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doubleTwist launches Magic Radio streaming music service

doubleTwist launches Magic Radio streaming music service

doubleTwist has been around for a while now delivering its music player to Android users, providing an iTunes-like interface for syncing music between Android devices and computers. However, the company announced a new service today, called Magic Radio, and it looks to take a piece of the streaming music market share.

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Stitcher launches plug-ins for Firefox and Chrome browsers

Stitcher launches plug-ins for Firefox and Chrome browsers

For a lot of people, it's impossible to make it through the day without having music playing constantly. There's no shortage of Internet radio stations or digital audio content to purchase or stream from a variety of services online. If you're a fan of Stitcher, the company has announced a couple new browser plug-ins.

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Apple’s low royalty rate offer for streaming music has record labels grumbling

Apple’s low royalty rate offer for streaming music has record labels grumbling

It's no secret that Apple has been looking into launching its own music streaming service. Yesterday, we reported that Apple's Tim Cook and Eddy Cue had met up with Beats' CEO Jimmy Iovine to discuss Project Daisy, a music service the latter company has planned, including its business model and planned rollout. Now the tech giant has approached record labels with a royalty rate offer that has left them less than enthused.

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YouTube tipped to launch its own music streaming service

YouTube tipped to launch its own music streaming service

YouTube is rumored to be gearing up to launch a subscription-based music streaming service. The video-streaming juggernaut is hoping to become a fully-fledged media juggernaut in the future it seems. The service is said to have a free model which allows users to listen to all the music they'd like, but with ads popping up from time to time. It's no different than when ads pop-up before/while you're watching your favorite YouTube videos. A paid subscription would of course remove the ads for an uninterrupted music-listening experience.

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Illegal music file sharing down 26%, free streaming services to blame

Illegal music file sharing down 26%, free streaming services to blame

While downloading music illegally may seem like all the rage, it turns out that it's quite the contrary. According to a report from the NPD Group, the volume of illegally downloaded music from peer-to-peer (P2P) services declined 26% in 2012 compared to 2011. The number of users downloading music illegally also dropped 17%.

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Ford SYNC teams up with Spotify for in-car entertainment

Ford SYNC teams up with Spotify for in-car entertainment

This afternoon the folks from Ford and the SYNC team have just announced that the largest and most successful music streaming service will finally be hitting the roads with us. Here in Barcelona, Spain for Mobile World Congress both Ford and Spotify have confirmed their collaboration to bring Spotify's over 20 million songs to the Ford SYNC AppLink.

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Spotify reportedly aiming at free access for mobile users

Spotify reportedly aiming at free access for mobile users

Spotify, the ever-popular music streaming service, is apparently in talks with major music labels to negotiate reductions in royalty fees in order to offer free access to the service's mobile offerings. Currently, users have to pay $9.99 per month in order to access Spotify on their smartphones or tablets.

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Slacker Radio gets overhauled redesign to take on Pandora and Spotify

Slacker Radio gets overhauled redesign to take on Pandora and Spotify

We knew it would be coming, and now it looks like it's finally here. Slacker Radio has completely overhauled its service by introducing a completely new design and tacking on some new features. This time around, Slacker is looking to catch up in the music-streaming market by taking on Pandora and Spotify for the internet radio crown.

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Nokia announces Music+: premium features for €3.99/month

Nokia announces Music+: premium features for €3.99/month

Nokia has announced some new features today for its Mix Radio song discovery service. Most notably, the company outed Music+, a premium music service that give users unlimited skips and downloads for only €3.99/month, or $5.37 in US dollars. Customers will also get higher-quality music streaming, access to lyrics, and a desktop app.

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Last.fm going paid-only, will shut down in most countries

Last.fm going paid-only, will shut down in most countries

The popular internet radio service Last.fm will be cutting back its scale and will be offering only paid subscriptions from now on. The service will shut down in most countries around the world, but will still stay up in the US, UK, and Germany. Paid-for Last.fm radio will continue to be available in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Brazil, but all other countries will no longer have access to the service starting January 15.

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Trent Reznor working on music-streaming service, expected to launch early next year

Trent Reznor working on music-streaming service, expected to launch early next year

Trent Reznor, the musician behind the one-man band Nine Inch Nails recently partnered up with Beats by Dre back in October, but projects and efforts from the partnership remained quiet. However, Reznor has announced that he's working on a new music-streaming service to take on the likes of Spotify and Rdio.

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Rdio updated for iOS and Android with fully re-booted UI

Rdio updated for iOS and Android with fully re-booted UI

It's time to get smart with the developers behind the music streaming app Rdio - updated today for iOS as well as Android. This update brings on a fully redesigned user interface that's ever-so-slightly cleaner than we've ever seen from the app before and will likely instill much more confidence in the system for both artists and those looking to subscribe to the pay service. Last month the team launched a Rdio Artist Program and a massive advertising campaign over the past few months to bring the app into prominence.

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