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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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One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

Beyond the already-spoken reasons Apple bought Beats, it occurred to me just recently that there might've been a less obvious line of reasoning, one that had to do with the iPhone 7. On July 28th of 2016, NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service reported that, for the first time in the history of headphones, Bluetooth headphone revenue overtook non-Bluetooth. To see this coming many, many moons ahead of time, Apple may only have had to purchase the biggest brand in headphones.

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Shazam Lite for Android targets those with modest data, storage

Shazam Lite for Android targets those with modest data, storage

Shazam has announced the launch of a new app for Android called “Shazam Lite.” As with Facebook Lite and other similar apps, Shazam Lite does not require as much storage space on the device, and it doesn’t use up as much data, making it ideal for those with low-end handsets and limited data plans. The lite version of the Shazam app requires less than a single megabyte of storage space.

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Is a Daft Punk tour for 2017 imminent with Alive2017 dot com?

Is a Daft Punk tour for 2017 imminent with Alive2017 dot com?

This morning a website appeared without preamble, a website which - by several clever means - suggests that Daft Punk will go on tour in 2017. This website is hosted by the low-level hosts at A Small Orange and seem to have blocked attempts at access through a simple IP/WhoIs blocker. Basic attempts to identify the creator have gone nowhere. Could it be that Alive2017 dot com is a forgery? Or is it just that the hype is so real that it cannot be contained by simple record label creations?

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Spotify arrives in Japan debuting new lyrics feature

Spotify arrives in Japan debuting new lyrics feature

After years of waiting, streaming music listeners in Japan finally have the option to check out Spotify. The service arrives in the country, said to be the world's second largest music market, this week, albeit as an invite-only beta for the time being. It's likely that the hold up for Spotify's Japanese debut was due to difficulties in reaching deals with local music labels — streaming music hasn't yet caught on like it has with the rest of the world — but the service is using the launch to show off its new lyrics features.

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Spotify tipped in SoundCloud acquisition talks

Spotify tipped in SoundCloud acquisition talks

Spotify, the music streaming service that just announced yet another big milestone, is in talks to acquire SoundCloud, the persistent but occasionally troubled audio platform, sources claim. Spotify's efforts to boost its paying subscribers number have largely been effective, with the company announcing earlier this month that it reached the 40 million paying subscribers milestone. Still, Apple Music and others represent a growing threat for the company, something this potential SoundCloud acquisition could help mitigate.

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Spotify Daily Mix: what it is and why you might want it

Spotify Daily Mix: what it is and why you might want it

This week the folks at Spotify have revealed a feature they call Daily Mix, showing users what they've heard and what they might want to hear next. This is a sort of playlist, as it were, allowing users to add or subtract from said list each day as each list evolves. This list is made with Spotify's smart algorithms which see what the user has been listening to, creating an old/new/really new set of songs for that user to listen to next.

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Apple shoots down rumor it’s buying Tidal

Apple shoots down rumor it’s buying Tidal

For months now we've been hearing rumors and industry talk about streaming music service Tidal looking for a buyer, with an acquisition by Apple being the most expected. However, in a rare case of addressing such rumors, Apple has come out and clearly stated that it has no plans to purchase Tidal or any other streaming service. That doesn't mean the two companies didn't have talks at some point, but it certainly looks like a deal won't be reached anytime in the near future.

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Spotify has reached the 40 million paid subscribers milestone

Spotify has reached the 40 million paid subscribers milestone

Spotify now has 40 million paying subscribers, the company has announced, ten million more than it announced back in March. Company CEO Daniel Ek teased followers with the new milestone on Twitter, saying in a tweet that ’40 is the new 30. Million.” This is contrasted by the 100 million plus users the company has on its free tier, and comes at the same time as now-former Spotify Chief Revenue Officer Jeff Levick announced his departure from the company.

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Amazon, Pandora to shake up music streaming market

Amazon, Pandora to shake up music streaming market

The music streaming business has become a rather aggressive one, especially after Apple joined the fray. Despite that, pricing for monthly subscription hasn’t substantially changed among the very few major players in that market. By now, the $9.99 a month fee is more or less standard everywhere. Amazon and Pandora, however, might soon have something different to say. The two companies are expected to debut new subscription offerings n the coming months, even as early as next week, that will be challenging the status quo and might give their rivals pause.

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Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” Spotify streaming goes live

Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” Spotify streaming goes live

Frank Ocean's much-anticipated second album, Blonde, has quietly been added to Spotify, marking the end of Apple Music's exclusive streaming rights. The album was released back on August 20 for both streaming, but thanks to a deal with Apple and the record label it was only available through Apple's subscription-based music service.

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Apple Music gets a discounted gift card for 12-month sub

Apple Music gets a discounted gift card for 12-month sub

Apple just can’t stop bringing on the heat against Spotify, its latest and biggest rival as far as its Apple Music streaming subscription service is concerned. After another spat over exclusive first dibs on new albums, Apple is now offering gift cards that greatly bring down the price of a year-long subscription to the service. Instead of practically a total of $120 for 12 months, subscribers in the US will be able to buy their way to that same 12-month period but for only $99.

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