When Spotify launched in 2008 in Sweden, and in 2011 in the United States, people were amazed that they could access almost the world’s entire music catalog instantaneously. The experience felt like magic and as a result, music aficionados dug in and organized that content into millions of unique playlists. Early on, our users relied […]
Localization at Spotify is a big deal. Our mission is to “unlock the potential of human creativity—by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by it.” To achieve this mission, it’s important to be able to effectively communicate across the various languages that reflects the diversity of our users . Recently Spotify launched in the North Africa and West Asia regions. One of the languages spoken in these regions is Arabic. Unlike English, which is read from left to right, Arabic is read from right to left. This has implications for websites that want to support Arabic.
Spotify’s Event Delivery system is responsible for delivering hundreds of billions of events every day. Most of the events are generated as a response to a user action, such as playing a song, following an artist or clicking on an ad. All in all, more than 300 different types of events are being collected from […]
This is the second part in a series about Monitoring at Spotify. In the previous post I discussed our history of operational monitoring. In this part I’ll be presenting Heroic, our scalable time series database which is now free software. Heroic is our in-house time series database. We built it to address the challenges we […]
This is the first in a two-part series about Monitoring at Spotify. In this, I’ll be discussing our history, the challenges we faced, and how they were approached. Operational monitoring at Spotify started its life as a combination of two systems. Zabbix and a homegrown RRD-backed graphing system named “sitemon”, which used Munin for collection. […]
We recently hosted the seventh sthlm.js meetup at our office and Paul Lewis of Google Chrome, Robert Nyman of Mozilla and our very own Mattias Petter Johansson graciously agreed to give talks about topics they each feel passionate about. At Spotify we are all about openness and sharing, so we recorded the talks for you. […]
The most frequent question we heard at PyCon this weekend, was how do we use Python at Spotify. Hopefully this post answers the question! At Spotify the main two places we use Python are backend services and data analysis. Python has a habit of turning up in other random places, as most of our developers […]