music streaming

Rdio launches in UK and France

Rdio launches in UK and France

Spotify might be building up some momentum in the United States, but it’s easy to forget that Rdio has its own significant streaming presence too. Previously restricted to the US and a handful of other countries, the service is now available in the UK and France starting from today. As always seems to be the case when it comes to international licenses, the content isn’t quite as good as the US version, but it’s better than nothing, right?

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Spotify readying direct rival to Pandora

Spotify readying direct rival to Pandora

Spotify is said to be developing an internet radio service that will rival the likes of Pandora. It would differ from the existing service, which holds a vast collection of music titles so users can create playlists, and function more like a customized radio station. Currently with Pandora, you plug in an artist or genre and the service will play similar music. You can skip tracks, but have no control over what specific music gets selected after your initial choice.

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Anonymous targets music industry with AnonTune

Anonymous targets music industry with AnonTune

Just yesterday we saw Anonymous creating their own alternative to Pastebin, AnonPaste, and now a group of coders affiliated with the shadowy group have announced that they’re planning to create an anonymous streaming music service. The service, called AnonTune, is in early development, but the goal is to pull in music from across the internet and let users listen anonymously.

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DISH adds Pandora to Hopper DVR system

DISH adds Pandora to Hopper DVR system

Spotify isn’t the only music streaming company making headlines today. DISH has announced that it’s taking Pandora, the personalized radio service, and bringing it to the DISH Hopper HD DVR system. Pandora integration will mean that customers will be able to search and access Pandora from their Hopper DVRs across the house.

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Spotify updated for Android 4.0 ICS

Spotify updated for Android 4.0 ICS

This week we're getting an early preview of the newest version of the mobile version of the Spotify app, complete with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility. This update to the app has been long-awaited, especially since Spotify's Premium Userbase is the only set of folks able to get the full mobile experience with Android. This update has what Spotify describes as a full "top-to-bottom" redesign, works with much higher resolution graphics than ever before, and has an improved new music discovery engine.

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Spotify iPad app captured by Mr. Filtercam

Spotify iPad app captured by Mr. Filtercam

Try and use Spotify on your iPad right now. Go on, we’ll wait. Done? Yeah, that was pretty horrible, wasn’t it? Right now you have to scale up the phone app to be able to use the streaming music service, and while we’re still waiting for the elusive iPad app, new photos may indicate what we can look forward to when Spotify does eventually land. It looks pretty swish too.

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Sonos drops own controller for smartphone apps

Sonos drops own controller for smartphone apps

Sonos has decided to discontinue its own controller hardware with sales of the Control CR200 to stop on May 31. The popularity of smartphones and free controller apps on both Android and iPhones for the Sonos networked audio system has led to the inevitable demise of the Sonos dedicated controller hardware.

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Spotify lifts five play limit in certain European countries

Spotify lifts five play limit in certain European countries

If you don’t want to spring for Spotify Premium, $4.99 for unlimited desktop access and $9.99 to add mobile capabilities, you’re stuck with the free version. With that option you have to put up with commercials playing between songs, as well as the dreaded five play limit on songs. Spotify has revealed that they plan to lift this limit for certain European countries, although U.K and U.S users will still be saddled with the restriction for now.

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MOG finally releases Windows desktop app

MOG finally releases Windows desktop app

MOG is finally releasing a native app for Windows desktop users. The popular music streaming service has long had apps for OS X, iOS, and Android, but Windows users have had to rely on accessing the player via the web browser. The announcement comes just as the company is in the spotlight for a possible merge with HTC and Beats Audio.

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