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September 1, 2014

At Long Last, Spotify Returns to the House

The kinks blocking House members and staffers from accessing the popular music-streaming website Spotify have finally been ironed out, officially ending the two-month-long Spotify drought plaguing the House side of the Hill, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office told HOH on Monday.

Those on the House side of the Capitol looking to listen to some tunes can access Spotify via the application’s Web client at https://play.spotify.com, Cantor’s Deputy Digital Director Connor Walsh said.

Access to Spotify was blocked on the House network earlier this year due to concerns that the website could pose cyber-security threats.

After working to address the security concerns with the House Chief Administrative Officer, the House announced last week that staff could once again use Spotify to stream music while at work.

But staffers reported that access was still spotty, with many staffers still receiving the dreaded “WEBSITE BLOCKED” message that they’d received during the two-month Spotify ban.

Now that access has returned, HOH would like to point out that Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., posted two Spotify playlists to her Facebook page on Sunday, one called “country classics” and the other “country modern,” for your listening pleasure.

Tunes on McCaskill’s playlist include everything from “Walking After Midnight” by Patsy Cline to Tim McGraw’s “Don’t Take The Girl.”

So go forth and listen to Spotify, House staffers. We hope this offers a glimpse of hope on this gloomy Monday morning.

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