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Beep sees ex-Googlers take on Sonos with sleek streamer

Beep sees ex-Googlers take on Sonos with sleek streamer

A team of former Google employees are taking on Sonos with a new music streamer, aiming to do for whole-home media playback what Google's own Chromecast did for easy video access. Beep is up for preorder now, a stylized volume knob that's actually a touch-sensitive control, and which funnels music over your WiFi network to whichever speakers you plug in. Then, using Beep's control apps for iOS and Android, users can pipe audio from Pandora and their phone or tablet.

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Spotify ad-supported mobile music streaming option tipped

Spotify ad-supported mobile music streaming option tipped

Spotify will launch a free mobile streaming version of its music service, it's reported, having persuaded music labels to agree to ad-supported deals. The new service will debut alongside the existing paid mobile music service, which offers advertising-free on-demand access to the company's catalog from smartphones, tablets, and other platforms, the WSJ reports, though free users won't get the same degree of choice as their paying counterparts.

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Beats Music launch in “next few months” with curated playlist AI

Beats Music launch in “next few months” with curated playlist AI

Beats Music, the music streaming service to take on Spotify and Radio, will launch "within the next few months" the company has confirmed, following a more curated approach than rivals so as to rescue users overwhelmed by choice. "We're going to focus really heavily on playlists," Beats president Luke Wood told The Next Web, "because that's how we consume music and that's how most people consume music."

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Spotify Discover cuts catalog-intimidation with social

Spotify Discover cuts catalog-intimidation with social

Spotify has launched "Discover", it's new social-enabled music discovery tool, aiming to cut through the surfeit of choice users encounter when they first face the streaming catalog. The service, which launches first on Spotify's web-based player, adds a new Discover page to the interface, with curated content from various partners like Pitchfork, Songkick, and Tunigo.

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