music streaming

Pandora brings back annual billing

Pandora brings back annual billing

Back in March, Pandora decided to alter their pricing scheme a bit, boosting the price on their monthly plans by about $1/month. They also discarded their annual subscription, though it wasn’t clear why. The annual billing was just a one-time fee, and didn’t really give subscribers and sort of discount. In the face of public outcry, Pandora has brought the annual subscription option back. It’s still as much as you’d pay with monthly fees, but saves you from seeing it as a recurring charge.

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Bose job ad reveals music streaming service plans

Bose job ad reveals music streaming service plans

We've seen job ads reveal company plans more than once, and the latest is from Bose, which it seems is working on its own music streaming service. According to a job ad spotted by HypeBot, Bose is looking for a Senior User Experience Designer specializing in Cloud Music Services. This individual will work on Bose's "next generation streaming music platform and ecosystem of products," and it looks like the company is wanting to move quickly on its efforts.

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Shazam now streams via Spotify, adds context to music discovery

Shazam now streams via Spotify, adds context to music discovery

If you’ve ever been out at a restaurant and heard a song you liked, but had absolutely no idea who the artists was, Shazam might already be your best friend. It’s definitely Siri’s musical go-to compadre, and a new update will make Shazam a lot more than a music recognition service. The biggest new feature is Spotify integration, which will take your playlists and let you stream them via Shazam, but using Spotify to do so. You can also add a Shazamed track to your Spotify playlists, but that’s not all you get!

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That free album you didn’t want topped Rolling Stone’s 2014 list

That free album you didn’t want topped Rolling Stone’s 2014 list

Rolling Stone, like any online or print publication, has an opinion on their topic. Now that we’re officially into December, the magazine is counting their musical blessings, and has released their top 50 albums of the year. At the top of the charts sits a surprise — or at least a surprise if you bought into the social media uproar surrounding its release. At number ten is another surprise; again, only if you jumped on the bandwagon of social media forced outrage about its availability, too.

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Not just 1989: Taylor Swift pulls Spotify back catalog

Not just 1989: Taylor Swift pulls Spotify back catalog

Taylor Swift has yanked all of her music from streaming service Spotify, ditching the ad-supported music platform for reasons unknown. The decision has left Spotify without one of its most popular artists; according to an open letter to the singer posted by the company, Swift's music has been played by almost sixteen million users in the past thirty days, and is to be found on over nineteen million playlists. It's not the first time in the past week or so that Swift has shunned Spotify, however.

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Deezer acquires Stitcher, speeds podcasting initiative

Deezer acquires Stitcher, speeds podcasting initiative

When it comes to streaming, Stitcher is a name you hear pop up quite a bit. The streaming audio service is a popular place for podcasters to peddle their channels and shows. Stitcher is now part of Deezer, the streaming service that concentrates on music playback. The deal makes Deezer one of the better overall streaming service around, encompassing both music and podcasting. The move immediately gives Deezer ownership of the top rated Android podcasting app, and the second place podcasting app on iTunes.

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Beats Music tipped cut to $5 as streaming wars amp up

Beats Music tipped cut to $5 as streaming wars amp up

So you saw Beats Music earlier this year and were impressed, but not enough to pay the monthly fee imposed until now? It may be that Apple has seen what Beats Music (now owned by Apple) is all about and wants to cut the price per month. The new pricing - in a pitch heard thirdhand from Apple - is being suggested at $5 USD. That price might never be met. What’s far more likely is that Apple will cut the price, but that music labels they’re working with will still want at least $7 or $8 USD from end users like you.

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