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Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Your brand new Christmas iPhone or Galaxy S8 or Android of any sort is about to get a bit happier. While I don't recommend any music service above any other, normally, due to my inability to tell the lot apart, today I'm reporting on a rare sort of situation with the service called Tidal. The Tidal crew have decided to make their service entirely free for all users from Christmas day (earlier this week) until the 5th of January.

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Audi bakes Amazon Music into its latest car dashboards

Audi bakes Amazon Music into its latest car dashboards

Audi and Amazon have teamed up to offer native Amazon Music streaming support in the automaker's recent cars, all accessed through the vehicle's infotainment system. The integration sees select cars from Audi's 2017 and 2018 model years gain Amazon Music and Amazon Prime Music streaming support, beyond just playing it back over a Bluetooth connection from your smartphone.

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YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube is preparing to make yet another attempt at getting music fans to pay for streaming, with a new service in the works to try to coax better revenues from the video site. The company has made several attempts over the past 5-6 years to better monetize its content, most recently focusing on videos - including music, but not limited to that - which it offers ad-free to subscribers of YouTube Red.

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Qualcomm tweaked Bluetooth 5.0 to make headphones so much better

Qualcomm tweaked Bluetooth 5.0 to make headphones so much better

Your Bluetooth music experience could get a whole lot more rewarding, with Qualcomm promising wireless earbuds could last a lot longer with the arrival of the Snapdragon 845. The new chipset brings with it Qualcomm's Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, opening the door to far broader adoption of Gigabit LTE and more. However, for many it'll be more mundane improvements that could make the biggest difference day to day.

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Spotify deal gives big price cut to annual Premium pass

Spotify deal gives big price cut to annual Premium pass

The streaming music wars continue, with Spotify announcing a sizable deal in an apparently attempt to keep listeners on its service rather than jumping ship to Apple Music. The company has announced a new promotion, targeting those who want to pay for a year's streaming service upfront and who'd like a tasty discount for doing so.

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Samsung Smart TVs are getting an Amazon Music app

Samsung Smart TVs are getting an Amazon Music app

Samsung has added Amazon Music support to its smart TVs, with the streaming service joining apps like Netflix and Amazon Video on the connected sets. Models from 2015 to 2017 will all be upgraded with the new functionality, Samsung confirmed. However, the smart TVs won't be the only place that Amazon Music will be offered.

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Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora may have been overshadowed by rival streaming music services in recent years, but a new Sonos integration could push it back into the limelight. The update brings full Sonos control right into the Pandora app, including multi-room playback support. It also adds more collaborative play, allowing guests to take on DJ duties from their own phone.

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Pandora Featured Playlists give users Hipster Brunch and more

Pandora Featured Playlists give users Hipster Brunch and more

Pandora has launched a new feature that gives it a bit of Spotify flavor, and they come in the form of Featured Playlists. These playlists are assembled around various musical themes, such as 'Hipster Brunch,' giving users a fast way to play various music targeted at a particular circumstance or time of day. Many of these playlists are joined by a related radio station, making them available to everyone.

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Sonos One official: Alexa built-in, Google Assistant in 2018

Sonos One official: Alexa built-in, Google Assistant in 2018

Sonos may be rolling out Alexa support to its existing speakers, but the connected music company also has a brand new speaker with Amazon's assistant onboard. The Sonos One looks at first glance like the existing Sonos PLAY:1, but it's not just full of speaker drivers. Instead, it has a microphone array on top so you can speak directly to Alexa - though that's just the start.

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Sonos’ Alexa public beta arrives today in “sonic internet” push

Sonos’ Alexa public beta arrives today in “sonic internet” push

Sonos has launched a public beta of its Alexa integration, following up on its promise to use Amazon's virtual assistant to control its multiroom speakers. The public beta follows Sonos' ongoing closed beta, which has been running for a small number of users over the past few months. However, you won't need a new Sonos speaker in order to try it.

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The Moto X4 streams to 4 Bluetooth devices: Here’s how

The Moto X4 streams to 4 Bluetooth devices: Here’s how

The Moto X4 has plenty of features, but the most interesting might be an enhancement of a wireless technology we now take for granted: Bluetooth. Motorola's new smartphone is the first to launch with the Tempow Audio Profile (TAP), allowing the Moto X4 to stream audio to up to four Bluetooth devices simultaneously. For instance, you can take along a bag full of Bluetooth speakers to the beach, and set up an impromptu concert.

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Today Google Home adds Spotify Free

Today Google Home adds Spotify Free

Google Home's vast collection of device and service connections expands today with Spotify Free. This is the version of Spotify users can take advantage of (for free) with commercials and slightly lower-quality audio than a paid account. This update should be made today to add to the ever-growing list of voice-controlled services and devices shown below.

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