Spotify has opened up free access to Windows Phone, with shuffle playlist access and new music discovery without requiring a premium account. The streaming music provider has been offering free play to users with iOS and Android devices for some time, leaving Windows Phone owners left out in the cold until now.
Spotify has never been afraid of a hack or two, and its latest - Serendipity - is all about the commonality of music. Handiwork of the streaming service's latest Media Artist in Residence, Kyle McDonald, Serendipity is a constantly scrolling, zooming map showing occasions where two Spotify users start listening to exactly the same song, at the same moment in time.
Shazam has restored Spotify integration to its music identification app, while also quietly adding support for the Apple-owned Beats Music in its latest upgrade. The app, which uses audio fingerprinting to identify the song playing near you, had removed the ability to open a recognized track in Spotify from its free version; now, it's back.
There are a lot of streaming music services in the world, and Google’s acquisition of Songza came as no surprise. What is a bit befuddling to some is why Google would buy Songza instead of the others out there. Google’s pockets are deep, so cost wasn’t really an issue — they could have had any company willing to sell (and they all would for the right price). So why did Google grab Songza?
Google has purchased Songza, the music suggestion and streaming radio service. The suggestions, which come in the form of carefully curated content based on context like where you are, fit well with Google. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Indie artists as big as Adele and the Arctic Monkeys could be yanked from YouTube within a matter of days as the streaming video service demands they sign up with a new subscription music platform or find somewhere else to host their content. YouTube plans to begin limited testing of the streaming service, which is expected to support offline and ad-free playback, shortly, ahead of a broader roll-out later in 2014, but independent artists could disappear "in a matter of days." Continue Reading
Spotify has passed the 10m paying subscribers mark, with around a quarter of the streaming music provider's users worldwide coughing up cash each month for ad-free access to the catalog of tracks. The company charges $9.99 per month for those users who want to escape commercials as well as listen to Spotify music through their home media systems, like Sonos.
With Apple’s alleged purchase of Beats hanging in the air, a rogue third-party has interjected. David Hyman, founder of Mog, is suing Beats ahead of an Apple takeover. According to him, Beats owes him quite a bit of money, or stake in the company.
They may not have planned it this ways, but YouTube is the go-to channel for music and videos amongst the young audiences between 12 and 24. Taking into consideration its billion plus monthly users, that includes this segment, a paid on-demand music streaming service seemed the natural progression. Although Google had originally planned to launch the service late last year, the project is still a work-in-progress due to several reasons.