Spotify announces layoffs of 17% of employees due to high costs

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has announced large-scale layoffs in the company. According to him, 17% of the service’s employees will be dismissed. The relevant message was published on the Spotify website. “To align Spotify with our future goals and ensure we are right-sized for the challenges ahead, I have made ... Read more

Spotify made a secret deal with Google to pay lower fees

During the lawsuit between Google and Epic Games, it became known that Google and Spotify signed a rather generous agreement under which the music streaming service pays a lower commission than other companies. According to The Verge, Spotify paid 0% commission if users decided to pay through their internal system. ... Read more

Spotify is preparing to introduce major changes to its royalty model in 2024

Spotify is preparing to introduce significant changes to its royalty model in the first quarter of 2024. Such intentions of the streaming service are reported by Music Business Worldwide. Implementation of the plans will allow the company to allocate $1 billion over five years in favor of “legal” artists and ... Read more

Spotify gives premium subscribers free hours of listening to audiobooks

Spotify gives Premium subscribers 15 hours of free audiobooks per month. This is reported by Engadget with reference to the company. Starting October 4, premium subscribers will have access to more than 150 thousand audiobooks at no extra charge. At the moment, it’s about Spotify users in the UK and ... Read more

Spotify launches new Spotify Jam feature to create collaborative playlists

Music streaming giant Spotify is launching a new social feature. It is called Spotify Jam and allows users to create a joint playlist, reports The Verge. Up to 32 Spotify users can join each session and listen to music in real time. What makes Spotify Jam special is that every ... Read more

Creators of white noise podcasts will lose their main source of income on Spotify

Spotify is preparing to disable white noise podcasts from its Ambassador Ads monetization program, which allowed them to earn tens of thousands of dollars, starting October 1. This is reported by Engadget with reference to Bloomberg. Under this program, the streaming service pays podcast creators to read advertisements for the ... Read more

Spotify launches AI DJ feature in 50 markets worldwide

Music streaming giant Spotify has launched a beta version of an artificial intelligence DJ in 50 markets around the world, writes The Verge. The feature creates and annotates an updated personalized playlist. It’s now available on the English-language version of the app for Spotify Premium subscribers in countries where Spotify ... Read more

Due to innovation, Spotify is changing the tariff policy in almost 60 countries around the world

Spotify has announced a subscription price increase. The company explains this step by innovations on the platform, writes The Verge. “So that we can keep innovating, we are changing our Premium prices across a number of markets around the world,” the company wrote in a post announcing the increase. “These ... Read more

Spotify plans to add full-length music videos to its app

Streaming service Spotify is considering adding full-length music videos to its app. This is reported by Engadget with a link to Bloomberg. According to sources, the company is negotiating with potential partners. But it is still unclear who will support this function and when it may appear. Currently, Spotify video ... Read more

Spotify has officially updated the design of its desktop application

Spotify has officially announced a redesign of its desktop app. This should make it easier to access information about the song or podcast a user is listening to, reports The Verge. Such actions are also aimed at giving users new ways to organize their playlists and other content. These changes ... Read more

Spotify is finally testing an offline mix after years of working on the feature

Music streaming company Spotify is finally officially testing a playlist that automatically downloads some of the most recently played tracks. This is reported by TechCrunch. “We’ve been testing out a new feature called “Your Offline Mix” – a playlist designed for those times when you might not be online,” wrote ... Read more

A first for the Finnish language: Cha cha cha by Käärijä became the leader on Spotify

For the first time in history, a song written in Finnish topped the global ranking on Spotify. It’s Cha cha cha by Käärijä. This is reported by the thisisFINLAND community on Twitter. “If you haven’t yet, now is the right time to listen to Cha cha cha by Käärijä. For ... Read more

Spotify removes thousands of songs created by artificial intelligence

It turns out that services like Spotify also suffer from the “creativity” of artificial intelligence: in recent months, the music industry has faced an increase in the number of songs created by AI which then fill streaming platforms. Spotify has removed approximately 7% of all tracks from music startup Boomy, ... Read more

The song Heart on My Sleeve by artificial intelligence has increased anxiety in the world of music

Heart on My Sleeve, a track written with artificial intelligence (AI), has raised creative and legal issues in the music industry, writes The Verge. The song simulates the vocal parts of Drake and The Weeknd. In a matter of days, it became popular on TikTok, Spotify, YouTube and other services, ... Read more

The Strava application has received integration with the Spotify service

The popular sports application Strava has finally received integration with the music service Spotify. From now on, you can control music playback without switching between apps. After starting the workout, the user can click on the Spotify icon, which will open the music service widget. It allows you to play ... Read more

The co-president of Spotify says that the service has not abandoned HiFi audio

More than two years have passed since the announcement of the appearance of HiFi audio on the music streaming service Spotify, but it never happened. However, the company does not abandon its plans, Spotify co-president Gustav Söderström told The Verge. However, Spotify is not yet ready to share specific information ... Read more

TikTok influence: Spotify is changing the design of the main page

Vertical videos, which gained popularity with the rise of TikTok, are increasingly appearing on other social networks, like Reels on Instagram and Facebook or Shorts on YouTube. But we didn’t expect to see them on Spotify. The music service will soon introduce new design of the main page of the ... Read more

Spotify has added an AI DJ with a realistic voice to the app

Spotify has announced a new feature called AI DJ. It will provide users with a personalized playlist along with track commentary that will be voiced in a “stunningly realistic voice.” AI DJ knows what kind of music you like, so it will build a playlist based on your preferences. These ... Read more

Spotify was the first among its competitors to cross the 200 million subscriber mark

Like most tech companies, Spotify also has some issues. In the last quarter, the operating loss of the music service reached about $250 million, which is in line with the forecast of more than $300 million. But the company has always prioritized growth over profit. And here there are significant ... Read more

Spotify to cut 6% of employees

Spotify plans to cut 6% of its workforce and incur costs of about $50 million, reports Reuters. The tech industry is facing a slump in demand after two years of pandemic-fueled growth during which it has been busy hiring. This has resulted in companies losing thousands of jobs. “Over the ... Read more

Spotify may soon have a premium plan with Hi-Fi and other “goodies”

One of the most desirable features of the Spotify music service among its users remains Hi-Fi support, not just 320 kbps. At the beginning of 2021, the company announced that it was working on Lossless quality, but currently there is still no such option. According to 9to5Mac, the media was ... Read more

UNITED24 has prepared a Spotify tracklist for the Independence Day of Ukraine. It also has a charitable purpose

Recently created by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi’s charitable platform UNITED24, whose purpose is to collect funds to help the country, prepared a selection for the Independence Day of Ukraine music on Spotify. The playlist was called UNITED24: Music for Ukraine. Currently, it consists of hundreds of tracks by ... Read more

Spotify has made it easier to access podcasts, for now on Android

Spotify users on Android can now take advantage of a new tab on the home screen of the music streaming app that allows you to quickly navigate to the podcast section. “This week, we are launching a new Home experience that includes feeds for both Music and Podcasts & Shows. ... Read more

Crosby, Stills & Nash are back on Spotify after the platform was boycotted due to misinformation about COVID-19

Music by Crosby, Stills & Nash is back on Spotify. According to Billboard, artists plan to send royalties from the platform to fight against COVID-19 for at least a month. Despite the band’s return, not all of their music will be available on Spotify. Neil Young is still missing from ... Read more

Spotify users create weird playlists and share them on Reddit

A new trend is spreading on Reddit. Spotify users create or find playlists with strange names. The songs are added in such a way as to continue the title and make a short (often funny) story.  Screenshots of the most successful puns users share on Reddit. You can see them ... Read more