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Billboard to show streaming music stats on their charts

Billboard to show streaming music stats on their charts

The way we consume music has changed dramatically. What used to be album sales have quickly, and sometimes dramatically, turned into streaming audio. Services like iTunes bridged a gap between physical and digital sales, but we’re well past that, now. Streaming is in, and monthly subscriptions have supplanted our out-of-pocket spend for albums. To reflect actual song plays, Billboard will now start to appreciate streaming statistics in their reports. It’s the first big change since Billboard started using SoundScan metrics.

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Netflix killing public API today, wants you to use their app instead

Netflix killing public API today, wants you to use their app instead

If you’re using a non-Netflix app to access Netflix content, things might be grim for you after today. Netflix is shuttering their public API program, which allowed a host of third party apps and streaming services to access their library of content. The API also gave data on our watching habits to Developers, which was intended to improve viewing recommendations. Any app using the API will be met with a 404 error message should it try to access Netflix content.

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NVIDIA GRID streams PC games to SHIELD

NVIDIA GRID streams PC games to SHIELD

It's not just Lollipop that NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet is getting, with NVIDIA GRID set to offer "Netflix for games" for the Android-based gaming tablet, and at a price that - for the moment, at least - can't be beat. Graduating from the beta that began almost a year ago, GRID effectively puts a whole server farm of GeForce GTX-equipped gaming PCs at SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Portable owners' service, streaming titles like Batman Arkham City and Borderlands 2 at 60fps to the pair of gaming handhelds.

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Amazon will offer Ultra HD streaming free for Prime members

Amazon will offer Ultra HD streaming free for Prime members

If you’ve got a high-end TV and Amazon Prime, you’re going to like this news. Earlier this year, Amazon announced a deal to bring 4K Ultra HD programs to Prime members. In collaboration with Warner Bros., Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, Samsung, and Disney, Amazon’s goal was to be the class-leading provider of Ultra HD content. They faced stiff competition from the likes of Netflix, but Amazon just confirmed they’re not going to charge Prime members for Ultra HD content streaming. At all.

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VUDU Spark streaming dongle spotted to take on Chromecast

VUDU Spark streaming dongle spotted to take on Chromecast

Walmart's VUDU streaming movie service looks set to get an HDMI dongle of its own, with the new hardware spotted passing through FCC testing ahead of its retail launch. Dubbed the VUDU Spark, the adapter follows in the well-worn footsteps of Google's Chromecast and Roku's Streaming Stick by hiding behind your TV in a spare HDMI port and connecting wirelessly to your router over WiFi. However, compared to some of the other set-top box solutions we've seen in recent months, Walmart's is looking a little one-dimensional.

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Showtime to join HBO, will stream content in 2015

Showtime to join HBO, will stream content in 2015

The promise of HBO without a cable subscription has many excited for what’s on the horizon for non-cable TV service. Not to be outdone, CBS is now saying Showtime will join the streaming fracas in 2015. In the company’s third quarter earning’s call, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves was more than on the fence about Showtime’s streaming-sans-cable aspirations in 2015, saying it’s “fairly definitive”. In the hopes we won’t take it lightly, Moonves also called what’s coming “over the top”.

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Sonos 5.2 beta boosts PLAYBAR & adds multi-user streaming

Sonos 5.2 beta boosts PLAYBAR & adds multi-user streaming

Sonos has pushed out a new beta for its streaming music platform, promising to add a new degree of musicality to its Playbar soundbar, as well as adding multi-account support for streaming services and improvements to the Android app. Sonos 5.2 isn't expected to go public until later in 2014, but Sonos has opened it up as a public beta today. Perhaps the most useful change for those living in a Sonos-equipped home or office, but not wanting to give shared access to their Spotify or other streaming account, is the news that you can now register multiple accounts under different logins.

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Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

The living room has proved to be a challenge for Google. The company which has been so successful in dominating so many of the screens we interact with on a daily basis - our computers, phones, and tablets - has perversely struggled for that most traditional of displays, the humble TV. Google TV was flabby and confusing; the axe fell on the Nexus Q before it even went on sale. Only the Chromecast has had any measure of success, and yet just when we thought Google might have a strategy, along comes a different platform again, Android TV. Running first on the Nexus Player, but set to spread to smart TVs from numerous manufacturers, it’s Google’s fourth lounge reboot, but is it really necessary?

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Southwest Airlines starts streaming Beats Music

Southwest Airlines starts streaming Beats Music

Southwest Airlines has inked a deal with Beats Music that will see specially-customized playlists from the streaming service piped straight into select flights. Available on Southwest's WiFi-enabled routes, the Beats Music integration will see both pre-curated playlists offered for streaming, as well as tap into the Apple-owned system's ability to piece together a uniquely tailored playlist of tracks based on a few individual preferences of the listener themselves. Users won't have to cough up for internet access, however.

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Not just 1989: Taylor Swift pulls Spotify back catalog

Not just 1989: Taylor Swift pulls Spotify back catalog

Taylor Swift has yanked all of her music from streaming service Spotify, ditching the ad-supported music platform for reasons unknown. The decision has left Spotify without one of its most popular artists; according to an open letter to the singer posted by the company, Swift's music has been played by almost sixteen million users in the past thirty days, and is to be found on over nineteen million playlists. It's not the first time in the past week or so that Swift has shunned Spotify, however.

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