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Spotify’s free mobile experience is about to get a lot better [Updated]

Spotify’s free mobile experience is about to get a lot better [Updated]

Spotify has made its streaming music service more tempting to free users, with a new Spotify mobile app that it hopes will keep listeners from jumping ship to Apple Music. The updated app includes more flexible access to the Spotify catalog of tracks, with more on-demand control, along with a way to potentially save considerably on how much data your phone is using.

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Spotify and Hulu $12.99 plan: What you need to know

Spotify and Hulu $12.99 plan: What you need to know

Spotify and Hulu are offering a combined subscription, the awkwardly-named but cash saving Spotify Premium, Now with Hulu. Launching today for existing Spotify Premium subscribers, with broader availability later in the year, the new combined subscription could save you $4 per month versus buying the plans separately.

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YouTube is about to get a lot more annoying for music fans

YouTube is about to get a lot more annoying for music fans

YouTube plans to purposefully make the music video experience more frustrating, in the hope of infuriating heavy users to the point where they cough up for a paid subscription instead. The Google-owned site is, for many, the go-to place for music, with listeners often ignoring the video altogether. Unfortunately, that's not especially helpful for YouTube's bottom line.

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Cortana can’t recognize music any more

Cortana can’t recognize music any more

Cortana is bucking the trend of smart assistants, which are usually found adding talents, by quietly dropping her ability to recognize songs. Microsoft's AI, available across on smartphones, desktop and laptop computers, and on the Invoke smart speaker, was previously able to listen to a snippet of music and tell you details about the artist and track.

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Facebook and Universal just cut a huge music licensing deal

Facebook and Universal just cut a huge music licensing deal

Facebook and Universal Music Group have inked a deal that will see the label's music licensed across Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus. The deal, announced today, will mean that users of the services will be able to upload videos containing licensed music that once would've seen their clips deleted for copyright infringement. In the pipeline, it also paves the way for a potential Facebook Music service, which could rival Spotify and Apple Music for on-demand streaming playback.

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Audi bakes Amazon Music into its latest car dashboards

Audi bakes Amazon Music into its latest car dashboards

Audi and Amazon have teamed up to offer native Amazon Music streaming support in the automaker's recent cars, all accessed through the vehicle's infotainment system. The integration sees select cars from Audi's 2017 and 2018 model years gain Amazon Music and Amazon Prime Music streaming support, beyond just playing it back over a Bluetooth connection from your smartphone.

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YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube is preparing to make yet another attempt at getting music fans to pay for streaming, with a new service in the works to try to coax better revenues from the video site. The company has made several attempts over the past 5-6 years to better monetize its content, most recently focusing on videos - including music, but not limited to that - which it offers ad-free to subscribers of YouTube Red.

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Spotify deal gives big price cut to annual Premium pass

Spotify deal gives big price cut to annual Premium pass

The streaming music wars continue, with Spotify announcing a sizable deal in an apparently attempt to keep listeners on its service rather than jumping ship to Apple Music. The company has announced a new promotion, targeting those who want to pay for a year's streaming service upfront and who'd like a tasty discount for doing so.

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Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora may have been overshadowed by rival streaming music services in recent years, but a new Sonos integration could push it back into the limelight. The update brings full Sonos control right into the Pandora app, including multi-room playback support. It also adds more collaborative play, allowing guests to take on DJ duties from their own phone.

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SoundCloud saved: Investors step in to rescue music site

SoundCloud saved: Investors step in to rescue music site

The SoundCloud shutdown has had a last-minute reprieve, with a new financing round saving the popular podcast and music sharing site from its imminent demise. The site had made sizable redundancies in July, axing 173 members of its team in an attempt to curtail costs, but fears persisted that it would be forced to shut down altogether if it couldn't make ends meet. Now, SoundCloud says, that's not a worry, though there'll be some changes ahead.

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Spotify for Xbox One released today for free and Premium users

Spotify for Xbox One released today for free and Premium users

Spotify for Xbox One is available for download today, with the new streaming music app finally launching on Microsoft's console. Late to the game after the version of the Spotify player for Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, its arrival is nonetheless a welcome one for gamers looking to escape the normal soundtrack for their favorite titles. It also takes advantage of Spotify's cross-network control system, so that you don't have to leave whatever you're playing to change track.

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A Tesla streaming music rival to Spotify makes perfect sense

A Tesla streaming music rival to Spotify makes perfect sense

The next Tesla perk could well be the automaker's own streaming music service, with industry insiders claiming a rival to Spotify and Apple Music is being explored. The car company, which is readying for production of its most affordable model, the Tesla Model 3, currently leads the auto industry in the high-tech functionality of its dashboards. Now, so the rumors suggest, that might see an expansion from merely packaging other entertainment services to a completely independent version.

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