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Spotify reaches 3 million paying subscribers

Spotify reaches 3 million paying subscribers

Spotify has reached a new milestone, hitting 3 million paying subscribers, up from 2 million in September and 2.5 million in November. The conversion ratio of paying subscribers has also increased, with the new figure representing 20 percent of Spotify's active user base, whereas that ratio was 15 percent last March.

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Facebook now lets you listen to music with friends and groups

Facebook now lets you listen to music with friends and groups

Facebook has just announced a new feature that will let you listen to music with a friend or with a group of friends via Facebook's chat service. There's already plenty of music services integrated into Facebook now, with your ticker notifying you of who's listening to what and when, but now you can easily hit up a friend or friends and play virtual DJ directly in Facebook.

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Sony Music Unlimited app heading to iOS

Sony Music Unlimited app heading to iOS

Sony today revealed plans to roll out an iOS version of its Music Unlimited app, which has so far been available to Android, PCs, and other connected devices such as Sony's PSP, PS3, and BRAVIA TVs. Sony Entertainment Network president Tim Schaaff made the announcement, saying that being a Sony customer doesn't necessarily mean every device you own will come from Sony.

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Rhapsody buys Napster in attempt to fight Spotify

Rhapsody buys Napster in attempt to fight Spotify

Rhapsody announced today that it will be buying Napster from Best Buy to boost its subscriber base and expand its IP portfolio. The move appears to be a direct reaction to the intensifying competition from music service rivals like Spotify, which has been hogging much of the spotlight lately. The terms of the deal have not been revealed, but it is expected to close around November 30 with Best Buy receiving a minority stake in Rhapsody.

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Sony Entertainment Network online portal goes live

Sony Entertainment Network online portal goes live

The new Sony Entertainment Network is now online following the company's announcement at IFA 2011 that all of its music, video, and gaming offerings will now be under one big umbrella. That umbrella, Sony Entertainment Network or SEN, will encompass both the Qriocity music and video services as well as the PlayStation Network.

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