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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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Dr. Dre’s Compton is streaming on Apple Music now

Dr. Dre’s Compton is streaming on Apple Music now

Delivering as promised, Dr. Dre's first full length album in a very long time is now available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers before it spreads to the general public. Streaming over Apple's shiny new music streaming service, "Compton" brings Dr. Dre back to the scene in what he called his grand finale, reclaiming his spot in the music industry after the failure that was Detox. Given the historical significance of this album, and since it's Dr. Dre, Apple Music users might as well enjoy their exclusive time with the album before everyone else does.

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Spotify: One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ breaks record

Spotify: One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ breaks record

There are four types of Spotify artists: those who never see any plays at all, those who enjoy moderate-but-could-be-better plays, those who enjoy tons of streaming but complain about it, and those who get tons of plays and are apparently perfectly content. One Direction, it seems, falls into the latter group, as it hasn't pulled its music from the streaming service in a fit of huffiness and it has broken the streaming service's latest one-day streaming record. Such is the good life.

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Spotify takes on Apple Music with AI personalized mixtape

Spotify takes on Apple Music with AI personalized mixtape

Spotify is rising to the challenge of Apple Music's human-curated playlists, promising the sort of individualized mixtape that only a computer could deliver. Dubbed Discover Weekly, Spotify's new service looks at each user's listening history and then comes up with suggestions based on that, along with what related tracks other people are listening to and adding to their own playlists. That's then wrapped up into a new "mixtape" every week.

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Neil Young pulls streaming catalog, says quality is worse than AM radio

Neil Young pulls streaming catalog, says quality is worse than AM radio

Neil Young took to Facebook today with a crotchety diatribe against streaming music and a list of things he says sound better: AM radio, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, and apparently every other form of music delivery that isn't Internet streaming. He was blunt in his statements: "Streaming sucks. Streaming is the worst audio in history." And, it seems, his music is too good to be enjoyed through such inferior methods. He'll be back to streaming maybe someday, he says, but only when it sounds better than AM radio.

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Prince drops streaming music, towers over music industry with one track

Prince drops streaming music, towers over music industry with one track

Just as Apple Music arrives, so does Prince leave the streaming music universe. It's no coincidence that The Purple One has also released an ear-blasting new single track HARDROCKLOVER at the same time. This new track screams. It wails in protest. While it doesn't address the rise of the streaming music industry directly, it does push the envelope. It does remind us that Prince has the one true claim to being the greatest living rock star on the planet. He doesn't need to say so.

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