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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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Spotify for Windows Phone update to bring Radio & more

Spotify for Windows Phone update to bring Radio & more

Spotify will add personalized Radio support, along with its Browse and Discover features, to its Windows Phone 8 app this Spring, the streaming music company has confirmed. The new app - which will take on not only Pandora but Nokia Radio as bundled on Lumia handsets - will allow listeners to generate a custom music station based on a seed track or artist, as their counterparts on Android and iOS have been able to do for some time.

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Forgotify makes it easy to give never-played Spotify songs a little love

Forgotify makes it easy to give never-played Spotify songs a little love

In December, Spotify launched an #undiscovered hashtag campaign to draw attention to the songs in its library that have never been played. With it came a massive discombobulated playlist with lonely audio bits ranging from book readings to comedy snippets, making it a bit overwhelming and underwhelming at the same time. Forgotify aims to improve that, making it easy to give these undiscovered songs some love.

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Last.fm and Spotify team up to give better music recommendations

Last.fm and Spotify team up to give better music recommendations

In a match that seems made in heaven, Internet radio and recommendation service Last.fm has gone into a partnership with music streaming service Spotify. Together the two companies aim to give listeners the music they want and like, even before they know that they do.

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Spotify wants to recommend music based on users’ heartbeats

Spotify wants to recommend music based on users’ heartbeats

Personalization and recommendations are a staple of many services, particularly music services that aim to provide their users with music they want before they know they want it. Spotify could be boosting that idea in the future with a recommendation system that dishes up music based on the user's current heart rate, ensuring there are some tracks at hand for every occasion.

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