Spotify Beta player

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Hi folks,

A few months ago the method we were using for Spotify playback was deprecated, since then we've been working on a new version, which is now ready for beta testing.


It requires a Spotify Premium account, and can be activated by selecting 'Spotify Beta' in the Playback Preferences.

The new player functions a little different from the old one, it will prompt you to connect your Spotify account with Last.fm, and allows you to control any Spotify device signed into that account, such as your phone.


Please give it a try, and let us know if you encounter any problems in the comments.


Known issues

  • You cannot connect to the Spotify Web Player
  • The Spotify API is sometimes very slow to send updates, so the player can appear idle for a long time
  • On some mobile devices if your device goes to sleep / lock screen you may lose the connection between last.fm and spotify.
  • Some privacy / blocking extensions (e.g. Privacy Badger) may block access to 'api.spotify.com', preventing the device running Spotify from being detected.  If this happens, please either disable the extension or adjust the settings to allow Last.fm to communicate with the spotify api.
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Thomas Hooper, Web developer

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Official Response
Spotify have told us that they've fixed the "Connecting to Spotify..." issue, so it should be working now.  Please give it a go and let us know if you still encounter this issue.