Archive for: spotify

Spotify Rolling Out Desktop Update With “Private Listening Mode”.

  • September 29, 2011 8:46 am


It appears Spotify is finally caving to pressure from a growing wave of disgruntled users over the company’s new auto-share-to-Facebook feature. CEO Daniel Ek just tweeted that an update is rolling out that will enable a new “private listening mode” found directly within the Spotify > File menu.

Currently there is an option to turn of the aforementioned feature, though it’s buried in the preferences menu and is labeled with “Get personal recommendations by sending music you play to your Facebook timeline.”

For those of you who were none too pleased with the auto-share feature, is the new private listening mode enough to win you back?

Spotify News Round-up: Response To Criticism Over Facebook Tie-in, Disable Auto Share, And 250,000 Daily Sign ups

  • September 27, 2011 9:56 am

While European markets have been enjoying the service for a couple years now, your typical music label greed has drawn things out much longer than needed. But alas, we’re finally rockin’ out with Spotify, and once again, they’re at the top of tech news around not only the U.S. but the world — though not for a good reason. It seems people are up in arms about the new mandatory Facebook account requirement to sign up for a new Spotify account. If you’re only worry is sharing everything you listen to, there’s a fix.

Also, Spotify is apparently signing up over 250,000 new users per day since activating the aforementioned Facebook account requirement.

More Spotify news after the break…

“Facebook Music” Partners Spotify, Rdio, Mog (And More) Outed Ahead Of F8 Announcement By HTML Code?

  • September 17, 2011 10:49 pm


Facebook’s rumored music service is allegedly going to be uncovered and detailed at the company’s upcoming F8 conference in just a few short days (September 22nd). And while the actual details of Facebook’s event are still a mystery, a Netherlands developer by the name of Yvo Schaap has uncovered a slew of HTML code on a number of popular streaming and online music discovery sites including Mog, Spotify, Rdio, Soundcloud, and more.

The code in question:

More after the break…

Echofi Brings Radio Functionality and Web Portal To Spotify.

  • September 7, 2011 1:33 pm


Fan/user of Spotify? We’ve been a rather frequent user of Spotify ever since the service launched earlier this summer. During that time, however, we’ve had to learn how to split our time between both Spotify and Last.fm for the sole fact that Spotify doesn’t feature a randomized radio feature like Last.fm. Add to that the lack of any web based portal for Spotify users and you can see where the novelty of the European based app wears off. But along comes Andy Smith to save the day with Echofi…

Facebook To Become Streaming Media Hangout Come September 22nd?

  • August 31, 2011 8:37 pm


For some time rumors have swirled around Facebook either making their own music service or partnering up with someone else. Come September 22nd at the social networking giant’s F8 conference, the truth may finally be set free. But unlike past rumors, the actual announcement may prove quite surprising…

Trolling: Spotify Sued In U.S. Over 1990′s Patent.

  • July 28, 2011 2:31 pm


It’s pretty sad when a new, innovative company’s first month in the U.S. is welcomed with large patent infringement lawsuit — Welcome, Spotify!

The company patent troll, PacketVideo, purchased the patent in question a few years ago — 5,636,276 which itself is incredibly general and vague. Hell, even back in 1995 when the patent was originally filed many people considered the content of the patent pretty ridiculous. Nevermind the fact PacketVideo themselves just purchased the patent — not actually using/producing anything with it. Add up all the parts and you’ve got the classic makings of another useless patent troll. PacketVideo is simply looking for an easy, quick buck. Sadly common sense and actual innovation are not properties of modern copyright.

So what’s Spotify think of all of this?

Spotify One Week Later: 70,000 U.S. Subscribers And Counting.

  • July 26, 2011 9:35 am

The popular european-based streaming service, Spotify, has been available in the U.S. for a little over a week now. What do they have to show for themselves?

According to Billboard whom cites three separate labels/publisher executives, Spotify has now crossed 70,000+ paying subscribers. To put that in comparison’s sake, Rhapsody has over 800,000 subscribers — though they’ve been in business since as far back as 2001. (I’m waiting to hear back from Spotify on any official numbers.)

While I have talked about Spotify many times on Gadgetsteria over the last couple of years, I must admit that I cancelled my subscription after 5 days. Why? Despite a 15,000,000+ song library of, I found a lot of the more obscure/indie/european music that I listen to was either sorely lacking or nonexistent — an odd trait considering the European roots. Nonetheless, I still think Spotify is a great service that everyone should at least try.

Any U.S. based Spotify newbies care to share their experiences thus far?

Listen Along To Real Time Last.FM Streams Within Spotify With “Overhere”.

  • July 20, 2011 1:01 pm


Color us intrigued. A new webapp called Overhere allows you to enter in any Last.FM users’ account name and listen to their stream in (almost) real time. Simply click the “start listening” button in Overhere and you’ll soon be treated to the shared stream within Spotify. We say this all goes down in “almost” real time because there is a slight delay. Still, it’s nearly there and very cool. It goes without saying a Spotify account and desktop app are needed. Also, Last.FM users will have to make sure the ability to share their personal stream is left in the “on” position (default).

Give it a shot and let us know how it goes.

[Update 2] Be Our Friend, Get A Spotify Invite.

  • July 14, 2011 9:52 pm


Ok, so it’s a bit of a cheap way to “buy” your friendship. (Don’t judge us, we’re lonely.) And despite what the title may sound like, we only have 1, single invite two invites to give away — we’re feeling generous tonight. Nonetheless, if you want in you’ve got to let us know. Drop a comment below and/or give this post a mention on Twitter with the hashtag #GSspotify. We’ll choose the winners at random tomorrow at 12pm (EST). Sharing on multiple other social services will probably help your case too. Get to it!

Update

Invites have been doled out.