streaming music

Rdio, AEG bring custom curation for live music fans

Rdio, AEG bring custom curation for live music fans

Concertgoers who purchase tickets via AXS, a subsidiary of AEG, might end up getting free streaming music. In a new partnership, tickets purchased via AXS will also get users a free 30-day trial of Rdio. The month-long free subscription is for unlimited streaming, but comes with an added bonus. Depending on your ticket purchase history, Rdio may be able to customize your new profile with music you’re into. If an artist you’ve seen live adds music to Rdio, you’d even get notified.

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Report: Apple plans iTunes streaming option at $7.99/month

Report: Apple plans iTunes streaming option at $7.99/month

We’ve been speculating on it for some time, but with good cause. Apple’s iTunes business model is dated and tired, which is evident by so many reports of digital sales giving way to streaming music. Some sort of iTunes streaming was expected — necessary, even — so the speculation was much less wishful thinking and much more giddy expectation. Details are starting to emerge about Apple’s latest streaming offering, suggesting we’re getting just about everything we want, even cross-platform streaming for Android users.

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Jay-Z getting into streaming music with Aspiro bid

Jay-Z getting into streaming music with Aspiro bid

In a $56 million deal, rapper and entrepreneur Shawn Carter (you know, Jay Z) is getting into the streaming music business. Via Project Panther Bidco Ltd, which is owned by Shawn Carter LLC, H.O.V.A. is trying to buy Aspiro, the Swedish streaming company behind WiMP and Tidal. The WiMP service is only available in various spots throughout Eastern Europe (mainly Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, and Germany), but Tidal is available in the US and UK. Aspiro’s board is unanimously recommending the deal to shareholders.

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Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes: the strangest album you’ll ever hear

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes: the strangest album you’ll ever hear

Pay what you like for this album made by Jeff Bridges - yes, that Jeff Bridges: the actor - and discover what it means to be famous. Discover what it is to be a person like Jeff Bridges, complete with Spoken Word interludes between songs played on wind instruments as well as the guitar. If you do pay, you'll find your cash going toward "No Kid Hungry", which does actually happen to be a real non-profit organization, despite its strange name and connection to this man.

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VR TV Episodes headed to Samsung Milk VR

VR TV Episodes headed to Samsung  Milk VR

Tim Baxter walked onstage today at Samsung's CES 2015 presentation to suggest they'd be bringing another year of full coverage for smart devices for all areas of your life. Live Smarter, said Baxter, with Samsung TVs, working with Curved UHD TV, 800 Retail Experience Zones, and massive amounts of content. Samsung, he said, has 60% of the UHD market share in the United States. Half of their UDH TV sales are curved TVs, he said, and "this is what market leaders do" - working in the UHD market where market growth was projected at 4x through the year 2015 - according to Samsung, that is.

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Chromecast opens up for streaming music to connected speakers

Chromecast opens up for streaming music to connected speakers

The greatest thing about Google’s Chromecast is not that it’s cheap (even though that’s an amazing aspect), it’s that Google made it wide open. All any software provider has to do is support the Chromecast rather than wait for it to come around to them. To that end, Google is aiming for the growing connected speaker market, and will make their dongle available for streaming to speakers and soundbars. They’ve also got a lineup of heavy-hitting partners in Sony, LG, and Denon to kick this new functionality off.

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Music streaming up by 54% in 2014 as digital sales continue decline

Music streaming up by 54% in 2014 as digital sales continue decline

New evidence in the form of a report from Nielsen SoundScan has confirmed that 2014 saw a significant shift in the digital music market among U.S. consumers. While the last decade has seen a clear dominance of downloading digital music purchases, last year marked a notable decline in that trend as steaming services maintained their explosive growth. Nielsen's report notes that digital sales dropped by 9%, to 117.6 million, while online streaming was up by 54% over 2013.

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Pandora brings back annual billing

Pandora brings back annual billing

Back in March, Pandora decided to alter their pricing scheme a bit, boosting the price on their monthly plans by about $1/month. They also discarded their annual subscription, though it wasn’t clear why. The annual billing was just a one-time fee, and didn’t really give subscribers and sort of discount. In the face of public outcry, Pandora has brought the annual subscription option back. It’s still as much as you’d pay with monthly fees, but saves you from seeing it as a recurring charge.

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SoundCloud introduces ‘Collection’, a customizable landing page

SoundCloud introduces ‘Collection’, a customizable landing page

In amove designed to engage users and become more contextual, SoundCloud is rolling out ‘Collection’. The new feature will make a home right on your SoundCloud landing page, and allow you to build your own list of tracks and get the latest from your “favorite creators”. Your favorite tracks will play int he order they’re listed, or you can choose to shuffle them for a random play. On a positive note, SoundCloud Collection will make it easier to find and save music you really like.

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Shazam now streams via Spotify, adds context to music discovery

Shazam now streams via Spotify, adds context to music discovery

If you’ve ever been out at a restaurant and heard a song you liked, but had absolutely no idea who the artists was, Shazam might already be your best friend. It’s definitely Siri’s musical go-to compadre, and a new update will make Shazam a lot more than a music recognition service. The biggest new feature is Spotify integration, which will take your playlists and let you stream them via Shazam, but using Spotify to do so. You can also add a Shazamed track to your Spotify playlists, but that’s not all you get!

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