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Spotify hack affects one user, upgrades for Android

Spotify hack affects one user, upgrades for Android

Those of you using Spotify on Android this week will likely be seeing a prompt to upgrade your app to its newest edition. This prompt comes after a single user’s security was breached, and Spotify discovered said breach. At this time, it does not appear that any other users’ data was accessed.

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Spotify hits 10m paying subscribers

Spotify hits 10m paying subscribers

Spotify has passed the 10m paying subscribers mark, with around a quarter of the streaming music provider's users worldwide coughing up cash each month for ad-free access to the catalog of tracks. The company charges $9.99 per month for those users who want to escape commercials as well as listen to Spotify music through their home media systems, like Sonos.

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Spotify Radio hits Windows Phone with app update

Spotify Radio hits Windows Phone with app update

Spotify has brought its streaming Radio service to Windows Phone, updating the app to support automagical playlist creation based on a seed song or artist. The feature, which is already been available on iOS and Android, debuts alongside a new UI for the app, which is a free download.

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This streaming war could bring YouTube and Spotify to their knees

This streaming war could bring YouTube and Spotify to their knees

YouTube, Spotify, and other streaming music providers like Pandora are reportedly facing a potential revolt from songwriters, angry at the meager slice of the royalty pie they receive, and threatening to veto tracks being included in some regions. Publishers - representing songwriters - have long had smaller rewards from streaming licensing compared to record labels, for instance making around 12x less from playback through Pandora, with chatter of a push-back brewing.

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Spotify for Android update brings “Your Music” feature

Spotify for Android update brings “Your Music” feature

Spotify has rolled out an update for its Android users, and with it comes a few improvements, most notable among them being the inclusion of the "Your Music" feature. With this new feature, mobile users can organize, save, and otherwise sort through their playlists and favorites for easy access.

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Spotify phasing out use of P2P

Spotify phasing out use of P2P

After years of growth, Spotify is now gravitating away from the use of P2P technology, something it has used from the start as one method for delivering music to subscribers. In substitution, the music streaming service will begin relying more on central servers.

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Spotify tipped to expand presence with carrier partnership

Spotify tipped to expand presence with carrier partnership

Following in the footsteps of the AT&T and Beats Music partnership, Spotify is reportedly planning to partner with Sprint to offer its customers an easier way to pay for the service, as well as a free subscription trial, expanding its presence in an increasingly competitive market.

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Spotify UI adopts darker colors for unity across platforms

Spotify UI adopts darker colors for unity across platforms

Spotify is one of the more popular streaming services out there for music fans. It has changed the colors of its user interface in an effort to be more uniform across all the platforms where it is available. New colors are a departure for the service since it has used the same basic color scheme since it launched. The new colors are much darker with liberal use of black and high contrast white.

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Last.fm switches off subscription radio, Scrobbler app now the mainstay

Last.fm switches off subscription radio, Scrobbler app now the mainstay

In their decade long run, Last.fm has seen many ups and downs. In late 2012 the popular Internet radio service was cutting back its scale and turned to paid-only subscriptions. They next warmed up to Spotify and teamed up to include their app in Spotify's portfolio. The latest news is that their radio streaming service will no longer be available as of 28th of April 2014. Instead, scrobbling, music discovery, and recommendations are their new direction.

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Spotify lures in students with Premium perk

Spotify lures in students with Premium perk

As the on-demand music streaming industry grows and competition with it (rumors that Apple may be among that competition surfaced last week), Spotify is looking to draw in a larger number of listeners to its Premium subscription service, doing so with a big perk: slashed rates for students.

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Rdio drops Echo Nest following Spotify acquisition

Rdio drops Echo Nest following Spotify acquisition

Last week, Spotify revealed that it will be acquiring The Echo Nest, a music-centric service that offers content curation and more. While Spotify has big plans for the new purchase, it spelled bad news for Rdio, which has revealed it will be dropping the company, doing so out of a desire not to share data with its competitor.

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Spotify buys The Echo Nest for smart music curation

Spotify buys The Echo Nest for smart music curation

Spotify has announced plans to buy The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company which specializes in content curation for services like Nokia Music, as well as more unusual apps built on its deep data feed. The streaming music company will use The Echo Nest's tech to power its updated "Discover" section, which tries to predict and suggest new music the listener might like based on their previous playlists and social networks.

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