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Waze and Spotify integration now rolling out to iOS

Waze and Spotify integration now rolling out to iOS

There are some things that seem to be fated to go together, like cookies and cream, peanut butter and jelly, and driving and music. Driving and fiddling with your smartphone to play your favorite traveling tunes, however, isn’t one of those and, in some places, might even be illegal. That is why Waze and Spotify have teamed up earlier this year to give you both experiences in one app. Now that tag team is arriving on iOS so you can keep your eyes on the road and your ears on the music.

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Apple, Warner deal could change the music streaming business again

Apple, Warner deal could change the music streaming business again

It hard to believe that Apple Music is already two years old. At the same time, it’s also hard to imagine that it is only two years old. A lot has happened since then, in the music industry as a whole and specifically the music streaming business and it seems another phase is about to start. Apple and Warner Music Group has reportedly reached an agreement and while that in itself is hardly surprising, the details of the deal could once again shift the balance.

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Amazon Echo multi-room music arrives (sorry Sonos)

Amazon Echo multi-room music arrives (sorry Sonos)

Amazon announced a rather huge addition for its Echo family of smart speakers today. This new feautre is called "multi-room music" and, as that name suggests, it allows you to target your music playback to specific groups of speakers throughout your house. We're guessing that Sonos might be at least a little worried about this, especially considering recent rumors that the company looking to launch an Alexa-based smart speaker of its own.

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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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Xbox One Spotify app: There may be some great news

Xbox One Spotify app: There may be some great news

It's been a long time coming, but we may soon see a Spotify Music app land on the Xbox One. It almost strange to think that Spotify isn't on Xbox One yet, but considering that a Spotify app just arrived on the Windows 10 Store back in the June, the timing certainly seems right for a debut on Xbox One.

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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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Spotify is showing sponsored songs to some free users

Spotify is showing sponsored songs to some free users

Spotify has begun showing its free-tier users sponsored songs, something presented as part of a test that may see a wider rollout in the future. The sponsored songs are showing up for some users in both the mobile app and on desktop, showing up within existing playlists. The songs are opt-out, meaning users will see them unless they specifically choose not to. How widely the sponsored songs are being distributed isn't clear.

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Pandora user? There’s some big news today

Pandora user? There’s some big news today

Pandora and SiriusXM are hooking up, with a $480m investment into the streaming music business that will see it ramp up its defense against Spotify, Apple Music, and other rivals. Tipped to be in the works for some weeks now, the deal sees SiriusXM pump almost half a billion dollars into Pandora. That will allow it to adopt "a hybrid advertising/subscription model" that it claims will be more sustainable than others.

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Taylor Swift’s “1989” will finally be on Spotify

Taylor Swift’s “1989” will finally be on Spotify

It is a time of miracles. Microsoft embraces Linux and open source. Apple creates a somewhat upgradeable iMac. And Taylor Swift brings her albums on Spotify. Yes, you read that right. In the name of celebrating the "1989" album's milestone achievements, the artist who waged war on most, but not all, streaming services is thanking her fans by putting her catalog back on all streaming services. And, yes, that does include Spotify.

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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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