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Pandora Plus launches, on demand subscription coming later this year

Pandora Plus launches, on demand subscription coming later this year

Just as rumors earlier this week foretold, Pandora has launched a new $5 monthly subscription service called Pandora Plus. This new service is replacing Pandora One, and it's offering a few improvements over its predecessor as well. These come in the form of more skips, more replays, and a new offline listening mode. Paying subscribers aren't the only ones getting some new perks, however, as Pandora is also offering some additional options for free listeners.

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Twitter brings Deezer support to Audio Cards

Twitter brings Deezer support to Audio Cards

Twitter is continuing its push to become a destination for all things streaming, announcing a partnership with Deezer today that will see the music streaming service added to the Twitter roster of Audio Cards. Deezer is joining other streaming services like Spotify, SoundCloud, and Rhapsody, and support for Deezer tunes in Audio Cards is rolling out today on iOS and Android.

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Amazon, Pandora to shake up music streaming market

Amazon, Pandora to shake up music streaming market

The music streaming business has become a rather aggressive one, especially after Apple joined the fray. Despite that, pricing for monthly subscription hasn’t substantially changed among the very few major players in that market. By now, the $9.99 a month fee is more or less standard everywhere. Amazon and Pandora, however, might soon have something different to say. The two companies are expected to debut new subscription offerings n the coming months, even as early as next week, that will be challenging the status quo and might give their rivals pause.

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Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” Spotify streaming goes live

Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” Spotify streaming goes live

Frank Ocean's much-anticipated second album, Blonde, has quietly been added to Spotify, marking the end of Apple Music's exclusive streaming rights. The album was released back on August 20 for both streaming, but thanks to a deal with Apple and the record label it was only available through Apple's subscription-based music service.

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Apple Music launches ‘My New Music Mix’ and ‘My Favorites Mix’ playlists

Apple Music launches ‘My New Music Mix’ and ‘My Favorites Mix’ playlists

Apple Music subscribers who are on the beta previews of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra will notice a new playlist popping up in their apps today. Dubbed the "My New Music Mix" playlist, this new feature aims to connect listeners to new music they may have missed the first time around, making suggestions based on listening history.

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Apple Music gets a discounted gift card for 12-month sub

Apple Music gets a discounted gift card for 12-month sub

Apple just can’t stop bringing on the heat against Spotify, its latest and biggest rival as far as its Apple Music streaming subscription service is concerned. After another spat over exclusive first dibs on new albums, Apple is now offering gift cards that greatly bring down the price of a year-long subscription to the service. Instead of practically a total of $120 for 12 months, subscribers in the US will be able to buy their way to that same 12-month period but for only $99.

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New Frank Ocean album, Blonde, released as an Apple exclusive

New Frank Ocean album, Blonde, released as an Apple exclusive

The hotly-anticipated album by Frank Ocean has finally been released, with Blonde hitting iTunes as an Apple exclusive. The release, Ocean's second studio album after the incredibly well-reviewed Channel ORANGE of 2012, was initially expected to be named Boys Don't Cry.

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SoundCloud Go lands on Sonos to offer more variety to your music

SoundCloud Go lands on Sonos to offer more variety to your music

When you think of music streaming services, you are most likely to think of brands like Spotify and Apple Music first. Maybe even Tidal because of controversy. Chances are, unless you're already an avid user, you aren't going to think of SoundCloud instantly. To help fix that situation, SoundCloud has proclaimed the arrival of its subscription-based, ad-free, label-supported SoundCloud Go service to Sonos, allowing subscribers to take their music with them anywhere in the house. From speakers, not just their phones.

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Spotify launches Release Radar, a playlist dedicated to new music

Spotify launches Release Radar, a playlist dedicated to new music

If you consider yourself something of a music aficionado, then you know that keeping up with new releases isn't exactly the easiest thing to do. The music industry is constantly releasing new albums at a ridiculous rate, making it easy to miss a few gems in a sea of new music. Spotify is rolling out another curated playlist that might help with some of those new release blues, introducing the world to Release Radar today.

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Frank Ocean’s “Boys Don’t Cry” an Apple Music exclusive at first

Frank Ocean’s “Boys Don’t Cry” an Apple Music exclusive at first

Apple Music is just about to hit the headlines again. According to the usual unnamed sources, Frank Ocean is scheduled to finally launch his long-awaited and long-delayed album, "Boys Don't Cry" this Friday. And when he does, the album will be available on Apple Music and only on Apple Music. At least for two weeks. This exclusivity is just the latest in a string of deals that Apple has made ever since launching Apple Music, cementing the service's position in the already overly saturated music streaming industry.

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Deezer finally opens its music streaming to all in the US

Deezer finally opens its music streaming to all in the US

Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, YouTube Red, and even Tidal. Those are just some of the biggest names in an already saturated music streaming market in the US. So why not add one more? That is exactly what French company Deezer is doing, finally opening its doors to anyone and everyone in the US willing to tack on another subscription to their monthly expenses. Of course, the service has its own perks and unique features to try and make that worthwhile.

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Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Now Amazon’s Echo is besties with Spotify and Pandora

Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo speaker has long been able to pull streaming music from a number of services, but now Amazon is allowing users to set their Spotify account as the default. The new functionality, confirmed by Spotify - one of the streaming options with Echo support - means that no longer do users have to specify which provider they want to hear a track or playlist from.

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