Google is ramping up to deliver a streaming music service, which could debut as early as tomorrow at the I/O keynote, sources have told The Verge. The report has since been picked up by other publications, including The New York Times, which confirms that this is indeed the case according to its own unnamed sources, “people briefed on the plans.”
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Spotify has recently acquired Tunigo, a music discovery app that creates themed playlists based on your mood. Spotify will transfer all of Tunigo’s 20+ employees to its offices in both Stockholm and New York, where they will be focusing their efforts on Spotify’s main service. Tunigo will still continue to run, however it’s still unknown
Back in December 2012, music streaming service Spotify provided an update on how it was going to double down on social recommendations to increase music listening on its platform by launching two new features, Follow and Discover. While the Follow feature, aimed at friends, started to get rolled out in March and April, it turns out that Spotify has also been rolling out the Discover feature, too.
Do you listen to Spotify? Do you have a Raspberry Pi? Well, Pi MusicBox might just be the thing for you. It’s a bootable Debian image for RaspBerry Pi that implements Modipy, a music server which enables playback from local storage, Spotify streaming and remote-control from any MPD (Music Player Daemon) client. There are MPD apps for most platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows and Mac OS (see screenshots above). Pi MusicBox also supports WiFi, USB audio and AirTunes streaming right out of the, err, box. So, if your Raspberry Pi is jonesing to play some tunes, go ahead and hit those links below.
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Source: Pi MusicBox
You may remember when Spotify for Android received a big overhaul during the summer last year. This time around, iOS is getting the same treatment. At first glance, it may look like the app didn’t see a huge UI improvement, but a few new features were added that make all the difference when it comes
Spotify has penned a deal with Orange to offer unlimited music via the carrier’s Orange Young plan. Under the deal, Orange Young subscribers will have access to unlimited Spotify music in addition to unlimited text and talk and mobile. The subscription plans start at $ 20 per month and move upwards from there. Orange Young is
The Roku Box is a nifty $ 50 video streaming device that is scarcely larger than one’s palm, bringing a variety of content to television sets in up to 1080p. Now users can add Spotify and Vevo channels to the list of music offerings provided by the video device. Certain Roku users will have to wait,
Veteran music streaming service Rhapsody has been around for over a decade. It’s managed to survive in a turbulent (and oftentimes) crowded market, even as it has been eclipsed in popularity by services like Rdio and Spotify. In fact, Rhapsody was the first on-demand service to offer unlimited access to a substantial catalog of music for a flat monthly subscription fee, paving the way for startups like Spotify.
At this point it’s probably easier to keep count of the devices that Spotify hasn’t weaseled its way onto, but you can hardly blame the company for hustling. Today, Spotify has announced that it has brought its streaming music service to yet another hardware line — users of TiVo’s Premiere series DVRs can now get their Katy Perry fix without having to leave their television’s comforting embrace.
In 1996, people in the U.S. bought about 2.3 albums per year. Today, thanks to services like Spotify and Rdio, some of us listen to that many albums a day. Last-minute concert ticket app WillCall wants to make live music just as accessible. This week it released version 1.5 of its iOS app, which focuses on delivering push notifications to your feeds about what shows your friends are going to.
In the post-FM era of streaming music, anyone can be a DJ. Spotify wants to provide the audience. That’s why industry sources confirm Spotify will launch an enhanced influencer following system at simultaneous events in New York and London on December 6th. Spotify will start recommending you follow expert listeners, celebrities, and big name artists. It’ll even have a superstar musician on hand at the event.
Another startup is wading into the crowded waters of music streaming today: Radical.FM, a web-based service that combines on-demand streaming and curated radio stations with a platform for artists to create and broadcast their own public playlists. But while companies like Pandora and Spotify build out businesses based on advertising and subscription services, Radical.FM is trying something a little different: in the spirit of public radio, it’s pushing its catalog of 20 million tracks in a wholly-listener-supported model to fund its operations.
What’s the secret to staying fresh, lean and mean when you’re a hot tech company on a fast growth trajectory? A fascinating document brought to our attention today today by Andrew Mager, hacker advocate at Spotify, answers that question in some detail by telling us how the music streaming juggernaut does it: by dividing up its business into small clusters — which it calls ‘squads’ — and running each like a startup in its own right. We’ve embedded the document below.
Spotify, the streaming music startup, was having serious trouble paying its bills, if you believed reports from earlier this year. Its 2011 financials showed a loss of nearly $ 60 million on revenues of $ 244 million. But this information is out of date, because the company has had a relatively strong 2012.
It made $ 200 million in total revenue over the first six months of 2012, and is on an annual run-rate that could put it around $ 500 million by January, according to industry sources. Despite another net loss this year, Spotify’s business model — free streaming music with ads, or $ 10 a month for additional features and no ads — is going in the right direction.
A few months back Sprint’s Android customers gained the option to charge Google Play purchases to their monthly wireless bill. In an effort to keep the carrier billing party going, the Now Network will soon be adding this option for Spotify Premium customers. An anonymous tipster has shared with us that starting on November 11th, Sprint’s Android clientele will be able to add the music streaming service’s $ 10 monthly charge to their bill. While we’re sure that some customers will take advantage of this new option, we can’t help but long for the good old days when people could bill a new phone to their account. Ah, Sprint giveth and taketh away.
Doubts about Microsoft’s new offering.
This week, Microsoft announces a new music service called Xbox Music. It will begin rolling out tomorrow on the Xbox 360, and then will come bundled with Windows 8 on October 26. Microsoft claims that the service “combines the best aspects of free-streaming radio, music subscription services and music purchasing options, all in one elegant package.” Microsoft wants Xbox music to be the music service to end all music services–and it apparently hopes the service will drive the adoption of Windows 8 devices, despite the mixed reviews the OS has been receiving.
Microsoft is reportedly planning to make a big push in its music service to rival that of Apple’s iTunes as well as popular music streaming service Spotify. According to Bloomberg, citing inside sources, the new Xbox Music will combine the best features of both rival services so that customers can purchase songs and sign up
Finding new music can be difficult. And sure, internet radio services like Pandora are all well and good, but can you really trust their algorithms to chose your music for you? What you need is an experienced tastemaker, like Quincy Jones or Tiësto or those dudes in Disturbed, whatever their names are. Thankfully, all of the above and Operation Ivy expats Rancid have signed up to create the first round of Artist Apps for Spotify, which can be downloaded now via the desktop verison’s left nav bar.
One way for Spotify to leverage its ecosystem is to build apps around individual bands or artists, and the company has taken the wraps off several such apps today. Quicky Jones, Tiesto, Rancid, and Disturbed now all feature their own apps that will give users access to information and pull in all the music from
Spotify’s been available to a certain segment of the BlackBerry population for some time now, but as of today it’s become an official listing on RIM’s app store. The app, which exited beta last December, hasn’t changed — there aren’t any UI or performance tweaks in tow, simply a more convenient means of accessing the application without having to redirect to a dedicated mobile site. You can hit up the source below to start your download, but bear in mind you’ll need a premium account to take advantage of the company’s streaming service on-the-go.
The music-subscription company Spotify is joining Pandora, Slacker and Songza in offering a free radio service for mobile devices in the U.S.
Spotify has brought its free mobile radio service to the iPhone and iPad, offering both ad-supported and premium subscribers unlimited streaming song access while on the move. A free download, the newly updated Spotify app allows listeners to construct personalized radio stations from the 16m-strong catalog, save individual tracks from them to their own playlists,
Spotify’s move last year to open its platform to other apps has created more stickiness for its streamed music services. Now, one of the startups based around that idea has found some traction of its own: Oslo-based Soundrop, which creates “listening rooms” and social jukebox-style service for Spotify users (think Turntable.fm), has picked up its first round of investment, $ 3 million from Northzone, one of Spotify’s own leading backers.
Soundrop is a relatively young company: it had been bootstrapped before the Northzone investment and only went live in January 2012, but has already seen the creation of thousands of listening rooms and tracks played. Inge Sandvik, the CEO and co-founder, says that the new funds will be used to develop its product and to “execute on its road map.” As we’ve noted before, that plan involves expanding its own catalog of listening rooms and users — at the moment 7,000 rooms and counting, with some 60 million songs and 3.3 million listening sessions logged. It is also developing commercial services in partnership with labels, venues and more.
Answering a question at AllThingsD, Sean Parker confirmed that “there was some indication” that Apple tried to keep Spotify out of the US market.
“There was some indication that that was happening,” Parker said, “It’s a very small industry in a lot of ways, certainly smaller than it was 12 years ago,” He joked.
This morning at the 2nd full day’s CTIA 2012 keynote, Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek shared his views on the future of mobile streaming music with the world. With both free and premium offerings, Spotify is the second biggest revenue stream in the whole country in the UK, this model of course being hoped
Aliens are streaming our music! A crop circle bearing a striking resemblance to the Spotify logo has appeared in Wiltshire, England near Stonehenge. The Swedish startup denies having anything to do with the formation pressed into a canola seed fields.
Sirius XM satellite radio must feel a little jealous, as it’s been beaming music into space for years. Hopefully the extraterrestrials like to party, as Fun.’s drunken anthem “We Are Young” has been topping the Spotify charts for weeks. Otherwise, we may need to assemble Will Smith and others with experience fighting aliens.
The folks at Spotify have brought forth the next big iteration of their mobile app, this time make specifically for the iPad (of all shapes and sizes.) Here we’ve got not just a giant version of the original iPhone app (as they so cleverly alude to in the commercial for this app), but a brand
In an effort to bring in bigger streams of revenue from new sources, Spotify is prepared to launch a series of “branded apps” that feature products and brand names in exchange for advertising dollars. Among the companies already being tapped include AT&T, Intel, McDonald’s, and Reebok. The way it would work is users could navigate
Worried that Facebook’s new Timeline feature is going to offer up too much information? Don’t worry, whatever roller coaster ride your relationship status updates might be, you’ve got nothing on Spotify. The music streamer is offering up 1,000-odd years of music history on its Facebook page, reaching back to 1,000AD, which was apparently a big year for organum lovers.
Good news for American Spotify users who do not want to pay for their music — the streaming service will continue to let them listen to anything they want, without restrictions, for a while longer.
Don’t stop the music. It seems obvious, but MOG is the first of the big on-demand music streaming services to get this right on a tablet. Today MOG officially releases its iPad app, and it includes MOG Radio which when enabled will continue to play songs after your currently queued tracks finish. No more hours of accidental silence. It’s also retina-ready to crisply display artwork, bios, editor’s picks, and reviews.
Compared to Rdio’s iPad app and Spotify for iPhone (no iPad app available), MOG has the best experience for simply playing music, it streams in higher fidelity on Wi-Fi, and provides the most accurate recommendations. Here’s a full breakdown of how the three compare on music playback, discovery, price, and sound quality.
There’s a fundamental problem with startups that depends on premium licensed content. If you succeed, the content owners will jack up their licensing fees. This is why Business Insider’s rumor that Spotify is raising a big round of funding makes sense.
In the 7 months since Spotify launched in the US it’s made huge strides, signing up over 3 million paying subscribers, and hitting 17.4 million monthly and 5.3 million daily users. Even though the record labels own a stake of the company, Spotify’s success make it lucrative target for extortion.
Music streaming service Spotify will be offering family subscription plans sometime in the near future, according to comments made by the company’s chief content officer, Ken Parks. This should be a welcome option for Spotify subscribers and will certainly put pressure on the competition for rivals such as Rdio, which already offers family plans. The
In just three months it appears that Spotify’s own Spotify Apps platform has sprouted up some undeniably successful offshoots including such gems as their own versions of Soundrop, Tunewiki, and SpotOn Radio, and the report coming in today is that there’s some impressive numbers to go with the tunes! First Moodagent, an app we checked
When it comes to streaming music services are you something of an agnostic? That’s not necessarily a bad thing — Spotify, Rdio, MOG, Grooveshark, etc… all have their strengths and weaknesses (Spotify, for example, is a great source for Norwegian black metal). The trouble is, it’s neither fun nor easy to jump from app to app, web site to web site just to find what you’re looking for. Music Smasher simplifies things by letting you search most of the big sources in online streaming tunes simultaneously. It trolls the four services mentioned earlier, as well as SoundCloud and Bandcamp. Well, it searches Grooveshark in theory, but every query we tried simply returned undefined results. Hit up the source to try it out for yourself.
Enjoying your Spotify tracks on the go just got a little better, at least on iOS, where an app update to v0.4.23 gifts users “very high quality” 320kbps music streaming (for Premium subscribers) and syncing, up from the previous max of 160kbps. Enabling the higher quality streams — though heavy listeners may want to mind those bandwidth quotas — is as simple as ticking the “Extreme” box in the settings, as shown above by The Next Web to join in a quality that was previously only available via the desktop app or in the living room. If you’re just signing up or setting up the app again the one-tap Facebook log-in should also be a convenient addition (or not, if you don’t use Facebook and insist on telling everyone you don’t at every opportunity — we heard you the first ten times). There’s no word on updates for the other mobile platforms yet, but we’ll keep an eye out.
As the 2012 election season for the President of the United States comes down upon is in a hailstorm of advertisements and pushes to do the right thing, so too do the brand collaborations begin – right here with Spotify. Though we’ve already seen the President go on Google+ to do a fireside chat after [...]
One of the main differences between Spotify and Pandora is the ability to listen to streaming radio on iOS–a new app called SpotON Radio may be a game changer for Pandora listeners.
While Spotify has had little trouble cranking up its subscriber base so far, one feature that has notably been lacking is its radio / auto playlist feature. Today, that’s been upgraded, as the freshest preview builds move the Radio section down among the new Spotify Apps, where it now lets you drop in any song from your library for it to automatically create a radio station of similar music around. Subscribers not interested in upgrading yet can find similar functionality tied to Spotify’s library with the EchoFi tool, but this venture represents the service’s debut of an “all-new intelligent recommendation engine” meant to dig the tracks you want out of its millions-deep library. Advertising “unlimited skips” is a clear jab at Pandora, but it’s not immediately clear if you’ll still need a premium paid-up account for truly unlimited listening (well, maybe not). Hit the source link to grab a Radio-enabled preview build and see if some algorithm can defeat even the mightiest Yacht Rock playlist crafted by our own Brian Heater.
SoundTracking’s New Android App Has Spotify And Rdio Integration (So Yes, You Can Listen To Full Songs)
Salut a tous! Launching today at the LeWeb 2011 conference in Paris is the long-awaited SoundTracking Android app. What makes this app special is that goes above and beyond the SoundTracking iPhone app — taking full advantage of Android capabilities in order to integrate popular music services Spotify and Rdio (for users of Spotify and Rdio). Which means, yes, you can now listen to full songs on SoundTracking instead just of 30 second iTunes snippets.
The SoundTracking app itself is visually stunning, and frictionless; Because of the back button on Android, you longer have to manually switch between apps if you want to post or listen to a song. SoundTracking founder Steve Jang tells me that Android was his number one user request. At number two? Spotify integration.