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Spotify adds gapless playback and crossfade features

Spotify adds gapless playback and crossfade features

Spotify has been around for a while in the US now and in other countries for longer. The streaming music service has proven to be very popular and gives access to a wide variety of music. Spotify claims it's always on the lookout for ways to improve the music listening experience and land more users. It has announced two new features that users of the service will appreciate.

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President Obama posts his Spotify 2012 Campaign Playlist

President Obama posts his Spotify 2012 Campaign Playlist

As the 2012 election season for the President of the United States comes down upon is in a hailstorm of advertisements and pushes to do the right thing, so too do the brand collaborations begin - right here with Spotify. Though we've already seen the President go on Google+ to do a fireside chat after his State of the Union address just a few days ago, this is the first real place, I'd say, we're seeing Obama really jam on the youth-tip to get back in touch with the citizens of the United States so they can vote for him in 2012. While Barack Obama has never been one to get too far away from this environment, you're going to see one whole heck of a lot more of this tech-related business as the elections come up - what better way to start than with some Spotify music?

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Judge denies EMI’s request for preliminary injunction against ReDigi

Judge denies EMI’s request for preliminary injunction against ReDigi

Record label EMI has taken a company called ReDigi to court for copyright infringement charges alleging that it makes unauthorized copies of songs for its music reselling business. ReDigi is a website where music fans can go and sell digital tracks that they no longer want. The way the service works is ReDigi combs through the customer's hard drive on their computer looking for music and then copies the music to its website and deletes the original tracks. The idea is that the music listed for resell is then no longer in possession of the original owner, much the same way selling a used CD works.

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Spotify apps beta released, we go hands-on

Spotify apps beta released, we go hands-on

Starting today you're able to pick up the newest version of the streaming music service Spotify for desktop, one that contains access to each of the applications INSIDE the Spotify application that are being launched at the start including Last.fm, Songkick, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, TuneWiki, Pitchfork, Fuse, Soundrop, We Are Hunted, Billboard, and Moodagent. What we're got for your here is a quick tour of what you're going to be able to access should to try out the beta download for yourself, including a look at Rolling Stone and Moodagent as well as Pitchfork. Is this the music discovery ecosystem the music industry has been waiting for? Very possibly!

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Spotify closes 2.5 million paying subscribers

Spotify closes 2.5 million paying subscribers

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Spotify has closed 2.5 million paying subscribers for its online music streaming service. While there weren't details released by the company about its subscribers' geographical locations, how long it took, or how many free users there were, it’s nonetheless an impressive feat, especially in this era where music can be easily attainable for little to no cost, well, pretty much, free. Spotify has done a good job persuading customers to actually pay for it. And they do so by providing a seriously killer music service.

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Facebook Music “Listen with your friend” leaks

Facebook Music “Listen with your friend” leaks

Facebook's f8 conference kicks off in just a few hours, but the company's announcements keep leaking; next up is a "Listen with your friend" feature, apparently set to be added to the social network's new ticker. Facebook creative director Ji Lee accidentally revealed the communal streaming system in a promptly-deleted tweet, but not quick enough to stop Mitchell Holder from grabbing a screenshot. "Listen to what your friends are listening [to]" Lee says of the service, "LIVE."

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Creative Zen X-Fi3 Hands-on [Video]

Creative Zen X-Fi3 Hands-on [Video]

This week at IFA 2011 we've been able to get our hands on more than a couple devices, taking lovely videos as we go - this particular device is certainly not like the others in that instead of a smartphone, tablet, Ultrabook, or pair of earbuds, we've got an odd little music player. This is the Creative Zen X-Fi3, and as Creative shows us, it's meant to be a competitor in the currently iPod-dominated portable music player market. It's got a several features that are sure to turn your head including X-Fi Crystalizer audio enhancement and the ability to play FLAC files, but are they enough to get past the fact that this device does not have a touchscreen display? We've come to expect as much from basically every little portable device like this on the market - does it need to be in tact in order for us to love a product?

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SlashGear Spotify Invites Now Up for Grabs!

SlashGear Spotify Invites Now Up for Grabs!

It's time for Spotify! It's the streaming music service that everyone is talking about, one where when your in, you've got access to thousands of tracks of music, new and old, all from your home computer or mobile device (for a fee of course.) What we've had up until this point is a collection of 100 invites we've been dolling out on Google+, one by one. NOW what we've got is a whole invite page that'll allow you, your sister, your cousin, your mother, and your estranged uncle to get an invite right away! Check out all the details below!

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iCloud UK launch unlikely until 2012

iCloud UK launch unlikely until 2012

Apple's new iCloud service may have been one of the three pillars of Steve Jobs' WWDC 2011 keynote, but  the music storage aspect of the service looks to be US-only for some time. According to a major record label source in the UK, speaking to The Telegraph, "tentative talks have begun between the major labels and Apple in the UK. However, all talks are at the really early stages and no one expects to see the cloud music service live on this side of the pond until 2012."

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Slacker Radio Premium: Spotify for the US

Slacker Radio Premium: Spotify for the US

Streaming radio service Slacker has launched a new paid service, Slacker Premium Radio, offering on-demand access to the company's music catalog. Priced at $9.99 per month, the new premium tier includes the same ad-free music and unlimited song skips of the existing Radio Plus service ($3.99 per month), but throws in granular access to individual songs, albums, top charts, station playlists and single-artist radio stations via either the web interface or the new Slacker apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android and BlackBerry.

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