April 27, 2010
Today, Spotify announces a major evolution of its service.
In what marks our most significant upgrade since Spotify’s launch in late 2008, we’re introducing a wide range of exclusive new features that will not only allow our users to discover, share and manage music more effectively, but make the overall Spotify experience more enjoyable and expansive.
The major innovation is that of the fully-customisable ‘Spotify Music Profile’. Allowing users to better share music with friends, it works in three distinct ways:
Build your Spotify Music Profile by adding friends and other Spotify users to your ‘People’ sidebar, to the right of the screen.
Connect to Facebook: You can now connect to Facebook through Spotify, allowing you to add friends (who have done the same) into your Spotify profile.
Add Spotify users: You can also add other Spotify users by simply searching for them by username. For example, searching under ‘spotify:user:username’ will bring up their profile (if published).
Publish a link to your Spotify Music Profile anywhere on the web.
Publish your Profile: This allows your friends to follow your musical tastes, top artists and favourite tracks and albums by publishing your profile to your Facebook page, blog, personal website or indeed, anywhere on the web you choose. Your weekly top six tracks and artists can also be published.
DISCOVER & SHARE
A number of new and exciting social functions will allow you to discover and share music like never before.
Inbox: A great way to share. Simply drag and drop a track or album over a friend’s name and it will appear in their ‘Inbox’.
Facebook ‘Feed’: Music your friends have posted on Facebook will be visible in the unique ‘Feed’ section.
Popularity Count: Playlists you’ve posted will display how many times they’ve been added by your friends. Clicking on the number brings up their names.
In another significant innovation, the ‘Library’ function will transform Spotify into a total music management platform , enabling you to combine your personal music library with ours and browse it with ease via the ‘Filter’ bar.
The three key features of the ‘Library’ are:
Tracks that you add to Spotify locally can be saved to playlists and transferred to your mobile phone without connecting a USB cable.
Every track or album on Spotify can now be ‘starred’, allowing you to tag/bookmark your favourites into a special sub-folder.
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 files shared as part of a playlist will also be playable if matched with tracks in the Spotify catalogue.
Daniel Ek, CEO and founder of Spotify, comments: “Today Spotify has moved a step closer to making music more connected, and realizing our dream of becoming THE music platform. We want to empower users to share and discover music in a way that hasn’t been possible up until now. It’s never been easier to enjoy music together.”
The update will begin rolling out to both our Free and Premium users from 9am GMT today.
Spotify is an innovative music management platform created with the vision of offering music fans a legal and superior quality user alternative to music piracy. Spotify provides instant access to whatever music you want, whenever and wherever you want it, through a simple, clean and quick to use platform whilst supporting the music industry via an ad-supported, free-to-the-user model and a Premium, paid subscription model. With access to millions of songs in high quality audio through your computer, on your mobile and beyond, Spotify makes it easier than ever to play and share music legally.
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