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Spotify introduces Artist Apps

Spotify introduces Artist Apps

One way for Spotify to leverage its ecosystem is to build apps around individual bands or artists, and the company has taken the wraps off several such apps today. Quicky Jones, Tiesto, Rancid, and Disturbed now all feature their own apps that will give users access to information and pull in all the music from the artists. Spotify say that even more Artist Apps will be launching in the near future that will follow the same pattern.

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Digital music royalties add up big time for artists and labels

Digital music royalties add up big time for artists and labels

The music industry spent a long time trying to convince consumers that digital sales and piracy were going to be the death of the industry. Music labels and artists complained that people were buying digital singles rather than complete albums. However, according to SoundExchange, it has paid out some serious money in royalties to artists and record companies since the nonprofit group was founded in 2000.

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Pandora boasts 52 million active users

Pandora boasts 52 million active users

Online music streaming company Pandora recently announced its financial results for Q1 fiscal 2013. The company generated total revenue of $80.8 million, which is a gain of 58% year-over-year. The bulk of that revenue came from advertising with $70.6 million generated there. The remainder came from subscriptions at $10.2 million generated.

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Google Music restricting device deauthorization

Google Music restricting device deauthorization

Google Music has a 10 device authorization limit, so if you review phones or flash a lot of ROMs you need to keep on top of all the devices filling up the list. Previously there was no limit on what you could deauthorize, but xda-developers forum posters are now saying that Google has placed restrictions on what you can deauthorize from your Music account. Needless to say, users aren’t happy with the change.

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Spotify adds new desktop client features

Spotify adds new desktop client features

If you weren’t impressed by the dating apps that Spotify announced yesterday, maybe the new features it detailed on its blog today will be of more use. The company has added several new features to its desktop apps, including instant search, playlist-based radio stations, and new sharing options. A new embed option is also available which copies HTML code for pasting on websites and forums.

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Spotify plays Cupid

Spotify plays Cupid

Online dating websites can be a tricky thing, involving complex algorithms and picky individuals. Spotify is jumping into the online matchmaking arena with a little twist, introductng two new apps for the streaming music service. Tastebuds matches you with a potential love interest based on the music that you listen to, while Fellody lets you drag and drop Spotify playlists to search for people with similar tastes.

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Hands-on with iHeartRadio’s iPad 3 update

Hands-on with iHeartRadio’s iPad 3 update

Right on the heels of one of their biggest competitors (and best buddy Spotify), Clear Channel have updated their iPad app for iHeartRadio. This upgrade to the streaming radio application has you working with deeper Facebook integration than ever before, support for the high-resolution Retina display of Apple's iPad 3 with much better looking radio station graphics as well as user interface graphics, and Custom Stations. These Custom Stations are made up of the users own collected interests and a catalog of over 14 million songs from over 400,000 artists.

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Rdio launches in UK and France

Rdio launches in UK and France

Spotify might be building up some momentum in the United States, but it’s easy to forget that Rdio has its own significant streaming presence too. Previously restricted to the US and a handful of other countries, the service is now available in the UK and France starting from today. As always seems to be the case when it comes to international licenses, the content isn’t quite as good as the US version, but it’s better than nothing, right?

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Spotify for iPad arrives fashionably late

Spotify for iPad arrives fashionably late

It's time to party with the Spotify app for iPad, this being one of the last giant platforms for the application in its mobile form and certainly a beast of a battleground for the big green streaming music group. You've got several new elements coming your way for any iPad, but of course this application has been fine-tuned for the iPad 3, starting with Retina-quality graphics.

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Spotify’s ICS upgrade brings the heat, we go hands-on

Spotify’s ICS upgrade brings the heat, we go hands-on

It's time to have a look at the upgrade Spotify promised us this morning with a basic hands-on - will it live up to the hype? And more importantly perhaps, will it be worth the wait? Users used to getting updates to their apps several times a month have been a bit baffled for several months now since Spotify launched in the USA and their Premium service (which includes this Android app) has gone relatively un-noticed by the developers who created it, or so it seemed - until now.

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