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Sony Hints At Withdrawing From iTunes

Sony Hints At Withdrawing From iTunes

It was reported today in an Australian newspaper, The Age, that Sony has hinted at withdrawing from Apple’s iTunes store. Sony has in the works an alternative to the iTunes platform called Music Unlimited that will allow music to be streamed to multiple devices including Sony TVs, PlayStation3 consoles, PSP portables, and Blu-Ray players.

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Last.fm demands premium radio subscriptions for iOS, Android & more

Last.fm demands premium radio subscriptions for iOS, Android & more

Last.fm has announced mandatory paid subscription plans for mobile and home entertainment devices accessing its streaming radio service, with the new premium subscriptions affecting anybody listening on their Android or iOS device, or indeed via Logitech's Squeezebox system. According to the company "it is not practical for us to deliver an ad supported radio experience" beyond the website and desktop app, though Windows Phone 7 users will still get free service in 2011.

Full list of affected devices after the cut

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iDisk update adds streaming iPhone music support

iDisk update adds streaming iPhone music support

Apple has quietly put into play a streaming music service, freeing iPhone users from the limited internal storage of their smartphones and instead allowing them to play content stored remotely in their iDisk cloud backup.  Spotted by Michael Robertson of MP3.com, the new service currently requires users to actively manage the transfer of files to the iDisk store - there's no automatic sync with iTunes, nor playlist support - and then select the files through the iPhone iDisk interface.

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Spotify for Linux launches for premium subscribers

Spotify for Linux launches for premium subscribers

Streaming music service Spotify has launched a Linux version of their software, now allowing open-source aficionados access to their catalog.  Following Spotify's Windows and Mac clients - and their various mobile apps - the early build still lacks some of the more advanced functionality of its siblings, including cached local storage for offline listening.  Most limiting, though, is the fact that it's only available for Spotify Premium subscribers.

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Spotify Unlimited and invite-free Open options added

Spotify Unlimited and invite-free Open options added

Streaming music service Spotify has updated its range of subscription options with two new tiers, slotting in-between the existing free, ad-supported offering and the "Premium" pay-monthly package.  Spotify Open offers limited free use of the service to would-be users who can't score an invite, including up to 20hrs of music per month.  Meanwhile Spotify Unlimited offers all the ad-free access to the Spotify catalog that the Premium package does, but lacks the mobile device support and offline playback.

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