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Shazam now streams via Spotify, adds context to music discovery

Shazam now streams via Spotify, adds context to music discovery

If you’ve ever been out at a restaurant and heard a song you liked, but had absolutely no idea who the artists was, Shazam might already be your best friend. It’s definitely Siri’s musical go-to compadre, and a new update will make Shazam a lot more than a music recognition service. The biggest new feature is Spotify integration, which will take your playlists and let you stream them via Shazam, but using Spotify to do so. You can also add a Shazamed track to your Spotify playlists, but that’s not all you get!

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That free album you didn’t want topped Rolling Stone’s 2014 list

That free album you didn’t want topped Rolling Stone’s 2014 list

Rolling Stone, like any online or print publication, has an opinion on their topic. Now that we’re officially into December, the magazine is counting their musical blessings, and has released their top 50 albums of the year. At the top of the charts sits a surprise — or at least a surprise if you bought into the social media uproar surrounding its release. At number ten is another surprise; again, only if you jumped on the bandwagon of social media forced outrage about its availability, too.

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Not just 1989: Taylor Swift pulls Spotify back catalog

Not just 1989: Taylor Swift pulls Spotify back catalog

Taylor Swift has yanked all of her music from streaming service Spotify, ditching the ad-supported music platform for reasons unknown. The decision has left Spotify without one of its most popular artists; according to an open letter to the singer posted by the company, Swift's music has been played by almost sixteen million users in the past thirty days, and is to be found on over nineteen million playlists. It's not the first time in the past week or so that Swift has shunned Spotify, however.

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Deezer acquires Stitcher, speeds podcasting initiative

Deezer acquires Stitcher, speeds podcasting initiative

When it comes to streaming, Stitcher is a name you hear pop up quite a bit. The streaming audio service is a popular place for podcasters to peddle their channels and shows. Stitcher is now part of Deezer, the streaming service that concentrates on music playback. The deal makes Deezer one of the better overall streaming service around, encompassing both music and podcasting. The move immediately gives Deezer ownership of the top rated Android podcasting app, and the second place podcasting app on iTunes.

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Beats Music tipped cut to $5 as streaming wars amp up

Beats Music tipped cut to $5 as streaming wars amp up

So you saw Beats Music earlier this year and were impressed, but not enough to pay the monthly fee imposed until now? It may be that Apple has seen what Beats Music (now owned by Apple) is all about and wants to cut the price per month. The new pricing - in a pitch heard thirdhand from Apple - is being suggested at $5 USD. That price might never be met. What’s far more likely is that Apple will cut the price, but that music labels they’re working with will still want at least $7 or $8 USD from end users like you.

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Spotify launches across Canada (finally)

Spotify launches across Canada (finally)

We've seen hints of it before, and now it has finally happened: Spotify has officially launched in Canada, just time for those long winter months spent indoors. The announcement came from the company itself this morning, and includes service across your mobile devices in addition to the Web.

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Deezer Elite high-res music streaming arrives as Sonos exclusive

Deezer Elite high-res music streaming arrives as Sonos exclusive

For the first time, users in the United States will be able to stream music from Deezer...if they have Sonos gear. The announcement was made today, with Deezer Elite being unveiled as a lossless music streaming service about to undergo a global rollout, coming to the US as a Sonos exclusive.

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Why did Google buy Songza? Rdio knows

Why did Google buy Songza? Rdio knows

There are a lot of streaming music services in the world, and Google’s acquisition of Songza came as no surprise. What is a bit befuddling to some is why Google would buy Songza instead of the others out there. Google’s pockets are deep, so cost wasn’t really an issue — they could have had any company willing to sell (and they all would for the right price). So why did Google grab Songza?

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Google snaps up Songza; contextual music incoming

Google snaps up Songza; contextual music incoming

Google has purchased Songza, the music suggestion and streaming radio service. The suggestions, which come in the form of carefully curated content based on context like where you are, fit well with Google. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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T-Mobile and Rhapsody team up for ad-free UnRadio service

T-Mobile and Rhapsody team up for ad-free UnRadio service

How fitting, that on the same day it would announce that music streaming no longer counts towards one's data cap, T-Mobile has also unleashed its own Internet radio service? Called UnRadio, the service promises to be unlike other competitors' offerings.

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T-Mobile Music Freedom: streaming without touching your data quota

T-Mobile Music Freedom: streaming without touching your data quota

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.

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D-Link WiFi Audio Extender streams music, boosts WiFi

D-Link WiFi Audio Extender streams music, boosts WiFi

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.

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