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Sonos 7.0 arrives with full Spotify speaker control

Sonos 7.0 arrives with full Spotify speaker control

Spotify users with Sonos speakers can now control their whole-house music playback directly from the Spotify app, with a new update pushed out today. Sonos 7.0 allows you to spend less time in the company's own app and more time where your playlists live. When you hit play, you can now choose one or more of your Sonos speakers as the output, rather than just streaming through your phone.

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Amazon Music Unlimited: What you need to know

Amazon Music Unlimited: What you need to know

Look out Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, and all the other streaming music services: Jeff Bezos is out to poach your subscriptions. Amazon Music Unlimited has broken cover today, another player in the heated on-demand streaming market that aims to differentiate itself by working particularly nicely with the company's own Alexa AI. Question is, does that do enough to differentiate from everything else on the market today?

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Ultimate Ears PartyUp pairs 50+ speakers for group streaming

Ultimate Ears PartyUp pairs 50+ speakers for group streaming

Pairing two Bluetooth speakers for a stereo pair is tablestakes these days, so Ultimate Ears is cranking music to the next level with PartyUp, for more than 50 speakers in a single group. The new feature, being released today as a firmware update for some of the Logitech-owned company's most popular models, relies on some Bluetooth trickery and a revamped app to make managing large crowds of BOOM speakers straightforward.

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Spotify Daily Mix: what it is and why you might want it

Spotify Daily Mix: what it is and why you might want it

This week the folks at Spotify have revealed a feature they call Daily Mix, showing users what they've heard and what they might want to hear next. This is a sort of playlist, as it were, allowing users to add or subtract from said list each day as each list evolves. This list is made with Spotify's smart algorithms which see what the user has been listening to, creating an old/new/really new set of songs for that user to listen to next.

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Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” Spotify streaming goes live

Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” Spotify streaming goes live

Frank Ocean's much-anticipated second album, Blonde, has quietly been added to Spotify, marking the end of Apple Music's exclusive streaming rights. The album was released back on August 20 for both streaming, but thanks to a deal with Apple and the record label it was only available through Apple's subscription-based music service.

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Spotify faces tough demands as it renegotiates contracts with record labels

Spotify faces tough demands as it renegotiates contracts with record labels

When it comes to music streaming, names don't get much bigger than Spotify. Even a service as far-reaching as Spotify has people it has to answer to, though, and at the moment, those people are record label executives. The company is currently renegotiating its contracts with its record label partners, and if those executives get their way, Spotify could come out the on the other side of these negotiations looking quite a bit different.

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Sonos has big news August 30th: Is it Alexa voice control?

Sonos has big news August 30th: Is it Alexa voice control?

Sonos is holding a press conference in New York City on August 30, and though the streaming speaker company is tight-lipped on what we might see, some sort of voice-control update sounds likely. The company confirmed the event in an invitation to media today, prompting speculation that it could well be a partnership with Amazon that sees Alexa gain a new home inside the company's PLAY speaker line-up.

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Apple wants to buy Jay-Z’s Tidal insiders claim

Apple wants to buy Jay-Z’s Tidal insiders claim

Apple is reportedly in talks with Tidal about a possible acquisition, with the musician-friendly streaming music service a target for its deals with high profile artists. Owned by rapper, producer, and general mogul Jay-Z, Tidal has had a string of exclusive song and album launches in the past months, including Beyonce's latest, Lemonade.

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One year in, Apple Music sees redesign and controversy

One year in, Apple Music sees redesign and controversy

Apple Music is celebrating its first birthday, with 15 million subscribers under its belt and arch rival Spotify in its sights. The streaming music service - and its flagship Beats 1 radio station - was launched twelve months ago after WWDC 2015, and as of the developer conference earlier this month has passed the 15m user point.

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The best Amazon Alexa Skills to try (and why they’re a big deal)

The best Amazon Alexa Skills to try (and why they’re a big deal)

With more than 1,000 Skills under its belt, Amazon's Alexa leads the pack in voice-controlled smart home assistants, but which should you try first and why? Read on for our pick of some of the best third-party integrations with Alexa, including why they're important, and how you can try them out without splashing out any cash in the first place.

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TrackStack lets you crowdsource your Spotify playlists

TrackStack lets you crowdsource your Spotify playlists

When I sit down to create a playlist, I'll usually end up spending entirely too much time doing so. And if I'm working on one for a specific event, sometimes I like getting input from other people. Unfortunately, there hasn't been a really easy way to do that, without having those other people sitting in the same room with me. But a new website wants to help fix that, by allowing anyone to add songs to your Spotify playlist.

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Little-loved Apple Music Connect said to be buried in iOS 10

Little-loved Apple Music Connect said to be buried in iOS 10

Changes in how easy Apple Music is to use aren't the only upcoming revamp of the streaming service, insiders say, with its high-profile social aspects said to be sidelined. Apple Music Connect was announced last year with great fanfare, Apple bringing musician Drake on-stage at WWDC 2015 to describe how artists could use the system to engage more directly with fans and bring them behind-the-scenes with the recording process.

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