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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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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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