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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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Withings Aura alarm clock gets Spotify Connect support

Withings Aura alarm clock gets Spotify Connect support

Withings has announced a partnership with Spotify under which it will provide Aura Clock owners with musical playlists. This makes Aura the first connected alarm clock to sport Spotify Connect, says Withings; with such support, users are able to access in excess of 30 million songs to set up music playlists for when it is time to get up and time to go to sleep. If you don’t have time to pick through songs to find the perfect playlist, though, Withings has you covered.

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Spotify is sorry about their new privacy policy

Spotify is sorry about their new privacy policy

Over the past day or so you may have noticed a new privacy policy popping up when you attempt to open or update Spotify. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is sorry about this. Not because of the privacy policy itself - it's mostly harmless - but about the method with which it was distributed. Asking for permission to access your photos, mobile device location, voice controls, and contacts. Needless to say this has thrown some users for a bit of a loop.

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Spotify tipped in move away from ad-supported streaming

Spotify tipped in move away from ad-supported streaming

Spotify users could be seeing a big change in how the service operates starting early next year, according to sources. The music streaming service is said to be shifting its business model toward a more so-called “gated access” arrangement, and under it free users would see their options dwindle. It is possible, the sources suggested, that content could end up being restricted entirely to Spotify’s premium subscribers, though other tweaks are reportedly also in consideration.

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Spotify: One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ breaks record

Spotify: One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ breaks record

There are four types of Spotify artists: those who never see any plays at all, those who enjoy moderate-but-could-be-better plays, those who enjoy tons of streaming but complain about it, and those who get tons of plays and are apparently perfectly content. One Direction, it seems, falls into the latter group, as it hasn't pulled its music from the streaming service in a fit of huffiness and it has broken the streaming service's latest one-day streaming record. Such is the good life.

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Prince releases ONE SONG to Spotify

Prince releases ONE SONG to Spotify

This morning Prince released a singe by the name of "Stare" to Spotify exclusively. This is now the one song available from Prince on Spotify other than tracks on soundtracks and associated labels. After removing all of his singles and albums from Spotify and other streaming services earlier this month, Prince has returned with one song. The idea here, clearly, is that Prince doesn't need to have all of his music available all the time. Instead, he'll reveal one track at a time, pushing the hype machine in strange new directions.

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Spotify takes on Apple Music with AI personalized mixtape

Spotify takes on Apple Music with AI personalized mixtape

Spotify is rising to the challenge of Apple Music's human-curated playlists, promising the sort of individualized mixtape that only a computer could deliver. Dubbed Discover Weekly, Spotify's new service looks at each user's listening history and then comes up with suggestions based on that, along with what related tracks other people are listening to and adding to their own playlists. That's then wrapped up into a new "mixtape" every week.

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Spotify’s new map shows musical tastes of a thousand cities

Spotify’s new map shows musical tastes of a thousand cities

Have you ever wondered what other people in your city are listening to? If so, Spotify's newly created Musical Map will be of particular interest. The map uses Spotify's glut of data to create playlists based on the listening habits of users across 1,000 cities around the globe. The map presently includes cities in the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia. Clicking on a city will pull up a link to a playlist on Spotify that was created to show what kind of music is popular in the region.

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Spotify asks iOS users to switch subscription from App Store to web

Spotify asks iOS users to switch subscription from App Store to web

It's well known that Apple takes a 30% cut from all app purchases on the iOS App Store, and that fee is also applied to in-app subscriptions. So apps like, say, Spotify, the primary rival to the new Apple Music service, must hand over 30% of what each users pays when subscribing to the service directly on their iPhone. See where this is going? Spotify hopes you do, as they've begun encouraging users to switch their subscription over to the website in exchange for saving $3 per month.

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Prince drops streaming music, towers over music industry with one track

Prince drops streaming music, towers over music industry with one track

Just as Apple Music arrives, so does Prince leave the streaming music universe. It's no coincidence that The Purple One has also released an ear-blasting new single track HARDROCKLOVER at the same time. This new track screams. It wails in protest. While it doesn't address the rise of the streaming music industry directly, it does push the envelope. It does remind us that Prince has the one true claim to being the greatest living rock star on the planet. He doesn't need to say so.

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Deciding on Apple Music: what you need to know

Deciding on Apple Music: what you need to know

This morning we're having a peek at Apple Music in the wild for the first time. While we've gotten an opportunity to use the service earlier this year at Apple's developer conference WWDC, this is the first we're getting to use the service just like everybody else. Our first question is undoubtedly yours, as well: does it make sense for me to give up the streaming music service I already use to start subscribing to Apple Music instead? Deciding whether or not to use the music service built-in to your device as made by its creator is a decision most high-end smartphone users have to make at some point in their lives - why not now?

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