The Star Wars franchise has released several character themed Spotify playlists, which you can find by visiting the franchise's Spotify profile. Fittingly, considering the character's portrayal, Anakin Skywalker's playlist is filled with basically the most generic emo kid playlist imaginable. Check it out by clicking here.

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Craig Ismaili on 02/08/16 - 02:44 PM
Amazon is reportedly in the early stages of building a "Spotify-killer."
The New York Post reports that Amazon executives have kicked off licensing talks with the music industry for a Spotify-like offering that would tentatively cost $9.99 per month. The Post makes clear that Amazon's plan is still "in the early stage." That said, Amazon is kicking around a very interesting idea. The company is reportedly thinking of bundling its Echo smart speaker and the rumored music service together. Buy the speaker, and you'll pay a lower monthly subscription fee between $3 and $4. Whether this plan will prove viable likely depends on the deals that Amazon can work out with the music industry — or...
Eric Wilson on 01/29/16 - 02:46 PM
David Lowery has filed a $150 million class-action lawsuit against Spotify stating that the service distributes copyrighted content without the proper licenses.
At the crux of the suit is Lowery’s claim that Spotify has created a “$17 to $25 million reserve” to pay royalties to artists whose work it has streamed without licensing, but it hasn’t bothered to find those artists to make payment.

“Our argument is, we’re not that hard to track down,” Victor Krummenacher, a member of Camper Van Beethoven eligible to participate in the suit, told BuzzFeed News. “If [BuzzFeed] can track me down — and I’m not a principal in the suit — Spotify should be able to track us down to license our songs.”
Jason Tate on 12/29/15 - 01:22 PM
Spotify has released a program to move playlists from the soon-to-be-shutdown Rdio.

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Blake Solomon on 12/17/15 - 08:43 AM
Rdio will shut down on December 22nd. You can find information on how to export your library. I'm currently trying Stamp to export to Apple Music - it's been quite a process.

Update: Spotify has released a program to move playlists from the soon-to-be-shutdown Rdio.
Ryan Gardner on 12/16/15 - 09:06 AM
The Wall Street Journal is reporting Spotify is considering allowing some artists to withhold their music from the free tier.
In private talks, Spotify has told music executives that it is considering allowing some artists to start releasing albums only to its 20 million-plus subscribers, who pay $10 a month, while withholding the music temporarily from the company’s 80 million free users.
Jason Tate on 12/08/15 - 03:38 PM
Want to know what you streamed the most on Spotify this year? Their incredibly fun "Year In Music" feature is now live. Proud to say Microwave were my most streamed band of the year. Tell us your facts in the replies.
Blake Solomon on 12/07/15 - 10:26 AM
M.I.A. has released a new song on Spotify called "Borders."
Blake Solomon on 11/20/15 - 08:16 AM
Songkick has announced they're now powering recommended concerts within Spotify.
Based on the artists you’ve been listening to, the Concerts feature will surface upcoming Songkick events for your favorite bands, as well as undiscovered acts that you’re destined to fall in love with. We’ve been super impressed with Spotify’s Discover Weekly since it launched in the summer – we can’t wait to be served with equally gnarly recommendations for local shows!
Jason Tate on 11/14/15 - 07:34 PM
Spotify has announced that Major Lazer's smash "Lean On" has become the service's most streamed song of all time with over 526 million plays, displacing Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud." Considering how recent both tracks are and the growing prominence of streaming services, this seems like one of those milestones that we'll hear about a lot in the coming months and years. Also worth noting that those numbers still pale in comparison to YouTube's most popular video, Psy's "Gangnam Style," which sits at around 2.5 billion views. (h/t Fader)
Ryan Dennehy on 11/11/15 - 02:59 PM
Spotify has apparently put Victory Records' catalog back on their streaming service. No word yet on whether this decision was fast enough to save Victory employee's jobs.

Update: Just heard from Victory Records. Regarding the resolution, they stated:
Nobody’s job was ever in jeopardy. Tony was speaking rhetorically when he was quoted. We’re glad to have our content back on Spotify, and that we came to a good resolution that works for everybody, ensuring that our fans can listen to the music they love on Spotify and that all of our artists and songwriters are paid for their work.
Craig Ismaili on 11/10/15 - 08:12 AM
Streetlight Manifesto thinks it's ironic that Victory Records apparently hasn't seen royalties from Spotify.
Ironically, Victory Records hasn't paid us a cent in royalties in over 2 years. More info soon
Jason Tate on 10/20/15 - 11:26 AM
Amidst an ongoing royalties dispute, Spotify has removed thousands of songs from bands signed to Victory Records.
Based on an audit by a small technology company called Audiam Inc., Another Victory says that Spotify hasn’t paid publishing royalties for the compositions underlying thousands of recordings that Spotify users have listened to millions of times over the past several years.
Blake Solomon on 10/20/15 - 09:00 AM
William Bedell, writing for Motherboard, about building a botnet to rack up thousands of fraudulent plays on Spotify:
If they want to save the profitability of streaming, both independent artists and advertisers should call on music streaming services to combat streaming fraud however possible. Spotify and other services could accomplish this by taking listener authenticity seriously, and perhaps by splitting revenues more fairly.
Jason Tate on 10/19/15 - 11:18 AM
The three bonus tracks for Chvrches' new album are up on Spotify.
Jason Tate on 09/25/15 - 12:40 PM
Jason Isbell's Spotify set is now up.
Jason Tate on 09/11/15 - 11:45 AM
Poly-Graph.co has pulled the data out of Spotify to search for the most timeless songs from the 90's.
Out of the entire catalog of music from the 90s, these are the tracks on the trajectory to survive. Some of my friends were deeply disturbed by what's been lost in time (e.g., Pearl Jam). And No Diggity isn’t just anecdotally timeless, it’s the fifth most-played song from the 90s. Note the tracks that hardly charted on Billboard, in their day. "Smells Like Teen Spirit," a track that never reached the Billboard Top 5 when it was released in 1992, is now the most-played song from the 90s.
Jason Tate on 09/02/15 - 10:48 AM
Spotify has clarified their new privacy policy. Gizmodo looks at the changes. I'm still not cool giving my music player access to any data it doesn't need to do what it's supposed to do: play me music (but hey, that's just paranoid me).
The TL;DR explanation of exactly how Spotify plans to access your personal data is simply that the streaming music service will not access your photos, location, voice, or contacts, unless you give “your explicit permission.” In other words, you’ll need to opt-in.
Jason Tate on 08/21/15 - 11:02 AM
Allison Weiss's new song, "Golden Coast," has been released on Spotify.

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Jason Tate on 08/18/15 - 11:22 AM
Claire Groden, writing for Fortune:
While Spotify will probably keep offering a free version of music streaming, non-paying users should expect big limitations starting next year. For example, non-paying users might only be able to access one or two songs from a popular album. And new albums could be delayed until after a launch period, or free users might only have a specific amount of time to stream music.

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Jason Tate on 08/13/15 - 11:08 AM
Yes! It's Friday, which means we're back with another AbsolutePlaylist. This week, I've got a playlist that represents most of what I've been listening to regularly in the gym this summer as the heat gets into the triple digits. If you like heavy music, this one's for you. Head to the replies to check it out.
Jake Denning on 07/31/15 - 10:24 AM
Last week, Spotify launched a new feature called Discover Weekly. David Pierce over at Wired wrote an article explaining the new feature along with Spotify's goal to "build better playlists by any means necessary."
It’s a completely personalized playlist (updated, you know, weekly) full of songs Spotify is pretty sure you’re going to want to hear. Some hits, some new stuff, that Foreigner song you’ve never been able to get out of your head... It’s no longer enough for a music service to offer unfettered access to 30-plus million songs for a monthly fee... Now the race is on to become the place for music discovery.

Pierce also discusses Spotify's fascinating employee-only tool, Truffle...
Anthony Sorendino on 07/30/15 - 06:28 AM
The Verge did a blind test to see what sounded better: Apple Music, Tidal, or Spotify:
The results were very, very surprising to me. It was generally random across the board, though Spotify fared slightly worse than Apple Music and Tidal overall. In roughly 29 percent of the tests, subjects couldn’t tell any notable difference at all. Tidal — which wants you to pay more for lossless quality — most definitely didn’t take the crown, and in several cases, subjects actually identified it as the worst-sounding of the three.

I agree with Marco Arment's take:
If you need to try really hard to identify whether there’s any difference at all, it probably doesn’t matter. Invest your energy and...
Jason Tate on 07/14/15 - 11:41 AM
Spotify is reporting they have now hit 75m users, 20m of them are premium. Lemme know when all the "niche/indie artists" are collecting their seven figure checks.
According to Spotify, with 20 million subscribers, a "niche/indie artist" could expect to generate $1.2m a year in Spotify payouts, while a "heritage artist" would generate $2.6m. It also claimed that an artist in the company’s top 100 chart could get $3.3m, while a "global superstar" could generate $13.9m.
Jason Tate on 06/10/15 - 10:58 AM
Spotify announced some new things today, MacStories has a good rundown.
Spotify is also revamping their music recommendation features with a simpler Now page. By combining editorial curation with algorithms for intelligent suggestions, Spotify wants to encourage users to start listening to music in different times of the day with a simplified UI that doesn't require users to carefully browse music and assemble playback queues. Spotify has been building up their curation features over the past year, highlighting curated playlists that are presented in the app depending on when a user opens Spotify's Discover section. It appears that Now is based upon the company's existing curated picks,...
Jason Tate on 05/20/15 - 05:07 PM
The Verge breaks down the leaked contract Sony Music had with Spotify.
This contract — like every other contract involving a music label and a streaming service — has been secret until now. Given the myriad ways Sony Music came out as the winner, it’s worth asking who really should shoulder the blame for the lackluster streaming payments that artists like Swift have been complaining about — the labels or the streaming service?

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Jason Tate on 05/19/15 - 11:19 AM
Starbucks is teaming up with Spotify.
All 150,000 U.S.-based Starbucks retail employees will receive a Spotify Premium account as part of the partnership, and the music service will also plug into the Starbucks rewards program. Starbucks employees, as well as customers who have signed up for the coffee chain’s rewards program, will be able to influence in-store music programming, according to the announcement. Starbucks rewards members will also have the opportunity to earn rewards points while using Spotify.
Jason Tate on 05/19/15 - 11:15 AM
Spotify is offering a 3 month premium subscription for 99 cents.

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Jason Tate on 05/06/15 - 12:26 PM
Apple and Beats are pushing ahead with a streaming service that would aim to take on the likes of Spotify and Rdio. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is said to be playing a major role in the new venture.
The new music app, which is a collaborative effort between Mr. Reznor and other Apple and Beats employees, including Jimmy Iovine — who founded Beats with the hip-hop star Dr. Dre — will feature the streaming music service with many of the same characteristics as the Beats Music streaming service, one Apple employee said. Those may include curated playlists and a more vivid visual appeal, while conforming to Apple’s sleek and minimal design aesthetic, one person said. The name Beats...
Blake Solomon on 03/26/15 - 08:00 AM
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly broke Spotify's one day streaming record with 9.6 million full start-to-finish streams between 12:01AM and 11:59PM yesterday.
Jason Tate on 03/17/15 - 04:09 PM
Peter Kafka, writing at Recode, looks at how Apple and Beats may be relaunching their service later this year.
Apple executives, led by media head Eddy Cue and Beats Music founder Jimmy Iovine, have been arguing that the music business “needs to get behind a paywall,” say people who have talked to them. Apple bought Beats last year, partly to help it gain a foothold on streaming music just as iTunes sales of digital downloads had started to drop.
Jason Tate on 03/06/15 - 12:45 PM
The Hotelier's It Never Goes Out was put on Spotify and Rdio for the first time today.
Jason Tate on 02/24/15 - 12:27 PM
Taylor Swift recently offered breakup advice to a fan, along with creating a Breakup/Moving on playlist for her.

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Jason Tate on 02/12/15 - 04:19 PM
Mike Masnick, writing for TechDirt, on where most of the money from streaming services is going:
And, it appears, there's a decent reason why those labels haven't been eager to be transparent: because they're keeping most of the money. The Music Business Worldwide site has the details on a new report put together by Ernst & Young with the French record label trade group SNEP, concerning where the money from streaming services Deezer and Spotify ends up. Spoiler alert: it's not with the artists.
Jason Tate on 02/07/15 - 12:23 PM
You can check out Sylvan Esso's Spotify Session here.
Keagan Ilvonen on 02/03/15 - 09:38 AM
Aphex Twin's new EP, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2, can now be streamed on Spotify.
Jake Jenkins on 01/23/15 - 10:36 AM
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood composed the score for 'Inherent Vice' -- it's now available to stream on Spotify.
Jason Tate on 12/15/14 - 02:20 PM
Caitlin Dickson, writing for The Daily Beast, on the state of racist rock on online music services.
With the strict media laws in Germany and other European countries managing to prevent 'white power' bands from success, or at least making it into the mainstream, the SPLC’s report notes that it was America's free speech protections of U.S. that allowed the racist music industry to thrive here in the 90s. In addition to being a once-hugely profitable business, hate music has long served as a highly effective recruiting tool for the movements whose messages it espouses.

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Jason Tate on 12/11/14 - 12:24 PM
James Blake has just released a new EP titled 200 Press, which you can stream on Spotify.
Jake Jenkins on 12/10/14 - 05:45 PM
Spotify is offering a 3-month premium service for only $0.99.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 12/06/14 - 09:09 PM
Spotify has created a pretty cool "Year in Music" feature, which is chock full of listening data for the year. They'll even make you a playlist for next year, based on your tastes from 2014. Check it out here, and share some of your stats in the replies.
Blake Solomon on 12/04/14 - 08:10 AM
Starting December 4th, streaming services and downloaded tracks will factor into Billboard's weekly album chart.
SoundScan and Billboard will count 1,500 song streams from services like Spotify, Beats Music, Rdio, Rhapsody and Google Play as equivalent to an album sale. For the first time, they will also count “track equivalent albums” — a common industry yardstick of 10 downloads of individual tracks — as part of the formula for album rankings on the Billboard 200.
Joe DeAndrea on 11/19/14 - 05:33 PM
I fumbled through trying to explain this on last week's podcast episode, so here's Sharky Laguana writing on Medium and doing a far better job:
Since Spotify is so reticient on this topic, allow me to explain what will happen to 99.9% of the payable royalties generated by Butchers Of The Final Frontier: that money will largely wind up in the pockets of major pop artists like Calvin Harris, Meghan Trainor, Maroon 5, and Avicii. That’s right: essentially all of the revenue that was solely generated by a small death metal band will be divvied up among a bunch of major dance-pop artists. The horror.
Jason Tate on 11/18/14 - 08:45 PM
Soon you'll be able to stream your Spotify playlist when you get an Uber ride.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 11/17/14 - 01:40 PM
Back and forth we go. Taylor Swift's label boss says that Spotify did not pay the multi-million dollar number implied in a recent blog post by the company's CEO. Following that, Business Insider looked at the numbers for the revenue from physical sales -- they will likely be in the 12 million range for one week. To quote a wise man: Any questions?
Jason Tate on 11/12/14 - 08:04 PM

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