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PURE Music takes on Spotify at half the price

PURE Music takes on Spotify at half the price

Does the world need another Spotify rival? PURE things it does, hence PURE Music, the company's new streaming media service that promises a 15m+ catalog of tracks that can be accessed from an iPhone or Android app, a PC/Mac browser or their standalone internet radios. Launching in the UK in December - with gradual international rollout after that - PURE Music's big advantage over Spotify is the price: just £4.99 ($7.99) per month for unlimited streaming. However, there are a few compromises you'll have to accept for that bargain pricing.

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Spotify for Blackberry preview supports some models

Spotify for Blackberry preview supports some models

Spotify has turned out to be a very popular music service in the US now that it has finally launched. Spotify has been raking in huge numbers of users since its deal with Facebook and you can bet a bunch of those users are on Blackberry smartphones. Spotify has announced a new preview of the Spotify for Blackberry app.

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Spotify hits Boxee Box

Spotify hits Boxee Box

Spotify has landed on the Boxee Box, offering subcribers to the streaming music service a way to listen to tracks, as well as access playlists and artist information, from their set-top box. The latest in a number of implementations of Spotify in standalone home entertainment systems, the Boxee app also gives access to the What's New section, flagging up the latest content to arrive in the catalog.

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Western Digital adds Spotify support to WD TV range

Western Digital adds Spotify support to WD TV range

Western Digital and Spotify have announced that the streaming music service will now be available on WD TV media players, giving Spotify premium subscribers access to the 15m+ catalog from their HDTVs. Supported on the WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub, the latter packing a 1TB hard-drive, Spotify functionality will include playlist creation and recall, song sharing and the ability to subscribe to friends' playlists.

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Rhapsody buys Napster in attempt to fight Spotify

Rhapsody buys Napster in attempt to fight Spotify

Rhapsody announced today that it will be buying Napster from Best Buy to boost its subscriber base and expand its IP portfolio. The move appears to be a direct reaction to the intensifying competition from music service rivals like Spotify, which has been hogging much of the spotlight lately. The terms of the deal have not been revealed, but it is expected to close around November 30 with Best Buy receiving a minority stake in Rhapsody.

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Spotify: 250,000 new users daily after Facebook deal

Spotify: 250,000 new users daily after Facebook deal

Spotify is reportedly seeing 250,000 new users join each day, in the aftermath of its deal with Facebook last week, with monthly active users leaping by 1m to 4.4m. The figures, shared by music industry consultancy MusicAlly, contrasts sharply with criticism of Spotify's decision to tie new sign-ups up with the social network. Spotify currently offers six months of its unlimited access package free to new users.

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Spotify US thrown open: no invite required (Update)

Spotify US thrown open: no invite required (Update)

Music fans that want to try Spotify before they pay for a premium account and couldn't get an invite before will be glad to hear that anyone can get on Spotify now. The only caveat to the free access is that it lasts six months and you have to sign in with your Facebook account to access the site. The six months is unlimited listening and apparently, you have to upgrade to the premium account after that time to keep the tunes going.

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