Enable Spotify's web player right now

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 16, 2012
Updated • Dec 11, 2012
Music, Music and Video

The popular music streaming service Spotify is currently rolling out its first web based player for all of its users. If the music player has rolled out for you already, you can access it under play.spotify.com. A redirection away from the play page indicates that your Spotify account has not been activated yet to make use of the new web player. There is however an option to make that happen right now, but only if you are willed to link your Facebook account to your Spotify account.

If you are, you can click on this link on Facebook to enable the web player right now for you so that you can use all of its functionality.Note again that this will link the Facebook account to the Spotify account. The method works for both free and paid Spotify accounts and should get you access to the new web-based player. You are automatically redirected to the Spotify play website where music starts to play right away in your browser.

The page features a search that you can use to find artists, genres, or songs that you are interested in. It furthermore provides direct access to your playlists and radio stations that you can tune in to.

The What's new page lists trending playlists and tracks that you can play right away, new releases, and top tracks by country and world. The web app looks similar to the Spotify desktop application and the feature set seems to match it as well in most aspects.

spotify web search

The creation of the web-based player is a logical step for Spotify, considering that competing services such as rdio have supported web based players for some time now. The service is now available for all major platforms including desktop PCs, mobile devices, tablets, and the Web. The only platform missing right now is Windows 8, but since it is possible to use the web-based player on the operating system as well, it does not seem that urgent anymore.


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  1. Jackson said on November 17, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Is it just me, or does the audio quality not sound up to par with the desktop app? I’m coming from Rdio web-version, where the audio quality rocks.

  2. teresa said on November 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Thank u. I reinstalled on my phone web player works.the app used to freeze all the time

  3. Jayant Kaushik said on November 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    and it works in India too! good

  4. Anonymous said on November 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    What’s happened to the recent SkyDrive post?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Good question, I have no idea. It is now available again here: https://www.ghacks.net/2012/11/16/microsoft-skydrive-now-with-selective-synchronization/

      1. Anonymous said on November 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm


  5. meh said on November 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Yet another service that I’m not allowed to use because of where I live. Guess my money’s not good enough.

    1. ilev said on November 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      If you are using Chrome browser try adding Media Hint extension

      1. ilev said on November 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        Works with Firefox as well.

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