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Spotify is building a hardware team to take on HomePod and Echo

Spotify is building a hardware team to take on HomePod and Echo

Spotify is cranking up its hardware efforts, building out its team as the streaming music company prepares to launch what's expected to be its first smart speaker. A number of hardware-related job openings have emerged at Spotify, though it's the new Operations Manager role which really spills the beans.

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Spotify Connect stops working on some older speakers

Spotify Connect stops working on some older speakers

The arrival of the Apple HomePods is being heralded as the beginning of the end for Spotify in its war against Apple Music. But instead of boasting about the fact that its service has already been in homes for years, thanks to a variety of Spotify-connected speakers, the music streaming service does the complete opposite. It has just cut off a large number of those older speakers from its Spotify Connect service, leaving most, though not all, scrambling to work around this major loss of functionality.

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Apple Music set to overtake Spotify as HomePod nears

Apple Music set to overtake Spotify as HomePod nears

Apple Music may have launched playing catch-up to Spotify, but at its current trajectory the iPhone-backed streaming service will soon overtake its rival. The news, based on leaks from inside the music industry, comes just ahead of Apple's smart speaker launch, the HomePod, which was delayed from late 2017.

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Spotify and Discord join forces for group listening while gaming

Spotify and Discord join forces for group listening while gaming

Today we're hearing of a rather surprising team up between Discord and Spotify. This new partnership will allow you to link your Discord and Spotify accounts, opening up a bunch of new music listening options when you're chatting with friends in Discord. Perhaps the coolest of these new features is the ability to listen to Spotify tracks as a group.

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Spotify Stations launches on Android, but good luck using it

Spotify Stations launches on Android, but good luck using it

It would seem that Spotify has a new app in testing on Android. Called Stations, this app looks to challenge other services like Pandora by giving users access to playlists they can use to discover new music or find music that matches their current mood. It sounds pretty cool, but there's one problem: this seems to be a limited test that's only open to a select number of people.

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Amazon Echo multi-room Spotify and SiriusXM shaves Sonos advantage

Amazon Echo multi-room Spotify and SiriusXM shaves Sonos advantage

Back in August, Amazon rolled out a new multi-room feature for Echo devices. This feature allows you to utilize individual Echo devices in your collection, defining groups of speakers and commanding Alexa to play music through only the speakers in that group. Today, that functionality is rolling out to Spotify and SiriusXM subscribers.

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Spotify deal gives big price cut to annual Premium pass

Spotify deal gives big price cut to annual Premium pass

The streaming music wars continue, with Spotify announcing a sizable deal in an apparently attempt to keep listeners on its service rather than jumping ship to Apple Music. The company has announced a new promotion, targeting those who want to pay for a year's streaming service upfront and who'd like a tasty discount for doing so.

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Sonos’ Spotify Alexa support arrives ahead of schedule

Sonos’ Spotify Alexa support arrives ahead of schedule

Sonos, Spotify, and Amazon Alexa are finally best friends, with support being added to control playback by voice on the multi-room speakers. Sonos users with an Amazon Echo device, a Sonos One, or any other Alexa-powered gadget can now ask for playback from their Spotify account through the networked speakers.

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Google Assistant now has a male voice, new languages, integrations

Google Assistant now has a male voice, new languages, integrations

While the Pixel 2 and new Home speakers are definitely the stars of Google's latest show, the tie that bind them isn't going left behind. Google Assistant, the one common feature across all of Google's fresh new batch of devices, may not have been under the spotlight that long, but its arriving with a big bang and a whole lot of new features. Including, at long last, the ability to change Assistant to use a male voice.

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Groove Music says goodbye as Microsoft partners with Spotify

Groove Music says goodbye as Microsoft partners with Spotify

It's been quite some time since we've heard from Groove Music, and it turns out there's good reason for that. While Groove has gone without any significant updates for a while now, Microsoft has been hammering out a new partnership with Spotify. This, of course, means that Groove will soon be going the way of the Dodo, with Groove's current paying customers transitioned over to Spotify.

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Alexa could make Amazon Music better than Spotify

Alexa could make Amazon Music better than Spotify

Yesterday, Amazon announced plans to add Alexa to the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android. This removes the barrier of entry that is the Echo line and gives Amazon Music subscribers app-access to Alexa and the handy things she can do. By serving up Alexa to Amazon Music subscribers, Amazon may have just made its own streaming service a significantly better than the reigning king: Spotify.

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Waze and Spotify integration now rolling out to iOS

Waze and Spotify integration now rolling out to iOS

There are some things that seem to be fated to go together, like cookies and cream, peanut butter and jelly, and driving and music. Driving and fiddling with your smartphone to play your favorite traveling tunes, however, isn’t one of those and, in some places, might even be illegal. That is why Waze and Spotify have teamed up earlier this year to give you both experiences in one app. Now that tag team is arriving on iOS so you can keep your eyes on the road and your ears on the music.

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