Tim Waterstone is the founder of Waterstones, a retailer of print books and other items in the UK. Waterstone is looking to launch a new digital book business that hopes to become something akin to music service Spotify only for books. The project is called Read Petite.
Bang & Olufsen has relaunched its slick looking BeoSound 5 music system. The relaunch of the high-end music system brings with it complete integration with the streaming music service Spotify. The integration of the music device with Spotify brings users access to an additional 20 million songs with premium sound quality.
Spotify is looking to change things up by adding exclusive video on-demand (VOD) content to its list of services. It wants to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and HBO, all of which who have their own exclusive video series that help generate revenue and attract subscribers. Spotify hopes that by developing its own original video content or TV series, it can increase its profit margins.
This week the folks at Verizon have had a bit of a revelation: instead of paying media companies a flat fee for their television channels, make the payment based on real viewership. In this way, companies that deliver a channel that has no popularity at all will not have to be payed as much while the top-tier companies will get payed monster amounts of cash. This model is rather similar to how Spotify works, having you the user pay a flat fee and listen to whatever you like on their service, the artists whose tracks you listen to getting cash per listen accordingly from the company.
You may remember when Spotify for Android received a big overhaul during the summer last year. This time around, iOS is getting the same treatment. At first glance, it may look like the app didn't see a huge UI improvement, but a few new features were added that make all the difference when it comes to navigating around the music-streaming app.
This afternoon the folks from Ford and the SYNC team have just announced that the largest and most successful music streaming service will finally be hitting the roads with us. Here in Barcelona, Spain for Mobile World Congress both Ford and Spotify have confirmed their collaboration to bring Spotify's over 20 million songs to the Ford SYNC AppLink.
Spotify, the ever-popular music streaming service, is apparently in talks with major music labels to negotiate reductions in royalty fees in order to offer free access to the service's mobile offerings. Currently, users have to pay $9.99 per month in order to access Spotify on their smartphones or tablets.
We knew it would be coming, and now it looks like it's finally here. Slacker Radio has completely overhauled its service by introducing a completely new design and tacking on some new features. This time around, Slacker is looking to catch up in the music-streaming market by taking on Pandora and Spotify for the internet radio crown.
While us iOS and Android users have been enjoying Spotify for quite a while now, the app just now hit the Windows Phone 8 store. While it's launching in beta mode, the app is available for everyone, just don't expect a completely smooth and snappy music app right off the bat, since the dev team is still working on it.
Spotify has penned a deal with Orange to offer unlimited music via the carrier's Orange Young plan. Under the deal, Orange Young subscribers will have access to unlimited Spotify music in addition to unlimited text and talk and mobile. The subscription plans start at $20 per month and move upwards from there.