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Spotify Platform apps start with LastFM, TuneWiki, SongKick

Spotify Platform apps start with LastFM, TuneWiki, SongKick

This week Spotify was revealed by CEO Daniel Ek as being ready to expand with what they call a brand new Music Platform, and with this came a set of new apps made by developers ready to work with Spotify right out of the gate. What Ek had to show off was Spotify working with the first set of apps developed with their streaming music service integrated including LastFM, TuneWiki, and SongKick. What we're finding here is that while these applications are connected with Spotify to stream music, they retain their original abilities to work with music in a variety of ways.

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Spotify introduces Music Platform

Spotify introduces Music Platform

This week Spotify stepped out from the streaming music business into the greater world of the music industry as a platform - third party developers streaming in to work with Spotify to continue to change the world from one where piracy is king to one where people's options to get to that music easily reigns supreme. Daniel Ek, CEO and founder of Spotify stepped to the stage with a plan to outline Spotify's backround and mission, their move into social, and their big announcement for the day. What his and Spotify's mission was and is, Ek said, was to find the best solution outside of piracy for getting music to people's ears in as "good for everybody" a way as possible.

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Spotify closes 2.5 million paying subscribers

Spotify closes 2.5 million paying subscribers

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Spotify has closed 2.5 million paying subscribers for its online music streaming service. While there weren't details released by the company about its subscribers' geographical locations, how long it took, or how many free users there were, it’s nonetheless an impressive feat, especially in this era where music can be easily attainable for little to no cost, well, pretty much, free. Spotify has done a good job persuading customers to actually pay for it. And they do so by providing a seriously killer music service.

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AirGo is first outdoor speaker to house AirPort Express for AirPlay

AirGo is first outdoor speaker to house AirPort Express for AirPlay

Russound announced today its AirGo Outdoor Sound Station that's the first outdoor speaker system to tout Apple's AirPlay music streaming technology via the attachment of an AirPort Express device. Usually we see speaker docks with AirPlay integrated, but the AirGo has, instead, a weatherproof compartment where an AirPort Express unit can be stowed.

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Sony Music Unlimited gets major update for PS3

Sony Music Unlimited gets major update for PS3

Sony released a major update today for its Music Unlimted service that streams music to PlayStation 3 consoles. The update brings an interface overhaul for the service on PS3, but more importantly, adds new music discovery capabilities as well as a "My Channels" feature that lets you customize your music listening experience.

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Spotify for Blackberry preview supports some models

Spotify for Blackberry preview supports some models

Spotify has turned out to be a very popular music service in the US now that it has finally launched. Spotify has been raking in huge numbers of users since its deal with Facebook and you can bet a bunch of those users are on Blackberry smartphones. Spotify has announced a new preview of the Spotify for Blackberry app.

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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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Spotify US thrown open: no invite required (Update)

Spotify US thrown open: no invite required (Update)

Music fans that want to try Spotify before they pay for a premium account and couldn't get an invite before will be glad to hear that anyone can get on Spotify now. The only caveat to the free access is that it lasts six months and you have to sign in with your Facebook account to access the site. The six months is unlimited listening and apparently, you have to upgrade to the premium account after that time to keep the tunes going.

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