Spotify's Deep Black Redesign Makes Your Favorite Music Pop

Today, Spotify starts rolling out a new darker redesign. It's the biggest stylistic change we've seen since the service launched its web-based player in late 2012. The new look ditches the old app's overcast grays for a sleek facade that's blacker than hell—and it's so much more beautiful and useful for it. » 4/02/14 3:00am 4/02/14 3:00am

Explore Spotify's Millions of Unplayed Songs with Forgotify

Four million songs on Spotify—a whopping twenty percent of the site's tracks—have never been streamed. That is a ton of lonely tunes, but thanks to Forgotify they're going to start getting some listening love; the service queues up stuff that's never gotten a spin—the non-Biebers, the un-Mileys, the bizarro-Beys—and… » 1/30/14 1:20pm 1/30/14 1:20pm

In Dre We Trust: Why You Should Try Beats Music

After a year of hype, Beats Music is finally here, and if it has a definitive pitch, the company's frenetic, towheaded CEO Ian Rogers served it to me over blaring punk music in a Lower East Side bar last week. "I've got [legendary producer] Jimmy Iovine calling me on the weekend and saying, 'What the hell is this… » 1/21/14 10:30am 1/21/14 10:30am

Last week, we learned that digital music sales dropped for the first time since iTunes in 2013. Thanks to Billboard and Nielsen's fresh year-end music report, we now know that there was significant 32 percent uptick in music streams in 2013. This doesn't prove that Spotify and the like are killing music sales, but it… » 1/10/14 9:48am 1/10/14 9:48am

I Admit It: I Alphabetize My Spotify Playlists

It's Sunday night, I haven't eaten yet, I've got to get up for work in a few hours time. Heck, I haven't even showered. Why? Because The Clash's "London Calling" playlist is currently sitting after My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless" in my Spotify collection, among other crimes to alphabetization. And that just wont do. » 1/06/14 9:30pm 1/06/14 9:30pm

Digital Music Sales Just Dropped for the First Time Since iTunes

In 2013, digital music sales declined for the first time since Apple launched the iTunes Store 10 years ago. Are streaming music services like Rdio and Spotify to blame? » 1/03/14 5:20pm 1/03/14 5:20pm

Show Us Your Personal Spotify Year In Review and We'll Show You Ours

Yesterday we posted a playlist of the most streamed songs on Spotify from 2013, but you're better than the rabble, right? You have better taste than the pathetic mindless horde. If you log in to your Spotify account from the service's Year In Review page, it'll spit out stats about your year in Spotify jams. Show us… » 12/04/13 1:29pm 12/04/13 1:29pm