Share your #SummerSoundtrack on Twitter with new Spotify audio cards

Twitter have updated their audio cards to support Spotify so you can share clips of all the songs you love and listen while you tweet.

To get in the mood for summer Spotify have requested song recommendations for barbecues using the hashtag #SummerSoundtrack. To help do this Twitter have made the world’s most subscribed streaming service shareable via 30 second sound cards.

Twitter wrote of their new sharing options: “Any Tweet or Moment with a Spotify track link will play the audio in-line, so you can listen to the song without having to leave your Twitter feed. The music conversation on Twitter is massive, the three most followed people on Twitter are musicians!”

Audio cards launched in 2014 allowing you to share previews of tracks on iTunes with your followers. It was a hit and evolved to allow SoundCloud tracks to be shared on the social media platform, and then SoundCloud playlists. Although it kind of sucks you can’t share full songs on Twitter it’s still great to be able to share Spotify tracks regardless, and it’s a lot more convenient than sharing a Spotify link which users have to click, wait for the app to load up and then play.

To add a Spotify preview to your Tweet just copy in the track’s link from Spotify.

Tidal, Jay-Z’s hi-res music streaming service, launches in Jamaica

Yesterday Tidal became available in Jamaica, meaning anyone in Jamaica can now sign up for high resolution music streaming.

As part of the high profile artist owned Tidal’s expansion to six new countries Jamaica can now stream music from Tidal on their computers and mobile devices. With a Tidal account users can stream from over 40 million tracks and various video content like music videos and short films.

Tidal also offers unique experiences and offers like exclusive content, livestreams, tickets to concerts, and unique fan experiences. Every country has slightly different levels of music access, mainly the addition of local artists that may not be available in other countries.

Next in Tidal’s planned expansion are Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, and Peru.

You can start a 30 day free trial if you’ve never used Tidal before from and you can choose between a standard subscription or pay extra for high definition music streaming.

Spotify sign major deal to stream thousands of DJ mixes legally with Dubset

Two months after signing a landmark deal with Apple Music, Dubset have partnered with Spotify to release their giant catalog of mixes and remixes on the streaming service.

Dubset are a DJ based music marketplace with a difference. Their unique MixBank technology can analyse any use of samples or other tracks, even if they’ve been altered, meaning they can allocate royalties to the original creators.

This is massive because copyright issues have prevented many artists from being able to release their tracks, especially producers starting out who don’t have the resources to receive the correct licenses. As the biggest music streamer in the world, having Dubset’s catalog added will open up these DJs to an audience of over 100 million music streamers.

Dubset CEO Stephen White said: “This is a major milestone for DJs and music fans all over the world. Our technology platform makes it possible for us to identify and pay rights holders in DJ mixes, making this enormously popular music genre available on the world’s most popular streaming service for the very first time. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the team at Spotify to deliver this content to music fans all over the world.”

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MixBank is Dubset’s audio analysis technology that makes it possible to upload to services like Spotify

Spotify’s chief strategy officer and chief content officer, Stefan Blom said: “Our number one job at Spotify is to deliver great music to fans whenever and wherever they want to listen to it. This deal with Dubset enables us to serve fans of dance music with the mixes they crave while ensuring that artists, labels and publishers get paid fairly. It’s a great day for music fans all over the world.”

The announcement was made yesterday at the International Music Summit in Ibiza. Spotify hope to begin streaming this mixes sometime later this year.

Spotify’s head of original content licensing at Spotify, Pat Shah added: “DJs have long been recognised as the greatest curators of music in the world. We look forward to working with Dubset and the biggest and best DJs in the world to continue to lead the industry by providing our consumers with the best content available in the market.”

Spotify expanding personalisation after Discover Weekly’s 5 billion streams

Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists have been an incredible success and one of Spotify’s distinguishing features against competitors, and now it’s informing future products from Spotify.

Discover Weekly is a playlist, updated every monday, that brings together 30 songs Spotify thinks you’ll like based on a number of things, primarily what people like you are listening to. It sounds simple but it’s something Spotify have managed to do so well that no other streamers have matched it, no matter their technique of personalising your listening.

Spotify have revealed that since launching Discover Weekly last July it’s been used by 40 million individual users and has resulted in 5 billion tracks streamed. The statistics for Discover Weekly also revealed that over half of the playlist’s users listen to at least 10 of the tracks every week and save one or more songs. Thanks to its unrivalled success Spotify have made some changes to their infrastructure so they can use the same approach easily in future innovations.

Lead developer of music discovery and personalisation at Spotify, Matt Ogle said: “Discover Weekly started as a hack project, and if ten other people had hack ideas we didn’t have the resources to push them out. The update to the infrastructure will allow us to experiment a lot more. We can now do this kind of deep personalisation at scale across a number of different products.”

Discover Weekly works by analysing your listening history and comparing it with people who have listened to similar music, aligning your recommendations with the tastes of users with similar tastes. Whilst this has been brilliant for discovering new music people like it has also been a great boost for indie artists. As it’s unbiased it could recommend you someone completely unknown because someone with similar tastes listens to them. Reportedly over 8,000 artists have had over half their listeners come from Discover Weekly in the past month.

Spotify haven’t gone in depth about what they will be introducing based on Discover Weekly but according to TechCrunch there will be more personalised playlists. A playlist for new releases and one for oldies is rumoured – personally I think a personalised playlist of music you’d like that’s just been released would be incredible.

Trip Advisor now plays location themed music in it’s app from Google Play Music

In a bizarrely brilliant partnership Trip Advisor have integrated Google Play Music into their Android app so you can listen to playlists on locations you’re looking at.

Explore the world through music. From today on the Trip Advisor Android app you can access music stations, powered by Google’s streaming service Play Music, related to and from the place you’re looking at.

The stations are there to get you in the mood for wherever you’re interested in going, but that’s not where the fun ends. As part of the promotion when you tap a station from the Trip Advisor app you’ll be offered 2 months of Google Play Music for free, if you’ve never used it before.

When you search for a location you will be presented a Google Play Music box towards the bottom of the page that shows you a selection of appropriate playlists. This works for cities and entire countries however not for specific establishments – that would no doubt be a way too massive endeavour, even for Google.

Situation-based radio stations have been one of Google Play Music’s niches in the music streaming market. Powered by the now Google-owned Songza technology their playlists are based on everything from activities like ‘Driving’, ‘Family Time’, ‘Cooking’ to mood based playlists like ‘Dreamy’, ‘Festive’, ‘Happy’ and so on.