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My Favorite Music Service

My Favorite Music Service

I have tried them all. I have been using Pandora since the early days, and I pay for the premium Pandora service. I tried, for at least a month each and often more, all of the old guard of the streaming music services. Rhapsody. Napster. Slacker Radio. I owned a Zune HD, and subscribed to Zune, and when I bought my first Windows phone, I subscribed again to give it a second try. When Spotify got hot, I tried it for a while, sharing playlists and music. I have tried Rdio and Last.fm. I’ve spent time on Turntable. For a couple days, I even used Ping. But there is one online music service that is my favorite by far. I’ve been using it for almost a year, and it’s actually gotten better since I started. I listen at work on my desktop, on my smartphone while I’m exercising, and in my car on my stereo.

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Microsoft plans Xbox Music to rival iTunes, Spotify

Microsoft plans Xbox Music to rival iTunes, Spotify

Microsoft is reportedly planning to make a big push in its music service to rival that of Apple's iTunes as well as popular music streaming service Spotify. According to Bloomberg, citing inside sources, the new Xbox Music will combine the best features of both rival services so that customers can purchase songs and sign up for music streaming.

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Apple tipped to overhaul iTunes, improve sharing

Apple tipped to overhaul iTunes, improve sharing

Apple showed off a whole host of new features at WWDC 2012, but things have been quiet on the iTunes front. Bloomberg reports that Apple is busy preparing a major update to iTunes that will have deeper integration with iCloud and place an emphasis on sharing. Sources speaking to Bloomberg say that Apple recognizes that organizing the various content available from its services has become difficult, with iCloud integration hoping to fix that.

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Spotify introduces Artist Apps

Spotify introduces Artist Apps

One way for Spotify to leverage its ecosystem is to build apps around individual bands or artists, and the company has taken the wraps off several such apps today. Quicky Jones, Tiesto, Rancid, and Disturbed now all feature their own apps that will give users access to information and pull in all the music from the artists. Spotify say that even more Artist Apps will be launching in the near future that will follow the same pattern.

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Spotify Radio hits iPhone and iPad for free

Spotify Radio hits iPhone and iPad for free

Spotify has brought its free mobile radio service to the iPhone and iPad, offering both ad-supported and premium subscribers unlimited streaming song access while on the move. A free download [Update: Spotify now says the app will be released in the "next few days"], the newly updated Spotify app allows listeners to construct personalized radio stations from the 16m-strong catalog, save individual tracks from them to their own playlists, and share radio stations with friends.

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Spotify for Android updated with new, faster interface

Spotify for Android updated with new, faster interface

Spotify for the iPad brought with it a brand new user interface, although Android users have had to make do with a Beta version of the refreshed app for a while. Spotify has finally decided that the app is good enough for primetime and has made it available on the Play Store for all to enjoy. A totally redesigned user interface is the main feature, but there’s a whole host of functionality for you to drool over.

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Spotify now available in New Zealand and Australia

Spotify now available in New Zealand and Australia

In a not all that surprising move from Spotify, they've continued their global assault on our eardrums with an invasion of a couple new spaces: Australia and New Zealand! Right here in these two new locations you'll find a wholly unique experience as, Australia gets its own launch of a Triple J app for access to a swath of new hits on the Triple J Hitlist as well as local Hottest 100 countdowns. Both new regions also have their very own welcome playlists that'll usher in this new Spotify age in style.

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iHeartRadio hits 10mm users faster than Spotify and Pandora

iHeartRadio hits 10mm users faster than Spotify and Pandora

This week the folks at iHeartRadio have announced that they've reached 10 million registered users in just 8 months, that quicker than Facebook, Pandora, Spotify, Twitter, and Instagram. This explosive growth has the radio station application hitting 10 million only in registered users, unregistered users growing even quicker still. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment reports that 98 percent of their overall listening comes from the iHeartRadio app, the app also pulling in "more than 45 million monthly digital uniques" in the month of April.

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Spotify adds new desktop client features

Spotify adds new desktop client features

If you weren’t impressed by the dating apps that Spotify announced yesterday, maybe the new features it detailed on its blog today will be of more use. The company has added several new features to its desktop apps, including instant search, playlist-based radio stations, and new sharing options. A new embed option is also available which copies HTML code for pasting on websites and forums.

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Spotify plays Cupid

Spotify plays Cupid

Online dating websites can be a tricky thing, involving complex algorithms and picky individuals. Spotify is jumping into the online matchmaking arena with a little twist, introductng two new apps for the streaming music service. Tastebuds matches you with a potential love interest based on the music that you listen to, while Fellody lets you drag and drop Spotify playlists to search for people with similar tastes.

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