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PSA: Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s new album is no longer a Tidal exclusive

PSA: Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s new album is no longer a Tidal exclusive

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Tidal exclusive lasted less than 48 hours, with Everything is Love unexpectedly arriving across a variety of streaming services today. The album dropped over the weekend, sending Tidal subscribers - and new sign-ups - dashing to the streaming music platform partly owned by the pair.

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Sonos Beam hands-on: Big sound, bigger promises

Sonos Beam hands-on: Big sound, bigger promises

Sonos has built its reputation on making streaming, whole-home music easy: now, with the Sonos Base, it wants to oust remote controls from your coffee table. Revealed today, the shrunken speaker bar relies on Amazon Alexa and some clever connectivity to streamline the living room, but as I discovered that doesn't mean Sonos has forgotten about sound quality too.

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Spotify axes controversial “R. Kelly policy”

Spotify axes controversial “R. Kelly policy”

Spotify is dumping its controversial artist conduct policy, which saw R. Kelly and others denied promotion on the streaming music service. The company had launched its new guidelines around hateful content and conduct only a few weeks ago, effectively threatening to bury the music of artists with little route to recourse.

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Bang & Olufsen AirPlay 2 update gets a release date

Bang & Olufsen AirPlay 2 update gets a release date

Bang & Olufsen have dated their AirPlay 2 update, detailing the list of connected speakers which will work with Apple's new multi-room music streaming system. Eleven of B&O's models - spanning its core BeoSound and BeoVision range, and its more affordable Beoplay speakers - are expected to work with Apple's technology.

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There’s more to AirPlay 2’s 3rd-party speaker support than this official list

There’s more to AirPlay 2’s 3rd-party speaker support than this official list

Apple has confirmed which third-party connected speakers will be AirPlay 2 compatible, though the 33 models on the list isn't quite the whole story. The new streaming functionality was added to iOS devices today as part of the iOS 11.4 release, allowing Apple's HomePod speaker to integrate with a multi-room music setup, among other things.

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AirPlay 2 with HomePod stereo pairs and multi-room arrives in iOS 11.4

AirPlay 2 with HomePod stereo pairs and multi-room arrives in iOS 11.4

Apple has launched AirPlay 2 in iOS 11.4, adding HomePod stereo pair support along with multi-room audio streaming. The new version of AirPlay 2 comes along with launch dates for HomePod in three new countries - Canada, France, and Germany - bringing the total number of places you can buy the Siri-powered smart speaker to six.

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Spotify just pulled further ahead of Apple, Tidal, and Pandora too

Spotify just pulled further ahead of Apple, Tidal, and Pandora too

There's little Spotify has to catch up on when it comes to streaming music. They've got a whole lot of the market cornered for several reasons - not least of these because they've been in the business the longest. Spotify's most recent update - today - should serve to move the streaming music service even further out ahead of the competition.

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Spotify’s free mobile experience is about to get a lot better [Updated]

Spotify’s free mobile experience is about to get a lot better [Updated]

Spotify has made its streaming music service more tempting to free users, with a new Spotify mobile app that it hopes will keep listeners from jumping ship to Apple Music. The updated app includes more flexible access to the Spotify catalog of tracks, with more on-demand control, along with a way to potentially save considerably on how much data your phone is using.

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Spotify Car Player leaks: Voice-controlled 4G music streamer

Spotify Car Player leaks: Voice-controlled 4G music streamer

Spotify may be preparing to launch an in-car music system, with dedicated hardware that could allow for standalone streaming direct to the dashboard. The company announced earlier today that it was planning an event in New York City on April 24, though has been tight-lipped as to what its announcement might be.

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Spotify April 24 event hits play on smart speaker rumors

Spotify April 24 event hits play on smart speaker rumors

Spotify is holding a press event on April 24, though the company is tight-lipped on what, exactly, could be on the agenda. The streaming music firm debuted its stock, SPOT, on the New York Stock Exchange earlier this week, and has been recruiting new staff with expertise in hardware development.

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Spotify goes public at $29.5bn valuation: What’s next?

Spotify goes public at $29.5bn valuation: What’s next?

Spotify has made its hotly-anticipated debut on the New York Stock Exchange, with shares arriving at an estimate-busting $165.90 apiece. The direct listing - which bucked the tech industry trend toward IPOs - saw Spotify (SPOT) valued at a hefty $29.5 billion, almost 50-percent higher than analysts had predicted.

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Spotify stock paves way to dangerous balancing act with labels

Spotify stock paves way to dangerous balancing act with labels

Spotify is listing on the New York Stock Exchange, but the streaming music service isn't playing the same IPO game - or the same content strategy - as on-demand rivals. The Swedish company opted for a direct listing on the NYSE, bucking the trend for splashy, capital-raising rounds as it tries to ween itself off an expensive record label dependency.

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