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Rdio drops family plan rates as Spotify ramps up competition

Rdio drops family plan rates as Spotify ramps up competition

Rdio has upped its game against competitor Spotify, announcing a new pricing structure for its family plans following Spotify's own discounted family rates. The service wasn't shy to point out that it did the family plan setup first (back in 2011), and with its new pricing structure the music streaming service goes toe-to-toe with Spotify by matching its rates. As of today, Rdio subscribers can add family members to their account for an extra $5 per month. This follows Rdio's family plan boost from 3 to 5 accounts that happened last summer.

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Spotify CEO responds to Taylor Swift, calls her out on earnings

Spotify CEO responds to Taylor Swift, calls her out on earnings

In pulling her entire catalog from Spotify, Taylor Swift took a jab at streaming music. According to Swift, streaming services like Spotify don’t pay artists enough. That’s something we’ve touched on before, and she’s right — they typically don’t. Artists get paid by volume of played tracks, so for the house DJ in Prague looking to be discovered, streaming isn’t so lucrative. Taylor Swift, however, is Taylor Swift. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek took exception to Swift’s commentary, and has issued a response.

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Not just 1989: Taylor Swift pulls Spotify back catalog

Not just 1989: Taylor Swift pulls Spotify back catalog

Taylor Swift has yanked all of her music from streaming service Spotify, ditching the ad-supported music platform for reasons unknown. The decision has left Spotify without one of its most popular artists; according to an open letter to the singer posted by the company, Swift's music has been played by almost sixteen million users in the past thirty days, and is to be found on over nineteen million playlists. It's not the first time in the past week or so that Swift has shunned Spotify, however.

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Jawbone Drop app hands-on: strange musical connectivity

Jawbone Drop app hands-on: strange musical connectivity

This afternoon we've been having some fun playing with the new Jawbone app called Drop. This app allows you to connect to your RDIO or Spotify account to play music in just about as simplified a manner as possible. Almost as if the folks at Jawbone hired the best User Interface experts they could, then told them to dismiss the UI of RDIO and Spotify altogether. With great effect. And with the ability to share your favorite beats with your buddies through Twiter, of course.

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Spotify Family slashes Premium with subscription sharing

Spotify Family slashes Premium with subscription sharing

For many, upgrading streaming music service Spotify to premium and escaping adverts is a must-have, but it can get expensive if everyone in the house wants their own subscription. Spotify Family aims to address that - and boost the company's own coffers in the process - by offering cuts on rates if up to five people sign up in a single family. Since you don't necessarily want to subject your children to your Abba addiction, or reveal to your spouse how much you like Taylor Swift, each user keeps their own login details, personalized recommendations, and playlists along the way.

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Spotify streams John Lennon’s entire collection, Beatles still MIA

Spotify streams John Lennon’s entire collection, Beatles still MIA

Not his entire record collection - if he had one - but every one of the records John Lennon created will be streamed by Spotify starting today. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr also have albums streaming on Spotify, while The Beatles as a collective have none. Remember when it was a big deal when The Beatles were released to iTunes? Remember also when Led Zeppelin and Metallica were released to Spotify? The wave is coming - and some might believe that it’s already here. Streaming all the albums, all the artists - but The Beatles, of course.

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Spotify launches across Canada (finally)

Spotify launches across Canada (finally)

We've seen hints of it before, and now it has finally happened: Spotify has officially launched in Canada, just time for those long winter months spent indoors. The announcement came from the company itself this morning, and includes service across your mobile devices in addition to the Web.

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Spotify offers 30 mins of no-ad music for watching video ads

Spotify offers 30 mins of no-ad music for watching video ads

Pandora users are likely familiar with the video advertisement option that trades a block of uninterrupted listening in exchange for interacting with an ad. Spotify has announced something similar, rolling out new video advertisements that give users 30 minutes of ad-free listening.

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Spotify Connect adds more speakers plus multi-room

Spotify Connect adds more speakers plus multi-room

Spotify has announced a fresh batch of Spotify Connect partners, with Bose and Panasonic among the new names promising streaming support in their products, in addition to new features like multi-room playback. The new additions - which Spotify says will be fully detailed at IFA 2014 next week - also includes Gramofon, an adapter to upgrade existing stereos with Spotify support.

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Spotify for Windows Phone adds subscription-free play

Spotify for Windows Phone adds subscription-free play

Spotify has opened up free access to Windows Phone, with shuffle playlist access and new music discovery without requiring a premium account. The streaming music provider has been offering free play to users with iOS and Android devices for some time, leaving Windows Phone owners left out in the cold until now.

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Spotify Serendipity shows simultaneous streaming

Spotify Serendipity shows simultaneous streaming

Spotify has never been afraid of a hack or two, and its latest - Serendipity - is all about the commonality of music. Handiwork of the streaming service's latest Media Artist in Residence, Kyle McDonald, Serendipity is a constantly scrolling, zooming map showing occasions where two Spotify users start listening to exactly the same song, at the same moment in time.

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Shazam re-adds Spotify; Beats Music quietly added too

Shazam re-adds Spotify; Beats Music quietly added too

Shazam has restored Spotify integration to its music identification app, while also quietly adding support for the Apple-owned Beats Music in its latest upgrade. The app, which uses audio fingerprinting to identify the song playing near you, had removed the ability to open a recognized track in Spotify from its free version; now, it's back.

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