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Spotify celebrates your past decade of music with Wrapped 2019

Spotify celebrates each year by publishing with Wrapped, a playlist that focuses on your most listened to or liked songs of the past months, with some sprinkled information on top. This year, Spotify is not only raising a wine glass to 2019, but also to the entire '10s.

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(Update: Now on Alexa and Bose devices) Sonos speakers now support Spotify Free accounts

 

Two years after hitting Google Home, Spotify Free joins a list of over 100 streaming services already available through Sonos. Sonos and Spotify have rolled out an update today that enables you to access Spotify Free through your Sonos devices, so you can spice up your office holiday party straight from your desk at no extra cost.

You can stream Spotify's entire catalog on shuffle by launching the streaming service through the Sonos app or directly from Spotify.

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Spotify can now curate suggested podcasts in a new personalized playlist based on your listening habits

Spotify-curated personalized playlists generally give spot-on music suggestions based on your listening history. Some of that algorithmic magic is now coming to podcasts as Spotify has announced a dedicated playlist for audio shows, called ‘Your Daily Podcasts’ that will sit alongside the existing Discover Weekly and Daily Mix music lists.

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You can now ask your Google home speakers to play recommended Spotify tracks

Google Home and Assistant already offer plenty of music-related commands that let you play any track, artist, album, or playlist you want. But if you have nothing in particular in mind, the options become a lot more limited. You can say "play some music," which usually continues where you last left off, though that's not conductive to discovery. With some new commands, you'll be able to trust Spotify to play recommended tracks for you without having to continue or choose anything.

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Karaoke time: Spotify test shows full lyrics synced to music

For more than two years, Spotify has been offering a "Behind the Lyrics" feature that gives its users the ability to see parts of a song's lyrics accompanied by comments from other listeners, and sometimes by background information from the artists themselves. Now the company is finally working on showing subscribers what they actually want to see: plain simple automatically scrolling lyrics without any bells and whistles.

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Spotify gives you a Halloween party playlist for tonight — complete with Easter egg

In need of some tunes for your Halloween party tonight? If so, Spotify has pushed out a "Stay Scary" playlist for the holiday, featuring around 200 minutes of music spread across fifty songs. It's not exactly a Halloween-themed playlist — think "party pop" across eras — but it does give you a sort-of-spooky Easter egg while it's playing.

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Spotify's Behind the Lyrics roll out to Google Nest Hubs and other Smart Displays

One of the major benefits of having a smart display instead of a speaker is seeing relevant controls and information on the screen. For music, that means album art, playback controls, videos if available, and most importantly, lyrics. On Google Assistant smart displays, only titles from Google Play Music showed lyrics, but that's now rolling out to Spotify as well.

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Spotify launches standalone Kids app exclusive to Premium Family subscribers

To give parents peace of mind while their children are listening to music, Spotify is introducing a separate app for younger users. Only hand-picked, kid-friendly audio content will be available through the new app, whose bright and colorful UI with oversized buttons will make it easier for little ones to explore.

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