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Spotify acquisition of Tunigo brings music discovery boost

Spotify acquisition of Tunigo brings music discovery boost

Spotify has recently acquired Tunigo, a music discovery app that creates themed playlists based on your mood. Spotify will transfer all of Tunigo's 20+ employees to its offices in both Stockholm and New York, where they will be focusing their efforts on Spotify's main service. Tunigo will still continue to run, however it's still unknown what Spotify plans on doing with it. It may integrate Tunigo's playlist feature into its service.

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AOL shuts down its entire music division

AOL shuts down its entire music division

AOL has announced that it will be shutting down its entire music division. AOL's music division had been struggling for quite some time, especially since most users opt for more popular music services like Spotify and Pandora. However, AOL Music had stood its ground longer than other similar music services, such as MSN Music and Yahoo Music, both of which shut down in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

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Spotify launches in 8 new markets

Spotify launches in 8 new markets

Spotify is expanding to more locations throughout the world today. The music streaming service announced today that users in Mexico, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Iceland, bringing Spotify's reach to 28 markets around the world. The expansion should increase the service's total number of users.

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Pandora arrives on Windows Phone 8, ad-free until 2014

Pandora arrives on Windows Phone 8, ad-free until 2014

Pandora, the ever-popular internet radio service, is now available for Windows Phone 8 devices. It took a while for the app to reach Microsoft's new platform, but nonetheless, WP8 users can get in on the music-streaming action right now. Plus, Pandora is making their WP8 app ad-free until 2014, as well as tacking on a couple of exclusive features.

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Twitter to launch standalone music app

Twitter to launch standalone music app

Twitter is apparently looking to bring some music into its service. The company is getting ready to use We Are Hunted, a music discovery service it had acquired 6 months ago, to help build itself a standalone music app. The app will give personalized music recommendations to users based on the musical artists the user follows, and the musical artists the user's followers follow. The service, while less personalized, will still be usable for those without a Twitter account.

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YouTube tipped to launch its own music streaming service

YouTube tipped to launch its own music streaming service

YouTube is rumored to be gearing up to launch a subscription-based music streaming service. The video-streaming juggernaut is hoping to become a fully-fledged media juggernaut in the future it seems. The service is said to have a free model which allows users to listen to all the music they'd like, but with ads popping up from time to time. It's no different than when ads pop-up before/while you're watching your favorite YouTube videos. A paid subscription would of course remove the ads for an uninterrupted music-listening experience.

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Spotify reportedly aiming at free access for mobile users

Spotify reportedly aiming at free access for mobile users

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.

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Nokia announces Music+: premium features for €3.99/month

Nokia announces Music+: premium features for €3.99/month

Nokia has announced some new features today for its Mix Radio song discovery service. Most notably, the company outed Music+, a premium music service that give users unlimited skips and downloads for only €3.99/month, or $5.37 in US dollars. Customers will also get higher-quality music streaming, access to lyrics, and a desktop app.

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Yahoo to end its music service in China

Yahoo to end its music service in China

Yahoo China has announced that its Yahoo Music service will be permanently shutdown on January 20, 2013. This announcement follows a similar one from Google that took place in September in which Google stated that its Chinese music service would be taken offline. The closure comes after Yahoo's sale of its share of Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce website, for $7.6 billion.

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iHeartRadio surpasses 20 million users, sees over 135 million downloads

iHeartRadio surpasses 20 million users, sees over 135 million downloads

The popular internet radio service iHeartRadio has announced that they have reached the 20-million-user mark. Furthermore, they claim that their app has been downloaded over 135 million times. Clear Channel, the company that owns and operates iHeartRadio, says that they now have almost 240 million monthly listeners.

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The Infinite Jukebox: Justin Bieber, tweaked, forever and ever

The Infinite Jukebox: Justin Bieber, tweaked, forever and ever

Most of us know that feeling of loving a song so much that we have it on indefinite repeat, but The Infinite Jukebox takes that to a new, algorithmically (and just plain rhythmically) brilliant level. The handiwork of Paul Lamere, the online music player takes a single track and breaks it down into beats, then links together any beats that sound particularly similar. Playback can continue as standard, but it can also jump between those linked points in an ever-evolving song.

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Microsoft plans Xbox Music to rival iTunes, Spotify

Microsoft plans Xbox Music to rival iTunes, Spotify

Microsoft is reportedly planning to make a big push in its music service to rival that of Apple's iTunes as well as popular music streaming service Spotify. According to Bloomberg, citing inside sources, the new Xbox Music will combine the best features of both rival services so that customers can purchase songs and sign up for music streaming.

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