music streaming

Soundcloud Go offers labeled, ad-free, offline music at a price

Soundcloud Go offers labeled, ad-free, offline music at a price

Soundcloud is probably not the first name that comes to mind when you think of music streaming. It is, however, the top dog, perhaps along with Bandcamp, when you think about indie music streaming. Today, however, Soundcloud is playing in the big leagues. It has just confirmed and announced its much rumored subscription tier, offering more serious subscribers a chance to take their music offline or listen without the interruption of ads. However, it also mark's the service's foray into record label territory, offering titles from the likes of Sony and UMG.

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Hale, hearty, and horny: Sonos and Apple study tests if music matters

Hale, hearty, and horny: Sonos and Apple study tests if music matters

Could listening to Beyoncé make food taste better, streaming Slipknot make you more frisky, or slapping on Paul McCartney's greatest hits make your kids do chores? Turns out the answer might be yes to all three, with Sonos bankrolling a scientific study into the effect of music on home life.

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Sonos Apple Music support launches February 10, for real

Sonos Apple Music support launches February 10, for real

This is the news Apple Music subscribers and Sonos speaker owners may have been waiting for for months now. It was way back in December when Sonos finally kicked off the beta testing period for Apple Music integrations, which was actually announced a month before that. Now finally the real deal is here. Or at least in a few more hours. Sonos has announced that Apple Music will finally, fully, and truly launch on its connected speakers on February 10, mixing Apple's specially curated music selection with the unique features that Sonos' speakers offer.

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No background music for Xbox One until summer

No background music for Xbox One until summer

When you're playing games, the soundtrack can go a long way in helping set the mood. However, when you've heard Butcher Pete on your Pip Boy for the twentieth time, it starts to lose its charm. We've known for a while that Xbox One owners can expect to use their own music during gaming sessions, but what we haven't known is exactly when this will happen.

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Spotify sued for $150m over alleged failure to pay royalties

Spotify sued for $150m over alleged failure to pay royalties

Spotify has been hit with a class-action lawsuit from David Lowery over alleged failure to make royalty payments. The lawsuit is seeking a minimum of $150 million in damages from the streaming service, and claims that Spotify distributed music compositions that were copyrighted sans identifying the owners or making it known it planned to use a compulsory license.

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Tesla makes Spotify the Model S’ magic jukebox

Tesla makes Spotify the Model S’ magic jukebox

Tesla has inked a deal with Spotify to include premium music streaming for the Model S, direct from the huge in-dash touchscreen. The agreement will affect cars in Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia, which until now have used Rdio's streaming service for their media playback.

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Rhapsody brings big updates to Sonos

Rhapsody brings big updates to Sonos

The team behind Rhapsody's streaming music service has put a lot of effort into figuring out how users listen to their music. According to their VP of Engineering, they've been collecting data for 13 years, and analyzing it to figure out exactly what their users want. And now they're putting out a host of new features, and bringing them to Sonos.

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Spotify Party lets you match music with mood

Spotify Party lets you match music with mood

I'll admit that I'm not the best person to make a playlist for a party. Sure, I can come up with a mix CD for someone in particular, but I suck at party music. I tend to rely on my Pandora stations for that, but even those can miss the mark pretty often in a group setting. Thankfully, Spotify has a new feature that will help people like me.

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Pandora’s Thumbprint station mixes up your favorite tracks

Pandora’s Thumbprint station mixes up your favorite tracks

I've been a fan of Pandora's streaming music service since I was first introduced to it somewhere back in 2009. It was a novel idea, only playing music that I wanted to listen to, instead of traditional radio stations where I had to listen to whatever they happened to choose, or making my own playlists, which took forever. The service has struggled to keep up with competitors like Spotify, but they've recently released a new feature that they're hoping will give them a little edge.

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Deezer becomes even more mobile with CarPlay integration

Deezer becomes even more mobile with CarPlay integration

Apple's long expected entry into the music streaming biz has served as a wake up call to many existing services who are now feeling a challenge to the status quo. Many have started pushing out changes to their subscription tiers or new features to their services. Deezer is, of course, no exception. Just last week it rolled out an update to its Android app that brings it in line with modern Google design, not to mention the iOS app. Now it is also announcing its next frontier, to take over your cars via Apple's CarPlay.

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Songza fully folded into Google Play Music, shuts down Jan 2016

Songza fully folded into Google Play Music, shuts down Jan 2016

In 2007, a little known service called Songza launched to offer something that was, back then, almost completely unheard of: contextual music suggestions. Since then, various music streaming service have started their own form of personalized suggestion, the feature almost becoming a staple of every streaming service. Last year, Google acquired Songza and started integrating its key features into Google Play Music. With its core basically gutted out, there was little reason for Songza to remain as an independent product and will soon cease to exist, starting 31st January 2016.

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Opera Max will soon do data saving magic on music streaming

Opera Max will soon do data saving magic on music streaming

Streaming media over the Internet is slowly but surely taking over even buying digital copies of videos and music. It's a trend that Apple itself has practically affirmed by launching its own Apple Music service. That means, however, that more and more people are becoming reliant on media streaming even while their bandwidth or data plans don't support it. Luckily for those kinds of users, Opera will be rolling out an update to its Opera Max service that will perform data saving compression on music streaming as it does web pages and videos.

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