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Apple Music Amazon Echo support arriving in time for Holiday playlists

Apple Music Amazon Echo support arriving in time for Holiday playlists

Apple Music is coming to Amazon's Echo smart speakers, an unexpected tie-up that will see the streaming music platform available on one of the most popular connected speaker ranges. The integration will go live beginning the week of December 17, Amazon and Apple confirmed today.

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Spotify Apple Watch app out now: It’s basic

Spotify Apple Watch app out now: It’s basic

There's a new wearable app from Spotify this week, one made by the company to work specifically on the Apple Watch. This app works with the controls you might expect - playback controls, switches between devices, playlists, and the like. The bit you might be surprised about, however, is the fact that the app needs to be connected to a secondary device to play music.

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How do I get a free Google Home Mini from Spotify?

How do I get a free Google Home Mini from Spotify?

This week the folks at Google and Spotify teamed up to deliver the Google Home Mini to families across the United States. This plays in well with Google's plan to get the Google Assistant in every single home in the world, starting with these United States of America. Spotify is also glad to partake, without a doubt, as their partnerships with Google have kept them in the limelight even more than they'd been over the past several years as a premiere source for streaming music around the world.

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Genius Apple Music deal has indie fans mad

Genius Apple Music deal has indie fans mad

Apple Music incorporated Genius lyrics this week as Genius added an Apple Music player for Apple Music subscribers. That's the lyrics encyclopedia website Genius, previously known as Rap Genius, now rolling with Apple. Users who visit Genius whilst logged in to Apple Music (with an Apple Music subscription) will be able to play any track for which they're reading lyrics. Just so long as that track is available on Apple Music.

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Spotify family plan crackdown threatens account sharing [Updated]

Spotify family plan crackdown threatens account sharing [Updated]

Spotify may crack down on friends sharing subscriptions to its more cost-effective family plan, demanding GPS location data from some of its users. The streaming music provider has offered a family plan since 2014, making it more competitive in mid-2016 by allowing up to six people to share a premium subscription for $14.99 per month.

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New Sonos Amp gives pro-audio some streaming power

New Sonos Amp gives pro-audio some streaming power

Sonos has revealed a new connected amplifier, the Sonos Amp, delivering streaming music, AirPlay 2 support, and more for installations where third-party speakers are preferred. Targeting professional installers, the new Sonos Amp is designed to fit into a standard AV rack.

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Samsung and Spotify team to push cross-device music

Samsung and Spotify team to push cross-device music

Samsung and Spotify are partnering up, pushing the streaming music service across phones like the new Note 9, smart speakers like Galaxy Home, and other devices like TVs. Announced at Samsung's Unpacked 2018 event in New York City alongside the new Note 9, the deal will see Spotify integrated into Samsung devices out of the box.

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Android alarm music: Google Clock app gets Spotify

Android alarm music: Google Clock app gets Spotify

Today Google revealed their first Google Clock app - slightly different from the clock app we've used before. For some users this will be a new download, for most it'll just be an update to an already-installed update. Either way, there's a big change coming through. This app now allows users to use streaming music for their alarm sound in the morning.

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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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