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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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You won’t be streaming Adele’s ’25’ on Spotify

You won’t be streaming Adele’s ’25’ on Spotify

Since the release of her single "Hello" last month, many people have been eagerly awaiting Adele's new album. Of course, with any album release, many people also wonder when it will be hitting streaming services such as Spotify. Unfortunately for those people, they're not going to see this album on there any time soon.

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It’s finally happening: Beats Music shuts down 30th November

It’s finally happening: Beats Music shuts down 30th November

There was, of course, a huge writing on the wall that clearly said "Apple Music". But remaining holdouts of the Beats brand who had hoped that Apple would continue running the service for a while longer will likely feel suddenly homeless. That is, unless they migrate to Apple's single home for music subscription. Starting November 30, Beats Music will cease to exist and paid subscriptions will be automatically closed. Existing users are encouraged to move over their picks and preferences to Apple Music while there's still time. 

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Chromecast Audio Review

Chromecast Audio Review

Google's original Chromecast was a runaway success, and now the company is hoping to do for audio streaming what it did for video. The Chromecast Audio - launched alongside a new Chromecast Video - promises to bring traditional speakers and HiFi systems up to speed in the brave new age of streaming, and all for a bargain price of $35.

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Rhapsody launches KIDS mode to wean toddlers on streaming

Rhapsody launches KIDS mode to wean toddlers on streaming

The music streaming market is getting crowded, with almost everyone and anyone coming up with their own spin. Heck, even messaging platform LINE has one. And with Apple's entry into the market, the game is definitely on. Rhapsody has been one of the pioneers in that industry, especially in the "listen all you can for a monthly subscription" business and now it is looking towards a slightly fresh new market: kids. No, it isn't starting a new subscription service but is updating its mobile apps to be more child-safe.

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Sonos PLAY:5 reborn as $500 smart speaker: Hands-on

Sonos PLAY:5 reborn as $500 smart speaker: Hands-on

It's been six years since Sonos launched the original PLAY:5, the first all-in-one speaker for its streaming music platform, and now it's time for the second-generation. In the intervening period products like the PLAYBAR - which attempts to create surround sound from a single speaker - and the PLAY:1 - with its tiny footprint - have given the company plenty of opportunity to refine its processes.

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Chromecast Audio tipped to rival Sonos on a budget

Chromecast Audio tipped to rival Sonos on a budget

Google is readying not one but two second-generation Chromecast media streamers for imminent launch, new rumors suggest, with one focused on music. While leaks earlier today indicated the new Chromecast would be a faster, more circular dongle than its stick-like predecessor, subsequent tipsters speaking to 9to5Google suggest it's actually one of two products in the pipeline.

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Tidal gets exclusive Prince album ‘HITNRUN’ next month

Tidal gets exclusive Prince album ‘HITNRUN’ next month

Tidal has announced that it will be the exclusive home to Prince’s upcoming album HITNRUN, which was first revealed last month. This follows the release of HARDROCKLOVER and the artist’s fast absence from music streaming services. According to today's announcement, this partnership between Tidal and Prince has been long in the making, but was cemented by “mutual admiration and respect and a profound belief in artists’ rights." This partnership began back in May.

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