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Spotify says it has more than 100 million monthly active listeners

Spotify says it has more than 100 million monthly active listeners

Spotify has announced that it has more than 100 million people listening to the service every month. The company is seeing substantial growth, according to its most recent statements, with each month nabbing it another 1.8 million or so users. As expected, though, the majority of these subscribers are listening to the ad-supported version of the service; only 30-percent are paying subscribers.

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Gvido uses a pair of e-ink screens to display sheet music

Gvido uses a pair of e-ink screens to display sheet music

A new e-ink product has surfaced called Gvido, but it's not for novels. When closed, the device looks like a large, thin book. When opened, it reveals two cream-colored displays, both of which show sheet music for musicians. Much like the older Kindle devices, the musician merely pushed the right edge of the device to trigger a page refresh, replacing the two sheets of music with another two.

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Libratone ONE Click and TOO portable speakers are easy to carry

Libratone ONE Click and TOO portable speakers are easy to carry

Libratone has taken the wraps off a pair of new speakers, the ONE Click and TOO. Both speakers are portable and wireless, and each one is small but in its own way. The ONE Click is said to be about the size of a paperback book with a shape to match, while the TOO speaker is more like “an overstuffed hot dog,” says Libratone. Both speakers boast 360-degree sound, as well, being able to project audio in every direction around it for a full and robust presence.

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Rhapsody is dead, long live Napster

Rhapsody is dead, long live Napster

Hey, everyone, do you remember Napster? The once immensely popular illegal file-sharing software that just kind of evaporated is back! Well, sort of. Do you remember Rhapsody? Neither do I, to be honest, but it was one of the very first internet radio services, and was eventually just known for its annoying plugins and software. Turns out, the company bought the Napster brand back in 2011 with the hopes of turning into a streaming service to compete with Spotify. But today Rhapsody is no more, and instead will exclusively be using the Napster name.

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Apple Music redesigned from the ground up

Apple Music redesigned from the ground up

Apple Music has been redesigned from the ground up, the company announced at its WWDC 2016 keynote today. The redesign is aimed to make Apple Music more intuitive and simple, and brings with it some new sections and others that have been improved. At the same time, Apple announced that it now has more than 15 million paid subscribers, the fastest growth a service like it has seen in a single year.

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Amazon tipped in plan to launch its own music streaming service

Amazon tipped in plan to launch its own music streaming service

Amazon will be launching its own non-Prime music streaming service soon, according to sources, and it’ll be designed to compete with Spotify and similar music services. The service will cost $9.99/month when it launches, according to a couple of people, with that launch being set for later this summer or possibly early autumn. This music streaming service will be a standalone product, and won’t require subscribers to have a Prime subscription.

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Check out the 3D holograms etched into The Force Awakens vinyl soundtrack

Check out the 3D holograms etched into The Force Awakens vinyl soundtrack

There's no doubt that vinyl has been enjoying a wave of popularity for the last few years, especially as super special editions of artists' albums and new soundtracks. Now Star Wars is getting in on the artistic packages, with a new vinyl release of the soundtrack for The Force Awakens. But while many records use unique or exclusive artwork in the packaging, Star Wars has placed it directly on the vinyl itself, in the form of 3D holograms.

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Twitter audio cards gain Spotify support

Twitter audio cards gain Spotify support

Back in 2014, Twitter launched something called audio cards with iTunes being the first participant in that service. Audio cards allow Twitter users to get 30-second song previews right in the timeline and in Moments. Later the audio card platform also supported SoundCloud and now Twitter has announced support for one of the most popular music services around- Spotify.

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Urbanears ‘Limited Sweat Edition’ are actual sweaty Hellas headphones

Urbanears ‘Limited Sweat Edition’ are actual sweaty Hellas headphones

Urbanears has a bizarre new campaign in which they're offering 'sweat-soaked' headphones that are 'drenched in some real sweaty inspiration' via the workouts of somewhat notable individuals. The headphones are a pair of Hellas, and they were worn by seven individuals who worked up a sweat, apparently got them sweaty, and then had their headphones sealed in a bag right after. No, this isn't a joke.

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AmpMe pairs iPhone with Android – and it’s amazing

AmpMe pairs iPhone with Android – and it’s amazing

The app AmpMe isn't strictly new - it's been around since last fall - but it's just gotten YouTube integration and therefore has become a monster. This app works on iPhone and Android - each platform just as well as the other - and it's basically magical. If you were looking for a reason not to toss your old smartphone from 6 years ago in the garbage (for whatever reason), here it is - every smartphone in the room can become one speaker system wirelessly, without hassle.

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Spotify’s Discovery Weekly has more than 40m listeners

Spotify’s Discovery Weekly has more than 40m listeners

Since launching, Spotify’s Discovery Weekly has reached nearly 5 billion streamed tracks, the company has announced. More than 40 million users listen to Discovery Weekly, which arrived last July and gives listeners a new playlist of music recommendations every Monday. The recommendation feature has turned out to be a big hit, with more than 50% of listeners coming back the next Monday for more.

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Human Inc’s headphones completely encapsulate your ears

Human Inc’s headphones completely encapsulate your ears

Seattle startup Human Inc is working on a program called “Sound,” and it involves a pair of headphones that completely encapsulate the wearer’s ears, blocking out the external world while providing one’s self with a personal surround sound system. These won’t be just any old pair of futuristic-looking headphones, though — the startup plans to have them function as language translators and portable speakers, as well.

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