Spotify is a music streaming service that debuted in late 2008. It’s the most popular music streaming service in the world with over 200 million users (as of January 2019).

The free version allows users to stream songs for free with ads (mobile version only allows for shuffling). Paid users can have full access to the entire library for listening. Pricing is $9.99 per month for individual users and $14.99 per month for families (up to six people). There are additional plans for students that include bundled with Hulu. Apps are available for iPhone, iPad, macOS, and the web.

In early 2019, it purchased Gimlet Media and Anchor as a transition to becoming an “audio company” vs a music-only company.

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Spotify Stories January 13

With over 380 million users and 172 million subscribers, Spotify continues to dominate the streaming music market. While there are plenty of features to love about the service (curated playlists and podcast integration, to list two personal favorites), its Friend Activity leaves a lot to be desired.

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Spotify Stories January 11

Spotify has been investing heavily in the podcast industry recently as the company has acquired multiple studios in recent years. However, for some reason, Spotify is now shutting down its in-house original podcast studio known as Studio 4.

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Spotify Stories January 9

Spotify first announced its plans to roll out a new Spotify HiFi tier in February of last year, saying that it would launch “in select markets” by the end of 2021. As we covered last month, Spotify HiFi is still nowhere to be found as that deadline has come and gone. Now, the company has provided a new “update” on the matter, and it doesn’t instill much hope.

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Spotify Stories January 6

Spotify is looking to shake up the podcasting industry yet again, and yet again, not necessarily for the better. The company announced today that it is rolling out new “call-to-action cards” for podcasting ads, which are in-app advertisements correlated to the audio ads you hear in podcasts.

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Spotify Stories December 27, 2021

Apple and Google’s car strategy revolves around CarPlay and Android Auto. Is there room for another entrant? Spotify thinks so, and it’s released its Car Thing (yes, that’s the actual name) that can be added onto any car that supports Bluetooth or AUX inputs. I’ve been spending more time using Spotify lately, so I purchased it to compare it to CarPlay. Keep reading to learn more about it.

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Spotify Stories December 23, 2021

We’re coming up on one year since Spotify announced its HiFi offering that was slated to launch sometime in 2021. However, with just about a week remaining, Spotify is close to missing that deadline. Meanwhile, Apple Music listeners have been able to enjoy HiFi Lossless audio at no extra cost since June.

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Spotify Stories December 9, 2021

By the beginning of December, Spotify released its annual Wrapped feature, showing users everything they listened to through 2021. Once this feature launched, social networks were overwhelmed with screenshots from Spotify users. On the other hand, Apple Music users had to settle down with the same Replay feature that isn’t shareable at all and has been around for a few years.

Since sharing experiences is one of the most important parts of listening to music, would you consider switching to Spotify just for the Wrapped feature?

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Spotify Stories December 1, 2021

Now that we’ve officially entered the month of December, the highly anticipated Spotify Wrapped 2021 year-in-review has arrived. Spotify Wrapped recaps all of your top songs, artists, genres, and more — making it easy to see everything about your listening habits for the year. Head below for the details.

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Spotify Stories November 24, 2021

We have seen several apps like Instagram and YouTube replicating the TikTok style with a vertical short video feed, and now Spotify is also joining this list. The company has been testing a new feature in its mobile app that basically adds a vertical feed of music videos that users can scroll through to find something they like.

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Spotify Stories November 22, 2021

Spotify users are finally receiving another long-awaited feature, which is the ability to easily play an album from beginning to end after the company ditched the default shuffle toggle for Premium subscribers.

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Spotify Stories November 18, 2021

Following a widespread outage on multiple websites earlier this week, Spotify is down again for some users. According to reports on social networks, the music streaming platform is partially or completely down right now.

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For over a year, Spotify has been testing the Apple Music-style live lyrics feature. After expanding it to the US at the beginning of the year, it’s now being rolled out globally. According to TechCrunch, Spotify will use lyrics provided by Musixmatch to expand its deal and offer live lyrics to users in India, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

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Spotify Stories November 17, 2021

Spotify’s Podcast subscriptions now available globally

Spotify announced today that it’s launching support for podcast subscriptions outside the US in at least 33 new markets worldwide.

Spotify Stories November 11, 2021

Spotify announces acquisition of popular audiobook company Findaway

Spotify on Thursday announced its plans to acquire popular audiobook company Findaway. This follows the announcement earlier this year that users of the streaming service would gain access to more than 500,000 audiobooks through a partnership with Storytel Group.

Spotify Stories October 27, 2021

After seeing a few reports earlier this year that Spotify was closing in on Apple Podcasts’ listenership, new data allegedly shows that Spotify has eclipsed Apple when it comes to US podcast listeners. If true, it looks like the shift may have happened as early as Q2 this year.

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Spotify Stories October 14, 2021

Earlier this year, Spotify launched its first-ever in-vehicle device dubbed “Car Thing.” After six months of invite-only availability, Spotify is now expanding access to Car Thing to US subscribers who want to purchase the $79.99 in-car screen.

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Spotify Stories September 27, 2021

Spotify battery drain complaints; company says it is investigating

Complaints about very high Spotify battery drain on iOS 15 and iOS 14.8 have been acknowledged by the company, which it says it is investigating …

Spotify Stories September 21, 2021

Ever since Spotify introduced its own podcast platform, we’ve been seeing the Swedish streaming service surpass Apple Podcasts in some countries. Now, according to an analysis by eMarketer, Spotify is actually close to globally overtaking Apple Podcasts in number of users.

There are, however, some things to keep in mind with this report: subscriber-only channels and shows on Apple Podcasts don’t count towards RSS activity. eMarketer is also somewhat vague with its definition of “users” and doesn’t share clear methodology for some of its data.

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Spotify Stories September 12, 2021

Spotify’s ambitions from expanding from primarily a music platform to leveraging podcast and audiobooks are well known. Music royalties are expensive, so it makes sense for Spotify to focus on getting listeners to spend more time listening to content that isn’t as costly to the company. As Spotify seeks to become a destination for all audio content, I spent time using it as my primary podcast player to see how it stacks up compared to apps like Overcast, Pocket Casts, Castro, and Player FM.

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I’ve been listening to podcasts since 2004, and the industry has grown up a lot during that time in terms of variety, but also in production quality. While most people think of podcasts as non-fiction talk show style, but there is a fast-growing industry fictional storytelling that is rising to the level of being considered a “movie in your ears.” QCODE’s new show, Electric Easy, is quite possibly the highest level of audio production I’ve heard in my life, and it’s worth checking out.

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Spotify Stories September 10, 2021

The official ruling from the Epic Games vs. Apple lawsuit in the US has been delivered today and one of Epic’s partners in the Coalition for App Fairness has shared its official statement on the matter. While Spotify is “pleased” with Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’ verdict when it comes to anti-competitive practices used by Apple, the streaming audio service says more legislation aimed at Apple “has never been more urgent.”

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Spotify Stories September 9, 2021

In another take to differentiate itself from other music streaming services competitors like Apple Music, Spotify announced today a new Enhance feature for playlists. Available exclusively for Premium subscribers, Spotify started rolling out this feature today and says it will help its users get “perfect song recommendations.”

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Spotify Stories September 2, 2021

One of Apple’s biggest critics when it comes to the App Store is Spotify. And shortly after the news broke about Apple allowing developers to tell customers about options to sign up and manage subscriptions outside of the App Store, Spotify’s chief legal officer and the founder/CEO have spoken up about their take on the changes set to arrive in 2022.

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Spotify Stories September 1, 2021

Spotify announces partnership with Delta to provide in-flight music service

Spotify announced on Wednesday a new partnership with Delta Air Lines to bring its music streaming service to the company’s in-flight seatback entertainment. All passengers will be able to access Spotify content on Delta flights without any extra charges, and this includes not only songs but also selected podcasts.

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