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Spotify to release some albums on Premium two weeks before free

Spotify to release some albums on Premium two weeks before free

Things are changing at Spotify, at least for free users. After years of rumors about such plans, the music streaming service has inked a deal that, among other things, may result in some albums being released for Premium-tier members before they're made available on the free ad-supported tier. The artists themselves can make the decision about whether to limit their album to Premium for the first two weeks of its release or make it available to both tiers immediately upon launch.

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SoundCloud iOS app updated with Chromecast support

SoundCloud iOS app updated with Chromecast support

While still an underdog in the streaming music market, SoundCloud is still pushing ahead with new updates and features. Or, in the case of their iOS app, an update with an old feature that's been on Android for some time now. The streaming service's app for iPhone and iPad has just been updated to support Google Chromecast, allowing users to play music through more devices. At least it's better late than never.

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New Drake music ‘More Life’ now streaming, not Apple Music exclusive

New Drake music ‘More Life’ now streaming, not Apple Music exclusive

The wait for new music from hip-hop star Drake is finally over, as his new album, errr, "playlist"/"project" as he prefers to call it, has finally been released. Titled More Life, the 22 tracks were premiered on Drake's Beats 1 show, OVO Sound Radio, on Saturday without warning. The really great news for fans though is that More Life is available now to stream on just about every major music service, and not exclusive to Apple Music.

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Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

This week far finer-grain control over audio volume has been released for most Android devices. This control comes in an unofficial app by the name of Precise Volume - and it comes without cost. There is a version that adds odds and ends and bits of helpful functionality, but the base app add-on is free. This should serve to encourage Google (and other smartphone manufacturers) to bring just such a set of controls to their own phones in the near future.

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How to get an invite to Pandora Premium (and why you should)

How to get an invite to Pandora Premium (and why you should)

This week the folks at Pandora have introduced a new Pandora Premium service which allows users to further control their listening experience. This is different from the past at Pandora, a company that started its business with free music listening with playlists based in a basic way on preferred artists. Here in 2017, users will be able to pay cash to get a more in-depth music experience on mobile devices and desktop computers.

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Harmonix unveils Dropmix, a music remix game with cards

Harmonix unveils Dropmix, a music remix game with cards

Harmonix, the developer behind the hits Rock Band and Dance Central, have returned with yet another music rhythm game: Dropmix. But rather than requiring players to purchase a collection of plastic instruments for their game consoles, Dropmix is played with a pack of physical cards and a board that connects to an iOS or Android device. Being released in partnership with toy-maker Hasbro, the game is like a mash-up of DJ remixes and strategic deck building.

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Hasbro and Harmonix DROPMIX music mixing game arrives in September

Hasbro and Harmonix DROPMIX music mixing game arrives in September

Hasbro has collaborated with Harmonix to develop the new DROPMIX music mixing game. The companies announced today that the new game will be available this upcoming September, introducing ‘the next evolution of musical play,’ according to Harmonix CEO Steve Janice. The game will include a related mobile app for Android and iOS, and will cover hits from major genres like dance, hip-hop, and more.

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Top 3 Ways to Stream Hi-Res Music (2017)

Top 3 Ways to Stream Hi-Res Music (2017)

So you’ve grown tired of poor-quality music streaming, but you’re not interested in downloading a massive library of FLAC files to fill up your music player. What’s the solution? So-called hi-res music streaming, an increasingly common tier of on-demand music access for audiophiles and others with discerning tastes. We recently heard a rumor that Spotify is planning to launch a 'Hi-Fi' subscription tier, but what options are available right now?

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Spotify reaches 50 million paid subscribers milestone

Spotify reaches 50 million paid subscribers milestone

There's little doubt at this point that Spotify is the leading service when it comes to streaming music, but the company has just further cemented its position with its latest milestone: 50 million paid subscribers. The company revealed the achievement earlier this week, but what makes it really impressive is the fact that it was only back in September when Spotify topped 40 million paid users.

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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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Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio

Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio

With few exceptions, smartphones have never really been seen as serious audio equipment because of compromises that must be made for the sake of portability, size, and price. Lately, however, there has been an undercurrent in both the mobile industry as well as the digital audio market that is turning heads, or rather ears. More than ever, greater attention is being paid to digital audio quality, even on smartphones, as terms like “hi-res audio” become mainstream. But what is hi-res audio really and how is it affecting even the mobile market? We take a deeper look, or rather a deeper listen.

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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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