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Spotify Gets Sued For Patent Infringement

Spotify Gets Sued For Patent Infringement

Just two weeks since its U.S. debut, the popular European music service, Spotify, has already gotten a big American "welcome" complete with bear hugs and a patent lawsuit. The company has just been sued by multimedia software company PacketVideo for patent infringement. And oddly, the patent is essentially for music streaming, or some verbiage that resembles that.

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Bang & Olufsen Debut BeoSound 5 Encore Luxury Media Hub

Bang & Olufsen Debut BeoSound 5 Encore Luxury Media Hub

Bang & Olufsen, known for their upscale electronics, has today debuted a new media hub called the BeoSound 5 Encore. The device works like a networked media hub and is a more affordable follow-up to their BeoSound 5 introduced in 2009, which was known for its internet radio and an included hard drive. The new Encore edition eschews the hard drive opting for connectivity with a variety of external devices.

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SlashGear 101: What is Spotify?

SlashGear 101: What is Spotify?

Today I'm sure you heard the news: Spotify has hit the USA! Finally, everyone is saying, finally we can get our Spotify on and we can have a real good time. But wait - what is Spotify? And maybe more importantly, where can I get it? Spotify is a music streaming service that's been around the UK for a couple of years already at the moment we post this post, and has JUST been released in Beta form today in the USA as both an official mobile app and a desktop app for PC, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS. You'll be able to pay for a basic service at $4.99 that includes access through the desktop app only, or $9.99 which includes mobile access as well.

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Spotify US Launch To Be Invite-Only?

Spotify US Launch To Be Invite-Only?

The much hyped European music streaming service, Spotify, is making its US debut this week after months of wrangling deals with US record label companies. If you've been hearing about all the love for Spotify overseas and are anxious to hop on board, you may be a little disappointed when Spotify does launch because it could be by invitation only.

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Spotify Will Not Be Exclusive Partner To Facebook Music

Spotify Will Not Be Exclusive Partner To Facebook Music

The popular European music streaming service, Spotify, is ready to make a splash with its U.S. launch this week. A recently leaked internal document of Spotify's marketing plan along with rumors of deep Spotify integration into Facebook suggested a tight partnership between the two companies. However, new reports reveal that Spotify does not have an exclusive deal with Facebook for the social network's upcoming music service.

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Spotify Plans U.S. Domination With Help From Facebook

Spotify Plans U.S. Domination With Help From Facebook

Spotify has recently confirmed a U.S. launch for next week. This news comes after months of delays as the popular European music streaming service struggled to close deals with U.S. record label companies. But perhaps the biggest deal it's landed is a rumored partnership with Facebook. Some leaked internal marketing materials reveal that Facebook will be a major key to Spotify's U.S. domination.

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Amazon Cloud Drive, Cloud Player Now With Unlimited Music Storage

Amazon Cloud Drive, Cloud Player Now With Unlimited Music Storage

Amazon was first to offer a cloud-based music locker back in March beating out competitors Google and Apple. Despite its early arrival, Amazon's Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services still have a tough battle ahead against the imminent iCloud-powered iTunes juggernaut. Perhaps as a preemptive measure, Amazon today announced several new improvements to its cloud music service that hopes to lure new users with unlimited music storage.

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Best Buy Unveils Its Own Cloud Music Service

Best Buy Unveils Its Own Cloud Music Service

With Amazon, Google, and Apple full steam ahead with cloud music services and likely to dominate the highly competitive arena, its quite a bold move for Best Buy to jump in with a "me too." Best Buy certainly isn't one to shy away from uphill battles and has announced today its own Best Buy Music Cloud that attempts to combine some of the best features from the other cloud services.

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Spotify US launch may be only a few weeks away

Spotify US launch may be only a few weeks away

Spotify recently inked a deal with Universal Music that would allow the streaming music service access to some of the music that Universal artists make. That deal hinted that the US launch of the service was very close to happening. Spotify general manager Jonathan Forster has said at an ad conference that the music service is wrapping up the final licensing deal for the US launch "as I speak." The announcement hints that the launch could be only a couple weeks away.

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