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Spotify apps tipped: reviews, tickets, lyrics & more

Spotify apps tipped: reviews, tickets, lyrics & more

Spotify will announce app support, enabling third-party functionality such as music reviews, lyrics, nearby concert information and ticket purchasing to be accessed via the streaming music service's PC and Mac software, at the event later today, according to insiders. App development will be opened up freely to developers, though Spotify will test and approve each before releasing them to users, the WSJ's sources claim; yesterday, it was suggested that Spotify's big announcement today was that the company would in effect become an "authentication layer" between labels, developers and users.

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Spotify may open up to third-party developers and become authentication service

Spotify may open up to third-party developers and become authentication service

When it comes to the world's single biggest music subscription service Spotify, changes such as opening up to the USA after 2 years of preparation don't come easy - but what they'll reveal this Wednesday may well change their whole outlook by opening up to 3rd party developers. Spotify recently sent out a message that they'd be having a press conference this week, and as All Things D's Peter Kafka notes, the change they'll be revealing more than likely has more to do with how their music is delivered to you, the consumer, than it does with what music and services they'll be providing. It does make sense that they'd be connecting with more services, as their recent deal with Facebook has proven to be more than lucrative for them already. What does this mean for you, the Spotify free service user? Not a whole lot. How about you the Spotify Premium user? Perhaps a new collection of options for places of access!

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Spotify closes 2.5 million paying subscribers

Spotify closes 2.5 million paying subscribers

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Spotify has closed 2.5 million paying subscribers for its online music streaming service. While there weren't details released by the company about its subscribers' geographical locations, how long it took, or how many free users there were, it’s nonetheless an impressive feat, especially in this era where music can be easily attainable for little to no cost, well, pretty much, free. Spotify has done a good job persuading customers to actually pay for it. And they do so by providing a seriously killer music service.

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Spotify teases “new direction” on Nov 30

Spotify teases “new direction” on Nov 30

Spotify is teasing "a new direction" for its streaming music service, announcing a November 30 press event to be held in New York. The "global" launch is shrouded in secrecy, beyond "some exciting news to share" and the presence of CEO Daniel Ek, but Spotify did tell AllThingsD that the topic would be a mysterious "new direction" and "the latest major development" from the company.

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Spotify Windows Phone 7 app hands-on [Video]

Spotify Windows Phone 7 app hands-on [Video]

Spotify for Windows Phone 7 has arrived in the Marketplace, and we wasted no time in breaking out the Nokia Lumia 800 and trying out the streaming music app. Announced yesterday, the app supports synchronized playlists with the desktop client, Spotify People friends updates, sharing via social networks and - most important for mobile use, perhaps - offline playback. Check out our video demo after the cut.

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Windows Phone Mango gets Spotify

Windows Phone Mango gets Spotify

This week all you lovers of Microsoft's Windows Phone platform working with the newest version 7.5 Mango have the ability to use Spotify for the first time. Spotify is a streaming music group that works on several mobile platforms and desktop computers, and this version of Spotify promises to be the most optimized version for mobile yet. What you'll notice first and foremost is the fact that the app looks completely different from any other version of its diverse interface thus far release - Windows Phone intense!

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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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