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Spotify update brings filters and sorting to playlists and tracks

New sorting methods for your tunes and playlists plus bug fixes make today's update a must-have If you're a Spotify user there is an update available that you'll want to download. While the list of new features is short, as is often the case quality trumps quantity and today's update allows...

Spotify updated with improved data handling and stability fixes

The latest version fixes getting stuck in offline mode and adds an option to clear local data Now pushing to devices through the Play Store, the newest update to Spotify should fix problems users have been having with previous versions. Getting stuck in offline mode -- which rendered streaming...
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Spotify adding new music discovery features, and entire Metallica catalog

Today is a big day for music streaming service Spotify and its users. They're introducing a whole bunch of new music discovery features, some of which will eventually go 'cross-platform.'  But, they're also introducing the entire back catalog of one of the most well-known rock bands in history....

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Spotify teaming up with Sprint to offer exclusive deals, reports say

Spotify and Sprint may be about to announce a partnership wherein customers of both will be entitled to receive exclusive deals. According to re/code, the proposed partnership will offer a similar product to the AT&T/Beats Music partnership, offering a package deal to customers on Sprint's...

Spotify for Android gets new follow features and a little prettier

Images added to playlists and long press to delete radio stations Spotify has pushed out an update to its Android app that brings a couple of nice new features with it. You can now find people using your profile by tapping the friends icon and find what music they're listening to. Maybe you'll...

Spotify on mobile goes free, replaces a paywall with shuffle play

Listen to artists or playlists at random for free With an update to its app, Spotify has dropped the paid subscription requirement for using its music service on mobile. Although a free component was previously available to desktop users, a subset of features is now available on mobile as well....

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The Facebook phone lives! It's been a long-winded rumor, of course, most recently with INQ Mobile sending hardware through the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, and now there's video of the phone -- also called the Cloud Touch -- in action.

At its heart, as you'll see in TechCrunch's brief look, is an Android-based phone that has deep integration into Facebook and Spotify taking over the music-playing duties. There's some serious widgetry going on, with hooks for Facebook chat as well. Of course, Spotify means you won't be seeing it in the United States at first, through they're hoping to get it here after a May launch overseas.

Not sure how sold we are on the idea still, but the implementation doesn't look horrible. Check out the video after the break. [TechCrunch]

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Sony Ericsson (via the Sony Ericsson Product Blog) announced today that the Spotify  service will now be integrated deep into the Timescape and Mediascape shell on the SE Xperia X10. The integration allows Spotify to show as an online media service in Mediascape, and your recently played songs will appear in the Timescape timeline.  Check out the video -- it's pretty sweet. 

The drawback for some of us (OK, a lot of us) is that Spotify isn't available in the U.S., but then again, neither is the X10.  This is an idea I would like to see catch on, and other manufacturers with custom Android UI's weaving Slacker or Pandora into the OS would be welcomed here. [via Unwired view]

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Those of us waiting for Spotify -- an online streaming music service that currently as available in Europe -- to arrive in the U.S. may get a pleasant surprise this week. Maybe.

Techcrunch patriarch Michael Arrington writes this morning that Spotify has reached deals with U.S. record labels -- as well as Google -- and could launch with the Nexus One.

Google wanted Spotify badly enough that they were willing to cover the label costs for every user of $3 – $4 per month. Spotify would add advertising on top of it, as they do with the free version in Europe, to make additional revenue. Without Google paying those label fees there was no way Spotify could handle the costs of the user flow that 2.1 would provide. Currently, European users must pay for Spotify Premium to use the mobile versions of the service.

Arrington later hedges his bets, saying he hasn't heard whether the deal actually was made, and that it "has likely gone cold." At which point the word "linkbait" starts floating through our un-caffeinated minds. But even if we don't see Spotify launch in the U.S. this week, we could well see it in the coming future. And that'll have to be good enough for now.

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Spotify has updated its app (think kind of like Pandora, only peer-to-peer) to version 0.3.24, which is really cool except that you can't use Spotify in the United States. And don't think we're not stewing over that.

Anyhoo, here's what's new:

  • URI support - Open/Share Spotify URI’s to or from SMS, email, the Facebook or Twitter apps, etc.
  • Updated player with cover art swipe support (similar to the iPhone version).
  • Android 2.0/Eclair support. Spotify now runs on the popular Motorola Droid phone.
  • Home screen widget - control Spotify from the home screen!

Worthy updates, all. Now excuse me while I go kick something.

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