Spotify to make big announcement next week

Spotify's launch in the US in July 2011 has been highly successful so far for the streaming music service. It helped that Spotify allowed people to listen for free to its 15 million music tracks (with ads) on the PC platform for six months. Now it looks like Spotify has another big reveal to make and it's just a few days away.

News.com reports that Spotify has sent out invites to select members of the media for a press event it is hosting in New York City on Wednesday, April 18th. At the moment, all the company is saying is that it will have a "special announcement" at the event.

Spotify has already made a couple of interesting reveals just this past week. It launched the Spotify Play Button, a web widget that allows any user to add a playlist from the service to a website or social networking page that can be accessed by anyone else. Later in the week, the company announced that it was the first streaming music service to obtain the rights to all of the songs from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

So what does Spotify have in store for us next week? There's speculation that it will announce some new ways to recommend playlists to others. We will know all on Wednesday.

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I want better mobile quality, Ive just ditched spotify mobile as sound quality is awful.. you can really tell the difference in overall sound when listeneing to higher bitrate audio files... Ok, so my encoded tracks now are around 10mb each, but memory cards are really cheap nowadays.

As you can download tracks to play offline on your phone via wifi, and storage is cheap, I see no reason why you can have 256kbps or higher audio...

The name of this thing sounds like a problem my wife has every month!!

Even being remotely associated with Facebook turns me off instantly!!

I used to have a premium account when I lived in the uk and was good, but since moving back to Canada and it not being available here I just switched to zune pass which I am finding way better than spotify and cheaper.

ghostpuppet said,
Hopefully their big announcement will be that we no longer need Facebook to listen to it.

Is that how it works for the free version? Because I jumped at the premium version as soon as it was available in the US. I didn't need to have Facebook.

ghostpuppet said,
Hopefully their big announcement will be that we no longer need Facebook to listen to it.

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Last time I used it (free) I only needed to make a free account, no facebook was needed

n_K said,

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Last time I used it (free) I only needed to make a free account, no facebook was needed

I signed up for a free account shortly after they launched in the US, and I didn't have to use FB to sign in. I recently recommended it to a friend, and it seems that the only option now, when signing up for a new account, is to sign-in using FB.

It seems like those that signed-up before this restriction was put into place still don't have to use FB to sign in.

I expect some totally idiotic social feature instead of you know, fixing the glaring bugs, UI design issues etc in the mobile and desktop apps.

Knowing the backwards thinking of the Spotify dev team, it's likely more restrictions on free accounts and announcing ads on premium accounts with a new tier that costs $40 a month.

Dot Matrix said,

Last time I used Spotify, the Windows client was nothing more than a OSX port. A ****ty one at that.

As far as I am aware, the Windows version came first.

david said,
Spotify app for Android now works! -The Big Announcement.

No issues with 3 of my Android devices on hand (Thunderbolt, Rezound and Samsung Galaxy Nexus).

UndergroundWire said,

No issues with 3 of my Android devices on hand (Thunderbolt, Rezound and Samsung Galaxy Nexus).

I've been getting a ton of FC. Nexus S

I love Spotify on my Windows Phone and the PC client on Win7, maybe they will just allow unlimited listening to everyone?

Ely said,
I love Spotify on my Windows Phone and the PC client on Win7, maybe they will just allow unlimited listening to everyone?

Unlikely. They've already come out in the past and said that the free service haemorrhages money, and that's also why they reduced unlimited streaming in the first place (there did used to be unlimited streaming in the days of the beta, but they've had to limit it now to make sure they stay afloat).

Majesticmerc said,

Unlikely. They've already come out in the past and said that the free service haemorrhages money, and that's also why they reduced unlimited streaming in the first place (there did used to be unlimited streaming in the days of the beta, but they've had to limit it now to make sure they stay afloat).


That statement was proven to be a pack of lies, the big music companies actually pushed to limit it as they own a large stake of spotify.

Ely said,
I love Spotify on my Windows Phone and the PC client on Win7, maybe they will just allow unlimited listening to everyone?

So whats different about Spitify as compared to Pandora? (Honest question)

NPGMBR said,

So whats different about Spitify as compared to Pandora? (Honest question)

I haven't used Pandora much, but I think these are some of the main differences:

Ability to listen and save entire albulms.
Ability to actually download your albums and playlists for offline listening.
Ability to listen in very high near CD quality audio stdeaming.
Ability to search for either artist, track or album name.
Ability to see all album art and all songs properly tagged.
Exclusive music not available in other services.

If that happens I will be canceling my subscription, it's actually not an unrealistic move on facebooks part despite just spending a billion on instagram.

mantragora said,
Facebook buys Spotify !

gate1975mlm said,
Maybe they will announce that they got the rights to the full Beatles catalog like iTunes did a few year ago.


LOL. I hope that they will be available in more countries ..but thats would be a miracle, not an big announcement!

afuchi said,
Im hoping support for my country to actually use it first time..

And that announcement for the support is coming from NYC? That makes no sense. But I understand, wishful thinking. Hopefully for you, it will be one of the minor news stuff after they make the big news they have.

andrew_f said,
I'm hoping for an HTML5 player or an iPad app.

I'm not sure an iPad app is worth of an announcement (although its long overdue!). A HTML5 webapp is a good shout though