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Ikea Vappeby Bluetooth speaker doubles as a lamp, but there’s a bigger surprise

Ikea Vappeby Bluetooth speaker doubles as a lamp, but there’s a bigger surprise

It looks like Ikea is working on a new Bluetooth speaker, but this new product looks quite a bit different from the Bluetooth speakers we're used to. Dubbed the Ikea Vappeby, this new speaker will also double as an outdoor lamp. While the design of the Vappeby is probably attention-getting enough, it seems this speaker also has a Spotify Tap button on it, which would make it the first of its kind.

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Spotify Car Thing is available for purchase with some catches

Spotify Car Thing is available for purchase with some catches

The Car Thing has been one of Spotify's oddest endeavors to date. Aside from the rather generic and unusual name, it is almost so far removed from any of the streaming giant's hardware partnerships, especially since it didn't partner with anyone for this in the first place. Still, Spotify clearly believes that there is a market for it, even if small, and is cautiously opening up its Car Thing for purchase by any Spotify user if you're willing to wait and pay up for one.

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Spotify quiz uses algorithms to recommend the perfect podcasts

Spotify quiz uses algorithms to recommend the perfect podcasts

Spotify is helping its users in some markets find new podcasts they're likely to enjoy based on their tastes. The company has introduced a new recommendation tool called Find the One that asks users to answer a few questions, then shows them a podcast show recommendation they may enjoy based on their music preferences.

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iOS 15 battery life drain and some fixes

iOS 15 battery life drain and some fixes

If you're using an iPhone (with iOS) or iPad (with iPadOS), chances are you just updated your OS to iOS 15 or iPadOS 15. If so, there's a decent chance you're having some significant battery drain issues - given that you're reading this article, one could safely assume. Today we're taking a peek at potential problems and a few solutions for iOS 15 users and iPadOS 15 users alike.

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Apple Music uses Shazam to compensate creators in DJ mixes

Apple Music uses Shazam to compensate creators in DJ mixes

Music streaming has become a giant industry in itself for the past few years, but there are still plenty of kinks to be ironed out in the prevalent business model. Proper compensation is always a thorny issue for music that's aired over the Internet. DJ mixes are even more problematic because they, well, mix content from different artists. That's a very niche but problematic area that Apple Music wants to specialize in, thanks to music-fingerprinting technology from Shazam.

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Android missed alarm Google Clock issues widespread: Temporary fixes

Android missed alarm Google Clock issues widespread: Temporary fixes

Over the past couple of weeks, an abnormal amount of Android users have reported their Google Clock app skipping alarms. On some devices, the issue seems to be that the alarm does not play audio at the required time. For others, a simple haptic feedback buzz occurs one or twice, then nothing. It is possible this issue has to do with the Google Clock app, but it could ALSO be connected to Spotify.

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Philips Hue and Spotify provide music with a light show

Philips Hue and Spotify provide music with a light show

Philips has been building its Hue lineup smart lightbulbs for a while now. These bulbs are LED, and users can change the color of the light to suit their mood. In addition, Philips has announced that it has teamed up with Spotify for what it calls the first deep integration of music and lighting for the home.

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Spotify Wear OS app with offline listening feature is now available

Spotify Wear OS app with offline listening feature is now available

Google seemed to be all in on the upcoming Wear OS 3, but it threw existing Wear OS users a bone a few weeks ago. Some features that are headed for the next version of the wearable platform will also find their way to existing smartwatches. Fortunately, some app developers aren't limiting their new features to Wear OS 3 either, and Spotify has announced much-needed offline listening support that's heading to all Wear OS users. That update is finally making its way to smartwatches, but a few users seem to be unsatisfied with some aspects.

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The Ringer and WWE are bringing original wrestling podcasts to Spotify

The Ringer and WWE are bringing original wrestling podcasts to Spotify

The Ringer, which now serves as a Spotify studio following the company's acquisition, has teamed up with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to launch a new series of original podcasts. The collaboration will bring a refreshed version of "The Masked Man Show," according to Spotify, as well as multiple other efforts.

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Spotify Wear OS app will soon support offline listening

Spotify Wear OS app will soon support offline listening

It wasn't just a big day for Samsung when it announced its new foldable phones. It was also a big day for Wear OS fans now that they have what might be a better option in the smartwatch market. The Galaxy Watch 4 marks a new chapter in the Wear OS story, one that could reinvigorate Google's wearable platform. It seems that other app developers are also on board with that renaissance, with Spotify taking the lead with a much-awaited download feature.

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Spotify Plus to offer low-cost perks with ads

Spotify Plus to offer low-cost perks with ads

It seems that Internet services are starting to adjust their subscription plans to cater to more users without actually changing their premium prices. YouTube, for example, is testing a cheaper YouTube Premium Lite that removes only ads but keeps all other restrictions in place. On the other hand, Spotify seems to be coming from the opposite direction and is testing an even cheaper subscription tier that removes most of the restrictions but keeps the ads intact.

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Spotify What’s New update lets app target your FOMO

Spotify What’s New update lets app target your FOMO

Spotify added a "What's New" feed to their app, at long last. This is a page where users will find new releases from the artists they follow. Simple enough, yes? Should've probably been in the app for a long time now, right? This should drive a lot of traffic in Spotify beyond allowing users to see new tracks from their favorite artists and content creators too - because there's a bell, and a blue dot.

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