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 September 20

Spotify audiobooks are now on sale, following the company’s announcement that it was further diversifying its business model by acquiring the audiobook platform Findaway. It follows a previous diversification into podcasting.

If this sounds like old news, that’s because Spotify previously dipped its toe into the waters by offering just a handful of public domain titles, but has now 300,000 paid titles available …

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Spotify Stories August 16

Latest Spotify deals offer three-month free trial, or three months for $9.99

Spotify deals and discounts are one of the key ways the company keeps its numbers up, and the latest of these offers a premium account for three months – either as a free trial, or at a heavily discounted price of just $9.99 …

Spotify Stories August 1

Spotify is making a change to its interface that makes it easier to know whether you’re about to play an album or playlist on shuffle. This comes after Spotify adjusted the shuffle vs. play design in response to criticism from Adele last year.

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Spotify Stories July 28

Today, Spotify has announced another personalized playlist for its users to take advantage of. With the Friends Mix, you have a playlist made for you but inspired by what your friends are listening to.

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Spotify Stories July 27

Spotify is no longer making Car Thing, a dashboard accessory that makes using the streaming service easier in your vehicle. This announcement was made during yesterday’s earnings release.

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Spotify Stories July 25

Remotion is a macOS-only Spotify client that works similarly to Apple’s SharePlay feature but for audio/video calls with friends or coworkers. With the app, you can listen to music and talk like you’re side by side with them – and the best part is that Remotion works even with those who don’t have Spotify Premium.

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Spotify Stories July 12

Spotify buys Wordle-like music discovery game Heardle

Attention fans of Heardle! Spotify now owns your favorite Wordle-like music discovery game. Out of all of Spotify’s acquisition, this is its first venture into gaming.

Spotify Stories July 1

Spotify has been investing more and more in podcasts, and now the company wants to make it even easier for anyone to share their own podcast on the platform. Starting in New Zealand, Spotify is adding a new podcast creation tool to its mobile app.

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Spotify Stories June 28

Spotify has announced Supergrouper, another social and personalized feature to keep distancing itself from its main competitor, Apple Music. With this function, the music streaming service aims to help you create the group of your dreams, with up to five artists you think would mix well together.

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Spotify Stories June 17

Music streaming services, Apple Music included, lost over 1 million subscribers in the United Kingdom in this last quarter, according to a survey. Younger consumers are the ones dropping subscriptions the quickest.

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Spotify Stories June 13

Spotify invests in AI voice technology with Sonantic acquisition

Spotify has been constantly bringing new features to its platform, as a way to stand out against competitors like Apple Music. Today, the company announced its acquisition of Sonantic, an AI Voice Platform that creates realistic voices from text. As Spotify invests in AI, this can create some long-term changes to the popular music and podcast streaming platform.

Spotify Stories June 9

Spotify building audiobook platform as Apple service rumored

Good news for fans of Spotify and audiobooks. Spotify has announced it plans in building an audiobook platform as its next business venture. This news comes after the music and podcast streaming platform acquired audiobook platform Findaway last year.

Spotify Stories April 27

Spotify is doing great, if you were wondering. Although the company raised prices, didn’t release a Hi-Fi version of its catalog, and also suffered from backlash on podcast originals, it is reporting growth in revenue and users. This also comes while the Swedish company has an ongoing antitrust battle with Apple.

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Spotify Stories April 21

Back in 2020, Spotify announced a new partnership with Barack and Michelle Obama to bring new, exclusive podcasts to the platform. However, two years later, the Obamas are now reportedly seeking deals with other podcast platforms as they’re leaving Spotify.

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Spotify now lets anyone publish video podcasts through Anchor

Starting today, Spotify creators are now able to upload video podcasts to the platform. All creators within the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can use this feature. Using Anchor, Spotify’s podcast creation tool, it’s just as easy to publish a video podcast as it is audio.

Spotify Stories April 12

Spotify crams more features into its main app, this time for live audio [U]

Spotify has moved its live audio app, Greenroom, to its main app in an effort to increase its visibility. Greenroom launched last year and has rebranded as Spotify Live. Similar to Clubhouse, this will be a place where creators can have live conversations with their subscribers as their audience. 

Spotify Stories April 11

The Apple versus Spotify antitrust battle took a new turn today, with the European Union saying that the Cupertino company will now face an additional charge of anti-competitive behavior.

This indicates that investigators have found enough evidence to add to the expected antitrust charges relating to the way that Apple treats Spotify and other developers …

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Spotify Stories April 8

Spotify continues testing GIF-like videos on your home screen

Spotify is testing a personalized feed that introduces users to new music through a feed of canvas loops. Canvas is a short looping visual that appears when you’re listening to certain songs. The videos will be presented vertically right on your home screen.

Spotify Stories March 30

Spotify updates Blend feature to create two new playlists based on friends and artists

Last year, Spotify launched Blend, which creates shared playlists between users. Today, the company is expanding its features to include up to 10 people in a group and also a chance to use this function with some of the users’ favorite artists.

Spotify Stories March 28

Spotify is testing its podcast discovery feature, Podz, on its platform

According to Statista, Spotify is the most popular app to listen to podcasts in the US. Last year, it acquired podcast discovery platform Podz for nearly $50 million to help expedite the platform’s investment in podcasts. Spotify is now testing a feature that utilizes Podz’s technology to help users discover new podcasts. 

Spotify Stories March 26

When it comes to listening to podcasts on iOS, there are so many great options. The Apple Podcasts app comes built into every iOS device with syncing. It’s undoubtedly a great app, but is it the best? On iOS, users have countless third-party options. My goal for this article is to break down some of the major podcast apps and help you determine which is best for what you want out of an app. What’s the best podcast app for iPhone?

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Spotify Stories March 24

Google and Spotify team up on new ‘User Choice Billing’ for Android, putting pressure on Apple

Spotify is giving Android users more ways to pay when downloading the app from the Google Play Store. “User Choice Billing” provides the option to pay for a subscription through either Spotify’s payment system or with Google Play billing. 

Spotify letting customers ‘test drive’ overhauled Car Mode

Four months after being “retired,” Spotify is letting customers test out a completely overhauled automotive interface called Car Mode.

Spotify Stories March 22

The Coalition for App Fairness (CAF) – which is primarily a voice for Epic Games, Spotify, and Tinder parent company Match in their antitrust fight with Apple over App Store commissions – has lost a second key figure.

In December of last year, Spotify’s legal officer Horacio Gutierrez left the company to join Disney. Today we’re learning that CAF executive director Meghan DiMuzio is also moving on …

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