 September 2009

    Spotify has submitted a revised version of its iPhone application to Apple which contains a few small updates. There's some bug fixes - Spotify says that the "general stability" of the app is improved - and there's also a couple of new features. Firstly,...

  • Spotify Premium subscriber percentage not double digits
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    Spotify Premium subscriber percentage not double digits

    By 18 September 2009

    Spotify's CEO, Daniel Ek, has revealed that paid subscriber numbers are still low, despite the surge in popularity following the release of applications for the iPhone and Android mobile phones which require a premium subscription. He made the disclosure...

  • Spotify goes back to invite-only in the UK
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    Spotify goes back to invite-only in the UK

    By 10 September 2009

    Streaming music service Spotify, which recently launched mobile applications for the Android and iPhone platforms, has been forced to go back to invite-only status thanks to the vast amounts of new people accessing the service. In a blog post, the company...

  • Spotify takes number one spot in App Store
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    Spotify takes number one spot in App Store

    By 9 September 2009

    Spotify has become the number one free app in the Apple iTunes store in less than 48 hours. The audio streaming app that needs a premium subscription to make it work has clearly proved popular following a wave of publicity starting on Sunday to become...

  • Spotify App: iPhone versus Android
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    Spotify App: iPhone versus Android

    By 7 September 2009

    Picture the scene. You love the desktop version of Spotify, but you don't have a phone that works with the mobile version. So you go out to buy a smartphone. You've got to pick between an Android handset like the HTC Hero or Galaxy i7500, and the iPhone....

  • Offline mode for Spotify desktop app confirmed
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    Offline mode for Spotify desktop app confirmed

    By 7 September 2009

    It looks like an offline mode for the desktop Spotify application is in the works. The presence of such a feature has been long-requested by users, but appears to be finally on the cards due to wording in the T&Cs of the mobile app. Point number 6, under...

  • Spotify iPhone app goes live
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    Spotify iPhone app goes live

    By 7 September 2009

    Following its approval last month music, streaming service Spotify has gone live in the Apple app store for UK iTunes users to download. The controversial app breaks new ground for Apple as it is the first app to offer similar functions core to the device...

  • Samsung concept TV music service to go against Spotify
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    Samsung concept TV music service to go against Spotify

    By 3 September 2009

    Samsung has said that it will continue to push forward with its range of internet enabled TVs, offering users a range of widgets and information live to their screen while they zone out watching their favourite movie or soap. While most of the new services...

  • Napster confirms no streaming music iPhone app
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    Napster confirms no streaming music iPhone app

    By 2 September 2009

    Napster has admitted that unlike its rivals, it has no plans for a streaming music service on the iPhone. A spokesperson for the company put the blame on " high licensing fees for streaming to a mobile phone". Napster says that it wouldn't be able to...

  • Five facts about the Spotify iPhone App
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    Five facts about the Spotify iPhone App

    By 28 August 2009

    Apple set music geek hearts on fire on Thursday, as it confirmed that it has approved Spotify's iPhone application for distribution on the App Store. But there's not a lot of detail that's been given about the application itself. Here's five things that...

  • Apple approves Spotify iPhone app
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    Apple approves Spotify iPhone app

    By 27 August 2009

    Apple is saying that it has confirmed Spotify's iPhone application. A spokesperson for the company told PaidContent UK: "The current status as of right now is it's been approved and we hope to add the app to the more than 65,000 apps on the app store...

  • Spotify makes more cash for Universal than iTunes
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    Spotify makes more cash for Universal than iTunes

    By 26 August 2009

    Universal Music Sweden has admitted that Spotify makes it more money than iTunes does. "In five months from the launch, Spotify became our largest digital source of income and so passed by iTunes", said Per Sundin, managing director of Universal Music....

  • Spotify hikes annual subscription prices
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    Spotify hikes annual subscription prices

    By 26 August 2009

    In the last few days, Spotify has quietly upped its annual subscriber price, from £99.99 to £119.88. Now it matches the cost of subscribing monthly, which is £9.99 every month. We inquired with the company as to the reason behind the move, and were...

  • Droidify pulled from App Market
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    Droidify pulled from App Market

    By 21 August 2009

    That didn't last long. The Droidify unofficial Android Spotify application which made its way onto the App Market the other day has already been pulled. The developer of the app said on his Twitter page: "Just talked to @gustavs of Spotify and we agreed...

  • INQ chairman to sit on Spotify board
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    INQ chairman to sit on Spotify board

    By 21 August 2009

    Spotify has only confirmed officially that it's working on iPhone and Android handsets, but there's a strong possibility that the next generation of INQ handsets will have Spotify integration, given the appointment of INQ CEO Frank Meehan to Spotify's...

  • Spotify Android app now available
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    Spotify Android app now available

    By 18 August 2009

    There's a Spotifty application in the Android marketplace, but before you get too excited - it's not an official one. It's called Droidify and has been put together by a Swedish coder who got bored of waiting for the legitimate version. From the video...

  • Spotify to launch in China
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    Spotify to launch in China

    By 13 August 2009

    Spotify has announced a partnership with Chinese media company Tom Group, which will see the music streaming service launching in the world's most populous country. Tom Group, which has done similar deals before with Skype and eBay, has 300 million users...

  • 78% won't pay for streaming music
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    78% won't pay for streaming music

    By 10 August 2009

    A survey from umbrella-body UK Music has revealed that premium streaming services like Spotify and Napster may be in trouble. 78% of 1,808 respondents aged 14 to 24 said that they don't want to pay for a streaming music service - down from last year's...

  • BT plans music subscription service
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    BT plans music subscription service

    By 6 August 2009

    BT is reportedly in early discussions with execs at all four major labels to try and build a legal music subscription service to rival the vague plans that Sky says it has about a similar initiative. Sky says that it's reached agreements with EMI and...

  • 3 in negotiations with Spotify
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    3 in negotiations with Spotify

    By 5 August 2009

    According to New Media Age, streaming music wunderkind Spotify is in "advanced negotiations" with phone network 3, in order to distribute its mobile application to 3's 4.4 million subscribers. That's all well and good, except that 3 doesn't have any Android...