Amidst its other event-related news this evening, T-Mobile has announced a big change for music lovers: music streaming without it affecting your data quota. CEO Legere, calling himself a "music freak", said he was "outraged" at the use of music to lure in subscribers to "over-priced plans". Music should be free, he said, and so starting now it no longer counts towards one's 4G data on the carrier's Simple Choice plans.
Networking specialist D-Link is slowly but surely filling the market with these little gizmos that add value to your home WiFi network at an affordable price. The latest to join the fray is the DCH-M225, an inconspicuous little box that not only plays music from mobile devices to any connected speaker but even extends your WiFi connection inside the house.
If you're one of the few owners of Samsung's wireless multiroom speakers, your audio equipment has just gotten an upgrade. Now these Shape wireless speakers can now be controlled with Spotify's mobile app, allowing users to combine Spotify's selection of music with Samsung's equipment, if you already have it.
Aether's unusually-shaped Cone speaker, a streaming music player that promises smart curation of tracks, will launch with Rdio and Stitcher as sources, the start-up has confirmed. Revealed back in March, the distinctive speaker prioritizes machine learning rather than active control over playlists, with Aether promising to learn the listener's preferences and tailor what's streaming to suit.
Spotify has passed the 10m paying subscribers mark, with around a quarter of the streaming music provider's users worldwide coughing up cash each month for ad-free access to the catalog of tracks. The company charges $9.99 per month for those users who want to escape commercials as well as listen to Spotify music through their home media systems, like Sonos.
With Apple’s alleged purchase of Beats hanging in the air, a rogue third-party has interjected. David Hyman, founder of Mog, is suing Beats ahead of an Apple takeover. According to him, Beats owes him quite a bit of money, or stake in the company.
It hasn't been that long since Samsung rolled out its Milk Music service. The music service was offered for free, but Samsung was clear from the start that it wouldn't always be free from monthly fees and ads. Users of Milk Music who are now hooked on the service will be bummed to hear that Samsung is now talking about the premium ad-free version.
As the on-demand music streaming industry grows and competition with it (rumors that Apple may be among that competition surfaced last week), Spotify is looking to draw in a larger number of listeners to its Premium subscription service, doing so with a big perk: slashed rates for students.