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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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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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Twitch launches new desktop app for game streaming

Twitch launches new desktop app for game streaming

Soon you'll be able to experience Twitch from a native desktop app rather than a browser window. The game broadcasting/streaming platform has announced it's launching the aptly titled Twitch Desktop App, allowing users to access the service's core features and more, including watching streams, participating in chats, and private messaging. This comes just days after Twitch unveiled Pulse, its own take on a Twitter-like feed of updates.

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Sonos PLAYBASE soundbar sits under your TV

Sonos PLAYBASE soundbar sits under your TV

Sonos has revealed its latest streaming speaker, the Sonos PLAYBASE, designed to slot underneath your TV and deliver better audio than your flatscreen's integrated speakers. While the company already has a speakerbar, the PLAYBAR launched a few years back, PLAYBASE is being described as a reaction to how the majority of people actually install their televisions. Rather than hang them on the wall, almost three-quarters of homes have them standing on a table, sideboard, or other piece of furniture.

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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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Microsoft’s Beam app starts challenging Twitch on Xbox One

Microsoft’s Beam app starts challenging Twitch on Xbox One

Last summer, Microsoft acquired livestreaming service Beam as part of its plans to further integrate its Xbox gaming platform with Windows 10, and now it appears it's ready to start positioning Beam as a serious rival to Twitch. The company has announced that a new Beam app is coming to the Xbox One, with select Xbox Insider Program members getting early access starting this weekend.

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Sonos has Alexa control working, but don’t hold your breath

Sonos has Alexa control working, but don’t hold your breath

Sonos has given its first public demonstration of Amazon Alexa integration, though the streaming speaker company says the actual roll-out of voice control is still some way off. The two companies announced a partnership back in August 2016, which will see Amazon's virtual assistant supplant the current iOS, Android, and desktop remote apps for Sonos' popular speaker line-up. Still, according to Sonos it's not ready for primetime yet.

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NVIDIA’s original SHIELD TV Android 7.0 update is out: Here’s what you get

NVIDIA’s original SHIELD TV Android 7.0 update is out: Here’s what you get

NVIDIA's original SHIELD TV is getting its big SHIELD Experience 5.0.2 update today, bringing the media-streaming games console up to date with Android 7.0 Nougat and a host of other features. The new software was promised back at CES 2017, and unexpectedly comprehensive refresh of the first-generation SHIELD TV that brought to it many of the abilities of the brand new, second-gen model also announced. After a false-start earlier in the month, Software Update 5.0 for the Shield TV (2015) is available today.

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Tidal found to be exaggerating its subscriber numbers

Tidal found to be exaggerating its subscriber numbers

While we've been hearing rumors for months about Tidal potentially being bought out by larger streaming music rivals like Apple or Spotify, it appears the Jay Z-owned company may be in a more dire situation. A new report out of Norway says that Tidal's subscriber numbers are much lower than what they claim, and that the company has been embellishing its user count for several years now.

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“House of Cards” Season 5 delayed amid Netflix bumper growth

“House of Cards” Season 5 delayed amid Netflix bumper growth

"House of Cards" season five won't air until Q2 2017, Netflix has confirmed today, disappointing fans of the award winning series. News that the show had been renewed for a fifth season was confirmed a year ago, in January 2016, before season four had even aired on the on-demand streaming service. However, we now know that there'll be longer to wait before we get to see it.

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Streaming was the largest form of US music consumption in 2016

Streaming was the largest form of US music consumption in 2016

It was only a couple of years ago when we writing about how streaming had a long way to go to catch up with digital purchases and downloads of music. Well, 2016 was the year that streaming not only caught up, but dominated the way music was consumed in the US. Stats released by Nielsen have shown that for the first time ever, streaming topped the digital sales of songs and albums.

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Netflix made an infinite runner browser game starring its original shows

Netflix made an infinite runner browser game starring its original shows

You could argue that, as long as they have an internet connection, Netflix subscribers can never claim to be bored, what with all the endless hours of content to stream. Should you still find yourself in that situation, whether you're a subscriber or not, you can now kill some time with Netflix's new browser game. Dubbed Netflix Infinite Runner, it features characters from the streaming service's hit original shows, and is completely free to play.

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