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Spotify uses music to find your inner Star Wars character

Spotify uses music to find your inner Star Wars character

Disney is going all out with the Star Wars promotions, and latest on that bandwagon is Spotify. Whether you’re a subscriber or a guest, the music streaming service will use a little bit of magic to pair you with your best matched Star Wars character. The process works best if you have a listening history on Spotify, but those who don’t use the service can select some artists to help Spotify “guide your alignment.”

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Spotify may limit certain artists to paid subscribers only

Spotify may limit certain artists to paid subscribers only

Following in the wake of decisions by Taylor Swift, and more recently, Adele, to keep their music off of Spotify due to what they felt was unfair compensation, the streaming service is now said to be considering a test that would limit which music can be heard by all 80 million active users, and which would only be available to the 20 million with paid subscriptions. According to the Wall Street Journal, Spotify may allow artists to decide which users have access to their music on the service.

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Spotify Year in Music 2015 launches with personal listening habits

Spotify Year in Music 2015 launches with personal listening habits

As the year 2015 winds down, music streaming giant Spotify has launched its Year in Music feature that lets users explore an interactive and personalized review of what they've listened to for the last 12 months. Once users log in, they see expected stats like the songs, artists, and albums most listened to, along with totals for number of minutes spent listening and number of songs listened to. Spotify makes the data fun to share too, with snapshot-style cards that can be posted to social media.

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Spotify app now recommends concerts based on user preferences

Spotify app now recommends concerts based on user preferences

Spotify has added a new feature to its app that aims to take its personalized music recommendations beyond the mobile screen. The latest update introduces a "Concerts" section that will suggest live shows that users might be interested in. The concerts Spotify presents are not only based on music preferences, but also location, so users should only see shows that they're actually able to attend.

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Adele pushes to limit latest album to Spotify paid listeners

Adele pushes to limit latest album to Spotify paid listeners

Spotify has found its business model under attack by some of the biggest artists in the recording industry. In 2014, Taylor Swift refused to allow her album 1989 to be streamed on Spotify. Before that in 2013, Beyonce refused to allow her new album to be on Spotify as well and went exclusive with iTunes. Now word is that Adele may keep her coming album called 25 off Spotify as well.

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Facebook iOS app will play Spotify, Apple Music clips in News Feed

Facebook iOS app will play Spotify, Apple Music clips in News Feed

Facebook is rolling out a new update for its iOS app that introduces a feature allowing users to hear clips of music right from the social network's News Feed. Anytime a link to a song or album from Spotify, Apple Music, or iTunes is shared, it will automatically formatted into a post that plays a 30-second preview of the music. The feature is actually part of a new post format, called Music Stories, that is being introduced solely on the iOS Facebook app.

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Spotify pulls thousands of songs over royalty squabble

Spotify pulls thousands of songs over royalty squabble

All is not well on the Spotify front, with the music streaming service pulling thousands of songs from its library over an issue with royalties. The songs are covered under Victory Records, an indie label located in Chicago. On Tuesday night, most of the label’s songs were pulled, the reason revolving around troubles with how the royalties for the songs were determined and paid. Reportedly, Spotify failed to pay the songwriting portion of the royalties for up to millions of songs.

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Spotify, Virgin America team to bring music in the sky

Spotify, Virgin America team to bring music in the sky

Virgin America, the airline, has teamed up with Spotify to offer the latter company’s music catalogue as a complementary service to its customers. This makes Virgin America the first airline in the U.S. to strike up a partnership with the music streaming service. Through this, those flying on the service will have access to all of the music on Spotify’s network, as well as more than 60 curated “mood lists” playlists that have music inspired by various cities.

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Spotify’s “About Page” aims to keep artists involved

Spotify’s “About Page” aims to keep artists involved

This week Spotify launches their "About Page" for artists in an effort to bolster their competitive edge against services like Tidal. Given Tidal's recent exclusive dealings with artists like Prince, this move seems like a direct effort to prove to artists that they, too, are willing to go the extra mile and be a service that artists will be smart to continue using. These About Page listings have a number of features that focus on the artist and their popularity on Spotify.

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Spotify Running jogs onto Android

Spotify Running jogs onto Android

Spotify has just announced that its Android app has been updated and now features its new Running playlists feature. Previously limited to Spotify's iPhone app, the tool automatically generates a song playlist that matches a runner's tempo. The setting was first launching back in May, when Spotify itself got a significant design overhaul. The Android app update should be available to all users today via the Google Play Store.

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Spotify launches Found Them First for music hipsters

Spotify launches Found Them First for music hipsters

Do you like being "into" a band before they get big and well known? Then Spotify's new "Found Them First" feature will be your cup of tea (served in a mason jar, of course). The tool enables music hipsters and snobs to make sure they keep their bragging rights of discovering an artist first in this age of streaming media. Spotify subscribers can sign in and have their listening history scanned to find out which bands they listened to before they became big acts.

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Spotify updates its privacy policy again, makes it more clear

Spotify updates its privacy policy again, makes it more clear

Spotify updated its privacy policy in the recent past, and while many users went on to accept the updated terms (which are, by all accounts, fairly benign), some users expressed concern about some of the content Spotify may or may not be accessing. That all boiled down to a communication issue, says Spotify, which had quickly pushed out an apology when the uproar started. Now it is back with another updated privacy policy, and this one is more clear.

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