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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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Apple TV to get Amazon Instant Video ‘within a few weeks’

Apple TV to get Amazon Instant Video ‘within a few weeks’

The latest Apple TV model has been available for a few weeks now, but in terms of apps for streaming video services, there is one significant option mission. Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and more are all available to users, but an Amazon app for Prime/Instant Video is still yet to be seen. Fortunately, that may be changing "within a few weeks," if an email from a customer service representative turns out to be accurate.

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Windows gets open source Google Play Music desktop app

Windows gets open source Google Play Music desktop app

While all the web apps and services from Google are designed to run in the browser, sometimes its just easier to have some things running as a separate app, making for one less browser tab to sift through. That's how one developer must have felt when it comes to Google Play Music, as Windows users can now download a desktop app for the streaming service. The software is open source, so this is in no way an official app, and can be downloaded for free from GitHub.

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Shazam will recognize songs for you even faster now

Shazam will recognize songs for you even faster now

Shazam, one of the first hit iOS apps that is still plugging along, has just released a new update that improves what it does best: recognize songs that are playing that users must know the name of. Now Shazam is able to recognize songs even faster, along with the introduction of a smarter search function. Just in case you're never used the app and have no idea what it's about, Shazam basically listens to music playing nearby, compares the sample to its database, and provides the user with the title, artist, and album info.

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Amazon Prime video, music available for streaming on JetBlue flights

Amazon Prime video, music available for streaming on JetBlue flights

The war between streaming video services is no longer bound to our terrestrial ethernet cables. Not to be outdone by Netflix and Virgin America's partnership to bring streaming to the skies, Amazon has announced its Prime Video and Music service are now available to subscribers aboard select JetBlue flights. Even better, those travelers don't need pay for the in-flight WiFi they use. The partnership was first announced earlier this year, and is now launching on the airline's Fly-Fi equipped planes.

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Google’s mobile future is in App Streaming

Google’s mobile future is in App Streaming

Google's next big play for the mobile universe (with Android, for now) is in the ability to stream an app instead of downloading it to your device. Instead of downloading an app to book a hotel, for instance, then tossing the app away after you're done with your vacation, Google wants you to stream it. You'll see the app pretty much the same way you'd see any other app, but all of its content will be hosted on the internet.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 Review or: why it’s still the best

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 Review or: why it’s still the best

Today we're going to take a quick look at the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 and discuss why this device is the best tablet that money can buy. When we had a look at the original NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, it was very apparent that NVIDIA's tablet-making opponents were going to have a tough time competing with the features and overall quality of this top-notch piece of equipment. One year later and not one tablet can hold a flame to the SHIELD for its combination of quality and price. And now it's cheaper than it was before. What's going on here, you might ask?

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MetroPCS gets Music Unlimited: streaming doesn’t count against data limits

MetroPCS gets Music Unlimited: streaming doesn’t count against data limits

US pre-paid carrier MetroPCS has just announced a new package aimed at users who frequently stream music. Dubbed "Music Unlimited," the plans allow customers unlimited use of streaming music services, all without counting towards their mobile data limits. The feature is actually a hand-me-down from parent company T-Mobile, which offers the same thing as Music Freedom.

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NBC streaming service SeeSo to launch free public beta

NBC streaming service SeeSo to launch free public beta

NBC is preparing to launch SeeSo, its own streaming video service with a focus on comedy TV shows and movies, no ads, and priced at just $4 a month. Basically like a mini Netflix or Hulu service that only offers one specific genre of entertainment. In order to let viewers try out SeeSo, and in turn test the demand for the service, NBC has said it's launching a one-month free trial in the form of a public beta.

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Rdio is dead: Pandora acquires the remains

Rdio is dead: Pandora acquires the remains

Today Pandora has made public their intent to acquire what's left of the streaming audio service Rdio for a cool $75 million in cash. That price is "subject to certain purchase price adjustments," and the Pandora strategy here won't be to just take over Rdio's service, but to basically strip off all the parts that it wants. The transaction, says the Pandora release today, "is contingent upon Rdio seeking protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California."

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Watch ABC streaming app said to be getting exclusive series

Watch ABC streaming app said to be getting exclusive series

With more of the US's major TV broadcasters getting serious about their future in the world of streaming media, it seems one strategy that's starting to surface is offering original shows and content exclusively for subscribers and/or mobile apps. CBS just recently announced such a move, with a brand-new Star Trek series coming exclusively to their All Access digital subscription service in 2017. Now, according to Variety, ABC is looking to do something similar, with a new show planned for their Watch ABC app.

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PlayStation Vue service debuts on Amazon Fire TV

PlayStation Vue service debuts on Amazon Fire TV

Sony's PlayStation Vue streaming video service is now available for the first time on a TV-connected device that isn't a PlayStation console: Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. With the two Fire TV models gaining support starting today, PlayStation Vue is now available to users on six platforms, including the PS4, PS3, iPhone, and iPad, with Sony adding that Google's Chromecast will make seven when it gets added to the lineup sometime "soon."

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