music streaming

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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YouTube to launch on-demand music service this year, says sources

YouTube to launch on-demand music service this year, says sources

YouTube is reportedly planning on launching its own on-demand music service, something said to be similar to Spotify but with video tossed into the mix. Furthermore, there won't be much of a wait for the service if the leak pans out, with the sources saying that the music service will launch sometime towards the end of this year.

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iTunes Radio reportedly heading for Australia, New Zealand and other regions in 2014

iTunes Radio reportedly heading for Australia, New Zealand and other regions in 2014

Last week, a job listing for iTunes Radio surfaced, calling for a music programmer in Canada who would help with the platform, indicating that users in the nation would likely be seeing it soon. Now "people with knowledge of the situation" have surfaced, telling the folks at Bloomberg that English-speaking countries beyond the US will gain access to iTunes Radio early next year.

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Pandora speaks out against “falsehood” accusations regarding royalties

Pandora speaks out against “falsehood” accusations regarding royalties

Pandora is no stranger to criticism when it comes to royalties, with some saying that it pays too little while the streaming radio service strives to gain lower fees. Back in November, for example, songwriter Ellen Shipley said a song she wrote was played 3.1 million times and earned her $39. A similar statement was made earlier this week by songwriter David Lowery, whose song was played 1 million times and earned a tad under $17. Pandora has responded in part to such claims, saying there are "falsehoods" that need cleared up.

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Rdio family plan now supports five members

Rdio family plan now supports five members

Rdio announced its Family Plans subscription option back in August of 2011, allowing a main account to add on up to two sub-accounts for a special pricing structure. It has been a couple years, but feedback has finally been acknowledged and the plans have received a slight upgrade. Starting today, family plans can now have up to five members.

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Pandora Premieres station offers pre-release album streaming

Pandora Premieres station offers pre-release album streaming

Pandora, which is about to face a big competitor when Apple irons out its remaining snags with iRadio, has just announced a new feature - Pandora Premieres. This station is unlike the rest, allowing users to listen to early album releases before they're available for purchase. While not much is available via it right now, more artists will be added in the future.

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Google Play Music All Access takes on Spotify with music streaming

Google Play Music All Access takes on Spotify with music streaming

We heard rumors during the calm of the storm last night before Google I/O, and now it's official. Google today announced what they're calling Google Play Music All Access, which is the company's own take on music streaming, and they look to take on Spotify and Rdio, which are the two main heavyweights in this category.

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Google reportedly to unveil subscription music service at I/O 2013 tomorrow

Google reportedly to unveil subscription music service at I/O 2013 tomorrow

Back on February 22, word surface at the Financial Times that Google would be launching a free music streaming service, possibly in addition to an ad-free subscription option. Not much information was offered at the time, except that it would allow the company to compete with some other big-name companies, and would give its users access to millions of tracks. Now sources have come forward stating the service will be announced tomorrow.

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