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Spotify is working on “category defining” music hardware

Spotify is working on “category defining” music hardware

Even with competition coming from giants like Google, Amazon, and Apple, Spotify still seems to be the go-to music streaming service for a lot of people. That may no longer be good enough, though, and Spotify could be looking to break into the hardware game as well. That's what a new job listing suggests, at any rate.

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SoundCloud Go becomes SoundCloud Go+, gets a mid-tier plan

SoundCloud Go becomes SoundCloud Go+, gets a mid-tier plan

Not all great music has to come from big record labels. Some come from less known indie artists who might have a hard time getting on the likes of Spotify or even the now more indie-friendly Apple Music. SoundCloud has always offered a home for musicians, whether indie or label but recently it has jumped on the streaming subscription bandwagon. A month shy of the anniversary SoundCloud Go, the service is shuffling things a bit. Now there is SoundCloud Go and SoundCloud Go+.

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Prince’s early albums now streaming, Purple Rain Deluxe coming

Prince’s early albums now streaming, Purple Rain Deluxe coming

It has barely been a year since the world mourned the loss of the musical genius known as Prince, also known by many other nicknames, some more unusual than others. At the Grammys the world of music paid tribute to the artist, not just with performances and words, but also with the launching of Prince's oldest albums on the world's newest channels. Yes, Prince's earliest albums are now available on streaming services. Some, not all. And the reason why that's the case is as interesting as the artist's music itself.

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Sega just made a must-listen playlist on Spotify

Sega just made a must-listen playlist on Spotify

If, by chance, you find yourself feeling a little nostalgic on this Thusday morning, you might want to jump over to Spotify. That's because Sega just added a bunch of game soundtracks to its Spotify library, and many gamers will hold a soft spot for some of these classics. The collection of soundtracks being added spans nearly two decades of Sega games, so there's a lot to get through.

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Sprint snatches up 33% stake in music streaming service Tidal

Sprint snatches up 33% stake in music streaming service Tidal

In a rather interesting turn of events, Sprint has announced that it's purchased a 33% stake in Tidal. Rumors have been swirling for months about a potential Tidal acquisition, and while this isn't quite the same, it's still financial help at a time when Tidal is struggling.

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Sonos 7.0 arrives with full Spotify speaker control

Sonos 7.0 arrives with full Spotify speaker control

Spotify users with Sonos speakers can now control their whole-house music playback directly from the Spotify app, with a new update pushed out today. Sonos 7.0 allows you to spend less time in the company's own app and more time where your playlists live. When you hit play, you can now choose one or more of your Sonos speakers as the output, rather than just streaming through your phone.

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Amazon Music Unlimited rolls out family subscription plans

Amazon Music Unlimited rolls out family subscription plans

Amazon Music Unlimited has wasted little time in taking the fight to established streaming services. Today Amazon announced a new family subscription plan for the service, barely a month after Music Unlimited rolled out in the US. Like other family plan subscriptions, this one will let multiple folks use Music Unlimited for one monthly fee, rather than shelling out for numerous individual accounts.

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Amazon Music Unlimited launches in the UK, starts at £7.99 mo

Amazon Music Unlimited launches in the UK, starts at £7.99 mo

Amazon has announced that its Amazon Music Unlimited service has launched in the UK. The service is an on-demand streaming music service with a catalog of over 40 million songs that is also packed with thousands of hand curated playlists and personalized stations for subscribers to enjoy. The service works in conjunction with a new Amazon Music Unlimited App that features Alexa voice controls.

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Pandora overhauls website as it prepares for on demand streaming

Pandora overhauls website as it prepares for on demand streaming

Pandora is in the middle of shifting the way its streaming service works, and with that comes a few aesthetic changes as well. First was the rebranding Pandora announced last month, and now we're seeing the company overhaul its website with a new look. A new appearance isn't the only thing coming along with this roll out, as Pandora has also added some improved functionality.

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This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

As announced earlier in the year, Sonos has rolled out new features focused on Spotify integration. Assuming you use Sonos speakers in your home, you can now use the Spotify app to control them directly. It's a nifty function, but it's launching in beta, meaning it's still a little rough around the edges and signing up can be a little confusing.

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Apple Music ad takes you on a whirlwind tour of features

Apple Music ad takes you on a whirlwind tour of features

Just yesterday, Amazon launched its new Amazon Music Unlimited music streaming service, striking at the very heart of Spotify’s and Apple Music’s business. Now Apple is biting back, sort of. It hasn’t launched a new service or subscription tier. Instead, it launched a new video ad that, while taking you through the new features of both app and service that arrived with iOS 10, also reminds you of the things that you can do on Apple Music that you still can’t on Amazon. Or elsewhere for that matter.

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Pandora Plus now available to all users as Pandora unveils rebranding

Pandora Plus now available to all users as Pandora unveils rebranding

Last month, Pandora revealed Pandora Plus, a new paid subscription service that lets users drop ads and listen offline for $5 a month. When Pandora Plus was announced, the company said it would be rolling out all Android and iOS users over the "coming months," but today, it's announcing that the service is available to everyone.

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