Spotify has announced a slew of new features to its Windows and Mac OS desktop apps, with version 0.8.3 rolling out today. The music-streaming service will be launching four key main updates to the platform:
You may remember back in December, Spotify Radio got a major makeover, and now, when you’re on any album or playlist, you can click ‘Start Playlist Radio’ or ‘Start Album Radio’ to listen to radio stations of a similar ilk:
Instant Search will let you hover over results in the search suggestion drop-down menu, or use the arrow keys to navigate, they’ll then automatically render in the main view:
Now, you’ll be able to get Play Button codes directly from Spotify – to do so, right-click on any album, playlist or song and select Copy Embed Code to get embeddable HTML codes for you to post Spotify Play Buttons to your site.
We first reported on this feature last month, at a time when you needed to head to its developer website to get the embed link. We later wrote that whilst this button was an awesome idea, it wasn’t as good as it should’ve been, because the listener has to have the Spotify desktop app installed on their machine to play it.
The final big update is new sharing options, which we first reported on last week, so when you select to share any piece of content from Spotify, you can post directly to your Tumblr blog, and get a shortened spoti.fi link for Twitter too:
Spotify has been going from strength to strength since it launched in the US last summer, and is available in fourteen territories – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.
Last month, Facebook became a better place for musicians to share their music, as it launched a ‘Listen’ button with prominent placement on musician pages, then the long-awaited iPad app finally hit the market last week.
These latest updates are rolling out gradually to all users from today, but if you want it now, you can download it from here.
Article by: Mashable
Want to make the most of the social web? It’s more complicated than just posting status updates at random and seeing what sticks.
The business consultant network Zintro recently pulled research from more than a dozen sources includingMashable, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and Quantcast to put together this nifty infographic, which will help you develop your social strategy. Check it out below for the full report.
Do you use different social networks for different purposes? Let us know in the comments.
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No doubt you’ll hear or read this phrase a hundred times Monday: Instagram is over. Facebook bought it and now it’s going to ruin it, right? It’ll never be the service we knew and loved again.
Not so fast, Instagrammers. Before you all rush over toinstaport.me or any one of a dozen other apps that will let you download your photos from the service, consider this: the $1 billion Facebook purchase might actually be the best thing that’s ever happened to Instagram.
Like any other relationship, the foundation you establish with your client or customer is crucial to how the business relationship will develop over time. It requires taking the time at the start, going the extra mile and paying attention to detail.
Technology has made it easy to copy, paste and send out a mass email to hundreds in minutes. But if you think your customers can’t tell the difference between a personal email and one that’s generated, you’re doing it wrong. Establishing a relationship with a customer can be more timely and costly than maintaining one, but the payoff is worth it in the end.
Customers are more likely to give you their loyalty when they experience consistency and transparency from the initial pitch. They appreciate you being genuine and upfront about your policies — no one likes an half-hearted response or to feel like they’ve been tricked.
The following are some tips and tricks on how to build relationships with your customers from leaders in communications, PR and social media.
Over the course of the past few months, what was once a colorful haven for Midwestern mothersand Mormons is now an even more colorful haven for even more pin-tastic peeps. The growth has been staggering, even in what many would call an overly social era. But surrounded by Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc., Pinterest has really made a name for itself.
And while many are scurrying to set up their pinboards for FOMO‘s sake, we in the tech world are curious as to what’s going on behind the scenes. What’s the growth rate? What does the demographic data look like? Referral traffic? Marketing? How does Pinterest really stack up against the big guys?
The questions never end, mainly because Pinterest kind of came out of left field and threw the entire model on its head. It’s not for women, but it is mainly women. It’s not overbearing in terms of rules or policies (at least not more so than its competitors), but still seems to be a very “white-bread”, niceplace to be compared to the deep black hole of nasty awfulness that is the Internet. The epicenter of its popularity is in the Midwest — that’s not to say that Midwesterners aren’t tech savvy, but they’re usually not the early adopters of anything.
It’s this big question mark, Pinterest, and we all want to better understand it, especially considering that the network is still building itself out. Just recently, Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann teased an iPad app and revamped profile pages at SXSW this week.
Luckily, the folks over at Internet Marketing Inc. took all the data we have on Pinterest, like thatcomScore study and the Shareaholic referral traffic study, and whipped up a comprehensive guide to “The Power of Pinterest”.
These are the tidbits I found most interesting:
- The number of Pinterest users to visit the site daily has gone up 145 percent since the beginning of 2012
- Pinterest content is very different in the UK, and more centered around venture capital, blogging resources, web analytics and the like
- Over 80 percent of pins are actually re-pins rather than brand new content
- Pinterest user growth is better than that of Facebook and Twitter at the same point in their history
- As expected, 80 percent of Pinterest’s user base is female
- Brands are having a helluva time leveraging Pinterest — Better Homes & Gardens has 25,000+ followers on Pinterest, compared to 21,000 on Twitter
Check out the full infographic below*:
*none of the data in this infographic is directly from Pinterest, but rather assembled by third-party sources like comScore.
Apple’s new iPad 3! Specs: 264PPI Retina display, quad-core A5X chip, iSight camera, 4G LTE and 10hr battery
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Apple has today announced its new iPad 3, which comes packing a new high-resolution Retina display. “Until you see it you can’t understand how amazing it is”, said CEO Tim Cook.
The new iPad is priced at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. And $629, $729, and $829 for 4G. It will be available on March 16th in the US and available for pre-order today. It will be available from March 23 for 32 other countries.
The new high resolution display runs at 2048×1536 at a pixel density of 264PPI. That’s 3.1M total pixels. The new display is powered by a quad-core A5X processor with improved graphics capabilities.
The new iPad maintains the current 10 hour battery life with 9 hours on 4G. It’s 9.4mm thick and weighs 1.4 pounds.
First released in July 2011, YouTube Creator Playbook includes tips, tricks and advice for content creators who upload videos on the platform.
While part of the changes simply reflect the fact that YouTube itself has evolved and introduced new features, it also includes several improvements.
Among the most interesting new sections, YouTube added a glossary that will help users get familiar with terms related to the platform, from ‘metadata’ to ‘vlog’.
As part of YouTube’s global push and international expansion of its Partner Program, the playbook now also includes advice on how to reach optimize content for viewers around the world.
On a higher level, the purpose of this Playbook is to give content creators the keys to make sure a wide audience will engage with their videos. After all, increasing the volume of high-quality channels is a central element of YouTube’s strategy for the upcoming months.
While YouTube makes it clear there are no set rules for good content, the presentation shares best practices from successful YouTubers, fromMysteryGuitarMan to KnowYourMeme – and encourages everyone to emulate them.