Spotify

Spotify

Spotify is a platform for listening to music and podcasts founded in 2006 by Daniel Ek.

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Timeline

May 11, 2020

Spotify launches Group Sessions that lets multiple users create and control playlists in real-time.

May 11, 2020

Spotify officially launches a shared-queue feature called Group Session.

September 30, 2019

Spotify acquires Gimlet and Parcast.

July 9, 2019

Spotify’s Lite app is officially releasing it in 36 countries worldwide.

2019

Spotify acquires Anchor for an estimated $140 million.

November 17, 2017

Spotify acquires Soundtrap.

November 15, 2012

Spotify raises a $100,000,000 series E round from Lakestar, Goldman Sachs, Coca-Cola and Fidelity Ventures.

June 17, 2011

Spotify raises a $100,000,000 series D round from Accel Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Digital Sky Technologies.

February 1, 2010

Spotify raises a $16,139,080 series C round from Sean Parker and Founders Fund.

August 4, 2009

Spotify raises a $50,000,000 series B round from Horizons Ventures, Li Ka-shing and Wellington Partners.

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Funding rounds

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AF Square

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Alex Sowter

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Alexander Shapiro

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Alick Varma

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Aman Ghei

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Anders Bond

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Andreas Ehn

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Andrew Mager

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Annina Svensson

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Ashley Ford

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Bérangère Biencourt

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Carl-David Pärson

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Chat Joglekar

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Chi-Hua Chien

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Cristine Jung

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Dan Brody

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Daniel Ek

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DJ Lee

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Doug Ford

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Fredrik Cassel

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Gaurav Chandrashekar

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Giulia Sclabi

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Henrik Torstensson

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J.J. O'Brien

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Jeppe Zink

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Further reading

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By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
July 8, 2020
Mail Online
Some black artists say the phrase perpetuates racial stereotypes and 'strips away the actual blackness' of black music. The phrase is being ditched in the UK and reviewed elsewhere around the world.
July 7, 2020
WebWire
In April 2018, Gimlet (now a Spotify company) launched Sandra, a seven-part fictional drama depicting a world where artificial intelligence isn't so artificial. With big names (and voices) like Alia Shawkat (Helen), Kristin Wiig ( Sandra), and Ethan Hawke (Dustin), the show launched to critical acclaim. And due to its relevant themes of technology, security, and self-actualization, Spotify deemed it a story worth telling listeners around the world. Spotify and Gimlet will premier...
By James Pero For Dailymail.com
July 1, 2020
Mail Online
Spotify's new plan option, called 'Premium Duo' will cost $12.99 per month and can be shared by two people living in the same location while also maintaining their individual accounts.
Manish Singh
July 1, 2020
TechCrunch
Spotify today announced it is expanding Premium Duo, a feature that allows two people who live at the same place -- say couples or flatmates -- to share one subscription plan while maintaining their own individual accounts, to dozens of new markets. Premium Duo is a remarkable concept from Spotify, which it first began testing [...]
Sarah Perez
June 29, 2020
TechCrunch
Last November, Spotify confirmed it was testing real-time lyrics synced to music in select markets. Tomorrow, the company will announce the launch its new lyrics feature in 26 worldwide markets across Southeast Asia, India, and Latin America. This will be the first time lyrics have been offered in 22 of these 26 markets, as only [...]
June 26, 2020
News18
Till the addition of Spotify, Amazon offered the option of Amazon Music, Apple Music, JioSaavn, Hungama Music and TuneIn streaming services for the Alexa powered Echo smart speakers.
June 20, 2020
9to5Google
Taking notes from its smaller competitor, YouTube Music, it seems like Spotify is preparing some sort of video integration.
BBC News
June 18, 2020
BBC News
DC characters such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman may star in new story-led podcasts.
Reuters Editorial
June 18, 2020
U.S.
Podcasts featuring Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman will soon stream on Spotify as the Swedish music streaming company has signed a deal with AT&T Inc's Warner Bros and DC Entertainment.
Sarah Perez
May 26, 2020
TechCrunch
Spotify announced this morning it's removing the content cap on the app's "Your Library," allowing users to now save an unlimited number of songs, albums, and podcasts to their collection of favorites. The change addresses a top user complaint since 2014 which, to date, had received over 12,500 votes on Spotify's Community Ideas Exchange forum. [...]
Ben Patterson
May 25, 2020
TechHive
Just like the late Turntable.fm app, JQBX lets you create remote listening rooms for your friends. You will, however, need a Spotify Premium account to indulge.
May 22, 2020
WebWire
The Joe Rogan Experience, one of the most popular podcasts in the world, is coming to Spotify via a multi-year exclusive licensing deal. The talk series has long been the most-searched-for podcast on Spotify and is the leading show on practically every other podcasting platform. And, like all podcasts and vodcasts on Spotify, it will remain free and accessible to all Spotify users. Since its launch in 2009, the pioneering Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) has broken ground and built one of the...
By James Pero For Dailymail.com
May 11, 2020
Mail Online
Group Sessions let two or more premium users in the same area create and also control playlists in real-time, meaning any participating user will be able to pause, play, or skip to the next song.
Ben Patterson
May 11, 2020
TechHive
Just scan a friend's code to take charge of their Spotify tunes in real time.
Sarah Perez
May 11, 2020
TechCrunch
Spotify is today introducing a new feature, Group Session, that will allow two or more of its Premium users in the same space to share control over they music being played. Essentially a "party mode" of sorts, Group Session participants can control what's playing in real-time as well as contribute to a collaborative playlist for [...]
May 11, 2020
WebWire
What are you listening to right now? Whatever it is, chances are you're not the only one. Every moment, more than 30,000 people around the world press play on the same song on Spotify. Suffice it to say, listening connects us, even when we aren't expecting it. Now, through our new global campaign, "Listening Together," we're celebrating audio's unique power to unite us--even when we're apart. Whether you're streaming pop, hip-hop, or opera, the initiative highlights the power of audio to b...
Manish Singh
May 11, 2020
TechCrunch
Spotify has secured another deal in India to fill much of the remaining void in its catalog in the country. The Swedish music streaming service said on Monday it has partnered with Indian music label Saregama to bring more than 100,000 retro and new age songs in over 2 dozen languages to users in one [...]
Samuel Axon
May 7, 2020
Ars Technica
It's not the first time Facebook has wreaked havoc on iOS, either.
Reuters Editorial
April 29, 2020
IN
Spotify Technology SA reported a 22% jump in first-quarter revenue on Wednesday as the music streaming company beat analysts' expectations to reach 130 million paid subscribers for its premium service.
April 27, 2020
WebWire
The Nordic region has long been a hotspot for game-changing and globally beloved music. Countless artists, producers, and songwriters (ranging from established names Robyn and Yung Lean to newcomers girl in red, SASSY 009, and Augustine ) have made their mark on the industry and inspired fans around the world. But with so many of these impactful artists spanning multiple diverse genres, it can be difficult to experience them all in one place. That's where our new playlist...
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