Posts tagged with: Music Streaming
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    If you like to watch your music in motion and maybe, just maybe, you have up to five other relatives or close groupies that like listening to and watching music, you have a lot of choices to sort through. Simply put, Apple Music on Android has become another choice for you to pick out. If you're not already on Apple Music, yes, it's on Android and yes, it's being updated pretty often. If you sign up for an account now, though, you can get up to six people on a Family account for $14.99 a month — compared with the single-payer $9.99 a month. Once everyone hops on board, they can browse, ...

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    HTC and Apple have had their tangents every once in a while — well, mainly in design. Just in design. Really. But now, as Apple apps make the pilgrimage to Android, it seems that HTC will put out an olive branch to Apple's AirPlay standard with its new HTC 10. The Taiwanese OEM is an official licensee of Apple's proprietary AirPlay wireless media streaming protocol which means that an HTC 10 can blast audio content from or to Apple TVs, iPads and iPhones all the same — it can't do video content, though we're already a step ahead of every other phone that needs root access to hack ...

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    Apple Music's at 11 million subscribers. Spotify's at 30 million subscribers? Subscribers? More like scrub-scribers. If you come to any conclusion about how the streaming music arms race is going so far, it's that it's a three-player game (if you count in Pandora) in a game with too many horses. Take Jay Z's Tidal. You know, the thing that Kanye sorta kinda lives in. The service's star-power clout — backed by exclusive content from an all-star roster of Alica Keys, deadmau5, Madonna, Daft Punk, Jason Aldean, Jack White and others — paired with a focus towards high-quality 1411kbps ...

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    SoundCloud may be struggling hard to fight against the relative success of streaming services, but the most visible way it's doing so right now is in the launching of its own paid service. The platform's addressing that issue today with the launch of its SoundCloud Go service. For $9.99 a month, you get playlists based off of songs you choose, offline caching, ad-free play plus access to the full versions of some 15-million-plus newly added hits from the likes of Kanye West, Drake and others. This pales in the face of Apple Music's, Spotify's and Tidal's 30 million subscriber exclusives. ...

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    He's rich. He's poor. He needs to finish The Life of Pablo. He needs your help. He needs any help. He's Kanye mother-effing West, alright? West once said that his latest album would never touch Apple Music. It would be exclusive to the fidelity-focused (now failing) Tidal streaming service. My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale... You can only get it on Tidal. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016 It's still the case that The Life of Pablo is still off that territory — it was pulled down for a short time. While it's back up on Tidal, West is ...

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    The Apple Music Android app has been in beta for four-and-some-odd months, but with the iOS release being from June of last year, it feels like the company's been dragging its feet a bit when it shouldn't have to, especially in the face of Google's challenge to potentially kick up more revenue out of iOS. Perhaps Droid dudes and dudettes have too much animosity towards Cupertino for that to make sense. Anyways, the app is now at v0.9.7 and finally gets a home screen widget and a way to redeem iTunes credit for renewing your membership in-app. You can also preview what's on Beats 1 with a ...

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    Apple Music may be blowing up big with 11 million paid subscribers, but Spotify still has more. At this point in the music industry's history, way more. Instead of the 20 million we've kept citing for a few good whiles, CEO Daniel Ek tweeted out the Sweden-based music streaming service's latest milestone. It also comes with a little celebration of President Obama's visit to Cuba. We have 30 million @Spotify subscribers, but none of them are in Cuba ... yet. So cool to see Cuba opening up! https://t.co/nZa67f0l8U — Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) March 21, 2016 Spotify is looking to grow faster ...

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    Spotify users on Windows 10 Mobile are left banded together, wondering if they'll be hearing the same 'ol tune from the music streaming service like they have for many other app makers. The situation began with disappointment yesterday as it notified at least one user that it wouldn't be updating its Windows Phone 8.x app anymore, nor will it be made available on the Windows Store. A Windows 10 app was in the purgatory of "if or when." @WindowsBlogIta @HDblog @MSPoweruser @windowscentral #Spotify drop the support for windows pic.twitter.com/9rn4xK7nlT — Alessandro S. (@S__Alessandro) ...

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    Was it to be a sea change for Milk Music or just an expiration date? After initiating the shutdown of its in-house streaming music service, Samsung told Variety that "The rumor of Samsung acquiring Tidal is not true." That streaming music service, owned by Jay Z, has been growing with exclusives and early releases from Kanye West, Rihanna and Erykah Badu. It was said to be in Samsung's eyes for acquisition after Jay Z met with some of the chaebol's executives back in October. Thing is, Tidal hasn't been making the money it's needed. And, surprisingly, so hasn't Samsung in its media ...

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    As Spotify tries to reinvigorate itself, Apple Music is just eating the market share. Craig Federighi, an Apple SVP, and Eddy Cue, the one in charge of Apple Music, both announced on John Gruber's The Talk Show podcast that the streaming music service has 11 million subscribers — 55 percent of Spotify's subscriber base. It gained a million subscribers in well under two months. The streaming industry has seen some major roiling with Pandora losing 300,000 users this past quarter and SoundCloud considering shutting its doors after losing $70 million over two years. Three-year-old ...

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    Consider this the answer to Google's acquisition of Songza. This one's a little more tricky, though, if only in name. Canadian-made iOS music app Groove is now under Microsoft's belt. It's not related to the latter's streaming media service (formerly called Xbox Music and Zune Music) nor the Microsoft Office shared document editing feature. The Groove app crafted custom playlists using machine learning. It was last logged with two million App Store downloads before it was delisted as a result of the acquisition. Those still using Groove will not receive further updates. The startup's ...

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    Spotify doesn't do it, but Apple Music now can. While Apple has been righteously (and rightfully) promoting its own interests — from mobile OS to audio products — on Android through app development. Some observers thought that this would mean that these Android apps wouldn't get the TLC that Apple's iOS apps would get. Not the case this time, though there's a discrepancy at play. Apple Music version 0.9.5 (yep, still in beta) is now available on the Play Store and it allows users to download songs to their SD cards. It's big reach from Apple down to people who wouldn't buy into the ...

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    I'm not paying y'all $9.99 for my search not to be working, what is the problem @AppleMusic? ? — Terra (@Ms_Marshall) February 1, 2016 Apple Music, after the debut, the trials by fire and the death glares, now has a core base of users. And they are mad. Mad because of a problem that Spotify does not. Many users on Twitter and in Apple's support forums are complaining of the search function either not delivering results properly or at all and/or blanking out when called to deliver an artist profile or track. In one case, partial search terms would be autocompleted by the search engine and ...

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    As Spotify struggles with competition and licensing agreements with the music industry, it has decided to not only go into podcast distribution, but video as well. The company is introducing video content to its Android app in the US, UK, Germany and Sweden starting this week. The iOS app will get the update late next week. Spotify is licensing short-viewing content from content creators including the BBC, ABC, Turner Broadcasting, Comedy Central, Vice, ESPN and Maker Studios — the producers of Epic Rap Battles. Tastemade and other companies are planning on producing original, ...

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    Microsoft is betting on organic Windows 10 development to help expand the appeal of the platform on screen sizes large and small. While bringing in applications from other mobile operating systems might spurt the market for Windows 10 Mobile just a bit, it's not really a bridge meant for sustaining growth for all mediums. Enter TuneIn Radio as it has debuted its universal Windows 10 app. The aesthetic has (finally) been updated to its turquoise color and special font scheme and is fully-featured for your phone or 140-inch TV. It also helps that the main media involved here is audio and the ...

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    Whether you're about to drown your sorrows with exercise or jubilant to the point of being scared of yourself, Songza used to have the right playlist for you. Then it got bought by Google. The Songza team's R&D slowly moved its efforts to the Play Music service, a service that's gotten more and more competitive against the likes of Pandora and Spotify. Now, Songza is ready to finally become one with Google Play Music. The app and website will shut down on January 31, 2016. Both will mediums will soon start offering migration tools for users to move playlists and even browsing history ...

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    If you don't have unlimited data and are not on T-Mobile or on any carrier that doesn't count streaming music toward your data usage, well, you might be closing up other apps just to enjoy streaming some music. Sure, it's music you don't have to store, but it's also a great way to give cellular networks your money. Enter Opera and its Max browser. It's been optimizing video streams for a while and now it's taking to saving up your data on music services. The way Opera's doing it is through using its own Rocket Optimizer to convert .mp3 and .m4a streams to the AAC+ codec, maximizing ...

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    The music industry has had mixed opinions about streaming services. Where there's blame to be laid for poor artist returns, it's often been the label that came out looking worse off. And yet, the likes of Spotify continue to proliferate to the point where reactionary services like TIDAL and Apple Music are scrambling to get their footing on the field. But while the focus has been on money for the songwriters, producers and all the great people who bring harmonious sound together, there's also music involved here. After all, good contract or bad, you gotta put the product out there to cash ...

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    Amazon's last move regarding anything Google was a pretty mean one. Not only would it not support sending music from its app over to Chromecast, but it took Chromecast off of its marketplace. But it seems as though while that bad blood is sticking around, the Android ecosystem still needs that Amazon Music support. The big updates in version 4.6.6? Android Wear playback control support. Finally, you can pause, play, and skip between tracks from your Android smartwatch! Interface-wise, we have a couple of new tabs: "New to Prime" and "Popular." Also, artist profile pages are now up. The UK ...

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    Jimmy Iovine has a long rap sheet in the record industry, producing works from Tom Petty to John Lennon. It looks like he has a long one to go as he currently sits as CEO of the Apple-owned Beats Music and is fully involved in the promulgation of the Apple Music service. And he wants to end the freemium streaming model. A reminder here that Spotify and other streaming platforms have a free tier with occasional ad interruptions and some feature restrictions to entice customers to subscribe to their paid services. Apple Music only does pay-to-play. At the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit ...

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    Apple's coding apps for Android. Can you tell? Or have you moved to iOS? Maybe you've stuck around with Android? Point is, Cupertino is no longer ignoring Mountainview's mobile fanbase while also recognizing that providing services to them can only have the company stand to benefit. We've been hearing whiffs about when Apple Music could be hopping over to the green side. Well, it's nearly here. And Apple is looking for help — maybe yours — to test it out. Okay, the thing is, Apple contracted the job out to beta testing organizer Centercode via its consumer-facing front, Betabound. ...

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    Update (10/29): Well, @evleaks strikes again and supports our initial call. T-Mobile's Uncarrier 10 to offer unlimited high speed data for watching select streaming video services like Netflix, HBO, etc. — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 29, 2015 We may officially know the details of this come November 10. Our original story is below. T-Mobile is on a roll and it intends on keeping the rolling role it has in the cellular industry going. Even if it's at its own expense sometimes. Catching the tail end of Goldman Sachs Communacopia 2015 conference, T-Mobile CEO John Legere and his team took ...

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    It’s been about two weeks since Apple Music made its debut on iOS. We’ve already given our first impressions, and highlighted some of its best features, but after having used it on an almost-daily basis, what’s the takeaway? Is Apple Music worth your time, or is it just another “me too” streaming service further condensing the market? My experience with Apple Music so far has been almost overwhelmingly positive. From the moment I first launched the app, and selected some of my favorite genres and artists, it’s felt like a personalized music experience made just for me. The ...

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    By now, you’ve undoubtedly seen the news on Apple Music, the Cupertino-based company’s latest ambition in the music industry. Long story short, it’s a subscription streaming service with millions of songs, its own 24/7 curated radio stations, and a first for Apple — an Android app. But plenty of people, including most of the Pocketnow team, are already plenty happy with a certain musical juggernaut: Spotify. It’s been the number one streaming service for years, but can Apple Music take its seat and replace the green giant for our ears? Let’s start with pricing. Spotify and ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the possible new AMOLED technology coming to the Galaxy S 4. Later we go through some more Samsung though this time we talk about how Samsung and Apple might adopt wireless charging for their next devices. Apple is next as they seem interested in music streaming, but under their rules. Then we talk about the HTC One, though sadly the news aren't good. We end today's show talking about how AT&T misses the point about carrier unlocks. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Galaxy S IV Could Employ New AMOLED Material - Samsung and ...

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