Records… Casettes… CD’s… Mp3… Youtube… Spotify!

The simple process of technological evolution – don’t you agree?

Welcome to 2014! A year where you can access over 20 million songs through one simple streaming app: Spotify! Gone are the days where you would have to delete So Fresh hits of Winter 2008 to fit the hits of Spring on your 2GB iPod.

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Spotify was developed in 2006 by a team in Stockholm, Sweden. The company was founded by Daniel Ek, former CTO of Stardoll, and Martin Lorentzon, co-founder of TradeDoubler.

Launched in early October in 2008 the app is available in 50 languages and has over 24 million users!

Although, it hasn’t been all rainbows and smiles – early March in 2009 Spotify found a flaw in the system, potentially releasing all the private information of all the Spotify users who signed up to the service before the 19th of December 2008, which was thankfully, resolved.

The commercial music streaming service has signed with record labels including SonyEMIWarner Music Group and Universal to allow all Spotify users to search for their favourite artists songs, stream them online, create playlists (over 1.5 billion created so far!), as well as sharing their favourite tracks directly through the Spotify messaging service, via Facebook messaging or more recently – SMS.

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The app further allows registered users to directly integrate their Spotify account with their existing social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter. Once the user has linked their social media profiles, they are able to access their friends profile, playlists and the tracks they have recently listened too. When using Spotify through a Facebook account, music stories appear on Facebook feeds alerting the users friends to the music and playlists they are currently listening to.

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Spotify is available for over 20 technologies including market leaders the iOS and Android systems. Users are now able to download the app on their televisions and desktop computers with the ability to synchronise the media player with their iTunes library, and start automatic radios based upon songs, artists, genres and moods.

Spotify’s popularity is still on the rise six years later – with over 1.5 billion playlists created, and over 20 000 songs added a day, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. With the release of Avicii’s song ‘Wake Me Up’ the artist broke the record of the most streamed song on Spotify when the track reached 200 million plays on the 27th of February, not even a month ago!


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Avicii’s 200m Stream Bombshell | Spotify Blog. 2014. Avicii’s 200m Stream Bombshell | Spotify Blog. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 17 March 2014].

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Music for everyone – Spotify. 2014. Music for everyone – Spotify. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 17 March 2014].


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