Friday, 7 December 2012

Spotify End of The Year Party

Last night my friend Farah and I headed to Altitude 360 for Spotify's celebration of 2012. The revelry followed a press conference which revealed big news from the company regarding some exciting changes to how we can use the music player. See below....

P.S The party had the best canapes I've ever had.. miniature Roast beef, Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash and Thai Green Curry. Of course I HAD to sample all!

Spotify gets Socialable  

Spotify new aim is to brings artists and fans closer together than ever before. Spotify’s latest, greatest upgrade will see a whole host of powerful discovery features introduced across its desktop, mobile and new web player platforms over the coming weeks.

“Users tell us they don’t know what to listen to, and artists tell us they want to connect more closely with fans” says Daniel Ek, CEO and founder at Spotify. “So we’re creating a new and personalised way of finding great music.”
Here’s what’s new from Spotify...

Introducing the all-new Follow tab. Now you can get music recommendations from only your most trusted musical influences. Follow friends, artists, influencers and media to get updated on what they’re listening to in real time.

The Follow tab also highlights your Facebook friends and recommends people you may find interesting. Plus you’ll be able to see who you follow and who follows your profile.

·         Simply click on the Follow button of friends, artists, trendsetters, editors and experts to connect with the people who turn you on to the music you love.

Artists can now share their music with the world like never before.
Want to hear Obama’s playlist as he prepares for a big speech? Or check out what David Guetta is listening to this week? Now you can. Artists, celebrities and media from around the world are ready to share their music with you, including:

Barack Obama
Paul McCartney
David Guetta
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Bruno Mars
Florence and the Machine
Emeli Sandé
Plan B
One Direction
Robbie Williams
Ed Sheeran
Damon Albarn
Time Out
Rio Ferdinand
Zane Lowe 

Also making its grand debut: the all-new Discover tab. Combining the best technology and social tools with content from Pitchfork, Songkick and Tunigo, and many more, Spotify’s Discover feed continually seeks out the most relevant content and brings it right to you. The page will include:

·         New single and album releases from the artists you follow
·         All the music and playlists shared by influencers you follow
·         Intelligent recommendations based on your listening history including music, reviews, and concerts

Additional improvements:

Introducing Audio Preview 
With our new Audio Preview feature you can dip into new music without moving away from the song you’re playing. If you like what you hear you can save it for later or start it right away.

New Collection
A new way to save music that you love, or want to listen to at a later time. No more having to create a playlist for your favourite album, just click the ‘add’ symbol and it will be added to your collection.

Mobile push notifications for new album releases 
Never miss new music from your favourite artists ever again.  As soon as new music from artists you follow hits Spotify, you’ll receive a mobile alert.

Additional improvements include.....
A more curated social feed; better personalised Profile page; redesigned Artist pages.

“Our music influences are as individual as we are,” says Ek. “Maybe you discover new songs or artists by reading reviews, listening to the radio, or sharing with friends. Maybe you go to a lot of concerts, love making cool playlists, or want to know what the people you care about are getting in to. Spotify now brings all of this together.”

Spotify's Follow features will roll out as part of a desktop app update in the coming weeks, with a full cross-platform upgrade arriving next year.


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