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Taylor Swift tells the world why she won’t be joining Apple Music

Taylor Swift tells the world why she won’t be joining Apple Music

The debut of Apple Music is on the horizon. One week away from the June 30th launch date,
Pop music fans might want to sit down--Taylor Swift will not be releasing her latest album, 1989, through Apple Music. Fans might be disappointed, but no one should really be surprised by this. She pulled out of releasing the album on Spotify last year, penning an open letter to the company, just like she did this time to voice her concerns with Apple Music.

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Devialet Phantom Review – Delectable French aural oddness

Devialet Phantom Review – Delectable French aural oddness

Devialet’s Phantom resembles something from Portal, has audiophiles by turns fuming or fawning, and squeezes up to 3,000W into a casing some physicists say shouldn’t work. The first all-in-one music system from the polarizing French firm, Phantom’s odd looks are, Devialet claims, merely the side-product of its homegrown pressurized drivers and hybridized analog/digital amplifiers. That means the big story is in the sound, but can this sci-fi prop of a speaker really be worth its $2k price tag?

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Apple Music’s royalty-free trial period puts indie labels at risk

Apple Music’s royalty-free trial period puts indie labels at risk

Apple Music, the tech giant's new streaming service is set to launch June 30th. In the run up to its release, big name labels have already joined the fray, but Apple has yet to secure any independent record labels. Although Apple is reportedly offering higher than average 71.5% to 73% of the revenue to copyright owners, they have to endure a revenue-free trial period, first.

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Spotify “Rewind” takes playlists back through time

Spotify “Rewind” takes playlists back through time

If you aren't old enough to experience the culture of music in the decades past, or if you're actually old enough and want to reminisce about it, then a new, unreleased, soft-launched Spotify might tickle your musical taste buds. Called simply "Rewind", the still unofficial featurette answers one of the most burning questions in the music industry today, one that may never really have any direct answer: If the artists in the 60s, 70s, and whatnot had Spotify, what would their Spotify playlists look like?

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Apple Music ads hit the right notes for artists and fans

Apple Music ads hit the right notes for artists and fans

Apple's high profile keynote and product revelations might be over, but we will continue to feel the ripples in the days and even months to come. Especially with an equally high profile product that will be rolling out to the public in the weeks ahead. Apple Music is the company's latest attempt to revolutionize the digital music industry yet again and reclaim that crown that it had let others like Spotify have grabbed from it. And it is doing so by trying to give music a home.

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Spotify Now cooks up playlists for morning, lunch, and running

Spotify Now cooks up playlists for morning, lunch, and running

Music streaming services are becoming a dime a dozen, with almost anyone and everyone launching their own biz to join the fray. Differentiation, then, becomes a matter of who gets the most appealing customization features that make the services feel more than just a music storage and streaming store. Spotify may have just gotten the upper hand in that department, at least for now. With Spotify Now and Spotify Running, the service promises to cover all your needs, no matter the time of day, no matter the shoes you wear.

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MixRadio’s personalized music streaming lands on Android, iOS

MixRadio’s personalized music streaming lands on Android, iOS

MixRadio has officially outgrown its roots. The music streaming service that prides itself with its personalized and local-aware curated playlists has just announced its expansion to cover almost all of the mobile world. That means, for all intents and purposes, Android, iOS, and its original Windows Phone base. It is also announcing a new partnership with HTC. Now owned by one of the most popular messaging services, MixRadio is set to compete in an already crowded turf headed by the likes of Spotify, Rdio, Apple, and now, Tidal.

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Spotify won’t end free service, so chill

Spotify won’t end free service, so chill

Earlier this morning it was reported that Spotify would end their "free" tier of music streaming service. Just moments ago, we've been informed by a Spotify spokesperson that this is entirely false. While it's not clear where the false information originated as it was quoted as anonymous, what's clear is this: with 75% of their customers taking part in Spotify with ads, this "free" tier isn't going anywhere fast. Now you've got to wonder - what did the original source hope to gain from spreading false information?

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Spotify reportedly ending free service UPDATE: False!

Spotify reportedly ending free service UPDATE: False!

As talk continues over Apple's release of a full-fledged music streaming service, it seems their negotiations with record labels are having an effect on Spotify's business. It has been rumored for some time now that when Apple does officially announce its streaming service, possibly at the upcoming WWDC, it will not have a free tier. In turn, Apple is said to have been pressuring record labels to stop allowing rival Spotify to have such an option.

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Rdio Select is a new budget option for streaming fans

Rdio Select is a new budget option for streaming fans

The music streaming business has already been quite crowded and tough the past few years, and there is no indication that it's going to let up any time soon. Rdio might be already feeling that pressure even more, with the likes of Spotify gaining more and more traction. As a stop gap measure, the streaming service is introducing Rdio Select, a new tier that goes for half the price of a regular monthly sub, but of course also with limits on how much you can enjoy that new found freedom.

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