Despite focusing solely on music streaming software and podcast production over the last decade, Spotify has secretly had a dedicated device for playback since 2019. "Car Thing," as it's called, is designed to make listening to music in the car more accessible and has been in testing with an extremely small number of users in a closed beta. Although Spotify isn't ready to launch its hardware to the general public just yet, it became much more real starting today. A new version of Car Thing is now available for select Premium subscribers through an invite-only release.
From online streaming to classic vinyl, there are a lot of ways to listen to music these days. Spotify is one of the biggest names in the streaming game, but that doesn't mean much if it's inaccessible in your country. Today, Spotify's announcing availability in 13 new market regions across Eastern Europe, along with 200 new playlists from the region.
Spotify is giving its Premium-subscribed customers the ability to hide songs they don't want to hear in more types of playlists. A new "hide song" option in the three-dot context menu will let you skip a specific track before you get to it.
Back in November last year, Spotify was giving out free Google Home Minis to Premium for Family account holders, in order to encourage people to sign up to its plan. The company is renewing its offer this year but is now making it available to both Family and individual subscribers, regardless of whether they're new members or have already been using a paid subscription.
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.
Got AT&T? Use Spotify? The carrier is looking to boost the appeal of its top-of-the-line wireless plan by making Spotify Premium subscriptions free as an option for its Unlimited &More Premium package.
Spotify offers a great 50% off discount on its Premium plan if you're a student, making it a more attractive option for young adults who can't afford to pay the full price of a monthly subscription. However, until now, this was only available in three countries: US, UK, and Germany. Today, the offer is expanding to 33 other countries.
Spotify is using SheerID to authenticate and validate the eligibility of registered university students. And the lucky countries in question are:
If you live in any of these countries and want to get started with your Premium for Students subscription, head over to spotify.com/student
AmpMe, the app that turns several phones into perfectly synchronized speakers for the same music, has seen many updates since its release in 2015. At first, the app only supported SoundCloud as a music source, but it has added local music and YouTube, and improved its app to synchronize Bluetooth speakers as well (with their delays). Now the service is adding one of its most requested features: Spotify support.
You can choose to stream music from Spotify in AmpMe, just like you would choose YouTube or SoundCloud or your local library. But you will have to sign in with your premium Spotify account for that to work.
Spotify has offered its Premium for Family plan for some time now, and in May the price was dropped to $14.99 a month. Now Spotify is expanding availability to the land up north, at the same $14.99/month pricing as the United States.
If you're unfamiliar, Spotify Premium is $9.99/month for a single person. For about $5 more every month, Spotify Premium for Family allows you to have up to six individual accounts, each with all of the features the normal Premium includes. More information is available at the dedicated Family page, and you can even upgrade your existing Spotify account to keep your playlists.
Indonesian Android users and music fans, we've got some great news for you today. If you were heartbroken last month by the demise of MixRadio, one of the most popular free music streaming services in your country, and you never liked Deezer, and you hated having to pay for Apple Music because it didn't offer any free tier, you'll be happy to know that there's a new player in town and it's bringing all the big guns to the fight.
Spotify is launching today in Indonesia with a catalogue of more than 30 Million songs including Indonesian music (with playlists curated by local experts) and international hits.