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Spotify web player incoming (but don’t expect a price cut)

Spotify web player incoming (but don’t expect a price cut)

Spotify is readying a browser-based music player app for its streaming service, multiple sources have revealed, though whispers of a price cut for its premium product are not, apparently, true. The web player is expected to launch within a few weeks, AllThingsD and TechCrunch report, though it will lack some of the more advanced features of the dedicated client, such as offline playback.

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Apple streaming Pandora rival tipped “within months”

Apple streaming Pandora rival tipped “within months”

Apple is again tipped to be readying its own Pandora-rivaling streaming music service, using iPhone and iPad playback patterns to create customized radio stations, though it's unlikely to be ready in time for the iPhone 5 launch. The longstanding rumor was again reinvigorated by insider whispers to the NYT and the WSJ, with chatter of ongoing record label negotiations that focus on giving Apple greater flexibility in what it could do with each streaming license.

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Spotify for Android gets NFC music exchange: We go hands-on

Spotify for Android gets NFC music exchange: We go hands-on

Spotify has updated its Android app to support NFC, using the short-range wireless technology to share music between handsets running Ice Cream Sandwich. The new app also introduces a fresh range of Audio Effects for Android 4.x phones, and the offline mode has been improved with more information to explain exactly why you're offline: whether it's network issues or simply because you've shut off data while roaming.

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Streaming digital music amps up Warner Music’s bottom line

Streaming digital music amps up Warner Music’s bottom line

For a long time, many major music labels seem to be very much against digital music. The reason is that most of these music companies wanted to keep the focus on traditional album sells via CDs that are more profitable than selling a digital single. More record companies have begun to embrace streaming music and attempt to squeeze all the profit possible out of the medium.

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Spotify hits the Kindle Fire

Spotify hits the Kindle Fire

This week it's time to get back to the streaming side of things as Spotify hits yet another platform in the mobile space. On the Kindle Fire, Spotify's streaming music service will be working with Android 4.0 with full support. You've got mobile free radio as well with the ability to create new radio stations and save the songs that you're going to listen to multiple times. This application is available for download immediately through the Amazon Appstore for Android - you simply must grab it!

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Spotify adds mobile radio to Android

Spotify adds mobile radio to Android

Spotify announced last month that it would be adding a radio feature to iOS devices that would let users set up custom stations based on genres, artists, and playlists, and now the company has announced that it’s bringing the same feature over to Android too. Free Android users and those with a premium subscription to Spotify, which adds mobile access on top of unlimited music streaming, will be able to enjoy the same functionality as iOS users starting from today.

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Small Sonos: Is multi-room music overkill in a tiny apartment?

Small Sonos: Is multi-room music overkill in a tiny apartment?

I'd always ignored Sonos. Not in the sense that I didn't appreciate the clever mesh networking, or like the idea of controlling multiple streaming speakers from a single device, but because I assumed you'd really need to be living somewhere spacious to make the most of it. Since I'm squeezed into a central London flat that could (generously) be described as bijou or - if you don't speak real-estate agent language - just plain tiny, splashing out on Sonos seemed like a waste of money.

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My Favorite Music Service

My Favorite Music Service

I have tried them all. I have been using Pandora since the early days, and I pay for the premium Pandora service. I tried, for at least a month each and often more, all of the old guard of the streaming music services. Rhapsody. Napster. Slacker Radio. I owned a Zune HD, and subscribed to Zune, and when I bought my first Windows phone, I subscribed again to give it a second try. When Spotify got hot, I tried it for a while, sharing playlists and music. I have tried Rdio and Last.fm. I’ve spent time on Turntable. For a couple days, I even used Ping. But there is one online music service that is my favorite by far. I’ve been using it for almost a year, and it’s actually gotten better since I started. I listen at work on my desktop, on my smartphone while I’m exercising, and in my car on my stereo.

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Microsoft plans Xbox Music to rival iTunes, Spotify

Microsoft plans Xbox Music to rival iTunes, Spotify

Microsoft is reportedly planning to make a big push in its music service to rival that of Apple's iTunes as well as popular music streaming service Spotify. According to Bloomberg, citing inside sources, the new Xbox Music will combine the best features of both rival services so that customers can purchase songs and sign up for music streaming.

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Apple tipped to overhaul iTunes, improve sharing

Apple tipped to overhaul iTunes, improve sharing

Apple showed off a whole host of new features at WWDC 2012, but things have been quiet on the iTunes front. Bloomberg reports that Apple is busy preparing a major update to iTunes that will have deeper integration with iCloud and place an emphasis on sharing. Sources speaking to Bloomberg say that Apple recognizes that organizing the various content available from its services has become difficult, with iCloud integration hoping to fix that.

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