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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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Korg MicroKorg S synthesizer is ready to jam

Korg MicroKorg S synthesizer is ready to jam

Korg has launched a new synthesizer that is a follow-up to the popular microKorg synth that was launched way back in 2002. The new synthesizer is called the microKorg S and it has some new features that will make it a worth upgrade to the original. Those new features include an integrated 2+1 speaker system that has plenty of power despite the devices small stature.

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Spotify denies reports it punishes artists with Apple Music, Tidal exclusives

Spotify denies reports it punishes artists with Apple Music, Tidal exclusives

While the streaming music industry has exploded over the last few years, with monthly subscription models becoming one of the most common ways people listen to music, it's also gotten to the point where the market is dominated by just a handful of companies, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. Because things like pricing and music catalogs remain mostly the same across services, the real way they compete now is with exclusives: artists release their albums or songs to one service, either temporarily or permanently.

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Spotify adds ‘Concert’ tab with tour dates to artist pages

Spotify adds ‘Concert’ tab with tour dates to artist pages

Spotify has made its artist pages a little more convenient with the addition of a new “Concerts” tab. As the name suggests, this new tab collects concert information -- namely, tour dates -- in one easy to access location. This expands upon Spotify’s previously launched concert-centric features, including the personalized concert recommendations and an 'On Tour' section with geographic targeting.

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Spotify faces tough demands as it renegotiates contracts with record labels

Spotify faces tough demands as it renegotiates contracts with record labels

When it comes to music streaming, names don't get much bigger than Spotify. Even a service as far-reaching as Spotify has people it has to answer to, though, and at the moment, those people are record label executives. The company is currently renegotiating its contracts with its record label partners, and if those executives get their way, Spotify could come out the on the other side of these negotiations looking quite a bit different.

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Amazon tipped in plan to launch cheap Echo-only music service

Amazon tipped in plan to launch cheap Echo-only music service

Rumor has it Amazon is working on its own music streaming service that will cost $9.99/month and will compete with the likes of Spotify and similar. Now a new report says that’s only part of Amazon’s plans — the company is also reportedly working on a second music streaming service that will only cost half as much but will come with a big limitation: it’ll only be available on Amazon Echo. For Echo owners, though, that could mean paying a mere $4 or $5/month for music streaming.

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New Frank Ocean album, Blonde, released as an Apple exclusive

New Frank Ocean album, Blonde, released as an Apple exclusive

The hotly-anticipated album by Frank Ocean has finally been released, with Blonde hitting iTunes as an Apple exclusive. The release, Ocean's second studio album after the incredibly well-reviewed Channel ORANGE of 2012, was initially expected to be named Boys Don't Cry.

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Pandora rumored to launch on-demand service to compete with Spotify

Pandora rumored to launch on-demand service to compete with Spotify

Pandora, one of the oldest players in the streaming music market, appears to finally be stepping up its service from simply radio-only to an actual on-demand option for users. A new report indicates that following the purchase of Rdio last year, Pandora is nearing the release of a premium on-demand music service that would allow it to compete with the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and others.

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Samsung shutting down Milk Music service next month

Samsung shutting down Milk Music service next month

Owners of Samsung Galaxy and Note device take notice: if the company's Milk Music is your streaming audio service of choice, your time is now limited. The phone maker has announced that it will be shutting down Milk Music in the US on September 22nd. First launched in 2014, the service was Samsung's attempt to attract customers to its devices with exclusive streaming media offerings. Along with Milk Music there was Milk Video, but that was shuttered last September.

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