Spotify Sees 1.5M Subscriber Cancelations Amid Russia War, Impact of Joe Rogan Controversy Minimal, CFO Indicates

Click here to read the full article. Spotify has suspended premium service in Russia after the country launched its war on Ukraine — a move that the audio streaming powerhouse expects to result in a loss of about 1.5 million paying customers in the first quarter of 2022. That’s according to Spotify CFO Paul Vogel, who spoke at Morgan Stanley’s 2022 Technology, Media and Telecom Conference on Wednesday. According to a Spotify spokesperson, the loss of its business in Russia is not material: The country represents less than 1% of total revenue. Vogel also alluded to the recent controversy over podcaster Joe...
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How an Obscure Finnish EDM Artist Hijacked Countless Spotify Playlists

For the past few months, Spotify users around the world have been finding their carefully curated mixes thrown into havoc by an obscure Finnish EDM musical act called Pesukone (translated into English: “Washing Machine”). Songs by the self-described “global artists collective” are ending up on unsuspecting users’ shared playlists, interrupting streams of sleepy-time lullabies, holiday tunes, and wedding music with blaring, synth-heavy, Euro-trance Darude knock-offs.
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Why did Spotify log me out? Here is how to check if Spotify is down

Spotify is one of the most popular platforms to enjoy almost every genre of music, podcasts, and more. The useful service is available on most mobile devices and has an excellent app compatible with most computers, allowing you to enjoy your favorite tunes almost anywhere. But sometimes, the service can be disrupted, preventing you from enjoying music throughout the day.

Classic Spyro the Dragon soundtrack coming to Spotify in April

The Spyro series is known for many things, but those who played the original games on PlayStation know that the soundtrack really is something special. Now they’ll get a chance to listen to it again, thanks to Spotify. The go-to music streaming app will be adding the game’s “original...

Spotify Goes Down: Users Report Widespread Access Issues

Click here to read the full article. UPDATED: Spotify was experiencing widespread technical problems Tuesday, with users complaining of access issues across its app and website. The service appeared to be functioning normally within about an hour and a half. User complaints about Spotify began to spike at around 1:10 p.m. ET, according to monitoring site It was not immediately clear what caused the technical problems. In the U.S., the issues reported were concentrated in New York and Los Angeles. Among the errors encountered by users was a message saying that their username and password were incorrect. Another one, which displayed...
Business Wire

Spotify Chief Financial Officer to Participate in the 2022 Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As previously announced, Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE: SPOT) Chief Financial Officer Paul Vogel will participate in the 2022 Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 7:10 p.m. Eastern Time. At the conference Mr. Vogel expects to discuss Spotify’s Audio First strategy and long-term opportunity, as well as the company’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

How to reset Spotify password — the easiest way to change your credentials

"How to reset Spotify password," as of this writing, is one of the most searched queries on the Google search engine. We're not sure why there's an uptick of Spotify users seeking guidance on how to refresh their credentials, but we're not here to pry — we're here to help.

Hear Finneas Cover Bon Iver’s ‘Flume’ for Spotify Singles

Click here to read the full article. Finneas has shared a cover of Bon Iver’s “Flume,” along with a new recording of his own song “Medieval,” as part of the Spotify Singles series highlighting artists nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys. Listen here. “[I’m] honored to finally be able to get into the brand new and beautiful Spotify Studios to record these songs in these special arrangements,” Finneas noted in a statement. “Medieval” comes off Finneas’ recent debut album, Optimist. The musician has five Grammy nods in total at this year’s ceremony: Best New Artist; Record of the Year and...

New Season of Kayo Chingonyi's 'Decode' Spotify Podcast To Explore Skepta's 'Konnichiwa'

The upcoming season of Kayo Chingonyi and Spotify‘s original Decode podcast is set to take a deep dive into Skepta‘s award-winning album, Konnichiwa. Season two of Decode will feature a total of 12 episodes and follows the first season that dissected Dave’s Psychodrama. “Decode returns for a second series to go deep inside another iconic UK rap album, track by track, week by week, line by line, beat by beat,” the Spotify page reads. “What masterpiece is being dissected this time? Say hello to Skepta’s award-winning Konnichiwa, from 2016.” Chingonyi also added on Instagram, “Come with us as we wander through the hinterland of a significant UK album. This time we’re in the company of Skepta’s KONNICHIWA.”
Know Your Mobile

Can Spotify Artists See Who Listens To Their Music?

If you’re an artist looking to connect with your audience on a more personal level or a listener just curious about whether your support will be recognised, you may be wondering whether artists on Spotify can see who listens to their music. Let’s take a look…. Spotify is...

10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Use Spotify

Spotify has seen incredible growth since its launch in 2006, taking the music industry from reliance on physical sales and purchasable downloads into the world of streaming. It has over 400 million subscribers, and for good reason—it's an incredibly convenient way to consume music, no matter where you are.
Ars Technica

Want to delete Spotify? These are the alternatives

Today, Spotify is the dominant streaming music platform in several regions, including the United States. But lately there has been a lot of interest among Spotify users in trying something new. Some are just curious to see what else is out there since they've used Spotify for a long time...
The Verge

Spotify wants to beat YouTube at audio

This story originally ran in Hot Pod, The Verge’s preeminent audio industry newsletter. You can subscribe here for more scoops, analysis, and reporting. Spotify announced yesterday its acquisition of Podsights and Chartable, two companies known for tracking pixels that allow marketers, advertisers, and podcasters to measure the success of their shows. This is a big deal, to state the obvious, if for no other reason than if podcasters have avoided Spotify’s podcast world up until now, well, they’re probably going to have to start engaging. Both these platforms are critical to the space to show advertisers that their marketing is being heard and acted upon and that podcast ads are effective and worthy of a budget.
Washington Post

Spotify backlash offers rare insight into reeling music industry — and struggles of working musicians

India.Arie was already tired of the meager checks she was receiving from Spotify when Neil Young decided to bolt from the platform. Young had clashed with the streaming service over its popular podcast host, Joe Rogan, whom he accused of spreading coronavirus misinformation. The Grammy-winning R&B singer decided she would leave too, citing the low pay and Rogan’s “language around race.”

Spotify Has Finally Come Down to Earth in Terms of Valuation

Spotify SA (NYSE:SPOT), the European digital music streaming service, has finally come down to earth. I wrote about this in late March last year, showing that SPOT stock was simply too high, especially in a comparison with Sirius XM Holdings (NASDAQ:SIRI). As of mid-day March 8, Spotify was trading down...