Sonos has decided to discontinue its own controller hardware with sales of the Control CR200 to stop on May 31. The popularity of smartphones and free controller apps on both Android and iPhones for the Sonos networked audio system has led to the inevitable demise of the Sonos dedicated controller hardware.
If you don’t want to spring for Spotify Premium, $4.99 for unlimited desktop access and $9.99 to add mobile capabilities, you’re stuck with the free version. With that option you have to put up with commercials playing between songs, as well as the dreaded five play limit on songs. Spotify has revealed that they plan to lift this limit for certain European countries, although U.K and U.S users will still be saddled with the restriction for now.
MOG is finally releasing a native app for Windows desktop users. The popular music streaming service has long had apps for OS X, iOS, and Android, but Windows users have had to rely on accessing the player via the web browser. The announcement comes just as the company is in the spotlight for a possible merge with HTC and Beats Audio.
We've been hearing increasingly more reports that HTC was looking to acquire their own music streaming service to complete the package with Beats Audio, and to compete with others such as Spotify. After we reported that HTC was looking to buy MOG yesterday, sources are now confirming the deal has been concluded and Beats Audio has purchased MOG and their music streaming service.
It's being reported that HTC has acquired a subscription-based music service called MOG, a decision that would support HTC's desire to start pushing more into the content side of the mobile market. MOG had been unable to compete with the much more popular serivce Spotify and it was assumed that the company was aggressively looking to be acquired by someone to remain relevant.
Wires are a pain. You have to run them everywhere, try and hide them effectively, and if not, they clutter up rooms and look out of place. That’s particularly true of sound systems involving multiple speakers. What’s the solution? Wireless, of course. Atlantic Technology may have what you’re looking for in the war on cables.
Music streaming service Spotify will be offering family subscription plans sometime in the near future, according to comments made by the company's chief content officer, Ken Parks. This should be a welcome option for Spotify subscribers and will certainly put pressure on the competition for rivals such as Rdio, which already offers family plans.
The Sony platform that allows users to stream unlimited music tracks on their PS3 and other devices has now made its way to the PlayStation Vita. The app has two tiers of service - one for users who just want to listen to an "Internet radio" stream of music and a premium tier that lets users search for and download specific songs. It's kind of like Pandora, but with a hint of iTunes.
Apple is reportedly working on a new audio file format that would enable "adaptive streaming" of music accessed via the iCloud and iTunes Match. This feature will allow music quality to automatically adjust between high and low to accommodate the bandwidth or storage constraints of a user's portable device.
As the 2012 election season for the President of the United States comes down upon is in a hailstorm of advertisements and pushes to do the right thing, so too do the brand collaborations begin - right here with Spotify. Though we've already seen the President go on Google+ to do a fireside chat after his State of the Union address just a few days ago, this is the first real place, I'd say, we're seeing Obama really jam on the youth-tip to get back in touch with the citizens of the United States so they can vote for him in 2012. While Barack Obama has never been one to get too far away from this environment, you're going to see one whole heck of a lot more of this tech-related business as the elections come up - what better way to start than with some Spotify music?