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 May 15

Spotify brings back Safari support for its web player

After removing the functionality over two years ago, Spotify has quietly returned Safari support for its web player.

Spotify Stories May 12

Parents can now see their kids’ Spotify listening history, and block songs

Spotify Kids launched in the US in March, providing curated family-friendly content. The app today adds parental controls, including the ability to review your children’s Spotify listening history, and block individual songs and stories…

Spotify Stories May 11

Spotify launches social distancing friendly ‘Group Session’ feature for real-time music sharing

Spotify is out today with a neat new feature that lets users listen to music in real-time with others including sharing playback control. Particularly handy during the pandemic, “Group Sessions” is available now as a beta feature for Spotify Premium subscribers to connect with friends and family through music.

Spotify Stories May 5

Spotify is optimistic that Apple will further open up its platforms to third-party apps, CEO Daniel Ek said in an interview with Bloomberg today. This comes after Spotify filed an antitrust complaint with the European Union last year.

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Spotify Stories April 29

Maple Media purchases podcast app Player FM to expand podcast presence

Maple Media has purchased popular podcast app Player FM. Player FM was one of the top 10 download podcast apps on the App Store and Google Play store during March. Acquisitions of podcast apps seem to be a coming trend after both Pocket Casts and Castro were purchased. Pocket Casts was purchased by WNYC, NPR, WBEZ, and This American Life. Castro was purchased by the owners of Dribble.

Pandora shows Spotify how to make a proper Apple Watch app

Pandora is out with an update today that brings Siri support to its Apple Watch app as well as improving Siri support on iOS. The underdog music service that is Pandora continues to show Spotify how third-party music services should work on the Apple Watch. Pandora now supports two key features that are must-haves on watchOS…

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