Posts tagged with: Spotify
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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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    Even though Steve Jobs never believed in music streaming services, times have definitely changed, and so has the music streaming model, in addition to data speeds and limits. As such, we’ve seen Apple make some desperate moves to retain its music supremacy with acquisitions like Beats Music, in addition to internal rumors that claim that Apple wants to cripple Spotify and YouTube by convincing labels to eliminate the Freemium model. Apple obviously needed its sales leverage to make a point out of this, but today it seems things went downhill. Warner Music Group just ended its Q2/2015 ...

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    There's no denying that Apple singlehandedly rescued music labels more than a decade ago with the launch of products like the iTunes Store and the iPod, at a time when music piracy was just too convenient for consumers. That business model has proven to have become obsolete as companies like Spotify, Pandora and YouTube continue to grow in the same music streaming business that Apple has been reluctant to adopt. We do know that Cupertino has big plans for its Beats Music acquisition, but reports claim that in order for it to work, some desperate measures are being used. Trusted sources ...

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    If you’ve been using the popular music-streaming app on Android and iOS for the past few months, almost nothing about today's Spotify news will surprise you. But for Windows Phone owners, there’s lots to celebrate indeed. The new Spotify Windows Phone update brings Microsoft's smartphone platform one step closer to parity with its Android and iOS rivals. Version 5.0.5491.5995 clears away the oversimplified, space-wasting Spotify of yore with a refresh that cleans up the layout, streamlines the typefaces, and dims the background so the content "pops" more dramatically. It also ...

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    Do you Uber? For a growing number of smartphone users, convenient transportation's just a couple taps away, with services like Uber ready to hook them up with local drivers. And while taking advantage of such services may prove to be a lot easier than owning a car of your own, you give up a fair degree of freedom in the process: how many of us treat our cars as our personal listening booths, surrounded by speakers and ready to rock out to our favorite tunes? Now a new partnership between Uber and Spotify seeks to bring some of that experience to for-hire rides, giving users the ability to ...

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    As fun as it can be to marginalize and criticize them, smartphones are magical pieces of technology. From something as benign as an iPhone to a device as futuristic as a G Flex, today's pocket communicators are modern miracles of miniaturized intelligence. As I say at the top of every Weekly podcast, these real-life tools are the manifestation of many childhood dreams, mine included ... and it's incredible to stop and think about just how complex they really are. All of which makes it doubly frustrating when these supposedly "smart" devices screw up so spectacularly. Here's five ...

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    Spotify has proven that even though music streaming wasn't popular a couple of years ago, it is now. The company has gained a significant amount of customer base in Europe, and it is clearly just getting started. Offering free ad-based music on smartphones is probably one of the coolest updates the company has offered lately, but Windows Phone users were deprived of this feature until now. Spotify has just updated its application for Windows Phone, and among the updates, you can now stream music for free. Yes, free involves a couple of ads here and there, you won't be able to sync your ...

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    Spotify has proven to be one of the better solutions for music streaming in the market. We've seen the significant dent that it's making to iTunes in Europe, and just recently we've also seen how the company has revamped the UI in order to make it more elegant across platforms. Today the changes to the application continue, and it's definitely worth your time to upgrade. Spotify has just pushed a security update for Android users, and has also offered an update for iOS customers which now gives you a "make available off-line" toggle on your songs. Instead of having to go through every ...

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    Surely Apple re-invented digital music, and the whole market behind it with the iPod and iTunes, but exactly how long did you think its success would last. The company was reluctant to adopt music subscription services for years, mainly because Steve Jobs never believed in it. Obviously those times were different, data speeds were as well, and now that Apple launched iTunes Radio, it's clear that there is some pressure. Spotify has just confirmed that it is approaching 10 million paid subscribers, and out of these 1 million were gained in the past four months with its recent partnerships ...

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    Even though a lot of famous technology gurus, Steve Jobs included, considered that the whole concept of music streaming would never work as according to him, people want to "own their music", lately the reality is different. Obviously at the time when Jobs said this, we didn't even have 3G data speeds to make it possible, nor even smartphones. Today music streaming is a big thing, and if you're guessing who owns it, the answers aren't shocking. New statistics for 2014 claim that Pandora still owns music streaming, which is logical given the fact that it's one of the first services to focus ...

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    The sensors on our phones are getting better all the time; lately, the big thing has been implementing low-power systems to monitor these sensors, gathering more data than ever without simultaneously killing your phone's battery. We've also seen wearable technology introduce more ways to capture sensor data than ever before, like those smart socks that map the details of your stride. But with all this information at our disposal, what exactly can we do with it? Developers are interested in tapping-in to it order to make their own apps smarter, like an idea to have Spotify generate ...

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    Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We’d like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can’t respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video. This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your thoughts on the subject. Sadly, for the sake of ...

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    Click this link to join the hangout! . Topic We've been supporters of new platforms and startups for quite some time, and it is also the case of our friends at Jolla. We've seen them and their new little platform several times throughout 2013, and now we have our own Jolla phone in our review labs so we can dissect it. Would you grab one? The world's first 2K smartphone has been announced by Vivo with the Xplay 3S. 2560 x 1440 resolution is what some of you rock on your 27-inch iMacs or PC monitors, but the Vivo-phone brings that to a six-inch display. Evolution? Gimmick? Useful feature? ...

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    Sometimes there's so much news you need to call in the Reserves just to handle it all, and that's just what we've done this week. Between Google's surprise announcement of an unlikely pair of additions to the Google Play Store; Microsoft's rumored offer to pay Samsung to keep making Windows Phones; and a boatload of reviews, we're in over our heads this week - so we've brought in four team members to do the news justice. Sorry, no listener mail this week - but in its place you get a consolation prize: you get to know what curious fate befell that Lumia 2520 we were tinkering with a while ...

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    Last week, rumors turned their attention to streaming music service Spotify, with the claim that a big announcement was coming up, one that would change how smartphone and tablet users would be able to access its content. Supposedly, Spotify was looking to rethink its business model and make things free for mobile users. We were told that the official statement would arrive sometime this week, and sure enough, today Spotify has confirmed its new free mobile experience. That means you can listen to playlists, search for artists, and listen to all the music you'd like, without having to pay ...

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    Spotify is just one of the many ways to consume streaming music on  your mobile (and not only), but, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report, the company is planning an ad-supported free service for mobile devices. It will be announced next week, claim anonymous sources who have spoken to TechCrunch about the matter. Until now, those who wanted to enjoy streaming music on their mobile devices, provided by Spotify, had to pay a monthly fee of $10 (while computer users were able to enjoy free, ad-supported content -- with the ability to remove ads for $5). According to WSJ's ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's Unpacked event which is already scheduled for IFA in Berlin, and where we expect to see the Samsun Galaxy Note III. The HTC One Max is up next as we finally see the device in leaked photos. LG's G2 event is just days away and we have a leaked user manual, which reveals a couple of things from the final product. Spotify takes the spotlight next as the company is launching a new Browser feature that brings you curated playlists. We end today's news talking about how the Obama administration has vetoed the ITC ban on the iPhone 4 and ...

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    If you're a Spotify user, you either love or you hate playlists. It is annoying for some that you can't really classify an album without having to create one, but on the other hand, it's one of the coolest things in the world when you get to share a specific playlist with your friends. Whether it's your favorite running music, or the fact that you're like some of us, and have compiled all the songs from the "MTV Party To Go" albums that we bought in the 90s, there are some major benefits to the system, and this just got better. As it turns out, Spotify is now implementing a new system ...

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    Back in the days when dumbphones reigned supreme and Napster duplicates like LimeWire still existed, Apple changed the entire landscape of downloadable music. It did this through its potent combination of iTunes music management software and the explosively popular iPod, along with an unbeatable pricing scheme of 99 cents for (most) music tracks. This combination of convenience and savvy pricing made buying music almost as painless as stealing it - and it thrust Apple headfirst into the content business. Today, the company aims to capitalize on its longstanding dominance of the mobile ...

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    We love us some new technology, and we certainly give it its fair shake on today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly. But every so often, you need to give a little lip-service to the tech of days gone by. The platforms and devices of yesteryear. That's right: I'm talking about dead technology. It makes sense, then, that a man going by the twitter handle DeadTechnology is here to help us dust off those fond memories. In his inaugural visit to the Pocketnow Weekly, our own Adam Doud pulls back the veil of public apathy secrecy surrounding the phenomenon of the "webOS meetup," a regular ...

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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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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the HTC M7, and it's possible real name. Then we go through some leaked Nokia patent designs that may reveal a next generation Lumia. Then we talk about Microsoft's rumored Project Blue, which seems to be a new version of Windows Phone in the works. Spotify and Windows Phone take the spotlight next as the beta for Windows Phone 8 is now public. We end today's show talking about how much Evasi0n has grown in just a couple of days. All this and more after the break. Stories: - New Name Rumored for HTC M7; Could The One Series Continue?  - Nokia ...

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    Windows Phone's ecosystem may have grown by leaps and bounds over the course of the year, but we've still been waiting for Microsoft and its partners to fill some gaping holes in the form of big-name titles. Earlier today, we bid farewell to one of the most significant of those gaps by welcoming Spotify to Windows Phone 8. The app has been available on Windows Phone 7, in various forms, for quite some time - but it wasn't until this morning that the Beta version landed for users of Microsoft's more modern mobile platform. Join me for a brief and somewhat breathless tour of the new app's ...

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    As streaming music services for smartphones go, Spotify is easily one of the better ones, and we were happy both to see it finally become available to users in the US back in the summer of 2011, followed just a few months later by the launch of its Windows Phone app. That was well and good for a while, but with the launch of Windows Phone 8, the old app just wouldn't cut it anymore. Luckily for all your WP8 music fans, it sounds like you'll soon once again be rocking out, with rumors now circulating that WP8 Spotify is nearly here. Supposedly, Spotify have finished work on their WP8 app ...

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    Why is it so hard to love Windows Phone 8 for some of us? I mean seriously, there's really nothing wrong with the operating system as it is. If you watch any of our comparison videos, you’ll notice how obsessed we are with the speed at which a device opens a folder or loads an app, and Windows Phone is champ in that department. It's fast, it's fluid, it's well organized, and it looks very different to anything else that the market has to offer. I've been the type of guy that has always prided himself of not doing what everybody else does, so Windows Phone should fit right into my desire ...

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