Spotify Adds Video, Podcasts, Curated Running Lists, News From MTV, VICE, BBC, NPR, Slate

Spotify are on a mission. With over 25 billion listening hours under the hood since they launch seven years ago, they’re obsessed with figuring out how to bring music into every part of our lives, wherever we are, whatever we’re doing, whatever our mood, and that’s a good thing. Today they rolled out a richer mobile music experience built around listeners even more:

  • The Now start page. From the time you wake up until tonight’s party, the Now start page serves you the right music day and night. Need a Monday morning playlist pick-me-up? Done. The right tunes to help you focus after lunch? It’s covered. And because Now learns what you like, you’ll be sure to hear the right music – selected from their in-house experts and your personal collection – whatever the occasion. Recommendations will adapt over time to fit your taste and mood.
  • Spotify Running. Every week millions of you lace up and hit the road to Spotify. Music is the perfect running companion but sometimes you need even more motivation to push on. That’s why Spotify Running is all about helping you go the extra mile.They’ve combined the best music on the planet – recommendations based on your listening history, multiple-genre playlists and original running compositions written by some of the world’s foremost DJs and composers – all tuned to your tempo and seamlessly transitioned to ensure you’ll never miss a beat. Start running and Spotify will detect your tempo, matching the perfect music in time to your step – making you a harder, better, faster, stronger runner.
  • And that’s not all: this Summer they’re teaming up with Nike to bring new music experiences to their audiences around the globe. And later this year, you’ll be able to access the new Spotify Running experience through the Nike+ app. They’re also integrating the RunKeeper app with Spotify Running later this year.

On top of the improved music experience, they’ve also introducing an expanded world of entertainment built around you:

  • More Than Music. For the first time, Spotify is adding video clips and audio shows to the music mix. There are times in the day you want to switch between music to catch up on the latest news, listen to your favourite podcast or simply watch something fun. Spotify will suggest video and audio shows for you to watch and learn what you love.
  • Spotify Originals. They’re also serving up an exciting slate of original content to entertain your day. Running Originals – music specifically designed for running that dynamically adapts to your running tempo. A total of six original tracks, all found within Spotify Running, are available at launch. They’re also introducing a range of exclusive content, from Dance Move of the Day produced by Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls brand, to specially curated radio shows presented by artists including Icona Pop, Jungle and Tyler the Creator.
  • Spotify now comes packed with entertainment, news and clips from the likes of ABC, BBC, Comedy Central, Condé Nast Entertainment, ESPN, Fusion, Maker Studios, NBC, TED and Vice News, with much more to come.

The new Now experience will begin rolling out today to iPhone users in the US, UK, Germany and Sweden – with more markets and platforms to follow in the near future. Spotify Running will start rolling out to iPhone users globally today.