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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.

Initial Impressions: Spotify For iOS And Desktop. [Pictures]

  • July 14, 2011 10:10 am


Spotify has finally launched on U.S. shores — no more paying for pricey VPN services to get your fix. We’ve already been playing with both the iOS and desktop apps for a solid hour now and must say, we love Spotify. The underlying service isn’t too terribly different from other services such as Rhapsody, Last.fm, Slacker Radio, etc. Standard features include the ability to change audio quality between low bandwidth/high quality, the desktop app can connect to your Facebook account, and the selection of music is vast. Though the biggest pluses in our book: Mobile app + offline listening/local storage of music and Last.fm scrobbling (we love sharing music and what we’re listening to).

While we could try and explain Spotify to you it’s best you experience it for yourselves. Freebie accounts are currently invite-only and slowly rolling out over the next few weeks. Unlimited ($4.99/month) and Premium ($9.99/month) users can jump ahead of the line starting now.

Small gallery of iOS app and desktop (Windows) app after the jump…

Spotify App Now Live In The App Store!

  • July 14, 2011 7:41 am


Go and get it! We just checked on our iPhone and didn’t see it quite yet (damn server proliferation). Thankfully there’s the browser-based iTunes page. Look for Spotify to announce more information and officially launch their service in 20 short minutes @ 8:00am (EST).

Update

Spotify is officially here! You can either wait for your free invite or skip the queue process by signing up for the $4.99/month Unlimited or $9.99 premium plans.

Spotify Launching Tomorrow, July 14th.

  • July 13, 2011 7:01 pm


The previously highlighted Spotify launch page made us giddy like a junior high school girl. The email we just received saying the Spotify service will officially launch tomorrow leaves us feeling, well, we can’t think of enough adjectives (or expletives) to convey our feelings — good feelings that is.

Starting tomorrow, audio junkies will be able to take advantage of Spotify’s $4.99 and $9.99/month services — the latter of which includes mobile use. Speaking of which, just as the Spotify occupies many different mobile environments, so will they in the U.S. The leading major mobile platforms including iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone and webOS will all receive their own apps in the coming weeks.

While the paid services will officially drop tomorrow, those looking to dip their toes in the water via a “free” tier will have to wait a bit longer. Spotify says free service will be slowly rolled out over the next several weeks to make sure a consistant user experience (read: so servers don’t implode like ours did) across the board. In short: this is awesome.

Stay tuned for more information as come 8:00am (EST) tomorrow morning, Spotify will reveal more information about their long time coming U.S. launch.

The Plan: Spotify U.S. Marketing Materials Leaked.

  • July 8, 2011 3:09 pm


Yes, another Spotify article. But this time it’s actually interesting. Peter Kafka from AllThingsD managed to get his hands on some marketing material that Spotify is using to pitch to various execs and companies for their upcoming U.S. launch said to definitely be coming this month. A small sliver can be seen above with some simple Q&A style verbiage. Though if reading isn’t your thing, the gist is that from the start, Spotify is looking to piggy back on Facebook’s wide 150+ million strong U.S. userbase in helping Spotify proliferate it’s brand image and music around the social network. Their ultimate goal is 50 million new users in their first year — a lofty goal for sure considering their European market is ~ 1 million (7 million claimed active users) after several years on the market.

In short: Spotify is finally ready to rock our socks off. Hop inside for another piece of marketing material with plenty of eye candy…

AllThingsD: “Spotify Likely Launching Next Week.”

  • July 8, 2011 8:12 am

There’s no need to rehash how infatuated we are with European streaming service, Spotify. We’ve written about them numerous times and followed the roller coaster ride of emotions we’ve had over the last couple of years regarding a U.S. launch. That roller coaster ride is almost over, however, as Spotify recently confirmed that a U.S. launch is finally close to reality.

But our wait may be rather short. AllThingD’s Peter Kafka claims Spotify reps are quoting a launch of “next week” to music label execs. Good news for us! Though given the aforementioned roller coaster ride of launch dates that have come and gone without any actual launch, we’ll remain cautious yet optimistic Kafka is right.

We’ve waited a long time for Spotify to hit U.S. shores. And while it isn’t as unique as it once was, there’s still plenty to be excited about. Besides, competition is always a good thing from a consumer’s perspective.

Are you excited for Spotify?

Spotify U.S. Announcement Gets Official!

  • July 6, 2011 12:49 pm


Music streaming fans can pump their fists high and proud today for European based Spotify has posted a new U.S. holding page with the message above — they’re coming. Soon.

Stretching several years now, Spotify’s quest to dominate the U.S. interwebs has been perilous and wrought with greed, incompetence, and plenty of road blocks. The most recent rumors were far ranging and included everything from Spotify being 1-2 major albels away from release as well as courting Google or Facebook for a possible partnership. On that note, Facebook’s “special announcement” could very well include Spotify streaming in conjunction with the rumored Skype video chat integration.

Partners (labels), pricing and an official release date haven’t been divulged just yet but rest assured that once they are, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, head on over to the Spotify U.S. page and sign up for a handy email letting you know when the service is ready, more details are known, etc. Of course, we’re pretty sure we will tell you such things long before Spotify makes them official.

Stay tuned…

iPad or iBad? The Missing Apps We’re All Waiting For

  • June 29, 2011 11:15 am


Apple has sold more than sixteen million iPads. It’s a computing revolution – bringing sexy computing into the hands of consumers in a never-before-seen way. The sleek lines of the iPad make it an aesthetically desirable device, and the touch screen can be satisfyingly activated by the deft flick of the wrist. It’s a thing of beauty and boasts a plethora of ingenious applications.

Why, then, have some of the biggest names in the business neglected this new platform? It works a bit like an iPhone, but the giants of the internet have taken this as an excuse to rehash their existing apps and publish them for iPad in basically their existing state. Porting an iPhone app directly onto iPad results in what can only be described as a ‘rustic’ interface, where the emphasis seems to be very much on making-do.

These are the iPad apps and the iPad gaps we’ve noticed recently…