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Spotify free accounts might be getting big changes soon

Spotify free accounts might be getting big changes soon

Now that Spotify has gone public, it may be looking to make some big changes to its free access tier. As many of you probably already know, Spotify currently exists in two different forms: free and paid. Subscribers who pay $9.99 a month get on-demand playback for every song in Spotify's library as well as ad-free listening, two perks that aren't available for those who are listening through free accounts.

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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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Amazon Music Storage will kick out uploaded music this month

Amazon Music Storage will kick out uploaded music this month

The music streaming market is a pretty vicious one and rivals, more often than not, want to make sure you are pretty much locked into their service. That pretty much means making sure you get your tunes from them and only from them. While some services do allow you to upload some of your own files, Amazon is slowly closing the door on that option. By the end of this month, it will remove music uploaded to its Music Storage locker unless you do one simple thing to postpone the inevitable.

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A crazy number of Spotify users were cheating on ads

A crazy number of Spotify users were cheating on ads

Earlier this month, Spotify began cracking down on the unauthorized apps a fair number of members were using to access its services. These hacked apps essentially allowed users to enjoy the benefits of Spotify Premium without paying its monthly fee, which is obviously something Spotify would prefer to avoid. Today, Spotify is sharing just how many users managed to suppress ads while listening, and it isn't a small number.

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CD, Vinyl outsell digital downloads but streaming still king

CD, Vinyl outsell digital downloads but streaming still king

Those who think that interest in old-school CDs or even older school vinyl is just a passing fad should probably sit down for a bit. The Recording Industry Association of America or RIAA has just released its 2017 report detailing last year’s revenue figures. And for the first time since 2011, sales of physical media have surpassed digital downloads. That said, digital is still king when you consider that music streaming remains the biggest source of profit for the industry.

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Tidal is now on Amazon Fire TV, Android Auto

Tidal is now on Amazon Fire TV, Android Auto

In the battle of the music streaming titans, it's almost easy to forget the likes of Tidal if not for the usual controversy that Jay-Z's company finds itself in. This time, it isn't bad news that the service is sharing. Continuing its expansion to more devices, platforms, and audiophiles' hearts, Tidal is announcing a new app that will its own blend of music streaming to the Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick. Plus, it's also bringing those tunes to your car via Android Auto.

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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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Spotify voice controls tease smart speaker potential

Spotify voice controls tease smart speaker potential

Spotify is apparently testing voice control in its mobile app, in advance of what's believed to be a plan to take on HomePod with a Spotify-branded smart speaker. The addition of voice search was spotted in the Spotify for iPhone app, some users have reported today, complete with support for a selection of music-related commands.

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Smart speakers are music streaming’s new battleground

Smart speakers are music streaming’s new battleground

Music streaming no longer seems to be the prized cow it once was but that doesn’t mean the battle has let up in the slightest. It has just changed arenas. While mobile users are still a top priority, service providers, like much of the tech market, have shifted their eyes towards the unstoppable onslaught of smart speakers. And the way things in that market are going, it’s going to be a battle of which music streaming service has a smart speaker or can be on one, leaving the smaller players out in the cold to wither and die.

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Deezer Alexa support goes live around the globe

Deezer Alexa support goes live around the globe

Deezer has a lot standing in its way if it wants to become one of the biggest music streaming services in the US. Though Deezer has been around for quite some time now, it only became widely available in the US back in 2016, at a time when services like Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music were all duking it out for market share. Still, Deezer has been doing some cool things to garner attention, and today we're seeing the next step in that process.

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Pandora for web gets a Premium makeover

Pandora for web gets a Premium makeover

It's been almost a year since Pandora launched its new Premium service, and somehow, there hasn't been a web interface for it this entire time. This created some kind Bizarro World scenario where users who were using Pandora's free service could access their music through their browsers, but those who were actually paying for the service could not. Pandora is rectifying that little oversight today by launching Pandroa Premium for web.

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Spotify Connect stops working on some older speakers

Spotify Connect stops working on some older speakers

The arrival of the Apple HomePods is being heralded as the beginning of the end for Spotify in its war against Apple Music. But instead of boasting about the fact that its service has already been in homes for years, thanks to a variety of Spotify-connected speakers, the music streaming service does the complete opposite. It has just cut off a large number of those older speakers from its Spotify Connect service, leaving most, though not all, scrambling to work around this major loss of functionality.

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