music streaming

Nokia MixRadio launches in China with local artist curated playlists

Nokia MixRadio launches in China with local artist curated playlists

Streaming and download music services are a big business for mobile providers around the world. There are a bunch of services to choose from including iTunes and Spotify among many others. Nokia has been operating its own music service for a while now.

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Amazon Prime music streaming to limit playback

Amazon Prime music streaming to limit playback

Amazon's rumored music streaming service could end up limiting how much each Prime subscriber could listen to each track, forcing them to cough up and buy the MP3 if they want further access, insiders claim. The streaming - believed to be Amazon's next addition to its Prime subscription service, which could increase in price from its current $79 per year to as much as $119, the online retailer has warned - would be curtailed after either a set number of plays or a period of time, it's suggested, in an attempt to appease content music-rights holders.

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Beep sees ex-Googlers take on Sonos with sleek streamer

Beep sees ex-Googlers take on Sonos with sleek streamer

A team of former Google employees are taking on Sonos with a new music streamer, aiming to do for whole-home media playback what Google's own Chromecast did for easy video access. Beep is up for preorder now, a stylized volume knob that's actually a touch-sensitive control, and which funnels music over your WiFi network to whichever speakers you plug in. Then, using Beep's control apps for iOS and Android, users can pipe audio from Pandora and their phone or tablet.

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Steam Music gives SteamOS its own native music player

Steam Music gives SteamOS its own native music player

Valve launched its SteamOS a while back as an effort to get its own free computer operating system on the market. SteamOS entered beta and was available for those who wanted to try it out to download in December 2013. The beta OS proved to be popular and early on it was difficult to download due to the glut of traffic trying to grab the 960MB file.

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YouTube details music industry payouts as labels remain skeptical

YouTube details music industry payouts as labels remain skeptical

Music videos are a popular staple among YouTube users, accounting for a large percentage of the video service's overall views and drawing in countless people every day. The Google company has made a continued push into the market, and this week revealed it has paid out more than a billion dollars to the music industry. Still, labels remain skeptical.

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Last.fm and Spotify team up to give better music recommendations

Last.fm and Spotify team up to give better music recommendations

In a match that seems made in heaven, Internet radio and recommendation service Last.fm has gone into a partnership with music streaming service Spotify. Together the two companies aim to give listeners the music they want and like, even before they know that they do.

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Spotify wants to recommend music based on users’ heartbeats

Spotify wants to recommend music based on users’ heartbeats

Personalization and recommendations are a staple of many services, particularly music services that aim to provide their users with music they want before they know they want it. Spotify could be boosting that idea in the future with a recommendation system that dishes up music based on the user's current heart rate, ensuring there are some tracks at hand for every occasion.

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Baboom music service pre-launches with Kim Dotcom’s own demo album

Baboom music service pre-launches with Kim Dotcom’s own demo album

Kim Dotcom, the man behind now-defunct Megaupload and its namesake, Mega, revealed late last summer that he apparently had grown bored of his file-sharing website, and that he'd be stepping down as director in order to have more free time for other projects, one of which was said to be a music service he had up his sleeves. No details were dropped at the time, but fast-forward a few months, and now Baboom is here.

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Spotify now lets all artists sell their wares

Spotify now lets all artists sell their wares

Spotify has more good news this month, this time for both artists and subscribers. Starting today, all artists will be able to sell directly to fans some items such as shirts, vinyls, posters, deluxe editions and others. Best of all, there are no strings attached and no revenue cuts.

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Rdio unshackles service with free Web streaming debut

Rdio unshackles service with free Web streaming debut

Early this morning, Spotify threw the doors wide open for desktop users, stripping away restrictions and allowing unlimited free streaming, no caps or limitations to be seen. Rdio has followed closely on the heels of this, announcing today that its users can also now stream music for free on the Web, the listening supported by advertisements akin to that of its competitors.

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Spotify nixes time limits on web listening

Spotify nixes time limits on web listening

Spotify has just opened the flood gates of music bliss to all free users of its service, at least if you're using it on your desktop computer. Free users of its web player will now be able to enjoy streaming their favorite artists and songs with no more time or monthly caps.

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YouTube to offer music streaming service, teardown indicates

YouTube to offer music streaming service, teardown indicates

The truth is in the code, and the code for the latest YouTube mobile app version is telling us the Google-owned streaming video subsidiary is nearing all-systems-go for a full-on music streaming service. It will offer free (ad-supported) and paid (ad-free) subscription models, automatic "radio" station creation, offline and background listening, and other features. Does that sound exactly like a Google-fired shot across the bow of Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio and Xbox Music Pass? It does to us.

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