There's been word that one of the last major hold-outs in the streaming music business, Led Zeppelin, was in negotiations with several companies since early this year. Now that they've officially joined up with Spotify for their entire official record collection, it would appear that Spotify has won the battle - according to a NYTimes release from January, several companies were still in the running for rights. With Rhapsody, Rdio, and Deezer having also been on the list, there's a distinct possibility that Spotify's "exclusive" launch wont last for long.
Twitter's #Music app is on its way to the junkyard after just six months of existence, sources close to the project have told All Things Digital. Although initially received with enthusiasm, it couldn't hold its momentum in popularity. After jumping to #6 in the App Store rankings upon its initial launch earlier this year, it eventually slid to 1,672nd overall in Onavo's rankings.
Though Apple has said it plans to launch iTunes Radio in a vast number of locations, the service has been limited to the United States thus far. Today a job posting was spotted on Apple's website looking for an "iTunes Canada Music Programmer", with the job summary specifically focusing on iTunes Radio. As such, it looks like Canada could be next on the list get access to the service.
In an interview this month, Apple's Senior Vice President for Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said that iTunes Radio will be used to stream and help promote pre-release albums from various artists. The service, which just recently went live, will build on top of the preview streaming offered in the iTunes Store, and aims to help both artists and listeners.
With the launch of the PlayStation 4, Sony's own Music Unlimited service will be getting a rather sizable reboot. This system update will allow consoles like the PlayStation 4 to work with a new user interface that'll be allowing gamers to get a handle on the music they've purchased - or plan to purchase - much quicker and easier then in past iterations. This version of Music Unlimited will also be able to be launched from the DUALSHOCK 4 controller with a press-hold of the PS button.
If you're both a Spotify and a Pink Floyd fan, you've likely been disappointed in the past months, with the former offering very little of the latter. That is about to change, however, according to a tweet fired off by Pink Floyd yesterday. Starting now, all streaming of "Wish You Were Here" on the music service will count towards the streaming goal that, when met, will unlock the rest of the catalog.
Back in November, Rdio rolled out updated iOS and Android apps featuring a refreshed user interface that is cleaner than the previous offering. A couple months later, the music streaming service unveiled free streaming in several countries. Now the company has announced the first of what is suggested to be multiple updates, adding features and improvements users have been asking for.
This week Ford and Amazon have attached at the hip, pushing their Amazon MP3 app's connectivity in iOS device to Ford SYNC AppLink-equipped vehicles. Now if a user works with an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad and has a Ford vehicle with SYNC AppLink abilities, they'll be able to stream music from their Amazon Cloud Player music library automatically. This is a rare moment in which iOS connectivity has come after, not before, a similar feature working with Android devices.
Spotify is expanding to more locations throughout the world today. The music streaming service announced today that users in Mexico, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Iceland, bringing Spotify's reach to 28 markets around the world. The expansion should increase the service's total number of users.