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 November 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

A new Philips Hue Spotify integration has been announced, and is rolling out to the Hue app from today. This will sync your color lights to the music you’re playing on Spotify, either fully automatically or with some degree of manual control.

Unlike third-party apps like Hue Disco, the integration doesn’t rely on your iPhone microphone to listen to the music …

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Spotify Stories August 31

Spotify has announced that it is now rolling out its highly anticipated Blend feature for creating shared playlists to all users. This feature launched in beta to a small percentage of Spotify users earlier this year, and it’s now widely rolling out.

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Spotify Stories August 24

Back in April, Spotify announced that it would counter Apple’s new Podcasts Subscriptions platform with its own support for allowing creators to offer subscriptions to their shows. The feature launched earlier this year to select creators, and now Spotify has announced that it is expanding the platform to all US podcasters.

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Spotify Stories August 6

Spotify users may have to wait longer to get full AirPlay 2 support on Apple devices. The company confirmed this week that plans to add AirPlay 2 to Spotify’s iOS app have been delayed indefinitely.

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Spotify Stories August 3

Spotify Plus being tested – a new paid tier, but still with ads

Spotify is testing a new paid tier known as Spotify Plus, to sit between the free and Premium levels. The good news is the price; the bad news that you’ll still hear ads …

Spotify Stories July 28

Spotify profitability is still not a priority for the company, claims the streaming music service, as it announced another loss-making quarter.

The company lost €20M ($24M) in the second quarter of the year, and also failed to hit its own growth targets, but there was some good news in the mix …

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Spotify Stories July 26

Spotify is adding a new way to find the latest releases of podcasts and music to its iOS app. The company announced today that Spotify for iOS now offers a “What’s New” feed that will immediately gather “all the new releases from the artists and shows you follow on Spotify.”

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Spotify Stories July 22

Spotify and GIPHY team up to bring GIFs to the Spotify app and more

Spotify today announced it’s partnering with GIPHY to let people use official GIFs as well as discover new songs and artists through a new “Listen on Spotify” button.

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